Mr Unbelievable Paperback – 3 Mar 2011
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"This book is unbelievable!" Jeff Stelling
About the Author
Chris "Kammy" Kamara was born in Middlesbrough on Christmas Day 1957. After serving in the Royal Navy, he made his debut for Portsmouth in 1975 and embarked on a professional playing career that spanned 20 years, well over 600 League appearances, and nine different clubs.
Once feared as a football hard man and combative midfield enforcer, Kamara is now the affable, hugely popular SkySports presenter who hosts Goals on Sunday and, most famously, puts in excitable weekly shifts on Jeff Stelling's cult show Soccer Saturday. It is Kamara's trademark enthusiasm and idiosyncratic turn of phrase, delivered from various wind-swept gangplanks from up and down the country, that have firmly cemented his place in the nation's affections.
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For example, when he first started playing back in the 80's it is common knowledge that dark-skinned players routinely suffered from racial abuse from supporters but what I didn't realise is that, as Kamara explains, his fellow players could be equally racist, even going as far as to refuse to share a bath with him. His overly robust style of play didn't always go down well neither, particularly the time when one clumsy challenge left the opposing player, Jim Melrose, so badly injured that he took legal action against him.
His days as a manager weren't exactly uneventful either. Being Bradford City supporter I was particularly interested in reading about his battles with our autocratic Chairman, Geoffrey Richmond. Once you have read about these and also about his problems at his next club, Stoke City, you can understand why he has no further ambitions to pursue a managerial career.
I thought that the book started a little weakly as the first few chapters are light-hearted ones in which Kamara writes about the adventures and misadventures of his broadcasting career. Whilst many of these stories are good fun the book improves greatly once his starts to write about his difficult childhood and his days serving in the Navy.
Not quite unbelievable, but still a very enjoyable read nevertheless.
When I started the book I was a little disappointed as it started with his career with Soccer Saturday and the funny moments. However as I reached the end of that section (half time) I had seen why that had gone first. Whilst I have seen his commentary on his famous games and heard the lines it was great to hear him say why he had done it and said it. You really got a sense of the passion in him and his love for the game, he is a very refreshing character and the book really lets you inside his mind to see a kind friendly man who doesn't describe his passion for the game in a typical way but in a Kamara way and than what makes it so refreshing, its his words and his mind.
In the second half we are led into his playing career which was all new to me. Racism and football are things I have never really seen but to hear the trouble he had and dealt with is worth it. I would go on forever. This book really was cracking, everything about it grew and grew and grew. If your a fan like me you will learn so much about him and I love him even more know, a true legend of the game.
A surprising must read of 2010 and I know I will be recommending it to everyone in the upcoming months.
Loved the book just what you would expect, anecdotes and stories of his life at the match.
I enjoyed the reading to the extent that I followed it up by purchasing the obligitory t-shirt "UNBELIEVABLE JEFF" !!
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I have also love this guy especially when on tv but to learn more about him and his past it was unbelievable (sorry)!Published 23 days ago by Steven Myers
I am astonished that a footballer can actually write at all so hats off to him for trying.
I am also astounded that football fans can read so I am guessing they probably got... Read more
Standard footballers trawl through their career.
Nothing shocking or revelatory, nothing particularly insightful.
Comes accross as a nice fella though.