On This Day
23 April 1937 – 6 November 2015
Former Pompey boss and player, Bobby Campbell, has died, aged 78.
Campbell famously led the Blues to the Third division title in the 1982-83 season with a then-record 91 points – 21 years after being part of George Smith’s Pompey side who won the same title in 1962.
He was, however, dismissed from the Pompey hot seat by chairman John Deacon as the club’s first second-division campaign in eight years saw them finish in 16th place.
But he left with his head held high following an impressive win percentage of 45.45 – bettered only in subsequent Pompey years by Harry Redknapp (46.55).
In an interview in the Sports Mail last December, Campbell recalled his Fratton Park departure.
He said: I liked a forward-thinking team who went out to entertain but, nevertheless, I knew we had to keep it tight at the back.
‘We became very popular with the fans playing the way we did, though, so maybe I got the sack because I became too popular.’
Campbell’s first links with Pompey came in 1961, when he arrived from hometown club Liverpool as a half-back.
He went on to play 64 games for the Fratton Park outfit, scoring two goals, before a cruciate ligament injury cut short his playing career at the age of 27.
Recalling his move to the south coast, Campbell added in his Sports Mail Big Interview: ‘I knew it was a big club but I didn’t realise how great it was.
‘I left Liverpool and I thought they were the greatest fans in the land, then I went down to Pompey, who, for me, still are.’
Campbell, who will be fondly remembered by Blues fans, also enjoyed managerial spells with Fulham and Chelsea, and coaching jobs at Arsenal and QPR.