Football mourns the passing of Kevin Campbell

15 Jun 2024
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Former Arsenal, Nott'm Forest, Everton and West Brom forward dies at the age of 54

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Tributes are being paid to former Arsenal, Nottingham Forest, Everton and West Bromwich Albion player Kevin Campbell, who has passed away at the age of 54 after a short illness. 

A powerful centre-forward, Campbell was in the Premier League from the start of the competition and played in 13 seasons, featuring in 325 matches, scoring 83 times and providing 37 assists.

Campbell began his Premier League career at Arsenal, and enjoyed his most prolific season in 1993/94 when, alongside Ian Wright, he scored 15 goals in 37 matches for the Gunners.

He moved to Forest in the summer of 1995, spending three seasons at the City Ground where he scored 35 goals in 97 appearances before joining Turkish side Trabzonspor.

Campbell returned to the Premier League with Everton, initially on loan in March 1999, with the Toffees battling to avoid relegation.

He netted nine goals in his first eight matches, winning the Premier League Player of the Month award for April 1999 and helping Everton stave off relegation. Campbell finished the season as the club's top scorer, the first of three such occasions he was the Toffees' leading marksman.

Campbell the trailblazer

The move to Everton was made permanent in the summer of 1999, and Campbell enjoyed a successful stint at Goodison Park, becoming the club’s first-ever black captain in January 2001, and scoring 45 goals.

He is the Toffees’ fifth-highest Premier League goalscorer, behind Romelu Lukaku, Duncan Ferguson, Tim Cahill and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Campbell joined West Brom in January 2005 and scored three goals in 16 appearances, playing his part in the famous “great escape” as the Baggies became the first team that had been at the bottom of the table on Christmas Day to go on and avoid relegation.

The striker, who made his first senior appearance in 1988, ended his career at Cardiff City in 2007.

Campbell made four appearances for England Under-21s, and played once for England B.

Following his playing career, Campbell worked as a television pundit and a co-commentator, while his son, Tyrese Campbell, is a centre-forward for Stoke City.

Everyone at the Premier League sends their condolences to Kevin’s family, friends and those associated with the clubs he played for during this difficult time.

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