Campbell was a local player born in Bootle who signed as professional for the club in November 1950 when he was 18-years-old. A youth international defender, he didn't get any first-team opportunities until the 1953/54 relegation season, one of an astonishing 31 players called on by manager Don Welsh during that traumatic year. Campbell had to wait for a change of manager to get a decent run in the team and he appeared in 28 games under the leadership of Phil Taylor in the 1957/58 season. He was however transferred to fourth division…
"I was born with football in my blood. Red of course, not Blue. There are no half measures in Liverpool, either in the pubs or in a football sense. My grandfather and father supported Liverpool. There was no debate. No arguement. I would also follow the Mersey Reds. Indeed it went a little bit deeper than that with me. I was a fanatic, brought up on a diet of football, football and more football. Possibly this is because I was born in the house at the bottom of Arkles Lane, within shouting distance of both Liverpool’s famous Anfield stadium and Everton’s equally historic Goodison Park.
My early days were actually spent in Buckingham street, Everton, in a flat over a coal yard. Everton! What a thought. The boy Smith was happy to get an early transfer out of that district at the age of five. We moved to 9 Lambet Road. Once again, it was only a stone’s throw from the two football stadiums. You could certainly hear every roar and chant in my house as the Kop army paid homage to one super hero in particular, an individual who I idolised and who I would eventually have the honour and privilege to call a teammate. The legendary Billy Liddell. I was a Catholic. Who idolised King Billy Liddell. But the religion was football and the only thing that mattered was supporting your team through thick and thin."
Dean Court | Saturday 07 Dec 2019
Seven players who were then on the books at Liverpool were selected for the last World Cup, but (injuries permitting) there are set to be even more Kop idols appearing at the Euro 2020 finals next summer.
As always, the Premier League is turning out to be quite the nail-biter. However, we are lucky to have Liverpool stand strong and tall at the top of the leader’s board.
Signed by Bill Shankly’s Liverpool as the most expensive teenager in British football history for £100,000 two weeks before his nineteenth birthday. At 26 he was at Walsall in the third division.