Everton send message of support after Kevin Campbell falls ill

Kevin Campbell played for Everton from 1999 to 2005
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Everton have sent best wishes to former captain Kevin Campbell, who is unwell in hospital.

The ECHO understands that the 54-year-old is in hospital after falling ill last week.

Campbell played 164 times for the Blues, scoring 51 goals. He initially arrived on loan from Turkish side Trabzonspor in March 1999 and scored nine goals in eight league games to help Everton avoid relegation from the Premier League.

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Having played for Arsenal and Nottingham Forest, the centre forward became an icon at Goodison Park. He was the first black man to captain the club and famously scored in a 1-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield in 1999.

On Sunday (June 2), Everton posted on X (formerly Twitter): "We have been made aware our former striker Kevin Campbell is currently very unwell. Not just a great footballer but an incredible person, Kevin is, and always has been, a fighter and we wish him and his family well at this challenging time. Sending all our love."

Liverpool FC responded to the post saying: "Everyone at LFC is sending their thoughts and best wishes".

A number of figures from the world of football have also shared their support for Campbell.

Former Premier League player Trevor Sinclair wrote: “Sending prays, love and light to Kevin Campbell. Absolutely lovely human.”

Campbell's former Arsenal teammate Ray Parlour said in a video on X: "I hear my ex-team-mate Kevin Campbell is struggling at the moment.

"All the football family are right behind you, Kev. I know you’re a strong character, mate.

"Stay positive. I’m sure everyone is on your side trying to help you. Hopefully, you get well soon mate and you’ll be back flying as usual."