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Sunday, 19 July 2009

Player Spotlight - Alan Campbell

I've decided to borrow a feature from the Dundee programmes of the late 80's - early 90's and the first player to be put under the spotlight is Alan Campbell. Not a completely random choice, as Alan Campbell was the player featured in the Dundee v United programme reviewed in my last entry.

"In Alan Campbell, Dundee have recruited a man with vast knowledge of European football, but as he readily admits his knowledge of the Scottish game is scratchy.
`My first impressions are that it is incredibly fast. Considerably faster than I have been used to and the standard is high' said Alan."

Alan started off at St. Joseph's Boys before moving to Shamrock Rovers. At Shamrock he became Ireland's top scorer twice and played in the UEFA Cup. He would've played in the European Cup also, but had left to go to Racing Santander in the Spanish top flight. He would spend two years there, becoming the club's top scorer for one of those seasons. Campbell would pick up 3 caps for Ireland while in Spain. Santander would get relegated the year he moved to newly promoted Logrones. He would decide to leave Logrones due to the three foreigner rule meaning he would have to sit out a number of games - something he didn't fancy. Campbell would refuse a move to Celtic to go to Belgium and once again he would become his club's top scorer.

It was at that point he moved to Dundee:

".....`I am now looking forward to knocking in the goals for Dundee' said Alan, and he continued, `I hope to catch the eye of Jack Charlton, because having experienced involvement at that level, you get a taste for it and I'd love to return to that stage and in football you never know what lies around the corner.'"

Alan would play 15 times for Dundee scoring twice. He would later move to Forfar. Gordon Wallace heard about Alan while in Ireland for a Dundee United v Bohemians UEFA Cup tie and it's obvious that with Campbell's proven goalscoring abilities and pedigree, Dundee never saw the best of him.

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