Bobby Campbell (Northern Irish footballer)

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Bobby Campbell
Personal information
Full name Robert McFaul Campbell
Date of birth (1956-09-13)13 September 1956
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Date of death 15 November 2016(2016-11-15) (aged 60)
Place of death Huddersfield, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1972–1974 Aston Villa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1975 Aston Villa 10 (1)
1975Halifax Town (loan) 15 (1)
1975–1977 Huddersfield Town 31 (9)
1977–1978 Sheffield United 37 (11)
1978 Vancouver Whitecaps 13 (9)
1978 Huddersfield Town 7 (3)
1979 Halifax Town 22 (3)
1979 Brisbane City 20 (10)
1979–1983 Bradford City 148 (76)
1983 Derby County 11 (4)
1983–1986 Bradford City 126 (45)
1986–1988 Wigan Athletic 69 (27)
Total 509 (199)
National team
1982 Northern Ireland 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Robert McFaul "Bobby" Campbell (13 September 1956 – 15 November 2016)[1] was a Northern Irish former international footballer who played as a centre forward.

Born in Belfast, Campbell started his career at Aston Villa, making his professional debut in April 1974. He failed to establish himself in the first team, making 10 league appearances for the club before being sold to Huddersfield Town in May 1975. He joined Sheffield United in 1977, but left the club after just one season. He briefly returned to Huddersfield Town for a second spell before signing for Halifax Town.

In December 1979, he joined Bradford City. He made over 300 appearances for the club, and became the club's all-time leading goalscorer with a total of 143 goals. Whilst at Bradford he won promotion from Division Four in the 1981-82 season and the Football League Division Three title in 1984–85, the latter of which paled into insignificance when 56 spectators were killed in a stand fire while playing Lincoln City in the final game of the season.

In April 1982, Campbell was included in the Northern Ireland squad for the upcoming British Home Championship,[2] and was subsequently capped twice during the tournament. He was also selected by his country for the 1982 FIFA World Cup later that year, but failed to make an appearance.

Campbell left Bradford in 1986 and joined Wigan Athletic, where he finished his playing career. After retiring from football in 1988, he ran a working men's club in Huddersfield.


  1. ^ Bobby Campbell: Bradford City record goalscorer dies at the age of 60, BBC Football (15 November 2016). Retrieved 15 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Campbell's Kingdom". The Guardian. 22 April 1982. p. 20.

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