Mid Wales

Chris Kamara to play again for struggling Welshpool Town

Chris Kamara
Image caption Chris Kamara was praised for his performance for Welshpool Town in January

Sky Sports football pundit Chris Kamara is due to make his second appearance for a struggling mid Wales side.

The former Leeds United and Stoke City star will turn out for Welshpool Town on 28 March against Newbridge-on-Wye.

Kamara played for the club in January after they were ribbed on Sky's Soccer Saturday show following a heavy defeat.

Manager David Jones emailed the show explaining how the club nearly folded, and Sky made amends by arranging for Kamara to play for them.

Sadly, he did not have much of an impact as Welshpool lost 6-1.

The channel's cameras filmed that game against Rhayader and they are expected to return for next week's match.

About 500 fans turned up to see the ex-pro in action for Welshpool in January, 10 times the attendance the club had been attracting.

Welshpool manager Jones said: "They (Sky) said when they came last time that they may come back towards the end of the season as a follow up report - to see if anything came of their last visit.

"After the last game, Chris text me saying how much he enjoyed the day which speaks volumes for both the club and the town's people as a whole who came out to support the side.

"The season has had its fair share of problems and frustrations but Sky's support has really made it all worthwhile.

"We can expect another big crowd and national exposure to millions of TV viewers for the town and the league. It's unbelievable."

Sky Sports confirmed Kamara - well known for his catchprased "Unbelievable, Jeff..." to presenter Jeff Stelling - would play again for Welshpool in an email to Jones.

Image caption Chris Kamara (left) in action for Welshpool in the Spar Mid Wales League

Kamara, 54, who played in defence and midfield during a 20-year playing career, made his league debut in 1975 for Portsmouth.


He went on to play for Swindon, Brentford, Stoke City, Leeds, Luton Town, Sheffield United, Middlesbrough and Bradford City.

Known as the Lilywhites, Welshpool are languishing at the foot of the Spar Mid Wales League, with eight points from 25 games.

Two years ago they were in the Welsh Premier League and in 2007 just missed out on qualification for the Uefa Cup.

A 10-1 hammering by local rivals Waterloo Rovers on Boxing Day was the lowest point of the season so far. It was picked up by Jeff Stelling, who quipped that Welshpool had met their Waterloo.

In January, Kamara signed for Welshpool until the end of the season, and because his last club was in England he needed international clearance from the Football Association of Wales.

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