Former Huddersfield Town striker and Northern Ireland international Bobby Campbell appeared in court for the first time today accused of fraud.

The 57-year-old former steward of Lindley WMC for the past 25 years is accused along with his stewardess wife Paula, 56, of dishonestly abusing their position.

Both face three charges of ‘fraud by abuse of position’ allegedly committed between December 30, 2011 and December 30, 2012.

Ex-Northern Ireland, Huddersfield Town and Bradford City footballer Bobby Campbell and his wife Paula Campbell arrive to Kirklees Magistrates Court on March 28, 2014
Ex-Northern Ireland, Huddersfield Town and Bradford City footballer Bobby Campbell and his wife Paula Campbell arrive to Kirklees Magistrates Court on March 28, 2014
 

The brief hearing at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court heard prosecutor Robert Campbell say the amount of money allegedly involved in the deception was between £16,000 to £17,000.

The couple spoke only to confirm their names, ages and addresses.

Both pleaded not guilty.Robert Campbell told magistrates their powers were not sufficient to deal with the matter and asked for the case to be transferred to Leeds Crown Court.

This was agreed and the couple who live at Brian Street, Lindley, were granted unconditional bail and told to present themselves there on April 11.

Mr Campbell was Bradford City’s all-time top scorer but only played briefly for Town.

Born in Belfast, Campbell started his career at Aston Villa, making his professional debut in 1974. He played 10 times for the Villa Park club before being sold to Huddersfield Town in 1975.

In his time at Leeds Road, Campbell made 31 appearances and scored nine goals.

He joined Sheffield United in 1977, but left the club after just one season, briefly returned to Huddersfield for a second spell of seven games before signing for Halifax Town.

In December 1979, he joined Bradford City and went on to make over 300 appearances for the club, and became the club’s all-time leading goalscorer with a total of 143 goals.

He played twice for Northern Ireland and retired from football in 1988.

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