He was labelled the most clinical striker in the First Division, and no doubt the entire Football League early on in the season. With the former Rangers youth player now playing for the First Division league leaders, Greenock Morton, he talked to us about his Morton teammates and the aims for the rest of the season .
After his incredible start to the season, which included 11 goals in his first 11 starts, his goal tally has frozen due to a fairly anonymous injury which he has gained. He did inform Scotzine on what the problem was though.
AC: “I currently have a slight case of ostetis pubis, which is a little bit of inflammation in the groin area. Thankfully though, with recovery going well, it won’t be long till I’m back in action.”
The 11 goals rattled in by Campbell this season included a double against his home town club, Dunfermline Athletic. When we spoke to Archie, it was the first of the two goals that stood out in his fairly short career:
AC: “I would have to say my favourite goal was my first against Dunfermline. Obviously, because it’s my home town club, I have a lot of friends from around that area so it was nice to get one over them after all the stick they gave me.”
While growing up in Dunfermline, Archie was able to see his local side play while they were a well established SPL club. You could say that seeing strikers like Stephen Crawford, who scored 19 goals in 2002/03 season, or even watching great strikers from his favourite club Rangers, such as Rod Wallace or Jonatan Johansson, could have inspired him to become the striker he is today. However, the biggest influence on the football field was the French magician, Thierry Henry.
AC: “Henry was my biggest influence on the pitch. The man had everything.”
You could say that if his current team, Greenock Morton, had a player of Henry technical brilliance within their squad, they would comfortably secure the First Division title this season however, Campbell still firmly believes this year will belong to the blue and white hoops:
AC: “Last season didn’t go exactly to plan for us, to say the least. However, we are doing really well so far this season and I feel a big part of that is down to the fact that everyone had played their part and worked for one another, and the effects of that are being shown on the pitch. Because of this, we have installed a real winning mentality within the team. We are all winners.
“However, when we have been struggling, i feel it has been the fans that have driven us forward. For the vast majority of games, the fans have been excellent and everyone hopes that continues.”
If you were to ask any Morton fan who has really driven the team forward over the last few months, along with Archie, they would surely mention the fans favourite double act: ‘Tidsirou’. For those supporters who don’t quite know who ‘Tidsirou’ are, they are the Greenock side’s dynamic midfield duo; Michael Tidser, who was captured from the Celtic youth team, and Fouad Bachirou, who was spotted by Greenock Morton scouts while training with PSG. Archie was quick to mention how pivotal those two in particular have been to the good first half to the season:
AC: “Michael and ‘Fred’ have worked really well for one another. It’s clear to see that they are top, top players, who compliment each other on the field, which I feel can only be a good thing for the team. Both can, and will, go very far in the game.”
Despite feeling that ‘Tidsirou’ will go far in the game, Archie is not thinking so far ahead on his own future. Despite attracting rumours from a few well established SPL clubs, Campbell has assured the Morton faithful that he is only concentrating on Morton and while he is wearing the famous blue and white hoops, he will give everything he has got.
AC: “Right now, all I’m concentrating on is my time at Morton. Since I’ve arrived, it has been really enjoyable to play for such a good club and long may that continue. Obviously, in the future, my aim is to play at as high a level as possible; win a few medals and trophies but most importantly, just enjoy my football while it lasts. If I can do that, I’ll feel I’ve achieved my goal.
If Campbell is looking for a player who has won numerous trophies and has enjoyed his time on the field, he should look no further than his striking partner, and long time servant of Greenock Morton, Peter Weatherson. The adopted’ Greenockian’, who is a native Geordie at heart, has been a huge help in the success Campbell has had at his time at Cappielow;
AC: “Big Peter has been excellent with me and I’ve learned a lot off him in my short time here. I feel that we manage to bring the best out of one another when we take to the field. Not only that though, he is always talking me through the game and informing me on what I should do next, which can only benefit me in the long run.”
Along with Weatherson helping Archie develop his game, so too did the short stint at current first Division side, Cowdenbeath;
AC“The short time at Cowdenbeath helped me to see what life was like outside of Rangers and of course, it was what you expected: a real eye opener. It also gave me a sense of that the First Division was like, with respect to youth football, which I feel has helped me settle into this division, a lot quicker.”
With his goal-a-game ratio so far this campaign, it’s obvious that the Morton support cannot wait to see Archie take to the field and fire his side to the league title. With Morton sitting pretty at the top of the league without their young, prolific goal scorer, they can only get better… which is a scary thought for all First Division teams.