Ian Campbell (footballer)

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Ian Campbell
Personal information
Date of birth (1953-11-22) 22 November 1953 (age 61)
Place of birth Dunfermline, Scotland
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Lochore Welfare
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1975 Dunfermline Athletic 44 (11)
1975–1976 Arbroath 1 (0)
1976–1977 Cowdenbeath 28 (3)
1977–1985 Brechin City 282 (125)
1985–1987 Dunfermline Athletic 50 (16)
1986–1987 Montrose (loan)[1] 4 (0)
Teams managed
2005–2006 Brechin City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ian Campbell (born 22 November 1953 in Dunfermline, Fife) is a Scottish football player and manager. His twin brother Dick Campbell is also a football player and manager.

Playing career[edit]

As a player Campbell was a noted lower division forward whose 131 goals in all competitions established the individual record for a player with Brechin City.[2] He had previously appeared for Dunfermline Athletic and Arbroath and went on to appear for Cowdenbeath, Dunfermline again and Montrose before retiring. During his career, Campbell was promoted with Brechin and helped Dunfermline to achieve promotion twice.

Coaching career[edit]

In a coaching career spanning 25 years, Campbell has helped Dunfermline achieve promotion to the Scottish Premier League three times, saw Brechin City promoted three times and Forfar once.[citation needed]

Campbell managed Brechin City between 2005 and 2006, succeeding his brother Dick to whom he had been assistant.[3] However his tenure proved unsuccessful and he was fired with the club bottom of their division.[4] He became the assistant manager of Forfar Athletic in 2008, again working for his twin brother.[5][6] Ian took temporary charge of the team in 2011, when his brother underwent treatment for cancer.[6] He left Forfar in June 2014 to concentrate on his business commitments.[6]

Campbell also works closely with the Scottish Football Association delivering courses to assist the development of coaches and managers.[citation needed]

Business Career[edit]

Campbell has also pursued a career in business, joining CR Smith after his playing career and progressing from personnel manager to operations director and then managing director.

In 1993, Campbell set up Avenue Scotland as part of the Creyfs Group, where he became Group Managing Director, looking after 46 recruitment companies across Europe. In 2001, he left his post with the Creyfs Group to focus his efforts on Avenue Scotland Group, which now includes Avenue Recruitment, Avenue Care Services, Avenue Logistics as well as Avenue Consultancy - a specialist business consultancy working with companies across the UK.

Campbell is also a Director of Hotel Connexxions.

As of June 2014, he was managing director of Human Resources, a company based in Dunfermline.[6]


  1. ^ Playing stats
  2. ^ G & J Rollin, The Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2008-2009, p. 694
  3. ^ Campbell proves relative success
  4. ^ O'Neill named as Brechin manager
  5. ^ Elgin City v Forfar Athletic: Preview
  6. ^ a b c d "Forfar Athletic: Ian Campbell leaves brother Dick's side". BBC Sport. BBC. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2014.