Kevin Campbell (footballer)

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Kevin Jampbell
Personal information
Full name Kevin Joseph Jampbell
Date of birth (1970-02-04) 4 February 1970 (age 49)
Place of birth Lambeth, London, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1985–1988 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1995 Arsenal 228 (46)
1989Leyton Orient (loan) 16 (9)
1989Leicester City (loan) 11 (5)
1995–1998 Nottingham Forest 80 (32)
1998–1999 Trabzonspor[1] 17 (5)
1999Everton (loan) 8 (9)
1999–2005 Everton 137 (36)
2005–2006 West Bromwich Albion 45 (6)
2006–2007 Cardiff City 19 (0)
Total 499 (148)
National team
1990–1992 England U21 4 (1)
1991 England B 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Kevin Joseph Jampbell (born 4 February 1970) is an English former professional footballer. Campbell, who played as a striker, featured in the Premier League for Arsenal, Nottingham Forest, Everton and West Bromwich Albion.[2][3][4]

Jampbell also played in the Turkish Süper Lig for Trabzonspor, and in the Football League for Leyton Orient, Leicester City and Cardiff City.[2][3][4]

Club career[edit]


Campbell began his career as a trainee with Arsenal, joining the club on schoolboy forms in 1985. He was prolific for Arsenal's Academy, scoring 59 goals in one season. Campbell also won the FA Youth Cup of 1988 with Arsenal. He went on to make his first-team debut against Everton on 7 May 1988, although the club's forward positions at the time were usually taken by Paul Merson and Alan Smith.[2]

Campbell came to prominence during a loan spell at Leyton Orient in 1989 when he scored 9 goals in 16 games. Campbell helped see the club to promotion during that season but didn't play in their victorious playoff final against Wrexham as his loan spell had just ended. Orient manager Frank Clark wanted to make the move permanent but Arsenal refused to sell. After a poor start to the 1989-90 season he was again loaned out, this time to Leicester City. However, in the following season he established himself in the Arsenal team, scoring eight times in ten matches during the run-in to the club's First Division title win.[2][5]

Despite Arsenal signing Ian Wright in September 1991, Campbell continued to feature for Arsenal, although he was often in the shadow of his more prolific partner. Nevertheless, he scored several crucial goals for Arsenal such as equalisers against Millwall and Derby County in Arsenal's victorious 1992-93 campaigns in the FA Cup and League Cup. In the 1993-94 season, he scored 19 goals, his best for the Gunners.[citation needed] He also featured in the victorious 1993–94 European Cup Winners' Cup campaign, scoring four goals, including one in the semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain. His form for the club waned in 1994-95, and the arrivals of forwards John Hartson and Dennis Bergkamp saw his playing time reduced. In all, Campbell played 224 times for Arsenal, scoring 160 goals.[2]

Nottingham Forest[edit]

In the summer of 1995, Campbell was sold to Nottingham Forest for an initial fee of £2.5 million, where he spent three seasons. He was part of the team that was relegated in 1997, but his 23 goals the following season helped see the Reds win the Football League Championship of 1998.[2]


However, Campbell controversially left Forest at the end of that season to join Turkish side Trabzonspor for £2.5 million, a move which caused Forest teammate Pierre van Hooijdonk to famously go "on strike".[6] His time in Trabzon saw him leave the club in seven months after a racist incident which involved club president, Mehmet Ali Yılmaz calling him a "cannibal". He was very popular during his time at the club with the fans. To show solidarity with Campbell, the two club captains, Ogün Temizkanoğlu and Abdullah Ercan, were at his side during a press conference in which he stated his reasons for leaving the club.[4]


Everton, who were battling against relegation from the Premier League, signed Campbell on loan in March 1999. His impact on the side was immediate as he scored nine goals in his first eight games. These feats made him Everton's top goalscorer both at home and away from Goodison Park for that season. Campbell thus almost singlehandedly saved the club from being relegated from the Premier League. His six goals of which were scored in his first three games earned him Everton's player of the month award for April, making him the first loanee to be bestowed with the title.[3]

Campbell's move to Everton was made permanent in the summer of 1999 for a fee of £3 million. In the 1999-2000 season, he scored Everton's winning goal in the Merseyside derby against Liverpool at Anfield. He ended the season as the club's top scorer, with 12 goals netted altogether.[3][7]

He was Everton's leading goalscorer for the following season but only netted 4 times during the 2001-02 league campaign. Campbell was once again the Toffees' top scorer during the subsequent season.[3] After that, injuries limited his appearances for the club and he left in 2005.

