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Full name  Lee Bell
Years  Team
Weight  74 kg
1997–2002  Crewe Alexandra
Height  1.78 m
Playing position  Midfielder
Role  Footballer
Place of birth  Alsager, England
Name  Lee Bell

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Date of birth  (1983-01-26) 26 January 1983 (age 32)
Current team  Macclesfield Town F.C. (Midfielder)
Similar People  Ian Sharps, Matt Palmer, Rhys Taylor

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Lee Bell (born 26 January 1983) is an English former professional footballer who last played as a midfielder for Macclesfield Town, on loan from Burton Albion.


He began his career at Crewe Alexandra, also representing Burton Albion, Mansfield Town and Macclesfield Town, before returning in succession to Crewe, Burton Albion and latterly Macclesfield Town on loan from Burton. Bell retired from playing in the summer of 2015, aged 32, and rejoined Crewe as under-18s coach, later (January 2017) becoming under-18s manager.

Crewe Alexandra

Bell was born in Alsager, Cheshire. He is a product of the Crewe Alexandra academy system, having signed schoolboy terms with the club in 1997, on the same day as David Vaughan.

In January 2001 he had a training ground bust-up with Colin Cramb, who subsequently left Gresty Road and indeed the country. Despite this, Bell was awarded a professional contract in February 2001. He made his debut for the first team, coming on as a substitute on the opening day of the 2002–03 season against Northampton Town. A week later to his debut, Bell scored his first professional goal, in a 2-0 win over Colchester United. His playing time at Crewe soon earned him a new contract in February 2003. He made 22 appearances in the 2002–03 promotion campaign, mostly as a substitute.

However, in the 2003-04 season, Bell lost his first team place following the arrival of Justin Cochrane and joined Football Conference side, Shrewsbury on loan in October 2003, but an injury restricted his opportunities and he returned to Crewe in January 2004. Bell established himself in the first team in December 2004, starting 18 times in the remainder of the 2004–05 season, and signed a new two-year contract in June 2005.

After falling down the pecking order at the start of the 2005–06 season, Bell joined Burton Albion on a one-month loan in October 2005, which was extended for a further month. After a two months loan spell at Burton Albion, Bell returned to Crewe and made 18 appearances in the 2005–06 season. During in which, Bell scored two more goals against Reading and Brighton & Hove Albion.

A broken foot and an ankle injury caused Bell to miss the start of the 2006–07 season. After being limited to one first team appearance, he had a request to leave Crewe granted in January 2007, and joined Burton Albion on a contract until the end of the season. After making twellve appearance for the club, Bell was released by the club.

Mansfield Town

After leaving Burton Albion, Bell went on a trial at Mansfield Town. Following a successful trial, Bell joined Mansfield Town in August 2007. Bell made his Mansfield Town debut in the opening game of the season, in a 1-1 draw against Brentford and then scored his first Mansfield Town goal, in a 2-1 loss against Morecambe on 12 February 2008.

He made 27 appearances for Mansfield in the 2007–08 season, before suffering a serious knee injury in February 2008 that ruled him out for most of the rest of the season.

Macclesfield Town

After Mansfield Town were relegated to the Conference National at the end of the 2007–08 season, Bell was released by the club, and joined Macclesfield Town on a one-year contract.

After being on the bench in the opening game of the season against Shrewsbury Town, Bell made his Macclesfield Town debut, in a 2-0 loss against Bradford City on 16 August 2008. Four months on 12 December 2008, Bell scored his first goal for the club, in a 4-2 win over Chesterfield. He impressed at the club in 2008–09, making a total of 47 appearances, and signed a one-year extension to his contract in June 2009.

He played 44 games in 2009–10, where he scored two goals against Dagenham & Redbridge and Barnet. As a result, Bell was voted the club's Player of the Year. However,Bell was released by the club, along with ten other players, in May 2010.

Crewe Alexandra (second spell)

He was re-signed by Crewe on a two-year contract in May 2010, with manager Dario Gradi looking to add experience to the squad. Upon re-signing for Crewe Alexandra, Bell revealed he took a pay-cut, in order to join the club despite interests.

Bell's first appearance since leaving the club three years ago came in the opening game of the season when they lost 1-0 to Hereford United. During the season, Bell was one of three regular club captains during the 2010–11 season, along with David Artell and Ashley Westwood. Bell scored his first goal for the club and set up the fifth goal for Clayton Donaldson in a 5-5 draw thriller against Chesterfield on 2 October 2010. However, Bell was in confrontation row with the club's supporters, which resulted Bell spating. The incident caused Bell to apologise. He went on to make forty-four league appearance for the club during the 2011-12 season, having missed one game, due to suspension after a second bookable offence.

