Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Desmond Campbell

Known as
Des Campbell

19 January 1951 (age 71)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 103d
Last game: 26y 220d

Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 95 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 18, 5

Family links
Bradley Campbell (Son)Blake Campbell (Son)

Des Campbell

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
MelbourneV/AFL1970, 1975-197750130.2642%8.021.862.730
Total1970, 1975-197750130.2642%8.021.862.730

AFL: 8,254th player to appear, 4,261st most games played, 4,470th most goals kickedMelbourne: 893rd player to appear, 336th most games played, 380th most goals kicked

Melbourne recruited Des Campbell from Shepparton United in 1969 and he made his senior VFL debut the following year, albeit without really establishing himself. He did, however, play in a winning grand final with the Demons’ reserves.

Campbell spent the seasons from 1971 to 1974 back at Shepparton United before deciding to have a second stab at VFL football with the Dees in 1975. A solid defender, in 1975 and 1976 he was a regular senior player, but in 1977 he played just eight games whilst captaining the reserves. He retired at the end of the 1977 season having played 50 VFL games and scored 13 goals. He played and coached at various country clubs for another 15 years.

Author - John Devaney


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