Strong-tackling centre-half who's impressive form with unfashionable Crusaders brought him international recognition...
Name: Albert C. Campbell
Born: 4 January 1938, Belfast
Height: 6.00 ft
Weight: 12.04 st
Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 2 Full Caps (1963-1964), 1 'B' Cap (1959), Amateur Caps; Irish League: 11 Caps (1959-1966).
Club Honours: (with Crusaders) Irish Cup Winner 1966/67, 1967/68.
Crusaders (Irish League)
"Big Albert" Campbell was a player on the fringe of the Northern Ireland team through the late-fifties and early-sixties. He came off the bench in a 1-1 'B' Interntaional draw with France in November 1959, and after being reserve in attendance for the a number of 'Full' internationals, he won his first cap in a 4-1 defeat by Wales at Windsor Park in 1963, adding a second in a Word Cup Qualifier defeat by Switzerland the following year. Campbell was the first Crusaders player to be honoured at Full international level, with Danny Trainor becoming only the second in 1967.
An outstanding player in the Irish League, Campbell helped Crusaders to wins in the Ulster Cup, Co. Antrim Shield, and their first Irish Cup successes in 1967 and 1968. Signed by the Seaview club as a seventeen year-old, Campbell was oft linked with moves away following his impressive performances in "taming" some of the Irish League's leading centre-forwards, including limiting Linfield's Jackie Milburn in the 1959 Ulster Cup Final. Perhaps the closest he came to leaving Seaview waswhen offered a player-coach position with Melbourne in Australia in 1965, but he turned it down to remain in Belfast.
Northern Ireland Cap Details:
03-04-1963 Wales...... H L 1-4 BC
14-11-1964 Switzerland A L 1-2 WCQ
Summary: 2/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 2.