1960s prop & Championship winner, Ted Campbell passed away on Monday after a long illness, aged 71.
Ted Campbell was one of the ‘young guns’ of the 1960s’s pack forcing his way into an international pack of forwards that saw him win a Championship winners medal five years after his debut.
Ted hailed from Lupset and learned his rugby league at Snapethorpe School, playing for Wakefield Schools and Yorkshire Schools before joining the Trinity juniors. In the juniors he gained u19s junior county and international honours, representing England u19s in 1962 against France in Carcassonne.
He joined Trinity’s senior ranks in August 1962 and made his debut, scoring, at Belle Vue in a 39-0 victory over Doncaster on 27th August 1962. He came through the junior ranks with ‘2015 Hall of Famer’, Bob Haigh and both forced their way into the experienced Trinity side. He played ten games in that first season, being brought on gradually and by 1964-65 he had established himself in the Trinity front row which saw the club win the Yorkshire Cup, defeating Leeds, 18-2. He played a total of thirty-five games in that season, missing only ten.
Trinity also reached the Challenge Cup semi final in 1965, losing out to Hunslet, 0-8, and Ted was part of the squad that won the 1966 Yorkshire League Championship. The greatest reward in his young career came in May 1967 when he was in the front row when Trinity defeated St.Helens, 21-9 after a 7-7 draw to win the club’s first RL Championship.
Working commitments saw his 1967-68 appearances reduced and he only played twenty one games as David Jeanes and Don Fox took the prop forward roles as the club won the second Championship trophy and reached Wembley. Ted eventually retired in February 1970 due to further work commitments.
After three years in retirement, Ted returned to Belle Vue in February 1973, initially playing in the A team before returning to first team action against Rochdale in March. He assisted in seven games followed by thirteen, each, in the 1973-74 and 1974-75 seasons. His final season saw him play in the first five games in 1975-76, his last being at Swinton in a 10-23 defeat on 7th September 1975, but it was a special season as the club granted him a testimonial for his services to Trinity. His Trinity career finally ended in 1976 when he moved to York
Ted Campbell was a powerhouse prop who was also very agile which saw him score thirty tries in his 247 appearances. He played from 1962 until 1975 with a three year retirement. After his retirement from the professional game he played and coached with Eastmoor for many years. His work affected his playing career in his late career. After many years working as a coal miner and pony driver he became a gas fitter and steel erector. He also ran a pub in Sowerby Bridge and eventually retired to Royston in Barnsley. He leaves a wife, Rita, son, Paul, step children Sarah and Ian and daughter-in-law, Lisa.