John Campbell (footballer, born 1870)

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John Campbell
Personal information
Full name John Campbell
Date of birth 19 February 1870
Place of birth Renton, Scotland
Date of death 1906 (aged 35–36)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1890–1897 Sunderland 186 (136)
1897–1899 Newcastle United 23 (9)
Total 209 (145)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John Campbell (19 February 1870 – 1906) was a Scottish footballer who played for Sunderland as a forward. He was the brother of Sunderland manager Robert Campbell.

Club career[edit]

He made his debut for Sunderland on 18 January 1890 against Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup first round, Sunderland lost the game 4–2 after extra time at Leamington Road.[1] He played for Sunderland during 1890 and 1897, he won 3 League Championships; in 1892, 1893 and 1895.[2] In each of these seasons, Campbell was the top scorer in the competition. Campbell also won the 1894/95 World Championship with the team, scoring a goal in the final.[3][4] After making 186 league appearances for Sunderland, scoring 133 goals,[5] he moved to their archrivals Newcastle United.[2]

He made his Newcastle debut against Woolwich Arsenal F.C. on 4 September 1897 where he also scored a goal in a 4–1 win.[6] He led Newcastle to their first promotion in the 1898 season, overall he made 29 appearances for Newcastle scoring 12 goals; retiring to become a licensee.[7]


  1. ^ "Blackburn 4-2 Sunderland". The Stat Cat. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  2. ^ a b "Johnny Campbell". A Love Supreme. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
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  5. ^ "Johnny Campbell". The Stat Cat. Archived from the original on 2012-04-06. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  6. ^ "Newcastle 4-1 Arsenal". Newcastle United, a statictical journey. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  7. ^ "Johnny Campbell". Newcastle United, a statistical journey. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 

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