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Johnny Campbell Johnny Campbell
(1933/34-1940/41)

Full Name: Campbell, John
Date Of Birth : 07/03/1910
Birthplace : Stevenston, Ayrshire
Died : 07/1999


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 John Calder.

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 previous summer.

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 following September.

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 North Hykeham.

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.

SEASON RECORD

1933/1934
1934/1935
1935/1936
1936/1937
1937/1938
1938/1939
1939/1940
1940/1941

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