Darren Campbell (footballer)

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Darren Campbell
Personal information
Date of birth (1986-04-16) 16 April 1986 (age 32)
Place of birth Cambridge, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
2002–2003 Reading
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Reading 1 (0)
2005 Tamworth (loan) 3 (0)
2005–2006 Staines Town ? (?)
2006–2007 Fleet Town ? (?)
2007 Staines Town ? (?)
2007–2011 Fleet Town ? (?)
2010 Camberley Town ? (?)
National team
2002 England U17 ? (?)
2003 Scotland U17 ? (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Darren Campbell (born 16 April 1986) is a footballer who plays as a winger. He began his career at Reading and was most recently attached to Isthmian League side Fleet Town.

Club career[edit]

Born in Cambridge, England,[1] Campbell joined Reading as a first-year scholar in June 2002 as part of a group that also contained future Mansfield Town and Rotherham United player Johnny Mullins.[2] He signed his first professional contract on 15 April 2003 at half time during Reading's home game against Preston North End[3] and two weeks later made his first, and ultimately last, appearance for Reading as a second-half substitute against Watford.[4] In September 2004 he damaged his cruciate ligament which kept him out for eight months[5] though he recovered sufficiently to be given a new one-year contract in June 2005.[6][7] Campbell joined Tamworth in September 2005,[8] but after making just three appearances was forced to return to Reading early after suffering a dead leg.[9] Less than six months after signing a new deal, Campbell had his contract at Reading cancelled in November 2005.[10] Following his release he had a trial at Colchester United, then managed by former Reading midfielder Phil Parkinson, though no move materialised.[11]

Campbell then moved into non-league football and joined Isthmian League side Staines Town during the 2005–06 season. He continued to trial at Football League teams, spending ten weeks at various clubs before returning to Staines in March 2006.[12] In September 2006 he moved to fellow Isthmian League club Fleet Town,[13] remaining there until February 2007 when he returned to Staines.[14] His return to Wheatsheaf Park was short-lived though and he joined Farnborough Town for the 2007–08 pre-season.[15] He was again on the move quickly and rejoined another of his former clubs Fleet in time for the regular season. By the start of the 2011–12 season Campbell has amassed 141 starts for Fleet, scoring 29 times.[16] In March 2010, whilst still with Fleet, he became dual-registered for Camberley Town and joined them for their promotion push from the Combined Counties League.[17]

International career[edit]

Born in England to Scottish parents, Campbell is eligible to play for both countries at international level.[1] He initially represented England and was called up to the under-17s in July 2002.[18] He switched allegiance to Scotland the following year, scoring twice in two games for the under-17s against Malta in January 2003.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Rodgers: Dazzling Darren could go all the way to top". Reading Post. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Time to deliver Harper". Reading Post. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Pardew: we'll keep our nerve". Reading Post. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Games played by Darren Campbell in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Convey stars on World Cup duty". Reading Post. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Royals allow veteran duo to leave". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Diamonds take Young on loan". Reading Post. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Royals monitor Tamworth youngster". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "It won't be Saints day". Reading Post. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Reading sign Dobson in loan deal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "U's boss considers Campbell move". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Forward boost for Staines". NonLeagueMatters. Archived from the original on 25 May 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Classy Fleet blow Cray away". Fleet Mail. Archived from the original on 28 June 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  14. ^ Flood, Tony (14 February 2007). "Warner grabs late winner for Staines". Bucks Free Press. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "Boro thrash Fleet to grab the Boxing Day bragging rights". Fleet Mail. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  16. ^ "First-team player profiles". Fleet Town F.C. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "Latest news". Camberley Town F.C. Archived from the original on 15 April 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  18. ^ "Royals pair end injury nightmare". Reading Post. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 

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