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Friday, 9 May 2014

Falkirk FC Top Goalscorer 1902 - George Campbell

Falkirk FC's first ever top League Goalscorer was a proper Bairn, a local lad. George [Geordie] Campbell was born and brought up in the Town, and as far as I know lived his whole life here.

Starting his career as a Juvenile with Brockville Star [not associated with Falkirk FC], within a season he drew the attention of Vale of Carron. Vale of Carron were the 'shire's wee team and were big in Junior Circles and Geordie joined them, where he made an immediate impact. However, after a season, he moved to Bo'ness [I don't know, West Lothian did have a better Junior scene at the turn of the Century [it still does]] for another season. But George was a Falkirk lad and soon moved to Dunipace Juniors where he made Centre-Forward his own.

Falkirk's ears pricked up and soon offered him terms. Of course, he couldn't be the Centre-Forward, Robert Leishman was the CF, but he was put at Outside-Left. And he scored, for a young man he scored. In Falkirk FC's First Season in the League he scored 14 from 22 games. And when you add his goal in the Qualifying Cup v East Stirlingshire, he scored FIFTEEN.

All in all George made the benchmark for all Fakirk Strikers to follow.

He retired from Falkirk due to ill-health, but was tempted out of retirement due to Raith Rovers who needed a CF, but he did not play many matches with them [possibly due to his health]. In April 1908 Falkirk played Raith at Stark's Park in a Benefit match for him. He died at the scarily young age of 25, but you know, he is one of our seasonal top scorers.

George Campbell

b c1884, Falkirk, Stirlingshire
d 13th February 1909, Falkirk, Stirlingshire

Debut – Saturday September 29th 1900 v Stenhousemuir (A) Scottish Qualifying Cup 2nd Rd
League Debut – Saturday August 16th 1902 v Clyde (A) Scottish League Division 2

Positions – Outside-Left, Centre-Forward

Club Honours – Scottish League Division 2 RU 1904/05, Dewar Shield RU 1903/04, Stirlingshire Cup W 1905/06, Stirlingshire Consolation Cup W 1902/03, 1904/05,Falkirk Infirmary Shield W 1904/05, 1905/06, RU 1903/04

Falkirk Top League Goalscorer 1902/03 [14]

Scottish League Division 1 Matches/Goals [16/10]
Scottish League Division 2 Matches/Goals [53/25]
Scottish Qualifying Cup Matches /Goals [6/1]
Minor League Matches/Goals [19/8]
Minor Cup Matches/Goals [31/11]

Known Career – Brockville Star, Vale of Carron, Bo'ness Our Boys, Dunipace JuniorsFalkirk [1900/01-1906/07] Raith Rovers [1907/08-1908/09]

Played in Falkirk's first ever Scottish League Match v Clyde (A) Scottish League Division 2, 16th August 1902
Scored on his League Debut
Hat-Tricks – 2 [Division 1 [1] Division 2 [1]]