Megan Campbell

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Megan Campbell
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FSU defender Megan Campbell
Personal information
Full name Megan Campbell
Date of birth (1993-06-28) 28 June 1993 (age 24)
Place of birth Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Manchester City
Number 20
Youth career
Grove Rangers
Boyne Rovers
Moneymore
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 Florida State Seminoles
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
200x–2011 St Francis
2011–2013 Raheny United
2016– Manchester City 0 (0)
National team
2011– Republic of Ireland 33 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Megan Campbell (born 28 June 1993) is a Republic of Ireland women's international footballer who plays for Manchester City. She has previously played for St. Francis, Raheny United and Florida State Seminoles. In 2010, she was a member the Republic of Ireland U-17 squad that were runners-up at the 2010 UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship and quarter-finalists at the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.[1] Campbell is known as a throw-in specialist and has been compared to Rory Delap.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Campbell was born in Drogheda, County Louth and is the daughter of Eamonn and Suzanne Campbell. She is a granddaughter of The Dubliners lead guitarist, Eamonn Campbell. She has three sisters – Jaymee, Dawn and Jade. She grew up on Drogheda's Scarlet Street and was educated at Our Lady's College, Greenhills and at the Institute of Technology, Carlow. She also played youth football with local Drogheda teams – Grove Rangers, Boyne Rovers and Moneymore.[4][5][6][7]

Playing career[edit]

St Francis[edit]

In 2009, four weeks after turning 16, Campbell came on as a substitute for St Francis in the FAI Women's Cup final against St Catherine's. Her teammates included Grainne Kierans[6] and Mary Waldron. Campbell also played for St Francis in the 2009–10 and 2010–11 UEFA Women's Champions League group stage tournaments.[8][9]

Raheny United[edit]

In 2012–13 Campbell was a member of the Raheny United team that won an FAI Women's Cup and Women's National League double. In October 2012, Raheny United defeated Peamount United 2–1 in the FAI Women's Cup final at Dalymount Park before going on to win the WNL title. Campbell was subsequently named in the 2012–13 WNL Team of the Season. Campbell's teammates at Raheny United included Mary Waldron, Noelle Murray, Ciara Grant and Siobhán Killeen.[10][11]

Florida State Seminoles[edit]

In 2013 Campbell began playing for Florida State Seminoles after obtaining a scholarship to Florida State University, where she majored in social science. In her first three seasons with Florida State she has played in at least 60 games, excluding friendlies, and was credited with 31 assists. Between 2013 and 2015 she helped Florida State win three consecutive ACC titles. In 2014 Campbell was named in the ACC All-Tournament Team and in the 2015 ACC final she scored in the penalty shoot-out against Virginia Cavaliers. In 2013 Florida State were also runners up in the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship before going on to win the title in 2014.[5] In 2015 Campbell acted as a recruiter for Florida State when she approached fellow Republic of Ireland women's youth international, Megan Connolly, about playing for the Seminoles.[12][13]

Campbell had been described as a senior in Florida State Seminoles' 2014 title-winning season and had been expected to feature in the 2015 NWSL College Draft. But it was discovered she had another year of college eligibility remaining and wished to use that instead.[14] After completing her college career, Campbell was also "noticeably absent" from the 2016 NWSL College Draft.[15]

Manchester City[edit]

In February 2016 Campbell became MCWFC's fourth signing of the off-season, announcing that she had signed a professional contract with the English UEFA Women's Champions League contenders .[16][17]

International career[edit]

Megan Campbell playing for Republic of Ireland against United States on 10 May 2015

Campbell has represented the Republic of Ireland at U-17, U-19 and senior level.[18] In 2010, together with Ciara Grant , Dora Gorman, Denise O'Sullivan, Siobhán Killeen and Clare Shine,[19] she was a member of the Republic of Ireland U-17 squad that were runners-up in the 2010 UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship and quarter-finalists in the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. In the UEFA championship, Campbell scored twice: the winner in 2–1 group victory against Sweden[20] and the semi-final goal in the 1–0 win over Germany.[21] In the World Cup, Campbell scored the opening goal in a 3–0 win against Ghana.[22]

Campbell played for a senior Republic of Ireland team of home-based players in a behind closed doors match against Northern Ireland. She then won her first official cap in a friendly against Switzerland at Richmond Park in August 2011.[23] Campbell came on as substitute for Louise Quinn after 62 minutes during the 1–0 defeat by the Swiss.[24] On 5 April 2014 in a 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifier against Germany at Tallaght Stadium, Campbell provided two assists with throw-ins. Despite Campbell's effort the Republic of Ireland lost 3–2.[3]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Republic of Ireland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Scored
1 6 March 2013 Tasos Markou, Paralimni  Northern Ireland 5–1 Cyprus Cup 1
2 11 March 2015 Valbruna, Rovinj  Costa Rica 2–1 Istria Cup 1

Campbell is known for her extremely long throw-ins on the pitch.

Honours[edit]

Campbell unleashing her long throw-in, October 2014

Individual[edit]

Team[edit]

St Francis
Raheny United
Florida State Seminoles
Republic of Ireland U-17

References[edit]

  1. ^ www.fai.ie
  2. ^ How Florida State's Megan Campbell Throws Opponents For A Loop espn.go.com
  3. ^ a b "Here’s why Megan Campbell is being called the new Rory Delap". www.the42.ie. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  4. ^ www.itcarlow.ie
  5. ^ a b c "Megan Campbell at www.seminoles.com". www.seminoles.com. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Local trio help fire St Francis to WFAI Cup glory". www.independent.ie. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "Megan Campbell: Throwing down a marker in the Sunshine State". www.theemeraldexiles.com. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  8. ^ St. Francis secure first win in UEFA Womens Champions League
  9. ^ www.rte.ie
  10. ^ "Raheny United 2-1 Peamount United". RTE Sport. 14 October 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "2012-13 WNL Award Winners" (PDF). wnl.fai.ie. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  12. ^ "The Emerald Exiles Campbell and Connolly embark on Seminole’s 2015/16 season". The Emerald Exiles. 
  13. ^ "AUDIO: Megan Connolly Speaks on Switch to States". Cork's RedFM. 
  14. ^ Kassouf, Jeff (9 January 2015). "NWSL releases initial list of draft-eligible players". The Equalizer. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  15. ^ "145 players initially declare for 2016 NWSL Draft". The Equalizer. 6 January 2016. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  16. ^ "Megan Campbell's official bio". Manchester City FC. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  17. ^ "Manchester City: Megan Campbell joins Women's Super League side". BBC Sport. 15 February 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  18. ^ www.uefa.com
  19. ^ "List of Players - Republic of Ireland" (PDF). FIFA. 6 September 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2015. 
  20. ^ www.uefa.com
  21. ^ www.uefa.com
  22. ^ www.fifa.com
  23. ^ "Campbell all set for senior cap". Drogheda Independent. 2011-08-24. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  24. ^ "Rep of Ireland Women v Switzerland Women". Extratime.ie. 2011-08-24. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 

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