Bonny Campbell

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Bonny Campbell
Personal information
Full name Hugh Campbell
Date of birth 1898
Date of death 28 April 1987(1987-04-28)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1915 North Fremantle 012 00(-)
1916–1922 South Fremantle 088 00(-)
1924–1928 East Perth 088 (358)
Total 188 (630)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1928.

Hugh 'Bonny' Campbell (1898–28 April 1987[1]) was an Australian rules footballer who played 188 West Australian Football League (WAFL) games and kicked 630 goals. A regular West Australian interstate representative, he is famous for kicking 23 goals in a game for Western Australia against Queensland at the 1924 Hobart Carnival.

Campbell started his career at North Fremantle but the club became defunct soon after and he moved to South Fremantle. Playing as a half back flanker he helped South Fremantle to win back to back premierships in 1916 and 1917. A few years later, however, when South Fremantle lost their regular full-forward to injury Campbell was asked to fill in and he did so well that by 1921 he was the regular state full-forward, a position Campbell retained until his retirement.[2]

For the 1922 season Campbell was named captain of South Fremantle, and finished the season as the WAFL's leading goalkicker. After spending 1923 on the sidelines due to a clearance dispute, he moved to East Perth the following season. He topped the league's goalkicking again in 1924 and was a premiership player at East Perth in 1926 and 1927. He was back at his best form late in 1928 including a thirteen-goal performance against Perth,[3] but shortly before the 1929 season was due to open Campbell announced unexpectedly that he would be retiring,not long after it was thought that despite niggling injuries he would continue.[4]


  1. ^ Poat, Peter & East, Alan (1987). 1987 West Australian Football Register. p. 117. 
  2. ^ ‘Has Played His Last Game: "Bonny" Campbell’s Brilliant Career; Strategist and Goal-Kicking Prodigy’; The Daily News, 10 May 1929, p. 8
  3. ^ ‘Perth Routed: East Perth’s Wonderful Play’; The West Australian, 3 September 1928, p. 14 Jump up ^
  4. ^ ‘Club Prospects – East Perth’; Western Mail, 11 April 1929, p. 25

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