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Football Origins with Amari'i Bell

The left back steps up to answer our questions about his first and favourites

24 September 2019

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Amari'i Bell's next to take the stage for our new 'Football Origins' feature...

We sat down with the midfielder to discuss his career so far, his firsts, his favourites and much more.

This piece was in the matchday programme against Millwall.

First Football Memory

It was when I went to a Premier League game, Liverpool versus Aston Villa. I went with my youth group and it ended 1-1. Nobby Solano scored one and I think it was Steven Gerrard who scored the other.

First Game You Attended

The one I just mentioned. It was at Villa Park. I didn’t support either of the teams, but it was just enjoyable to be there with my friends and just see a live football game.

Team You Supported Growing Up

Always Manchester United. I’ve got an older brother and he supported them, so I followed on from him.

First Football Shirt Owned

Funnily enough, it was a Rangers shirt. My mum didn’t have a clue about football, she didn’t know who I supported, so she just thought any team would do.

First Pair of Football Boots

They were Nike, that’s what I remember. They were all white, with some red stripes. I don’t remember the model. They looked good though!

Favourite Player

My favourite player will always be Ronaldinho. He speaks for himself. He was a magician with the ball.First Junior Team

It was a team called Royal Eagles. We played in the Central Warwickshire Football League. It was quite a good team to be fair.

Age You Were Scouted

I was first scouted at age 10. That was for West Bromwich Albion. And then I left there and went to Birmingham when I was 16. To get a professional deal, it’s what everybody dreams about, so it was an amazing feeling for me and my family.

Professional Debut

I think I was 19. It was for Birmingham against Leicester. I wasn’t expecting it to be fair. It was a late shout from the manager. Somebody got injured and I just had to fill in, but it was a great feeling. It’s what I had worked hard for and just to be out there and playing in the Championship back then, it was massive for me.

Best Memory in Football

I’d probably say it was my debut. Like I said, it’s something I had looked forward to for a long time and it came just like that, so I’ll always hold that as the best memory I’ve had.

Best Advice Ever Received

I’d probably say it was when I was at West Brom, when I was young. There was this driver and he would always tell me to always have passion, belief and a desire and just be hungry for every opportunity that you have.

Advice for Young Players

I’d probably say just never stop believing. Always trust in the process and always make sure that you know that you’re putting in that extra work off the field or when you’re at home and make sure you live right.

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