Henry "Harry" Campbell

Harry Campbell will forever have the distinction of being the first player to win both the Scottish and English FA Cups. The first trophy would be in 1888 with Renton and the second with Blackburn in 1890. In fact he was to be a two-club man, beginning his footballing career as an inside-right in 1886 with Renton for three seasons, plus the World Championship and a single cap, followed by six more in the Lancashire town, where he would live out the rest of his days. 

Harry Campbell had been born in Renton in 1867, fourth child of eight of a Kirkintilloch-born father, a Calico Printer, and an Edinburgh-born mother. They had been married in 1863 in the capital, settling into Dunbartonshire village in a couple of years before young Henry's birth.

In 1871 the family was living on Stirling St.. In 1881 it was on Main St. and Harry was working a Printfield Worker. That was before Rovers came calling and aged just twenty-three he travelled South. And such was service he provided the club that he was given a benefit as early at 1893, two years before retirement. He then found a work in the town as a steward at the Blackburn Reform Club. And eventually he would marry, in 1910 to a local woman, Maria Ainsworth, moving in with her. But they were to have no children and were only to have four years together. After a reported long illness Harry passed away at home in 1915, aged just forty-eight.    

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