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Pleased For Belly

19 May 2014

Steve Davis pleased that our former captain has made it through to Wembley again

Steve Davis was quick to send Lee Bell his congratulations after our former player and Academy coach Lee Bell secured another trip to Wembley with Burton Albion. The Brewers confirmed their place in the League Two Play-Off Final with a 3-2 aggregate win over Southend United on Saturday.

Bell returns to Wembley and could captain the side when they take on Fleetwood Town, who could also have former Crewe players Mark Roberts, Gareth Evans, Antony Sarcevic and Steven Schumacher in their ranks.

Lee Bell was a late substitute in our 2012 Play-Off Final win over Cheltenham Town. The midfielder was excellent against Southend in the play-off second leg as he covered for Luke Murphy, but with the future captain returning to fitness, Bell had to settle for a place on the substitutes’ bench.

May 2012.thBell, 30, replaced Byron Moore in the final minute of our 2-0 win over Cheltenham on 27

Steve told the club’s official web-site: “It is great for Lee and great for Burton. I texted him after the Southend game to congratulate him on making it through to Wembley again. I wished him good luck for the final and he texted back saying it meant a lot.

“Lee has had a decent career and he is a whole hearted player who has been brilliant for Burton. I have spoken to Gary (Rowett) about him and he has been delighted with him. He is a good leader and is an excellent coach in our Academy.

“He got on for 30 seconds or so when we were promoted because he deserved to get on the pitch, but this will be different. I am delighted for him that his lad can go to Wembley and actually watch his dad play. I hope they do it because I thought they had the toughest draw with Southend.

“I thought Southend would have too much for them but they deserved to get through over the two legs.

“It would be a great achievement for Lee and Burton and I don’t think there is too much between the two clubs. It will be tight to call.

Steve added: “Lee is a great lad and everyone at the Football Club wishes him well. “

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