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23 September 1972 (age 50)
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 209d
Last game: 32y 339d
Height and weight
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 88 kg
Richmond: 46, 9, 17
Golden Square (1991)
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AFL: 10,221st player to appear, 100th most games played, 515th most goals kickedRichmond: 938th player to appear, 6th most games played, 32nd most goals kicked
One of the Richmond Football Club's true all time greats, Wayne Campbell joined the Tigers from Bendigo League side Golden Square, and made his AFL debut in 1991. Energetic, purposeful and highly skilled, he quickly developed into a key player whose passion for the game was obvious. The 1995 season saw him win the first of four club best and fairest awards, earn AFL All Australian selection, and make his Victorian state of origin debut. It was a good season for the Tigers, too, as they qualified for the finals for the first time since 1982, eventually running fourth.
An inspirational, hard running player who never accepted defeat, Campbell continued to produce outstanding football throughout the 1990s, and was rewarded with a second selection as an AFL All Australian in 1999. He assumed the Richmond captaincy in 2001, having earlier held the role on a temporary basis in 1997 when regular skipper Matthew Knights was injured. Wayne Campbell announced his retirement at the end of the 2005 season having played a total of 297 AFL games and kicked 172 goals.
After his playing career was over Campbell served for a time as the AFL Umpire's boss before being appointed as General Manager of Greater Western Sydney in 2016.
Author - John Devaney