All year long, we will be bringing you up close to members of the Tampa Bay Rowdies team.
In this feature of the 2012 Get to Know the Rowdies, we spotlight midfielder Stuart Campbell, who is in his first season with Tampa Bay.
Campbell played in 288 league matches for the Bristol Rovers over the last eight seasons. He was named captain of Bristol in November of 2006 and served in that role for his final five seasons. The Rovers played in the Football League One, the second-highest division of The Football League and third-highest division overall in the English football league system, until being relegated to League Two after the 2010-2011 season. Bristol won promotion following the 2006-2007 campaign, when they were captained by Campbell.
Prior to his time with Bristol, Campbell saw action for four seasons with Leicester City (1996-2000) and four with Grimsby Town (2000-04). Campbell made 117 league appearances and scored 10 goals during his time with Grimsby. In addition, he played in two matches on loan with Birmingham City in March of 2000. Campbell led the Rovers to the quarterfinals of the FA Cup in 2007-08, their best showing in 50 years. He has also earned 15 caps for Scotland at the U-21 level.
What are you looking forward to most with the Rowdies?
Having a successful season, and winning the championship!
What is your typical pre-match meal?
Chicken and rice
What has been your most memorable soccer moment thus far?
Making my league debut at Leicester City in 1996 against Manchester United
Growing up, what soccer team did you support?
What is your favorite thing about playing soccer?
Everything because it is the best job in the world!
Who is your all-time favorite soccer player?
Who is your favorite athlete outside of soccer?
What is your favorite sport outside of soccer?
What is your favorite sporting event to watch?
The Ryder Cup
What is the best event (sports or other) you have ever seen live in person?
1998 FIFA World Cup Final in Paris between Brazil and France, which France ended up winning.
List your top three favorite movies.
The Usual Suspects, Goodfellas, and Donnie Brasco
Who is your favorite actor/actress?
Robert De Niro
What is your favorite song?
“Beautiful Day” – U2
What is your favorite TV show?
EastEnders (Show in UK)
What has been the most memorable moment of your life thus far and why?
The birth of my three beautiful daughters.
When was the most disappointed you have ever been and why?
The relegation with Bristol Rovers
What is the toughest thing you have overcome in your life?
I don’t have one, because I try to always overcome every moment and look at the positives.
What is your favorite meal?
Pasta and rice dishes
Where is your favorite place in the world?
New York City or Barcelona
Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Orlando, Florida because my family loves visiting the theme parks.
Is there one destination that you’ve never been but have always wanted to visit?
Chicago and San Francisco
What is your favorite place where you have lived?
Apart from Tampa, I would have to say Bristol, England
Do you have any siblings? How many?
I am an only child
What is your weirdest “quirk”?
You would have to ask my wife about that!
What is your biggest fear?
Anything happening to my family
What do you like doing in your free time?
I like to spend time with my family and go out on bike rides, swim and take walks with them.
Who is your hero and why?
My wife for having our three beautiful daughters!
If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Why?
My whole family back in the United Kingdom, since I don’t get to see them very often.
Are you married and do you have any children?
Married with three daughters
Do you play soccer to honor anyone in your life?
Is there someone that you have met through soccer who you would consider an inspiration to you and why?
Both Tony McAndrew and Kevin MacDonald, because they were my first professional youth coaches at Leicester
Chicken, Steak, or Seafood: Can I have all three?
Coke or Pepsi: Coke
Gatorade or Powerade: Gatorade
Coffee or Tea: Coffee
Red Bull or Monster: Neither
Cats or Dogs: Dogs
Facebook or Twitter: Too old for both!
X-Box or PlayStation: Too old for both!
Chocolate or Vanilla: Neither
Country, Rock or Rap music: Rock
iPhone, Droid or Blackberry: iPhone