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Campbell Hooper played by Dean Holness

Campbell Hooper played by Dean Holness

Looking to bolster his midfield in the summer of 2000 following the departure of much loved midfielder Billy O'Neill, Ray Wyatt was alerted of emerging talent Campbell Hooper of Millwall by Harchester scouts, who had been watching him for some time. Although his first team outings for the second division outfit had been limited, Hooper displays lightening pace and a real eye for goal. He has also gained a string of England under 18 caps and can operate through the centre or on the right side of midfield. However, Hooper's move has proven controversial. After a scintillating display against Claudio Ranieri's Chelsea in which Hooper linked up well with Wes Kingsley, Millwall chairman Theo Paphitis again accused Harchester of poaching the fine young midfielder. He claims the compensation given to his club was derisory and grossly undervalued his player. Thus, he has issued Lynda Block with an ultimatum, demanding a fee of around 2 million.

While all this is happening in the boardroom, young Campbell slowly adjusts to life in the Premiership. The same raw talent on the pitch is also reflected in Campbell's inexperience with the media. In his first major interview after the Chelsea game, Hooper comes across as quite shy and it is also revealed that he can't play pool! However, on field partner Wes Kingsley takes him under his wing, his guidance invaluable in a dressing room with seasoned pranksters like Moliano and Fletcher. Little do the lads know Lynda Block has accepted a sizeable bid from Birmingham City for Kingsley's services. Wes accepts the move, but warns Campbell to be weary of Fletch.

Throughout his debut season Campbell's naivety is shown again and again. From an incident in studs where Fletch convinces him he is "on the promise" with Kelly James and makes a fool out of himself, to a later incident in which Karl convinces him his services are required at the Black Hair & Beauty Awards in place of Richard Blackwood. Not only does it turn out he isn't needed at the event, but Campbell also makes the embarrassing mistake of donning a lurid pink suit, much to his friends amusement. Away from the club, Campbell lives with Eddie Moliano, and they are later joined by youth team player Danny Rawsthorne. When Eddie falls for money- grabbing Maria it is up to Campbell, Fletch and Danny to expose her, with all of them falling out with him in the process and Ed ending up with a broken heart. Campbell knows of her true nature as he has an encounter with her at a Christmas party.

Hooper's season culminated with him being part of the team which secured Harchester a third placed Premiership finish and qualification for the Champions League. However, with the club under new management in the summer of 2001 and desperate to land Aston Villa hardman Stevey Shaw, Harchester use Hooper as bait. Ultimately this would prove successful, with Hooper and Shaw swapping clubs across the midlands. His spell in Harchester may have been relatively brief but it was never dull and despite a move to their rivals, Hooper is still looked upon with some affection by Harchester fans.

Statistics

First Appearance: Episode 4.02
Final Appearance: Episode 4.26

Season 4 Character Popularity: 0.51% (16th)

Filmography

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FULL NAME Dean Thomas Holness
NICK NAME Deano
HOME TOWN Deptford
DATE OF BIRTH 25/07/76
STAR SIGN Leo
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