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Darren Campbell

Born: 16th April 1986 
Nationality: Scottish 
Position: Winger 
Royals first team debut: Watford 0-3 Reading – 30/04/2003 
Appearances: 0(+1) 
Goals: 0 

Campbell’s Story:
Cambridge-born, Campbell joined our Academy as a first-year scholar in June 2002, one of a group of youngsters that came to the Academy that year. He signed professionally for the Royals during half-time of their home fixture against Preston in April 2003. 

His one and only appearance came two weeks later, when Reading were facing Watford away, he was introduced as a 79th minute substitute taking the place of another Academy product Nathan Tyson. 

Injury troubled the wingers playing time at the club. Damaging his cruciate ligament in 2004 kept him out of the game for eight months, and a loan spell with Tamworth was cut short when after just three appearances, he was forced to return to the Royals for treatment. 

The Scott left the club in November 2005, moving on to trials with Colchester United who, at the time, were managed by former Royal Phil Parkinson. 

Beyond the hoops:

After the trial not materializing to anything, Campbell tried his hand at non-league football, first joining up with Isthmian League side Staines Town for the 2005/06 season. 

He continued with trials at several Football League sides before returning to non-league with Fleet Town. 

By the time of the 2011/12 season, Campbell had amassed 29 goals in 141 starts for Fleet. Recognised by Camberley Town, he became dual-registered for both sides and aided the Krooners in their promotion ambition for the Combined Counties League. 

Internationally, Campbell represented England at U17s level before swapping white for blue to join Scotland where he scored a brace of goals for the U17s against Malta in 2003.