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Chris KAMARA
 ENGLAND
 

Danny Williams first signed Kamara from Portsmouth before the 1977/1978 season, paying 14,000 for him at the age of just nineteen. Williams utilised Kamara as a right-sided midfielder, making his debut in a League Cup match at Swansea on 13th August 1977. He scored on his league debut just four days later, earning the Town a 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday - one of ten goals he scored in his first season at the club.

When new manager Bob Smith took over the reins the following season, Kamara found himself out of favour and on the transfer list. He didn't regain his place until November 1979, when he helped the Town reach a League Cup semi-final, being knocked out by Wolves. At the end of the season, Kamara couldn't reach agreement on a new contract, and he returned to Portsmouth, for a fee of 50,000.

Lou Macari brought Kammy back to the County Ground on the opening day of the 1985/1986 season, paying Brentford 12,500 for his services. By now, Kamara was playing as a combative central midfielder, and he found it difficult to break into the first team, with players such as Leigh Barnard, Peter Coyne and Charlie Henry restricting his appearances to just nineteen - as the Town ran away with the Fourth Division championship.

The following season was a different story - Kamara missing just four league matches, as Swindon achieved their second successive promotion. Kammy played in all the play-off games bar one - missing the final replay after Charlie Henry replaced him and scored in the second leg.

Kamara made 25 appearances for the Town in Division Two, before an incident at Shrewsbury on 20th February 1988 brought a swift end to his Swindon career. At the end of the game, as the players left the field, Kamara elbowed an opponent in the face, breaking his jaw. Kamara claimed he had been the victim of racial abuse throughout the match, but nevertheless, he was suspended by the club for the rest of the season, and he received a fine from local magistrates.

It proved to be his last game for the Town - at the end of the season, Kamara refused an improved contract, and joined Stoke City.

Since hanging up his boots, has been manager of Bradford City, and can now be seen screaming and being generally over-excited when commentating on Sky Sports. Always one of the favourites when the Town's managers job is up for grabs.

PLAYING RECORD:

Season LEAGUE FA CUP LEAGUE CUP OTHER TOTAL
Played Gls Played Gls Played Gls Played Gls Played Gls
'87/'88 25 2 3 - 5 - 3 - 36 2
'86/'87 46 3 2 - 4 - 4 - 56 3
'85/'86 19 (+1) 1 - - - - 1 (+1) - 20 (+2) 1
'80/'81 44 (+1) 4 2 1 5 - - - 51 (+1) 5
'79/'80 30 (+4) 5 6 1 4 (+2) - - - 40 (+6) 6
'78/'79 22 (+6) 2 3 2 4 (+1) - - - 29 (+7) 4
'77/'78 37 (+3) 10 3 (+1) - 5 (+1) 1 - - 45 (+5) 11
TOTAL 223 (+15) 27 19 (+1) 4 27 (+4) 1 8 (+1) - 277 (+21) 32


TRANSFER INFORMATION:

DATE IN/OUT TRANSFER DETAIL
10 AUG 1977 IN Portsmouth
14,000
AUG 1981 OUT Portsmouth
50,000
17 AUG 1985 IN Brentford
12,500
4 JUL 1988 OUT Stoke City
27,500


full name

Christopher Kamara

date of birth
25 December 1957


             
             
         
             
             
             

usual positions
central midfield

other positions
right midfield

senior career
Portsmouth
SWINDON TOWN
Portsmouth
Brentford
SWINDON TOWN
Stoke City
Leeds United
Luton Town
Sheffield United (loan)
Middlesbrough (loan)
Sheffield United
Bradford City
Welshpool Town 

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