Robert Campbell (footballer, born 1882)

Robert Campbell (1882 – 13 March 1931) was a Scottish footballer who played for Partick Thistle, Rangers, Millwall Athletic and Bradford City. He was a full back who won the 1911 FA Cup with Bradford.

Robert Campbell
Personal information
Full name Robert Campbell
Date of birth 1882
Place of birth Lugar, Scotland
Date of death 13 March 1931(1931-03-13) (aged 49)
Place of death Ayr, Scotland
Position(s) Full Back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1898–1905 Partick Thistle 108 (2)
1905 Rangers 2 (0)
1905–1906 Millwall Athletic 28 (?)
1906–1915 Bradford City 223 (1)
National team
1903 Scottish League XI[1] 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Born in Lugar in 1882, Campbell started his football career with Partick Thistle,[2] with whom he formed a partnership over several seasons with Andrew Wilson and won Scottish League XI and Glasgow FA representative honours,[3] before moving to Rangers in January 1905[4] as emergency cover following the death of Nicol Smith.[5] He moved to England and Millwall Athletic in the Southern League later that same year. He spent one season at Millwall, playing 28 games before moving to Division Two side Bradford City.[4] He partnered Fred Farren in the City full back line, helping the club to win the Division Two title in 1907–08 and then the FA Cup in 1911.[6] He played a total of 223 league games and 24 FA Cup games for City before retiring after football in England was suspended because of the First World War.[7]

He was also a keen angler and cricketer with the Clydesdale Cricket Club.[4] He died on 13 March 1931 in Ayr County Hospital aged 49.[7]


Bradford City


  1. "[SFL player] Robert Campbell". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 18 December 2011. entry includes 1 extra appearance by another player
  2. Robert Campbell – Thistle's FA Cup winner Partick Thistle - The Early Years
  3. Football. Glasgow V. Sheffield, The Glasgow Herald, 10 September 1903 (via Partick Thistle History Archive)
  4. Terry Frost (1988). Bradford City A Complete Record 1903-1988. Breedon Books Sport. p. 116. ISBN 0-907969-38-0.
  5. 1904-05, Partick Thistle - The Early Years
  6. "CITY TEAM-MATES: The 1911 FA Cup winners". Bradford Telegraph and Argus.
  7. David Markham (2007). The legends of Bradford City. Breedon Books Sport. p. 117. ISBN 978-1-85983-572-2.