Abdulai Bell-Baggie

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Abdulai Bell-Baggie
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Bell-Baggie playing for Tranmere Rovers in 2012.
Personal information
Full name Abdulai Hindolo Bell-Baggie[1]
Date of birth (1992-04-28) 28 April 1992 (age 25)
Place of birth Sierra Leone[2]
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Poole Town
Youth career
Reading
Southampton
2007–2009 Reading
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Reading 0 (0)
2010 Rotherham United (loan) 11 (0)
2010 Port Vale (loan) 3 (0)
2010–2011 Crawley Town (loan) 0 (0)
2011–2012 Yeovil Town 0 (0)
2012 Hayes & Yeading United 1 (0)
2012 Salisbury City 5 (1)
2012–2015 Tranmere Rovers 55 (4)
2015 Bristol Rovers 0 (0)
2015–2016 Stockport County 12 (1)
2016– Poole Town 4 (0)
National team
2007 England U16 2 (0)
2008 England U17 2 (0)
2013– Sierra Leone 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 31 July 2016 (UTC).

Abdulai Hindolo Bell-Baggie (born 28 April 1992) is a Sierra Leonean professional footballer who plays as a winger for National League South club Poole Town.

Born in Sierra Leone, Bell-Baggie represented both the England under-16 and England under-17 national teams before winning a cap for Sierra Leone in 2013. A former Reading player, he has played on loan for Rotherham United, Port Vale, and Crawley Town and was briefly contracted to Yeovil Town and Hayes & Yeading United. He joined Salisbury City in January 2012, before switching to Tranmere Rovers seven months later. After spending three years at Tranmere, he was released before joining Bristol Rovers in March 2015 but failed to make an appearance for the club. He joined Stockport County in June 2015, and moved on to Poole Town in March 2016.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Bell-Baggie was born in Sierra Leone, and moved to England with his family in 1999, remaining in England with a foster family when his parents returned to Sierra Leone in 2005.[3] He attended Hillside and Bulmershe College in Berkshire as a youth,[4] and became a part of the set-up at Reading at age nine.[5] Though he spent some time at Southampton's youth team, he returned to Reading in 2007. He was awarded a club number in December 2009.

He joined Rotherham United on a one-month loan in March 2010,[6] making his professional debut as a substitute on 16 March 2010 in a 2–1 defeat at Accrington Stanley, replacing Marcus Marshall a few minutes before full-time.[7] His first start came in a 3–0 defeat at Aldershot on 5 April, after this game the loan spell was extended until the end of the season.[8] However his twelfth and final match for the club was the most significant game of his season, as he replaced Kevin Ellison late into the play-off final defeat to Dagenham and Redbridge at Wembley on 30 May 2010.[4]

In August 2010 he was brought in by Port Vale's Micky Adams on a one-month loan to cover for Lewis Haldane, who was recovering from illness.[9] This move came despite an offer of another loan spell from Rotherham United, and talk of Aldershot expecting the winger to join them on loan.[10] After one substitute appearances he stated his aim to win a place in the starting eleven,[11] however he finished his loan spell with only one start – in the Football League Trophy, and four substitute appearances to his name.

Abdulai Bell-Baggie playing at Prenton Park in March 2013.

At the end of November he joined Conference National high-flyers Crawley Town on loan,[12] but only made one FA Cup appearance. At the end of the 2010–11 season Bell-Baggie was released by Reading.[13]

In August 2011, Bell-Baggie signed a contract with Yeovil Town to keep him at the League One club until January 2012.[14] In December 2011, Bell-Baggie was informed his short-term contract would not be extended and he was released without making a single appearance.[15] He signed with Conference club Hayes & Yeading United on 6 January,[16] and played in the club's 3–1 defeat at Kidderminster Harriers the next day.[17] On 16 January his ten-day spell at the club came to an end when he was signed by Salisbury City manager Darrell Clarke.[18]

Tranmere Rovers[edit]

In July 2012, he joined Tranmere Rovers on trial.[19] Manager Ronnie Moore, who was also manager during the winger's time at Rotherham, was impressed enough to offer Bell-Baggie a one-year contract, which was duly signed.[20] Having featured regularly for the club since his arrival, he signed a new contract on 7 March 2013, keeping him at Tranmere until 2015.[21] He scored two goals in 34 appearances across the 2012–13 campaign.

