Campbell Makes History: 1st Black To Lift Trophy At Wembley

Campbell Captains Spurs To League Cup Glory At Wembley

Campbell made his first team debut for Spurs on 5th December 1992 against Chelsea at White Hart Lane, scoring the goal in Spurs’ 2–1 defeat after coming on as a substitute for Nick Barmby. Despite this start to his career, he was not picked by manager Terry Venables again for the remainder of the 1992/93 season.

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Gerry Francis, Spurs’ new manager, led the club to the semi-finals of the FA Cup in the 1994/95 campaign, but Campbell missed the game due to injury and Spurs were beaten by Everton. Campbell continued to progress in his outings, but Spurs struggled to mid-table league finishes in the 1995/96 and 1996/97 seasons.

Francis appointed Campbell as club captain, taking over the role from the out-of-favour David Howells. He had a strained relationship with short-lived manager, Christian Gross during the 1997/98 season, as Spurs again struggled.

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He successfully captained his side to a League Cup final win over Leicester City in the 1998–99 season; this made him the first black captain to lift a major trophy at Wembley stadium. He was also named on the PFA Team of the Year, as was teammate, David Ginola.

The League Cup success qualified Spurs to compete in the UEFA Cup during the 1999/2000 campaign, but they only made it into the Second Round before they were beaten by German side FC Kaiserslautern; Campbell spent nine years at White Hart Lane, scoring 10 goals in 225 appearances.

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