Ahead of the 2011-12 season, Bell said he was willing to share the captaincy with Artell and Westwood for the second time. Unfortunately, Bell suffered an injury when he suffered a groin injury, which required him to go under the knife. In a draw against Crawley Town on 2 April 2012, Bell was at fault when he gave a penalty when he handled, allowing Crawley Town successfully converted to make it 1-1. Bell went on to make thirty appearance for the club.

He helped the club to reach the play-offs in 2011–12, and was a last second substitute as the "Railwaymen" secured victory in the League Two play-off final at Wembley Stadium. However, he was released by new boss Steve Davis a few days later, and was heavily linked with a move to nearby Port Vale.

Burton Albion

After leaving Crewe Alexandra for the second time, Bell went on trial at Burton Albion, linking with them for the third time of his career. Bell was then involved in a pre season friendly against Aston Villa, which he impressed during the trial. Following a short trial, Bell signed a one-year contract with Burton Albion.

Bell re-debut for Burton Albion for the third time in the first round of League Cup, in a 2-2 draw against Sheffield United and played 120 minutes. Bell was the only Burton Albion's player to be missed, as they beat them 5-4 in the penalty shoot-out. In the next game in the opening game of the season against Rotherham United, Bell started in the match, but was sent-off in the 62nd minutes after a second bookable offense, in a 3-0 lost. After serving a suspension, Bell was able to make amends when he scored his first Burton Albion goal of the season, in a 3-1 win over York City on 19 September 2012. In the second round of the FA Cup, Bell captained Burton Albion for the first time against his former club, Crewe. Weeks later, on 29 December 2012, Bell scored his second goal for the club and setting up the second goal of the game, in a 2-0 win over Southend United. Bell later added two more goals later in the season against Exeter City and Dagenham & Redbridge. During the season, Bell, who had captain the team for a number of games during the season, helped the club with their highest ever finish in the football league. Their 4th place in League Two saw them face Bradford City in the playoffs. Bell, however, received a 4-game suspension for a red card given towards the end of the season and was unavailable for the final, should Burton Albion have reached it. After the club unsuccessfully win the play-offs, Bell made forty-three appearance in his first full season at the club. Despite this, Bell was nominated for the club's Player of the Year and was rewarded with a new one-year contract in April 2013.

In the 2013-14 season, Bell was appointed as the new club captain. Bell continued to be in the first team regular. However, Bell was in and out of the starting eleven squad during the season, due to competing over the starting eleven spot, which saw him on the substitute bench. Later in the season, Bell scored his first goal of the season, in a 3-0 win over Hartlepool United on 19 April 2014. For the second time running. Bell helped the club reach the play-offs by finishing sixth place and ultimately reaching the final, which they lost 1-0 against Fleetwood Town. After making thirty-four appearance for the club, Bell was once again rewarded with a one-year contract extension for the second time running.

In the 2014-15 season, Bell missed the start of the season, due to a knee injury, which he sustained in the play-offs final three month ago. After making a brief return against Mansfield Town, Bell find himself competing with newly signing John Mousinho over the starting eleven squad. Despite the first team limit, Bell scored his first Burton Albion goal of the season, in a 4-3 win over Carlisle United on 21 October 2014. Following Gary Rowett's departure to Birmingham City, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was appointed new Manager of the club. Under his management, Bell was rarely used in the first team and made only one substitute appearance. As a result, Bell was informed by Hasslebaink that he would not feature in the team and he should look for a move.

Macclesfield Town (loan) and Retirement

On transfer deadline day 2 February 2015, Bell returned to Macclesfield Town on loan until the end of the season. Bell's first appearance for Macclesfield Town since leaving the club five years ago came on 7 February 2015, playing 90 minutes, in a 3-2 win over Welling United. Bell then scored three goals in three consecutive matches between 6 April 2015 and 18 April 2015 against Wrexham Forest Green Rovers, and Dartford. Upon returning to his parent club, Bell was released by the club.

Bell retired from playing in the summer of 2015, aged 32, and rejoined Crewe as under-18s coach, and was promoted to under-18s manager in January 2017 during a coaching reshuffle following the appointment of David Artell as new first team manager.

Career statistics

As of 11 December 2013.
  • Football League Trophy & play-off results included in totals.
  • Personal life

    Bell was a columnist for the Burton Mail.


  • Macclesfield Town F.C. Player of the Year: 2009–10
  • Burton Albion F.C. Player of the Year: 2012–13
  • with Crewe Alexandra
  • Football League Second Division runner-up: 2002–03
  • Football League Two play-off winner: 2012
  • References

    Lee Bell Wikipedia