Stuart Campbell (footballer)

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Stuart Campbell
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Campbell coaching the Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2017
Personal information
Full name Stuart Pearson Campbell
Date of birth (1977-12-09) 9 December 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Corby, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Tampa Bay Rowdies
(Head coach)
Youth career
Corby Town
Leicester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2001 Leicester City 37 (0)
2000 Birmingham City (loan) 2 (0)
2000–2001 Grimsby Town (loan) 38 (2)
2001–2004 Grimsby Town 117 (10)
2004–2011 Bristol Rovers 288 (3)
2012–2013 Tampa Bay Rowdies 28 (0)
Total 510 (15)
National team
1998–1999 Scotland U21[1] 14 (0)
Teams managed
2011 Bristol Rovers (caretaker)
2014–2015 Tampa Bay Rowdies (assistant)
2015– Tampa Bay Rowdies
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 September 2012.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:33, 20 March 2008 (UTC)

Stuart Pearson Campbell (born 9 December 1977) is an English-born Scottish former professional footballer and current head coach of the Tampa Bay Rowdies. He assumed that role after the midseason firing of Thomas Rongen in August 2015.

As a player, he was as a midfielder between 1996 and 2013. He has previously played for Leicester City where he played in the English Premier League before moving on loan to Birmingham City and Grimsby Town. He signed with Grimsby on a permanent basis in 2001, and he remained with the club until joining Bristol Rovers in the summer of 2004. Campbell became club captain at Rovers and in 2012 he briefly managed the club on a caretaker basis before leaving the club at the end of the season. At international level, he won 14 caps for the Scotland under-21 team.

Club career[edit]

Leicester City[edit]

Campbell was born in Corby, Northamptonshire. As a youth he played for hometown club Corby Town,[2] before joining Leicester City, for whom he made his first-team debut in 1996 aged 18.[3] Though manager Martin O'Neill rated him as an outstanding prospect,[4] he averaged fewer than ten Premier League appearances a season for Leicester, mostly as a substitute. In 2000, he was loaned to First Division club Birmingham City, where he played two games before returning to Leicester.[5]

Grimsby Town[edit]

New Grimsby Town manager Lennie Lawrence made Campbell his first signing in September 2000, landing the winger on a three-month loan deal which was later extended to a season loan.[6]

After impressing while on loan at Blundell Park, Campbell was allowed to join Grimsby permanently for a fee of £200,000, where he signed a three-year contract.[7] Campbell played under three different managers at Grimsby, Lennie Lawrence, Paul Groves and Nicky Law. His six goals in the 2002–03 season was enough to make him the club's joint top scorer;[8] they were relegated from the First Division after a five-year stay in the second tier of English football.[9] Campbell's contract expired at the end of the next season, and with the club again relegated, he decided against an offer to stay with Grimsby.

Bristol Rovers[edit]

Campbell playing for Bristol Rovers in 2007

Campbell signed for Bristol Rovers of Football League Two.[10] Appointed captain in November 2006,[11] Campbell led Bristol Rovers to the final of the Football League Trophy[12] and promotion to League One[13] in the 2006–07 season. One of his three goals for the club came in the play-off semi final against Lincoln City.[14] He signed a two-year contract extension in May 2007.[15] Campbell and team-mate Craig Hinton started studying for coaching qualifications in 2008.[16] Campbell then led the team to the quarter finals of the FA Cup in the 2007–08 season and became one of the most popular skippers at the club.

Following the dismissal of Dave Penney as manager, Campbell was appointed caretaker manager of Rovers until the end of the season, with 12 games remaining in which to avoid relegation from League One.[17] He failed to save the club from the drop to League Two however, and when Paul Buckle was appointed as the club's new manager he made it clear that Campbell had no future as a player at the club. The two parties eventually agreed a deal to release Campbell from his contract on 20 December 2011.[18]

Tampa Bay Rowdies[edit]

On 27 December 2011, the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League announced that Campbell had signed with the club.[19] He soon moved into the role of a player/coach under manager Ricky Hill, and when Campbell retired from the pitch in 2013, he became a full-time assistant coach.

In August 2015, first-year Rowdies coach Thomas Rongen was fired after the club struggled to a 2–2–6 start to the NASL's fall season. Campbell was promoted to manager and led the team to a 3–4–4 record over their remaining games.[20] He was retained as the club's manager for the 2016 season.

International career[edit]

Though English-born, he has 15 caps for Scotland at under-21 level, qualifying through his parents.[21][22]


Leicester City

Bristol Rovers


  1. ^ "Stuart Campbell". Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Club History". Corby Town F.C. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  3. ^ "Games played by Stuart Campbell in 1996/1997". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  4. ^ Jon Culley (11 August 1997). "Football: That Was The Weekend That Was". The Independent. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  5. ^ "Games played by Stuart Campbell in 1999/2000". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  6. ^ Stephen Bateman (27 November 2000). "Town transfer frenzy". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  7. ^ Steve Bateman (30 May 2001). "Campbell becomes a Mariner". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  8. ^ "Grimsby 2002/2003 player appearances". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 2008-07-16. 
  9. ^ "Grimsby Town". Football Club History Database. Richard Rundle. Retrieved 2008-07-16. 
  10. ^ "Rovers land Campbell". BBC Sport. 26 June 2004. Retrieved 2008-07-16. 
  11. ^ "Campbell backed as Rovers captain". BBC Sport. 21 November 2006. Retrieved 2008-07-16. 
  12. ^ Ian Hughes (1 April 2007). "Bristol Rovers 2–3 Doncaster AET". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2008-07-16. 
  13. ^ Chris Bevan (26 May 2007). "Bristol Rovers 3–1 Shrewsbury". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2008-07-16. 
  14. ^ "Lincoln City 3–5 Bristol Rovers". BBC. 17 May 2007. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  15. ^ "Campbell agrees new Pirates deal". BBC Sport. 17 May 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-16. 
  16. ^ "Campbell and Hinton plan coaching future". Up The Gas. Bristol Evening Post. 3 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-16. 
  17. ^ "Bristol Rovers sack manager Dave Penney". BBC Sport. 7 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-08. 
  18. ^ "Stuart Campbell is released by Bristol Rovers". Bristol Evening Post. 21 December 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  19. ^ "Rowdies Sign Midfielder Stuart Campbell". North American Soccer League. 27 December 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  20. ^ Williams, Bob (29 September 2015). "NASL: History repeats itself for Stuart Campbell as he attempts to revive Tampa Bay Rowdies' season". The Telegraph. Retrieved 26 February 2016. 
  21. ^ "First Team: Stuart Campbell". Bristol Rovers F.C. Retrieved 2010-01-06. 
  22. ^ "Matt gave me an Ell of a shock" (reprint). Sunday Mail (Scotland). The Free Library (Farlex). 13 June 1999. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 

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