David Bell (footballer, born 1984)
|Full name||David Anthony Bell|
|Date of birth||21 January 1984|
|Place of birth||Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|2000–2006||Rushden & Diamonds||122||(10)|
|2008||→ Leicester City (loan)||6||(0)|
|2014–2015||King's Lynn Town||12||(1)|
|2004–2005||Republic of Ireland U21||2||(0)|
|2007||Republic of Ireland B||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 January 2014.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:40, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
David Anthony Bell (born 21 January 1984) is a former professional footballer. A midfielder, he played for Norwich City, Coventry City, Luton Town, Rushden & Diamonds and Notts County and is currently manager of Corby Town.
The 2006–07 season was very much a breakthrough season for him as he went from a squad player at Luton to one of the club's key players under Mike Newell and Kevin Blackwell. In January 2007 he was given a contract extension, running through to 2010.
At the end of season awards, Bell won the Internet Player of the Season and Young Supporters' Player of the Season – an achievement few fans believed possible at the start of the season, as Bell had not even broken into the starting line-up at the season's beginning.
On 23 July 2008 it was confirmed that Bell had agreed a three-year deal with Norwich City, signing for an undisclosed fee. His debut for the club was delayed by an ankle injury incurred before his signing. He finally made his first appearance in a home defeat to Derby County on 4 October 2008.
On 29 January 2009, he signed for Coventry City, for a fee believed to be on the region of £500,000.
Bell scored his first goal for Coventry on 21 March 2009 with a 45-yard strike against Doncaster at the Ricoh Arena. Bell scored in Coventry's FA Cup 3rd round tie draw at Premier League club Portsmouth on 2 January 2010.
On 19 October 2016, Bell was appointed as Assistant Manager to fellow former Rushden & Diamonds academy product Gary Mills at Corby Town. Bell became Corby manager in May 2017 after Mills left the club.
Stats according to Soccerbase
- As of 29 April 2013
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Rushden & Diamonds||2000–01||Conference||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|Leicester City (loan)||2007–08||Championship||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||0|
|Luton Town Total||75||7||7||0||6||1||1||0||89||8|
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- "Bell signs for Canaries". 23 July 2008. Retrieved 23 July 2008.
- "Bell blow for Canaries". Sky Sports. 30 July 2008. Retrieved 15 August 2008.
- "Norwich 1–2 Derby". BBC News. 4 October 2008. Retrieved 11 October 2008.
- "Coventry 1–0 Doncaster". BBC. 21 March 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
- "Portsmouth 1–1 Coventry". BBC. 2 January 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
- Magpies Swoop For Creative Midfielder
- Gary Mills is the new Corby boss Corby Town F.C.
- Former Coventry City midfielder David Bell named Corby Town manager Coventry Telegraph, 4 May 2017