15. Steven Bell
Bell resurrected his career at Stranraer following three years out of the game due to a serious achillies injury. The Glasgow-born midfielder started his career at Dundee United, signing his first professional contract in 2002, but was unable to make the breakthrough at Tannandice and, via a brief stint at Queen of the South, it was at Stirling Albion where he fist came to prominance as an energetic, box-to-box midfielder.
Signed in January 2007, Bell helped Stirling to promotion to the First Division via the play-offs in his first six months at Forthbank and although the Binos were relegated the following season, Bell’s performances attracted interest from Dunfermline who secured his services on a pre-contract deal in January 2008.
Bell became a firm favourite at East End Park, scoring 16 goals in 80 appearances before his Pars career was effectively ended half-way through his third season in Fife with the achillies injury suffered at Cappielow in November 2010. Dunfermline went on to win promotion to the Permier League but Bell could only watch from the sidelines and – following a further injury setback – was released by the cash-strapped Pars at the end of the 2011/12 season.
After a further 17 months of rehabilitation, Steven Aitken gave Bell the opportunity to return to competative action in October 2013. Signed initially on a short-term deal until January 2014, he repaid Stranraer’s faith in him despite interest from Championship clubs. Bell was an important figure for the Blues, helping them reach the promotion play-offs in three consecutive seasons and was handed the captain’s armband by Brian Reid at the start of the 2015/16 season. He made over 150 appearances for the Blues and has also performed at centre-back for the Blues before his January 2017 switch to Somerset Park.
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