Full Name: Campbell, John
Date Of Birth :
Birthplace : Stevenston, Ayrshire
LCFC career record :
Apps : 211 ;
Subs : 0 ;
Goals : 114
LCFC Football League record :
Apps : 184 ;
Subs : 0 ;
Goals : 104
LCFC Debut : 02/12/1933, Oldham Athletic (h) 1-1, FL Division 2
Last Match : 31/08/1940, Grimsby Town (h) 2-2, War League
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Johnny Campbell ranks alongside Billy Dinsdale and Andy Graver as one
of the most prolific goalscorers in the history of Lincoln City.
Quick off the mark and light on his feet, he netted an astonishing
total of 108 goals for the Imps in just 193 senior games.
Campbell played his first adult football for the Ayrshire junior club
Dalry Thistle and his ability soon drew interest from a number of
English clubs. His father originally opposed the move south as John
was studying to become a chemist but eventually relented and in July
1931 he joined Leicester City along with another Dalry Thistle player
He had to wait until December 1932 for his senior debut at Filbert
Street and although he scored on that day against Birmingham City and
netted regularly when given the opportunity of first team football
(14 goals in 22 League and cup games) he was transferred to the Imps
in December 1933 for a then club record fee of £1,250.
At the time City were fighting against relegation from the Second
Division and were badly in need of a goalscoring centre forward to
replace Allan Hall who had been sold to Tottenham Hotspur the
He went straight into the City team but despite a number of
encouraging results at the turn of the year including successive home
wins over Manchester United (5-1) and Fulham (5-0) the Imps were
relegated back to Division Three North at the end of the season.
Johnny began the 1934/35 campaign playing on the right wing but when
he was restored to centre forward he began to find the net regularly
and finished as the Club's leading scorer with 18 League and cup goals.
The next two and a half seasons were to be the most prolific of his
career as he scored 76 goals in a run of 96 games including six
hat-tricks. He netted all five in a 5-3 victory over Rochdale in
November 1936 and scored four in a 7-1 win against Wrexham in the
His goals took City to the brink of promotion in 1936/37 but they
lost out in the final match of the season, conceding two
controversial goals at Edgeley Park as Stockport County defeated the
Imps to take the title by a three-point margin.
Johnny continued to score regularly for City through to the summer of
1939 before a ligament injury led to his retirement from League
football. He refused an offer to continue his career with Ipswich
Town (then about to begin their second season as a League club) and
signed for Midland League Scunthorpe United.
He showed he had lost none of his scoring touch by netting in each of
the Iron's three games before war intervened and then returned to
play as a guest for the Imps in the regional war-time competition
scoring four goals in 13 games before finally retiring. After the war
he was registered as a permit player for the Lincoln Co-op for a time
but work commitments prevented him from playing on Saturday afternoons.
After starting his training as a chemist in Scotland, he continued
his education when he moved south and eventually earned a degree in
chemistry and opthalmics. He worked for the Lincoln Co-operative
Society becoming superindentent chemist/optician - a position he held
for many years before his retirement in 1975. After that he worked
part-time for Maltby's Chemists in the city, continuing to live at
Johnny Campbell was also a keen golfer being a member at both
Blankney and Torksey, and at his best was a three handicap. He sadly
passed away in July 1999 at the age of 89.
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