Bryan Campbell Death, Obituary – The news of Club Member Bryan (Bru) Campbell’s passing has left us deeply saddened. Our hearts go out to Ivy, Mark, Paul, and the entire family circle as they navigate this time of loss. Bryan, known for his unwavering dedication and strong football skills, was an accomplished player who left an indelible mark on the field. His legacy as a no-nonsense footballer who held the position of left back for Portadown will forever be remembered. In a memorable encounter, he even faced off against the legendary Sir Stanley Matthews when Portadown took on Stoke City in a friendly match.
Bryan’s lighthearted claim that he had Matthews “in his pocket” to the point where Matthews didn’t return for the second half showcases his sportsmanship and humor. After his football career, Bru ventured into rugby, playing for Lurgan for a span of time before old injuries caught up with him. His versatility extended to cricket as well, where he was part of the Rugby Taverners. Beyond his athletic prowess, Bryan’s commitment to Lurgan rugby remained steadfast, and his presence was a familiar one within the club.
Bru’s sense of humor was infectious, and his camaraderie was cherished by all who knew him. He had a remarkable ability to connect with others and engage in friendly banter, particularly with the late Gordon Bell, highlighting their good-natured Glenavon/Portadown rivalry.
As we bid farewell to Bryan Campbell, we reflect on the impact he had on the sports community and the relationships he nurtured. His legacy serves as a reminder of the power of sports to forge connections and create enduring memories. Bru’s spirit lives on in the camaraderie he fostered, the memories he shared, and the indelible mark he left on the field and in the hearts of those he touched.