Ken Campbell (footballer)
|Full name||Kenneth Campbell|
|Date of birth||6 September 1892|
|Place of birth||Cambuslang, Scotland|
|Date of death||28 April 1971(aged 78)|
|Place of death||Macclesfield, England|
|1921||Scottish League XI||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Campbell played for Rutherglen Glencairn and Cambuslang Rangers before manager Tom Watson brought him to Anfield in May 1911. Campbell didn't make his debut until 10 February 1912 in a Division One match at Ewood Park, a game that saw the Reds lose to Blackburn Rovers 1–0. Known for having safe hands, the goalkeeper took over from Sam Hardy after Hardy moved to Aston Villa, and proved to be just as secure as Liverpool's last line of defence. He only missed one game during the 1912–13 season, before he was replaced by his young understudy, Elisha Scott.
Campbell did put up a decent fight for the number 1 jersey, playing in all but four games of the 1913–14 campaign, and he was between the sticks for the 1914 FA Cup Final at the Crystal Palace ground on 25 April. The game finished disappointingly for Liverpool, in a 1–0 defeat to Burnley. The match was to be the last to be played at this venue and it was played in front of a reigning monarch for the very first time, George V. Like many footballers of his era, Campbell's career was interrupted for four years due to the First World War, however upon his return to the game in 1919 he found himself once again number 1 for Liverpool. He stayed there until April 1920, when he played what turned out to be his last game for the club.
Campbell left Liverpool in April, returning to Scotland to play for Partick Thistle. He returned south of the border to New Brighton before joining Stoke City in 1923. Campbell was used as second choice 'keeper to Bob Dixon and in his four seasons spent at the Victoria Ground he made 35 appearances. He then spent another four seasons at Leicester City before ending his career with a two year spell with old club New Brighton.