John Campbell (footballer, born 1872)

John Campbell (19 August 1872 – 2 December 1947) was a Scottish footballer, who played for Celtic, Aston Villa, Third Lanark and the Scotland national team.

Johnny Campbell
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Campbell in 1897
Personal information
Full name John Campbell
Date of birth 19 August 1872[1]
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death 2 December 1947(1947-12-02) (aged 75)
Place of death Glasgow, Scotland
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
Possil Hawthorn
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1888–1890 Benburb
1890–1895 Celtic 74 (43)
1895–1897 Aston Villa 55 (39)
1897–1903 Celtic 94 (49)
1903–1906 Third Lanark 40 (12)
Total 263 (143)
National team
1893–1903[2] Scotland 12 (4)
1893–1902[3][a] Scottish League XI 4 (3)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals


Campbell was born in Glasgow and began his football career at Junior team Benburb[6] before stepping up to join Celtic in 1890, where he won two league championship titles in season 1892–93 and 1893–94 as well as the Scottish Cup in 1892.[7]

He moved to English club Aston Villa in the summer of 1895 and won the English league title in 1895–96, while leading the league in goals with 22. Villa retained the league title in 1896–97 and Campbell scored in the club's FA Cup final triumph against Everton to win the domestic double. Just days later he had the honour of scoring the first goal at Villa Park.

He returned to Celtic soon after and won another league title in season 1897–98 plus a further two Scottish Cup winners medals in 1899 and 1900.[7] He moved to Third Lanark in 1903 and helped them to the league title in his first season with the club,[6][8] having scored a Glasgow Cup-winning goal against his former employers in the opening part of the season,[9][10] although he did not play in Thirds' Scottish Cup win of 1905.[11] He retired in 1906.

Campbell was capped twelve times by Scotland between 1893 and 1903. He scored four goals, including two against Ireland in March 1900. He captained Scotland against Wales in 1902.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The source lists 5 matches, but a match in 1901 is counted twice;[4] Campbell did play, but Bobby Neill was omitted.[5]


  1. ^ Birth Certificate, via The Celtic Wiki
  2. ^ John Campbell at the Scottish Football Association
  3. ^ "John Campbell". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  4. ^ Sat 16 Mar 1901 SFL 6 English Football League 2, London Hearts Supporters Club
  5. ^ Saturday's Football. | Scotland V. England–League International Match, The Glasgow Herald, 18 March 1901
  6. ^ a b [A Record of pre-war Scottish League Players], John Litster / Scottish Football Historian magazine, October 2012
  7. ^ a b Celtic player Campbell, John, FitbaStats
  8. ^ Scotland 1903/04, RSSSF, 21 October 2001
  9. ^ Football. | Glasgow Cup–Final Tie., The Glasgow Herald 30 November 1903
  10. ^ Johnny Campbell’s last laugh, David Potter, The Celtic Star, 18 May 2020
  11. ^ Football. | Scottish Cup–Final Tie., The Glasgow Herald, 17 April 1905

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