Dick Campbell (footballer)

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Dick Campbell
Personal information
Full name Richard Campbell
Date of birth (1953-11-22) 22 November 1953 (age 61)
Place of birth Dunfermline, Scotland
Club information
Current team
Forfar Athletic (Manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1971 Dundee United 0 (0)
1971–1974 Cowdenbeath 55 (11)
1974–1975 Dunfermline Athletic 14 (0)
1975–1977 Ross County
1977–1983 Brechin City 157 (7)
1983 East Stirlingshire 17 (3)
Teams managed
1987 Cowdenbeath
1999 Dunfermline Athletic
2000–2005 Brechin City
2005–2007 Partick Thistle
2007 Ross County
2008– Forfar Athletic

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

† Appearances (goals)

Richard "Dick" Campbell (born 22 November 1953 in Dunfermline, Fife) is a Scottish association football manager and former player. He is the current manager of Scottish League One side Forfar Athletic.

Playing career[edit]

Campbell's low-profile playing career was mainly spent in the lower echelons of Scottish football. Having started out with Dundee United's youth system he then played for Cowdenbeath, Dunfermline Athletic, Ross County (then in the Highland League), Brechin City and East Stirlingshire.

Coaching career[edit]


Campbell's first managerial experience was a short spell at the helm of Cowdenbeath F.C. in 1987, after which he returned to coaching at Brechin City.

Dunfermline Athletic[edit]

He moved to Dunfermline Athletic to become Bert Paton's assistant. He was afforded a second opportunity as a manager when Paton resigned in early 1999 and Campbell was given temporary control of the team. After a 3-month probationary period, Campbell was made permanent manager at East End Park. However he left before the end of the year, with his Dunfermline side struggling to match promotion ambitions.

Brechin City[edit]

After several months out of the game, Campbell was appointed manager of Brechin City in 2000, with Paton this time acting as his assistant. Over the following 5 seasons he helped Brechin rise from the depths of the Third Division to the First Division, despite their status as a part-time club. The chance to work with full-time players again tempted him to move to Partick Thistle in 2005.

Partick Thistle[edit]

Campbell took over as Thistle manager after the end of Gerry Britton's and Derek Whyte's reign as joint player managers. Initial success was gained, and he won a Manager of the Month award within a month of taking over at the club. Despite this early success, Thistle finished ninth at the end of the 2004–05 season, and were therefore relegated to the Second Division. In the 2005–06 season, he guided the Partick Thistle team to promotion through the play-offs into the First Division, after finishing fourth in the Second Division.

Campbell has been praised in recent times for his negotiation skills, with particular reference to the signing of Simon Donelly at the start of the 2006–07 season. However, despite a decent start, a string of poor results sees Thistle languishing in the bottom half of the table and his tenure was ended on 27 March 2007.[1]

Ross County[edit]

In the summer of 2007, Campbell was appointed manager of just-relegated Ross County, with the proviso that he would have only one chance at earning the club promotion, and would be sacked if he was unsuccessful. Ultimately, Campbell was not even given a full season in charge, and despite leading the club to the top of Division Two he was sacked on 2 October, allegedly for playing overly defensive football.

Forfar Athletic[edit]

On 8 May 2008, Campbell was appointed manager of Scottish Third Division side Forfar Athletic.[2] On 17 May 2010, he led the club to promotion to the Second Division after defeating local rivals Arbroath in the play-offs, a result which relegated the Red Lichties.

Personal life[edit]

Campbell has a twin brother Ian who is also a former football player and manager. They worked together for many years at both Dunfermline, where Ian was a coach, and Brechin City, where Ian was Dick's joint-assistant. When Dick left to manage Partick Thistle, Ian took over the Brechin managerial reins. The brothers have been reunited at Forfar where Ian is assistant manager.[3]

Campbell's son Iain is also involved in football, with the left-back leaving Alloa Athletic during the 2009 close season to join his father at Forfar[4] and so joining his brother Ross at the club.[5]

On 13 December 2009, Campbell, whose wife and sons are Roman Catholic, was reported by the News of the World as having sung Derry's Walls at a karaoke with Rangers fans in Seville.[6][7] Campbell commented that he was embarrassed by the incident.[7]

Campbell was diagnosed as suffering from kidney cancer in March 2011.[8]

Honours and Achievements[edit]


Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 3 October 2015

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Cowdenbeath Scotland 1987 1987
Dunfermline Athletic Scotland 1999 1999 31 9 11 11 29.03
Brechin City Scotland 2000 2005
Partick Thistle Scotland 2005 2007 103 40 26 37 38.83
Ross County Scotland 2007 2007 13 8 3 2 61.54
Forfar Athletic Scotland 2008 Present 320 138 64 118 43.13
Total 467 195 103 169 41.76
  • No statistics currently available for Cowdenbeath and Brechin City.


  1. ^ "Campbell axed by Partick Thistle". BBC News. 27 March 2007. Retrieved 10 May 2008. 
  2. ^ "Campbell takes the helm at Forfar". BBC News. 8 May 2008. Retrieved 10 May 2008. 
  3. ^ Ian Campbell profile
  4. ^ New Signings
  5. ^ Forfar 6 Forres 1
  6. ^ Juan de Vicente and Ron Moore (13 December 2009). "Soccer boss in sectarian sing-song". News of the World. News Group Newspapers. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  7. ^ a b Lindsay, Clive (13 December 2009). "Forfar boss Dick Campbell rues Loyalist singing". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Campbells share Forfar burden as Dick fights cancer". BBC Sport. 3 March 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2011. 
  9. ^ "Forfar boss Dick Campbell wins League One manager award". BBC Sport. 11 November 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Forfar Athletic: Dick Campbell picks up monthly award". BBC Sport. 8 April 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 

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