Fraizer Campbell, a reflection on his time at HCAFC

Fraizer Campbell. Photo: Hull City AFC website. https://www.hullcitytigers.com/hull-city/fraizer-campbell/

With the contract of Frazier Campbell effectively being ended, the striker is set to leave the club and become a free agent as early as next week.

After scoring 12 championship goals, the most he’s achieved in a season since his last stint with the Tigers in 2007/08, Campbell will feel hard done by not to be rewarded with an extra year on his existing deal.

However, his exit was all but confirmed with the recent photos uploaded by the official Twitter account revealing that Campbell had not turned up to training with the rest of the squad. This news sparked some obvious questions about the current situation, one Hull fan took to Twitter to comment on the absence of Campbell and goalkeeper David Marshall:

https://twitter.com/BentosTheEnigma/status/1143236423258136579

Despite arriving back at the club which provided him with first team action away from Manchester United over a decade ago, upon his second stint at the KCOM he arrived receiving a mixed reception from the City fans.

A majority of Hull supporters remembered the transfer saga in January 2013 that involved Campbell turning down a move to Hull. Bruce tried to lure him back to the KCOM, but Campbell opted to join Cardiff for supposedly ‘more money’. This saga began a new chapter when the player City were so eager to bring back, then scored against them on the final day and celebrated in front of the home fans, nearly derailing the automatic promotion party.

When Frazier Campbell returned, it seemed some Hull fans had put behind their previous views on the player and took to Twitter to have their say on his well anticipated return:

 

 

After being forgiven for the past animosity between the fans, a running joke is heard in the stands between the supporters and Campbell with the chant ‘You’re not greedy anymore’, to the amusement of the striker.

The love story between Hull and Campbell is something that is sparked by his high pressing from the front, ferocious tackling, and ultimately running himself into the ground every game. A work ethic that sets high standards for his team mates.

Although, due to the high intensity with which he plays his game, Campbell is unable to last a full 90 minutes. Given the goal scoring exploits of the man in the season gone by, you would think Grant McCann would take a fancy to someone who seemingly ‘plays on the front foot in matches’ – a style he intends on implementing.

In his first interview as Hull boss, McCann states the philosophy he intends on embarking on the Hull side: “We’ll be a very high energy team and we like to play on the front foot”.

However, the new Hull boss may not be offered the opportunity to work with Campbell given the contractual situation and the Allam’s unwillingness to negotiate a deal with the 31-year-old fan-favourite.

Whilst the allegiance between Hull and Campbell is coming to an abrupt end, here are some of his most memorable goals across the two spells he’s endured in East Yorkshire.

Hull City 3-0 Barnsley 22/10/2007

Under the lights at the KC stadium, Frazier Campbell certainly made an instant impact upon his loan switch from Manchester United.

The loanee confidently netted two goals on the night, with the latter being the most memorable.

He picks up the ball on the half turn harried by two Barnsley defenders before dragging the ball inside and squeezing his way through.

The chance seemed to have gone when a touch from a Barnsley defender diverted the ball away from the goal. But he took a touch to the right whilst under pressure before striking the ball off balance into the bottom left corner. A fitting way to announce yourself to your new club in a Yorkshire Derby.

West Brom 1-2 Hull City 23/02/2008

With a fascinating tussle taking place at the top of the championship table between West Brom and Hull, three points in this one would strengthen either teams automatic promotion hopes.

In a tight encounter, Hull City ran away as 2-1 victors thanks to a Frazier Campbell wonder strike from 25 yards out.

He receives the ball around 25 yards from goal, before taking a touch to set himself and then beautifully curling the ball into the right corner of the net. A collectors book item for someone who rarely scores from outside the 18 yard box.

Hull City 2-1 Crystal Palace 26/04/2008

In the season where Campbell netted 15 goals, there were few more important than his strike that opened up the scoring against promotion hopefuls Crystal Palace.

With the highest crowd of the season (24,350) in viewing, Hull would deliver a performance worthy of promotion that they would go onto achieve.

The goal was synonymous of a striker who exhumed confidence. He received the ball on the edge, shifted the ball to the right before striking the ball low into the bottom left corner.

The victory, with the impact of Frazier Campbell, all but confirmed a 3rd placed finish heading into the last game.

Barnsley 0-1 Hull City 21/10/2017

After failing to win away from home since August 2016, an opportunity to break that woeful run of games presented itself away at struggling Barnsley.

With the game locked at 0-0, the Hull City fans behind the goal would have sensed that it was going to be another journey that didn’t reward them with the euphoria of three points.

But in the 77th minute, substitute Frazier Campbell lingered at the back post before the ball fortuitously dropped to his feet and he was rewarded with a simple tap in, sending the travelling Hull fans into delirium.

Although not the most pleasing on the eye goal, it was one that had great ramifications and effectively ended the away day hoo-doo that plagued the Tigers for so long.

Hull City 3-0 Sheffield Wednesday 12/01/2019 

With the up turn in form that occurred over the Christmas period, Hull found themselves entertaining a Sheffield Wednesday side on the back of an eight game unbeaten streak.

A buoyant Hull side dispatched Wednesday 3-0 and Campbell’s solitary goal epitomised the work ethic and desire he has to battle with defenders.

He wins the initial header in the Wednesday half, but a poor defensive header from Michael Hector presented Campbell with an opportunity to contest with Tom Lees, to which the Hull man comes out on top.

He lifts the ball over the frame of Lees, before taking a touch with his chest and then slamming the ball past the hapless Kieran Westwood.

[Tom Griffin – @TomGriff87 – student at University of Hull]