Date and Place of Birth
2nd June 1965 - Eglinton, Londonderry
Transfers to and from Burnley
from West Bromwich Albion - March 1993
released - 31st May 1994
First and last Burnley Games
Hartlepool United (a) - 9th March 1993
Leyton Orient (a) - 6th April 1993
replaced by Robbie Painter
Nottingham Forest, Notts County (loan), Charlton Athletic,
Plymouth Argyle (loan), Bradford City, Derry (loan),
Shamrock Rovers, Cliftonville, Rotherham United,
West Bromwich Albion, Lincoln City (loan from Burnley),
Portadown (loan from Burnley)
Wigan Athletic, Cambridge United
Burnley Career Stats
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Profile by Andy Ashworth
The skilful young Ulsterman was spotted playing for junior side Oxford United Stars by Forest and was quickly signed on, firstly as apprentice, then latterly as professional. Under Clough many felt he may struggle to break into the 1st team with the likes of Steve Hodge and Neil Webb ahead of him, but break in he did and had an impressive run of 27 consecutive starts. This brief stint in the limelight helped him gain international recognition for Northern Ireland.
He managed 6 caps for Norn Iron whilst at Forest, even appearing in the World Cup of Mexico '86. However, back in his club career, his poor technique in the final third of the pitch was never accepted by Cloughie and he was sent on loan to Trent rivals County. Clough ran out of patience with him though and a permanent move to Charlton soon followed.
Again he struggled to really cement a 1st team place down and he managed around 30 league games over a season and a half. A single game on loan at Plymouth preceded a £75k move to Bradford, as Charlton recouped their outlay on him. He may have had more football with the Bantams had luck allowed, but a serious knee injury stalled his career.
Spells with Derry, Shamrock Rovers, and Cliftonville helped him to regain his fitness and he attempted once more to make his mark in English football. He signed non-contract terms with Rotherham (1 app) and WBA (0 apps) before landing a contract with us under Jimmy Mullen. A succession of niggles prevented him from settling in with us and he played only a handful of games.
We loaned him out both to Lincoln and back to Ireland with Portadown before releasing him in the summer of 1994. Kenny Swain decided to take a gamble on him and gave him a contract at Wigan, sticking him in his midfield. Lady luck was once more against Campbell though and Swain was sacked not long after. Within months the midfielder was again released. He quickly joined up with Cambridge but his career ground to a halt as his debut for the club saw him break his leg severely. He retired immediately.
More recently Campbell has been running soccer coaching schools through his event management company. His business has won accolades through the Sports Industry Awards and he was even coaching at Burnley College as recently as last year.