Bell-Baggie played 15 games at the start of the 2013–14 season, but did not make an appearance for Rovers after November as the club suffered relegation out of League One. He was placed on the transfer list in January 2015 by new manager Micky Adams, who had previously coached him at Port Vale,[22] before having his contract cancelled by mutual consent a month later.[23]

Non-league[edit]

In March 2015, Bell-Baggie joined Conference Premier club Bristol Rovers on a deal until the end of the 2014–15 season.[24] Rovers won promotion out of the play-offs, though Bell-Baggie never made an appearance for the club. He was released at the end of the season.[25]

In June 2015, Bell-Baggie signed for National League North side Stockport County, and was described by manager Neil Young as "an exciting and excellent" player.[26] He was released by new "Hatters" manager Jim Gannon in February after struggling with a series of niggling injuries.[27]

He signed with Poole Town in March 2016.[28] He played four league games towards the end of the 2015–16 season as the "Dolphins" won promotion into the National League South as champions of the Southern League Premier Division.

International career[edit]

Bell-Baggie turned out for England at both under-16 and under-17 levels.[29] He lifted the Victory Shield in 2007 with the under-16s, Bell-Baggie starting in the 2–0 win over Wales and the 2–1 win against Scotland.[30] In August 2008 he made two appearances for the under-17s, in a 2–1 defeat by Portugal and a 2–0 win over Italy.[31]

Bell-Baggie made his senior debut with Sierra Leone in a 1–0 defeat to Cape Verde at the Estádio da Várzea in a World Cup qualifier on 15 June 2013.[32]

Style of play[edit]

Rotherham United manager Ronnie Moore considered him to be an "impact player". He went on to say "he's got electric pace. He's brave and strong and has got a lot of goals for the Reserves and kids. He's two footed and can play on the left wing and gets into little pocket. He turns and twists and, even at his young age, he knows the game."[33]

Personal life[edit]

In 2011, Bell-Baggie was living with his girlfriend, Natalie, sister of Adam Lallana.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 31 July 2016.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Reading 2009–10[34] Championship 0 0 0 0
2010–11[35] Championship 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rotherham United (loan) 2009–10[34] League Two 11 0 1[a] 0 12 0
Port Vale (loan) 2010–11[35] League Two 3 0 1 0 1[b] 0 5 0
Crawley Town (loan) 2010–11[35] Conference National 0 0 1 0 1 0
Yeovil Town 2011–12[36] League One 0 0 0 0
Hayes & Yeading United 2011–12[36] Conference National 1 0 1 0
Salisbury City 2011–12[37] Conference South 5 1 5 1
Tranmere Rovers 2012–13[38] League One 31 1 2 1 1[b] 0 34 2
2013–14[39] League One 12 0 1 0 2 0 15 0
2014–15[40] League Two 12 3 1 0 1 0 2[b] 0 16 3
Total 55 4 2 0 5 1 3 0 65 5
Bristol Rovers 2014–15[40] Conference National 0 0 0 0
Stockport County 2015–16[41] National League North 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 1
Poole Town 2015–16[42] Southern League Premier Division 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2016–17[41] National League South 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Career total 91 6 3 0 6 1 5 0 105 7
  1. ^ Appearance in the League Two play-offs
  2. ^ a b c Appearance in the Football League Trophy

International statistics[edit]

Sierra Leone national team
Year Apps Goals
2013 2 0
2014 3 0
Total[43] 5 0

Honours[edit]

England under-16s

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Rollin, Jack; Rollin, Glenda. Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2010–2011. ISBN 0-7553-6107-5. 
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  4. ^ a b Fordham, Jonny (7 June 2010). "Bell-Baggie absolutely delighted after Wembley run-out". Reading Post. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
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  14. ^ "Kerrea Gilbert and Abdulai Bell-Baggie join Yeovil Town". BBC Sport. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
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  36. ^ a b "Games played by Abdulai Bell-Baggie in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
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  43. ^ "Abdulai Bell-Baggie". national-football-teams.com. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 

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