13 August 1967 (age 55)
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 235d
Last game: 29y 5d
Height and weight
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 93 kg
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AFL: 9,684th player to appear, 1,908th most games played, 1,640th most goals kickedMelbourne: 1,081st player to appear, 230th most games played, 124th most goals kickedFootscray: 823rd player to appear, 285th most games played, 560th most goals kicked
Strongly built and physically tough, Tony Campbell commenced at Melbourne in the under nineteens in 1985 before making his senior VFL debut the following year. Capable of kicking the ball prodigious distances, he was used initially as a key forward but it soon emerged that he struggled for accuracy. Consigned to the backlines as a consequence he produced some noteworthy displays and was one of the few defenders in the League capable of containing the likes of Tony Lockett and Jason Dunstall. Between 1986 and 1991 he played 75 games and kicked 61 goals for the Demons but after managing just eight games because of injury in his final season he was traded to Footscray.
During his time with the Bulldogs he was a distinctive figure on the field with his penchant for wearing a long-sleeved jumper and gloves. He even started a company which sold gloves for footballers, in an attempt to popularise the idea.
After 35 AFL games and two goals for the Bulldogs in 1992-3 Campbell made the decision to follow in the footsteps of Darren Bennett and seek fame, glory and big money as a gridiron punter. His attempt was unsuccessful, however, and in 1994 he was back in Australia. He played a couple of WAFL games for West Perth that year with a view to attracting the attention of the newly formed Fremantle Football Club which would be taking its bows in the AFL in 1995. His season was ruined, however, when he sustained an achilles injury which required surgery. He did not play again until 1996 when he added a final eight career games and two goals with Footscray.
Author - John Devaney