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Key Facts

Full name
Graham Campbell

Known as
Graham Campbell

Born
22 July 1936

Died
30 January 2022 (aged 85)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 337d
Last game: 28y 31d

Height and weight
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 73 kg

Senior clubs
Fitzroy

Jumper numbers
Fitzroy: 20

Graham Campbell

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
FitzroyV/AFL1956-19641511541.0239%19.672.6732
Total1956-19641511541.0239%19.672.6732

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 6,719th player to appear, 1,249th most games played, 614th most goals kickedFitzroy: 728th player to appear, 38th most games played, 30th most goals kicked

As a player, Graham Campbell was energetic, tough and canny, with a keen goal sense. Between 1956 and 1964 he played a total of 151 VFL games for Fitzroy, kicking 154 goals. He won the club's best and fairest award in 1957, and was a prime reason for the side's emergence as a genuine force in the late 50s and early 60s. In 1960, the 'Roys reached a rare preliminary final, but despite Campbell's near best afield performance, they went under to Collingwood by 5 points. Besides his best and fairest award, the highlights of Campbell's playing career were probably his selection to represent the VFL, and his membership of Fitzroy's 1959 night premiership side.

As a coach, Campbell's greatest achievement was steering West Perth to the 1975 WANFL premiership thanks to a 23.17 (155) to 7.9 (51) Grand Final annihilation of South Fremantle. Two weeks earlier, in the second semi final, the Cardinals had achieved similar supremacy over Swan Districts, winning 20.22 (142) to 8.16 (64). This gave them an average winning margin in two finals of 91 points, an achievement unequalled in the history of football in the three major states. Campbell coached West Perth from 1975 to 1978, getting the side into the finals each year. In 1978 he returned to his old club Fitzroy, whom he had coached on a caretaker basis for a few games in 1974. However, although the Lions scored a noteworthy victory over North Melbourne in the night Grand Final, their premiership form was unimpressive, and at the end of the year Campbell was replaced as coach by Bill Stephen. In 1983 he returned to league coaching with Glenelg in the SANFL, where he spent two seasons. He later worked in the media.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.