Ian Wright pays tribute to Kevin Campbell

Ian Wright pays tribute to Kevin Campbell

Tributes have poured in for former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell following his death aged 54.

After coming through the youth ranks in North London, Campbell went on to make more than 200 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners before joining Nottingham Forest in 1995.

Campbell netted 22 times as Forest won promotion back to the top flight in his final season at the City Ground before moving on to Everton via a brief spell in Turkey with Trabzonspor.

Almost single-handedly saving the club from relegation in his first season at Goodison Park, Campbell quickly became a fan favourite and remained a mainstay with the Toffees in the ensuing years.

Campbell hung up his boots in 2007 after short spells with West Brom and Cardiff City before going on to work in punditry.

Tributes poured in on social media following the death of former Everton and Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell

Campbell became a cult hero at Goodison Park after his 9 goals in 8 games saved the club from relegation in 1999

Campbell became a cult hero at Goodison Park after his 9 goals in 8 games saved the club from relegation in 1999

Following the news of his passing on Saturday, social media was awash with tributes from fans and former players.

Ian Wright shared of series of photos of himself and Campbell during their time together at Arsenal. 

Former Wales goalkeeper Mark Crossley, who played alongside Campbell at Forest wrote: ‘Life can be so cruel at times. 

‘Absolutely devastated with news of my ex forest teammate Kevin Campbell’s passing, a true gentleman, a great player, a shining light of a dressing room, fun loving guy, thoughts are with all his family and friends RIP mate.’

Matt Le Tissier added: ‘RIP Kev’

Another user wrote: ‘His soul will be at peace. Thoughts and prayers for the family and friends of Kevin Campbell. A lovely man, and an Everton great. Loved by everyone.’

Tributes from all corners of the footballing world flooded in after the news was announced

Tributes from all corners of the footballing world flooded in after the news was announced

A further user added: ‘Absolutely gutted to hear of the passing of Kevin Campbell. Had the pleasure of playing with and against him in my youth. 

Top draw player then and seeing him crack it at Arsenal and go on to have a such a fine career was testament to him. Top man – so so sad’

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