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Midfielder David Bell the latest summer signing to exit Stamford AFC

By John Evely

David Bell in action for Stamford
David Bell in action for Stamford

Stamford AFC have parted company with another of their summer signings today (Tuesday) as midfielder David Bell has switched the Daniels for Spalding United.

Bell was former Stamford manager David Staff’s big signing of the summer and he has done well since coming into the side, providing much improved set piece ball.

His strong passing game and added creativity is one of the reasons Stamford have scored so many goals this season, 25, the second most in the Evo-Stik NPL.

But in a week of change at the club, with new manager Andrew Wilson taking the helm, he has followed striker Greg Smith out the door as the club look to get out of the relegation zone.

Smith rejoined fellow strugglers Grantham Town on Friday.

Both men signed this summer along with midfielder James Jepson who has already left the club.

With defender Tom Batchelor also leaving the club earlier this month for personal reasons it means the entire spine of the Daniels’ side has been ripped out.

Spalding United, play one division below Stamford in the Evo-Stik First Division South, and have had a disappointing start to a season when they hoped to be challenging for promotion.

United currently sit in 10th spot in the league, 12 points behind leaders Stafford Rangers.

Spalding have already lured striker Josh Moreman away from the Daniels this year. He had agreed a verbal deal to join the Daniels this summer but was snapped up by the Tulips when the transfer window opened.

At 31 Bell has plenty of experience of playing at a higher level having played for Coventry City, Norwich City, Luton Town, Rushden & Diamonds and Notts County.

His move from Norwich to Coventry in January 2009, was believed to be for a fee in the region of £500,000.

Last season he played for King’s Lynn Town, captaining the side, after leaving Notts County by mutual consent in January, 2014.


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