Bobby Campbell (English footballer)

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Bobby Campbell
Personal information
Full name Robert George Campbell
Date of birth (1937-04-23)23 April 1937
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Date of death 6 November 2015(2015-11-06) (aged 78)
Playing position Wing half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1961 Liverpool 24 (2)
1961–1966 Portsmouth 64 (2)
1966–1967 Aldershot 5 (0)
Total 93 (4)
Teams managed
1976–1980 Fulham
1982–1984 Portsmouth
1985–1986 Al Qadsia Kuwait
1988–1991 Chelsea
1993–1994 Al-Arabi Kuwait

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Robert George "Bobby" Campbell (23 April 1937 – 6 November 2015)[1]was an English professional football player and later manager.

Playing career[edit]

He began his career with Liverpool, where he also won England Youth international caps. He then moved on to Portsmouth and later Aldershot.[2]

Coaching and managerial career[edit]

After injury ended his career in 1966, he turned his hand to coaching, at Portsmouth and then, with greater success, at Queens Park Rangers. He went on to work under Bertie Mee at Arsenal as first-team coach, after Steve Burtenshaw's resignation and subsequent departure to Sheffield Wednesday in 1973.

His first managerial job came at Fulham in 1976, after his former boss Alec Stock was sacked. After four years Campbell was sacked when the team made a poor start to the 1980–81 season. He moved on to Portsmouth, whom he led to the Third Division title in 1982–83. However he was sacked in May 1984.

Towards the end of the 1987–88 season, Campbell was appointed assistant to manager John Hollins at Chelsea, a team in the midst of a relegation battle; one month later Hollins was sacked and Campbell appointed caretaker manager until the end of the season. Campbell was unable to turn around the club's fortunes in the eight games which remained that season, and they were relegated via the short-lived play-off system.

He made amends the following season, however, as his side romped to promotion as Second Division champions with a haul of 99 points. A year later, he led to Chelsea to a 5th-place finish in the First Division, their highest league placing since 1970. He was relieved of his managerial duties after an 11th-place finish and appointed personal assistant to Chelsea chairman Ken Bates in 1991.

Campbell went on to coach in Kuwait where he managed the two biggest clubs in the country: Al-Arabi SC and Qadsia SC.


He died on 6 November 2015.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ "Bobby Campbell, Chelsea manager - obituary". Daily Telegraph. 10 November 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Bobby Campbell". neilbrown. Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "Liverpool FC: Bobby Campbell dies aged 78". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Bobby Campbell: Ex-Chelsea, Portsmouth & Fulham boss dies". BBC Sport. 7 November 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Former Chelsea manager Bobby Campbell dies aged 78". The Guardian. 7 November 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 

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