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Former Arsenal and Everton striker Campbell passes away

Former footballer Kevin Campbell passed away at 54 after a brief illness, announced his ex-clubs Arsenal and Everton on Saturday.

The striker holds the Premier League record for most goals (83) by a player with no international caps.

Arsenal paid tribute to their “much-loved” forward, remembering his 228 appearances, 59 goals, and a trophy haul including the League title and European Cup Winners’ Cup.

“A dream come true” is how Campbell described playing for his boyhood club Arsenal, where he began his career in 1985.

Campbell also enjoyed a successful stint at Everton, scoring 51 goals in 164 games, including a crucial nine in five matches that saved them from relegation in 1999. Everton mourned the loss of their “popular” former striker.

Among his career highlights, Campbell cherished scoring the winner in the 2000 Merseyside derby, Everton’s last Anfield victory in over two decades. He captained Everton, becoming the club’s first black captain in 2001.

Campbell’s son, Tyrese, also pursued a career in football, recently leaving Stoke City after seven seasons.

(Source: AFP)

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