Alan Campbell (Scottish footballer)

Alan James Campbell (born 21 January 1948) is a Scottish former professional footballer who played as a central midfielder. He made 571 appearances in the English Football League for Charlton Athletic, Birmingham City, Cardiff City and Carlisle United,[3] including over 100 in the First Division for Birmingham City.[4] He was capped for Scotland at youth and under-23 level.[5] He went on to play and manage in non-League football around the Birmingham area.[4]

Alan Campbell
Personal information
Full name Alan James Campbell[1]
Date of birth (1948-01-21) 21 January 1948 (age 73)[1]
Place of birth Arbroath, Scotland
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[2]
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
Arbroath Lads' Club
1964–1965 Charlton Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1970 Charlton Athletic 198 (28)
1970–1976 Birmingham City 175 (11)
1976–1980 Cardiff City 167 (2)
1980–1982 Carlisle United 31 (2)
1982–1986 Redditch United
1986–1989 Olton Royale
National team
1970 Scotland U23 1 (0)
Teams managed
1989–1992 Highgate United (assistant manager)
1992 Highgate United
1992–1993 Stratford Town (assistant manager)
1993 Stratford Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Born in Arbroath,[4] Campbell began his career in England with Charlton Athletic, joining the club at the age of 15. The club were only able to sign Campbell on amateur terms, creating a fake job for him at a sporting goods store and paying his accommodation plus £5 a week.[5] He initially suffered from homesickness in London, even returning to Scotland briefly after two weeks at the club, but soon settled and was part of the Charlton youth side that reached the semi-final of the FA Youth Cup. In 1965, Bob Stokoe was appointed manager of the club and handed Campbell his professional debut in the Second Division, on the opening day of the 1965–66 season in a 4–2 defeat to Bolton Wanderers, at the age of 17.[5] He went on to play over 200 times for Charlton[3] before joining Birmingham City in 1970.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Alan Campbell". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  2. ^ Rollin, Jack, ed. (1980). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1980–81. London: Queen Anne Press. p. 114. ISBN 0362020175.
  3. ^ a b "Alan Campbell". Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database. Neil Brown. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 77. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9.
  5. ^ a b c Groome, Olly (24 September 2015). "Yesterday's heroes: Alan Campbell". Charlton Athletic F.C. Archived from the original on 26 September 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2016.