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Mark Campbell
Personal information
Full name Mark Thomas Campbell
Date of birth (1978-02-04) 4 February 1978 (age 44)
Place of birth Irvine, Scotland
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
1989–1994 Valspar Boys Club
1994–1996 Greenock Morton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1999 Stranraer 63 (11)
1997Maybole (loan) ? (?)
1999–2004 Ayr United 98 (7)
2004–2005 Falkirk 26 (1)
2005–2006 St Johnstone 3 (1)
2006–2011 Raith Rovers 138 (18)
2011–2012 Queen of the South 15 (1)
2012–2014 Irvine Meadow ? (?)
2014–2016 Auchinleck Talbot ? (?)
2016–2017 Troon ? (?)
2017–2018 Kilwinning Rangers ? (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 September 2018

Mark Campbell (born 4 February 1978) is a Scottish association footballer, who last played with Kilwinning Rangers.

Playing career

Mark grew up in Auchinleck with younger brother Martyn and they both played for Valspar Boys Club before Mark signed for Greenock Morton as a schoolboy.

Stranraer

He began his professional career with Stranraer[1] when he was signed by manager Sanny McAnespie in 1996. When Sanny was replaced not long after as manager by Campbell Money, Mark made a loan move to Junior side Maybole. After returning to Stair Park, Mark played in Stranraer's run to the 1997-98 Second Division Championship title. The next season the Stranraer board accepted a £90,000 bid from Ayr United.

Ayr United

Campbell was signed by manager Gordon Dalziel for Ayr United from Stranraer on 24 February 1999 for a fee of £90,000.[2] Campbell suffered a cruciate ligament injury in his right knee. The injury meant he missed a large number of league games, as well as the 2002 Scottish League Cup Final against Rangers and the 2002 Scottish Cup Semi-Final against Celtic a week later, both at Hampden Park.

In his five years at Ayr, he made over 100 first team appearances in all competitions. He left in the summer of 2004 when his contract expired.

Falkirk

One of Campbell's former defensive partners at Ayr, John Hughes, signed him for Falkirk[3] in the summer of 2004. After missing out on the cup runs at Ayr, Campbell lifted the Scottish Challenge Cup in November 2004, defeating Ross County at St.Johnstone's McDiarmid Park. That same Falkirk team concluded their season as winners of the Scottish First Division with a 15-point margin over St.Mirren.

St. Johnstone

Due to his career as a P.E. Instructor at Kilmarnock prison, Campbell rejected the opportunity to turn full-time and remain with Falkirk in the SPL, instead choosing to sign for St.Johnstone[4] under his former Falkirk team-mate Owen Coyle.

Campbell injured his Achilles tendon and moved to Raith Rovers in January 2006.

Raith Rovers

Manager Gordon Dalziel signed Campbell for a second time in his career when he brought him to a Raith Rovers [5] side who were in the Scottish Second Division. Campbell (as Club Captain) led the team to the Scottish Second Division Championship title in April 2009. Campbell was involved in a serious car crash in February 2010 which ruled him out for nearly a year and threatened to cost him his career.[6] He made his return on Boxing Day 2010 eventually winning the Scottish First Division Player of the Month. Raith finished second in the league. Cuts were made to Raith's playing budget, and Campbell was one of 15 players not offered a new deal at the end of the season.

Queen of the South

It was announced on 25 June 2011 that Campbell, alongside his ex-Raith colleague Kevin Smith, had agreed terms with Dumfries club, Queen of the South.[7] He made his Queens debut under manager Gus MacPherson on 23 July 2011 in the 2-0 extra-time defeat away to his former club Ayr United in the 2011–12 Scottish Challenge Cup, just one of a number of times where he faced up to his brother Martyn in an opposing team.[8] Campbell went on to make 19 first team appearances for the Palmerston Park club, before the club website announced that he had moved to Scottish Junior side Irvine Meadow.[9]

Irvine Meadow

Campbell took his first step out of senior football in 14 years when he signed for reigning West of Scotland Super League Premier Division champions Irvine Meadow on 11 February 2012. Campbell was a regular fixture in the back-line as Chris Strain's side made it back-to-back titles, finishing 5 points ahead of Petershill.

When Strain was sacked as manager at the end of the following season, with the club finishing in a mid-table position, Campbell was appointed caretaker manager until the appointment of Stevie Rankin in the close season. Meadow finished runners-up to eventual champions Auchinleck Talbot in the 2013–14 West of Scotland Super League Premier Division.

Auchinleck Talbot

After his contract at Meadow Park expired, Tommy Sloan signed Campbell for West of Scotland Super League Premier Division Champions Auchinleck Talbot in June 2014.[10] where he won his second championship medal as Talbot won the 2014–15 West of Scotland Super League Premier Division title as well as the 2014–15 Scottish Junior Cup when Talbot defeated Musselburgh Athletic 2–1 at Kilmarnock's Rugby Park.

He suffered the second cruciate ligament injury of his career in November 2015 during a league match against Hurlford United[11] which threatened to bring his career to an end for a second time. Still going through rehabilitation for his knee injury, Campbell left the club in the summer of 2016 upon expiry of his contract.

Kilwinning Rangers

He signed for Kilwinning Rangers in 2017.[12]

Coaching career

Mark embarked upon a coaching career when he joined Scottish Junior Football Association, West Region side Troon in October 2016.[13]

Personal life

Campbell's brother Martyn Campbell is also a footballer and also played for Kilwinning Rangers.[14]

The two brothers played on the same side for the first time in their lives in Martyn's testimonial match at Ayr United's Somerset Park in July 2015.[15]

Honours

Falkirk
Raith Rovers
Irvine Meadow
Auchinleck Talbot
Auchinleck Talbot

References

  1. ^ "Stranraer on Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Transfer Database profile".
  2. ^ "Ayr United on Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Transfer Database profile".
  3. ^ "Falkirk on Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Transfer Database profile".
  4. ^ "St Johnstone on Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Transfer Database profile".
  5. ^ "Raith Rovers on Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Transfer Database profile".
  6. ^ "Raith Rovers boss declares United no certainties – The Courier". 26 March 2010.
  7. ^ "QosFC: 2 more to sign". qosfc.com.
  8. ^ "Ayr United 2 – 0 Queen of the South" 23 Jul 2011 www.qosfc.com Archived 3 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "QosFC: Match Reaction from Somerset". qosfc.com.
  10. ^ McAuley, Jim (22 June 2014). "Playing Staff Update". Auchinleck Talbot F.C. Archived from the original on 22 April 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  11. ^ "Juniors: Veteran Auchinleck Talbot skipper Mark Campbell's career may be in balance after cruciate ligament op". Evening Times.
  12. ^ McConnell, Stewart (12 July 2017). "A Winter's tale as Buffs land David". Irvine Times. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  13. ^ "New Coach – Mark Campbell". Troon F.C. 13 September 2016. Archived from the original on 7 November 2016.
  14. ^ "Campbell looks to get one goal up on brother although Mum and Dad will settle for draw". Scottish Professional Football League. 24 September 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  15. ^ Wilson, Mike (17 July 2015). "Brothers Martyn and Mark Campbell will make history in Ayr United testimonial".