Bruce Campbell (Australian footballer)

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Bruce Campbell
Personal information
Full name Robert Wallace Bruce Campbell
Date of birth 2 May 1890
Place of birth Richmond, Victoria
Date of death 16 October 1964(1964-10-16) (aged 74)
Original team(s) Subiaco (WAFL)[1]
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1911 Carlton 03 0(0)
1911–1912 Fitzroy 15 (27)
1920 Melbourne 05 0(4)
Total 23 (31)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1920.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Robert Wallace Bruce Campbell (2 May 1890 – 16 October 1964) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Carlton, Fitzroy and Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Campbell, a Victorian by birth, was brought up in Western Australia and debuted for Subiaco in 1908.[2]

He started his VFL career at Carlton, appearing in the opening three rounds of the 1911 season.[3] His first two league game ended in draws and the third was decided by a margin of just two points.[3] They would be the only games he played for Carlton and he finished the season at Fitzroy.[3]

Used as a forward, Campbell made an immediate impression at his new club and despite only playing the second half of the season was their leading goal-kicker with 25 goals.[3] He would only make six appearances in 1912 and decided to return to Subiaco.

Campbell continued playing for Subiaco until 1919, although he missed three seasons during the war. He was a member of Subiaco's 1913 and 1915 premiership winning teams.[2]

In 1920 he once again returned to Victoria and despite being 30 years of age was signed by Melbourne. He however played only five senior games.[3]

He would go on to become a Lieutenant in the Australian Army, having volunteered to serve in World War II.[4]


  1. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5. 
  2. ^ a b Devaney, John. "Bruce Campbell". Australian Football. 
  3. ^ a b c d e AFL Tables: Bruce Campbell
  4. ^ WW2 Nominal Roll: Robert Wallace Bruce Campbell