Matthew Bell (footballer)

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Matthew Bell
Personal information
Date of birth (1992-01-03) 3 January 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth Stoke-on-Trent, England
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Nantwich Town
Youth career
Port Vale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Port Vale 0 (0)
2011–2012 Mansfield Town 1 (0)
2011–2012 Stafford Rangers (loan) 5 (1)
2012 Solihull Moors (loan) 4 (0)
2012 Leek Town (loan) 12 (0)
2012–2015 Leek Town 134 (12)
2015 Kidsgrove Athletic 10 (3)
2015– Nantwich Town 116 (25)
National team
2015 British Virgin Islands 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Matthew Bell (born 3 January 1992) is a British Virgin Islands international footballer who plays for English Northern Premier League Premier Division club Nantwich Town. He came through the youth team at Port Vale, and has played for Mansfield Town, Stafford Rangers, Leek Town, Solihull Moors, Kidsgrove Athletic, and Nantwich Town.

Club career[edit]

Bell came through the youth ranks at Port Vale and turned professional with the League Two club under Micky Adams in April 2010.[1] However, he failed to make a first team appearance at Vale Park and was released in May 2011.[2]

He signed a one-year contract with Conference National club Mansfield Town in June 2011.[3] Manager Paul Cox stated that "He has a lovely left foot, is tenacious, has high fitness levels and can play at left-back, left-midfield and even in central midfield".[4] He was loaned out to Northern Premier League side Stafford Rangers in December 2011 and Leek Town in March 2012.[5][6]

He signed with Kidsgrove Athletic in February 2015.[7] He joined Nantwich Town in May 2015.[8] He helped the "Dabbers" to reach the semi-finals of the FA Trophy in 2015–16, scoring 12 goals in all competitions, and then to qualify for the Northern Premier League play-offs the following season, scoring eight goals from 51 appearances.[9][10] This season also saw him collect the Players Player of the Year award for his performances.[11]

International career[edit]

Bell was called up to the British Virgin Islands squad and made his debut on 26 March 2015, in a 3–2 defeat to Dominica at Windsor Park in the First Round of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[12] He played in the reverse fixture three days later, a 0–0 draw which eliminated the British Virgin Islands from the competition.[13]

Statistics[edit]

Club Season Division League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goal
Port Vale 2009–10[14] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11[14] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mansfield Town 2011–12[14] Conference National 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Solihull Moors 2011–12[14] Conference North 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vale trio offered deals". Sky Sports. 28 April 2010. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Kris Taylor and Matthew Bell released by Port Vale". BBC Sport. 27 May 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Stags make double swoop for Matt Bell and Anthony Howell". Nottingham Post. 10 June 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Stags land Port Vale youngster Matt Bell". Chad. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Matthew Bell set to leave Rangers". Express & Star. 17 January 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "Mansfield Town defender Matt Bell joins Leek Read". Nottingham Post. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  7. ^ Sharpe, Rich (13 February 2015). "Kidsgrove Athletic sign Matt Bell from Leek Town". The Sentinel. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "Nantwich Town new boy Matt Bell says joining was "easy choice"". Nantwich News. 13 June 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "2015/16 Player Stats - Nantwich Town FC". Nantwich Town FC. Retrieved 29 August 2017. 
  10. ^ "Matt Bell - Nantwich Town FC". Nantwich Town FC. Retrieved 29 August 2017. 
  11. ^ "2016/17 End of Season Awards Evening". Nantwich Town FC. 6 May 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2017. 
  12. ^ "British Virgin Islands vs. Dominica 2 - 3". Soccerway. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  13. ^ "Dominica vs. British Virgin Islands 0 - 0". Soccerway. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  14. ^ a b c d Matthew Bell at Soccerway