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Dick Campbell
Personal information
Full name Richard Campbell
Date of birth November 22, 1953 (1953-11-22) (age 56)
Place of birth    Dunfermline, Scotland
Club information
Current club Forfar Athletic (Manager)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Dundee United
Dunfermline Athletic
Ross County
Brechin City
East Stirlingshire
000 0(0)
055 (11)
014 0(0)

157 0(7)
017 0(3)   
Teams managed
Dunfermline Athletic
Brechin City
Partick Thistle
Ross County
Forfar Athletic

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Richard "Dick" Campbell (born 22 November 1953 in Dunfermline, Fife) is a Scottish footballer and manager. He is the current manager of Forfar Athletic in the Third Division of the Scottish League.


Playing career

Campbell's low-profile playing career was mainly spent in the lower echelons of Scottish football. Having started out with Dundee United's youth system he then played for Cowdenbeath, Dunfermline Athletic, Ross County (then in the Highland League), Brechin City and East Stirlingshire. He then started coaching at Brechin before eventually moving to Dunfermline Athletic to become Bert Paton's assistant.


Campbell's first managerial experience was brief: a short spell at the helm of Cowdenbeath in the 1980s, after which he returned to coaching at Brechin. However, he was afforded a second opportunity when Paton resigned his position at Dunfermline in early 1999 and he was given temporary control. After a 3-month probationary period Campbell was made permanent manager at East End Park. However he left before the end of the year, with his Dunfermline side struggling to match promotion ambitions. After several months out of the game, Campbell was appointed manager of Brechin City in 2000, with Paton this time acting as his assistant. Over the following 5 seasons he helped Brechin rise from the depths of the Third Division to the First Division, despite their status as a part-time club. The chance to work with full-time players again tempted him to move to Partick Thistle in 2005.

Campbell took over as Partick manager after the end of Gerry Britton's and Derek Whyte's reign as joint player managers. Initial success was gained, and he won a Manager of the Month award within a month of taking over at the club. Despite this early success, Thistle finished 9th at the end of the 2004-05 season, and were therefore relegated to the Second Division. In the 2005-06 season, he guided the Partick Thistle team to promotion through the play-offs into the First Division, after finishing fourth in the Second Division.

Campbell has been praised in recent times for his negotiation skills, with particular reference to the signing of Simon Donelly at the start of the 2006-07 season. However, despite a decent start, a string of poor results sees Thistle languishing in the bottom half of the table and his tenure was ended on 27 March 2007.[1]

In the summer of 2007, Campbell was appointed manager of just-relegated Ross County, with the proviso that he would have only one chance at earning the club promotion, and would be sacked if he was unsuccessful. Ultimately, Campbell was not even given a full season in charge, and despite leading the club to the top of Division Two he was sacked on 2 October, allegedly for playing overly defensive football.

On 8th of May 2008, Campbell was appointed manager of Scottish Third Division side Forfar Athletic.[2]

Family links

Campbell has a twin brother Ian who is also a former football player and manager. They worked together for many years at both Dunfermline, where Ian was a coach, and Brechin City, where Ian was Dick's joint-assistant. When Dick left to manage Partick Thistle, Ian took over the Brechin managerial reins. The brothers have been reunited at Forfar where Ian is assistant manager.[3]

Campbell's son Iain is also involved in football, with the left-back leaving Alloa Athletic during the 2009 close season to join his father at Forfar[4] and so joining his brother Ross at the club.[5]

Sectarianism controversy

On Sunday 13 December 2009, Campbell, whose own wife and sons are Roman Catholic, was exposed by a tabloid newspaper as having sung sectarian songs with Rangers fans.[6][7]


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