One week into the 2001-2 season, it was in the minds of most fans that DJ Campbell was the goalscorer that we’d been lacking since Carl Alford. Not just since then either, but also between Alford and Barry Hayles. After making himself known during that summer’s run of friendlies, he scored twice on debut at Hayes. But injury meant that he’d only feature in six matches before November and 21 for the season overall.
For many, the 2002-3 campaign was make-or-break for Campbell. And sadly, it turned out to be the latter. A public spat with boss Wayne Turner saw him go out on loan to a number of sides, before Yeading came in for him on a permanent basis. Not that his impact with us would be forgotten, however. The nippy, but lightweight striker scored the crucial winner in our 2001-2 FA Trophy quarter final at home to Stalybridge.
And in the semi-final against Morecambe too.
DJ Campbell: After Boro’
Campbell may not have been one earmarked for greater things a few years back. But any critics have been more than proved wrong. After his initial descent to lower league teams after leaving us, the striker’s career curve – and stock – rose exponentially. He eventually found his way to Blackpool under Ian Holloway; a move taking him to the Premier League.