Coupar Angus, Perthshire born half back Charles Campbell was a former pupil of the Edinburgh Academy and joined Queen’s Park, Scotland’s oldest football club, in 1870, making his debut in senior competition in October 1873 in a Scottish Cup first round tie against Dumbreck. He won 8 Scottish Cup winner’s medals with the club and was also a runner-up in the 1884 and 1885 FA Cup finals. He scored twice in 38 senior competition appearances for Queen’s Park between 1873 and 1880, captaining the club for many of those seasons. He was also a member of the famous English amateur side Corinthians.
Campbell earned 13 caps for Scotland between March 1874, when he played in a 2-1 victory over England at the West of Scotland Cricket Ground and his final cap against England in March 1886, captaining them on nine occasions. He scored his only Scotland goal in a 2-0 win over Wales at Acton Park in March 1877 and lost only one match while playing for his country.
Campbell, a keen orator, was also an important football bureaucrat, serving on the Queen’s Park committee between 1874 and 1890 and holding the position of Club President in 1879-80. He was elected President of the Scottish Football Association for the 1889-90 season. Campbell also served as match official for the 1889 Scottish Cup Final.
He was posthumously inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2005.