Pompey hero pays tribute to Bobby Campbell

Former Pompey manager Bobby Campbell. MAYOAK0002933919

Former Pompey manager Bobby Campbell. MAYOAK0002933919

  • Former Pompey player, coach and manager Campbell died on Monday aged 78
  • Signed the likes of Alan Biley, Kevin Dillon and Mark Hateley during his managerial reign
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Fratton favourite Alan Biley paid tribute to Bobby Campbell after the death of his former Pompey manager.

Campbell, who led the Blues to the Third Division title in the 1982-83 campaign, died on Friday aged 78.

As a man, he was my type of guy, he didn’t suffer fools, he said what he thought, but if you did what was asked he was like a big brother or a father figure at times

Alan Biley

That triumphant side included a number of his signings such as Biley and Kevin Dillon, while Mark Hateley arrived the following season.

Biley, who was tempted from Everton by Campbell in August 1982, went on to score 57 goals in 120 appearances.

And he is full of admiration for his former manager.

Biley said: ‘I have to say that my beautiful love affair with Pompey is totally down to that man because he instigated the whole thing.

‘I owe my Portsmouth career to Bobby.

‘As a man, he was my type of guy, he didn’t suffer fools, he said what he thought, but if you did what was asked he was like a big brother or a father figure at times.

‘He was aware about what people got up to but as long as he had a successful, happy ship and the players were happy, he was happy.

‘I am so pleased I got to see him a couple of years ago at the Boys of 83, that was great. As always, he had a smile on his face with a great sense of humour.

‘Bobby was clever, he signed experienced lads like Ernie Howe and Dave Thomas and got in fantastic youth with Neil Webb and then brought people in like Kevin Dillon.

‘Mark Hateley was probably the crown. He came from Coventry and was almost under the radar It was a piece of shear genius.

‘Rest in peace, Bobby. God bless.’

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