Newhaven, Edinburgh born left half Jimmy Campbell began his senior football career with Scottish League club Leith Athletic in 1908, and scored once in 48 appearances for The Leithers before being sold to First Division club Sheffield Wednesday in February 1911, making his Football League debut against Bury the same month. An ever present for the following two seasons as Wednesday finished fifth and third in the League Championship, he was rewarded for his consistency with a call up for Scotland, and he won his only cap in a 0-0 draw with Wales at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham in March 1913.
Campbell was again a regular in Wednesday’s 1913-14 campaign but he was a reservist in the British Army and having scored 2 goals in 132 appearances for The Owls, when the First World War broke out in the summer of 1914 he was called up and he served as a driver with the Royal Field Artillery. In July 1915, he was invalided to a hospital in Leicester, suffering with pleurisy.
After the War he returned to Hillsborough and played regularly in Wednesday’s first peacetime season until losing his place in March 1920, having added a single goal in 25 matches to his total appearances. He joined Huddersfield Town in the 1920 close season but played only one match for them that November before returning to Edinburgh in 1921 where he made 99 appearances for St Bernard’s. Deteriorating health after the War contributed to his retirement from football and he died at the age of 38 in May 1925.
NB in the image Campbell stands on the far right of a photograph taken featuring a player from each of the Home nations, (l-r) Mickey Hamill of Ireland and Manchester United, Bob Crompton of England and Blackburn Rovers, and Billy Meredith of Wales and Manchester United.