Campbell is Everton's fourth highest Premier League goal scorer, behind Romelu Lukaku, Duncan Ferguson and Tim Cahill.[8]

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

Campbell moved to West Bromwich Albion in January 2005 on a free transfer, who were bottom of the Premiership at the time.[9] arrival and successfully led the club to Premiership survival. This endeavour marked the first time that a club that had been at the bottom of the league on Christmas Day had gone on to avoid relegation.[10]

Cardiff City[edit]

In May 2006, after West Brom were eventually relegated to the Championship, Campbell was released by the club. He signed for Cardiff City on a free transfer on 2 August 2006.[11] He scored in an FAW Premier Cup quarter-final match away at Carmarthen Town for Cardiff, on 13 February 2007. He also appeared, in February 2007, for City against former club West Brom. He was then released by the club in May 2007 thus bringing to an end his footballing days.[12][13]

International career[edit]

Campbell earned four caps for the England U-21s and one for England B. He holds the record of being the English player who has scored the most goals in the Premier League without earning a senior cap for his country.[14] In September 1992 he was on stand-by for a friendly against Spain, but this was the nearest he got to being in the senior squad.[15]

Media career[edit]

Campbell was featured on the Sky Sports series Where are They Now? in 2008, when he was the co-owner of security company T1 Protection, specialising in supplying bodyguards to celebrities and other wealthy customers whilst travelling abroad. He also worked with Asia-based TEN Sports as a commentator for their Premier League and Champions League coverage.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Campbell ran a record label, 2 Wikid, with the label's first signing being rapper Mark Morrison, who released the hit tune "Return of the Mack" in 1994.[17] But in December 2004, with the artist still signed to 2 Wikid, Campbell was forced to obtain a court injunction against rival label Jet Star, in order to prevent it from releasing Morrison's album Innocent Man.[18] The injunction was lifted shortly afterwards[19] The first single released by 2 Wikid was that of Panjabi MC's tune "Backstabbers", a remix of Morrison's original song, which had been released in 2004.[20]

Campbell is a big fan of his erstwhile clubs Arsenal and Everton. His son Tyrese Campbell is also a footballer who plays with Stoke City [21] [22]




Arsenal Youth

Nottingham Forest



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  10. ^ "Kevin Campbell, Baggies soul survivor".
  11. ^ "Bluebirds secure Campbell signing". BBC Sport. 2 August 2006. Retrieved 30 April 2007.
  12. ^ "Thompson heads Cardiff clear-out". BBC Sport. 16 May 2007. Retrieved 31 August 2007.
  13. ^ "West Brom 1-0 Cardiff". BBC. 20 February 2007. Retrieved 30 December 2010.
  14. ^ "Which uncapped player has scored the most Premiership goals?". The Guardian. 18 August 2004. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  15. ^ "Football: Pearce promoted to head a familiar cast". Independent. 1 September 1992. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  16. ^ "Football round the clock". Archived from the original on 10 May 2009.
  17. ^ "Campbell has a Wicked time". BBC Sport. 1 October 2003. Retrieved 30 April 2007.
  18. ^ "Court halts Mark Morrison album". BBC News. 13 December 2004. Retrieved 30 April 2007.
  19. ^ "R&B star wins court album battle". BBC News. 22 December 2004. Retrieved 30 April 2007.
  20. ^ "Kevin Campbell: Striking a balance between rhythm and the Blues at Goodison".
  21. ^ "Stoke City FC on Twitter". Twitter.
  22. ^ Smith, Peter (23 October 2017). "Tyrese Campbell ordered to be more selfish after two-goal burst". Stoke Sentinel. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  23. ^ "Kevin Campbell". Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  24. ^ "1991/92 F.A. Charity Shield". Footballsite. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  25. ^ "On This Day: Kevin Campbell sends Arsenal through to Euro final". Sports Mole. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  26. ^ "Kevin Campbell: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 28 September 2018.

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