Full Name: BLAIR CAMPBELL
Date of Birth: 28/08/1946
Date of Death: Nov 3 2020
Height: 178 cm ( 5-10 )
Weight: 78 kg ( 12-3 )
Debut: 20/08/1966, Round 17, South Melbourne
Last Game: 20/07/1968, Round 14, Geelong
Seasons: 1966, 1968
Total Games: 8
Total Goals: 17
Seasons: 1965-66, 1968
Total Games: 26
Total Goals: 67
Leading Goalkicker 1968 Goals 38.
Blair played as a rover and forward-pocket after working his way up from the Under/19s. He was a fine exponent of the banana or check side kick. In 1965 he won the VFL Under/19 Grade Goalkicking award. He started his senior VFL career in fine style when he kicked the winning goal in his debut game against South Melbourne in Round 17 of 1966, at the Lake Oval. He then missed the entire 1967 season with a knee injury, after finishing 1966 as best player in the Reserves’ Premiership side. He returned to the seniors in 1968 before crossing to Melbourne in 1969. He kicked 5 goals for the Richmond Seniors against Carlton in Round 13 of 1968.
He was also a fine cricketer whose main expertise was as a left arm wrist spinner. He represented the Prahran Cricket Club in Melbourne and batting 113 times, he scored 1677 runs with 8 x 50’s and a highest score of 84. He also took 246 wickets with one hattrick. He played first-class cricket with Victoria and Tasmania playing a total of 19 first-class games between 1969 and 1980, scoring 312 runs and taking 36 wickets. His highest score was 52 not out for Tasmania against South Australia and his best bowling was 5 for 52 for Victoria against Queensland. He was a member of Victoria’s Sheffield Shield Champion side of 1969-70. He still plays cricket and he was a member of the Sale-Maffra team which won the 1992 Country Week, Cricket Final. He was also a cricket writer with the Age and Herald newspapers. Blair died on November 3 2020.
East Malvern Central School 1958-59 ( Honours - Best & Fairest 1959 ) ; East Malvern U/15 1961, U/17 1962 ( Honours - Captain , Leading Goalkicker ) ; Melbourne High School 1960-62 ( Leading Goalkicker once ) ; East Malvern Seniors 1963, Goals 7.
Melbourne Seniors 1969, Games 12, Goals 23 ; Melbourne Reserves 1969, Games 5, Goals 15 ; East Malvern Seniors 1972-75, Games 41 including 1963, Goals 153 ( Honours - Leading Goalkicker 1973 Goals 40 ) ; Railton 1978 ; Captain Cuprona 1979, Games 6 ; Coach Sale U/11 1989.