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Mr Unbelievable! Fighting like Beavers on the Front Line of Football Hardcover – 29 Apr 2010
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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 (count them): Portsmouth, Swindon Town, Brentford, Stoke City, Leeds United, Luton Town, Sheffield United, Middlesbrough and Bradford City. He also managed Bradford City and Stoke City.
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.
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