A Premier League record holder who previously played for Arsenal, Everton, and Nottingham dies

Football news 15 june 2024, 06:56
Robert Sykes Dailysports's expert Robert Sykes
A Premier League record holder who previously played for Arsenal, Everton, and Nottingham dies Photo: x.com/TheNationalNews / Author unknown

The football world continues to be filled with disheartening news. Today, we reported the death of Montenegrin national team and Millwall goalkeeper Matija Sarkic at the age of 26. Now, it has been revealed that another renowned footballer has passed away. Kevin Campbell has died at the age of 54.

Campbell was known for his performances with Arsenal, Everton, and Nottingham Forest. He won the Premier League trophy with the Gunners.

On Arsenal's official page on social media platform X, it states:

"We are devastated to learn that our former forward Kevin Campbell has passed away after a short illness.

Kevin was adored by everyone at the club. Our thoughts are with his friends and family during this difficult time. Rest in peace, Kevin."

Everton also paid tribute to their former player, calling him Super Kev:

"Not only a true hero of Goodison Park and an icon of English football, but an incredible person – this is known to anyone who ever met him."

Campbell's death was preceded by an illness that he struggled with for two weeks, but he could not cope with it and doctors were unable to help him, The Guardian reports.

Campbell came through the Arsenal youth academy and made his first-team debut in 1988. In 1995, he moved to Nottingham Forest, and three years later, transferred to Turkish club Trabzonspor. However, he returned to England a year later and spent six years at Everton, which he had to leave due to injury. In 2005, he joined West Bromwich Albion, and a year later, Cardiff City, where he ended his career in 2007.

He also represented England at the U-21 level, making four appearances, and played once for the England B team.

After his playing career, Campbell became a football pundit. Notably, he holds a Premier League record for scoring the most goals in the English top flight without earning a senior national team cap.

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