Chris Kamara: The Untold Heartbreaking Story Of A Football Legend | E177

Last updated: Jun 2, 2023

The video is about the life story of football legend Chris Kamara, including his difficult childhood growing up as the only black family on his estate and his struggle with apraxia.

The video is an interview with former footballer and pundit Chris Kamara, discussing his difficult childhood growing up as the only black family on his estate in the 60s, experiencing racism and struggling financially. Kamara also talks about his mother's loyalty to his father despite his abusive behavior, and his own struggles with apraxia, a speech disorder. The interview delves into Kamara's personal life and the challenges he has faced, shedding light on the untold story of this football legend.

  • Chris Kamara struggles with apraxia, a speech disorder that affects his ability to speak.
  • He wakes up every day wondering if he will be able to talk that day.
  • He feels like a fraud in broadcasting because of his speech disorder.
  • Chris Kamara grew up as the only black family on his estate and experienced terrible racism during the 60s.
  • His family struggled financially, and they occasionally went without food.
  • Chris Kamara's mother was a strong influence on his life and experienced racism firsthand.
  • Chris Kamara regrets telling his father on his deathbed that his treatment of his mother was wrong.
  • Despite financial struggles and domestic violence, there was a lot of love in Chris Kamara's home.
  • Chris Kamara struggled with the fear of tarnishing his father's life and regrets not keeping it to himself.

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Chris Kamara's Struggle with Apraxia

  • Chris Kamara wakes up every day wondering if he will be able to talk that day.
  • He struggles with apraxia, a speech disorder that affects his ability to speak.
  • He feels like a fraud in broadcasting because of his speech disorder.
  • He considered quitting everything because of his struggle with apraxia.
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Chris Kamara's Childhood

  • Chris Kamara grew up as the only black family on his estate.
  • He experienced terrible racism during the 60s.
  • Police would come knocking on their door whenever anything happened.
  • His family struggled financially, and they occasionally went without food.
  • His father was from Sierra Leone, and his mother was from Middlesbrough.
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Chris Kamara's Mother

  • Chris Kamara's mother was a loyal wife who stuck up for her husband even during arguments.
  • She experienced racism firsthand and knew exactly what it was about.
  • She came through the racism of the 60s and was a strong woman.
  • She was from Middlesbrough, and her husband was from Sierra Leone.
  • She was a strong influence on Chris Kamara's life.
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Chris Kamara's Regrets

  • Chris Kamara regrets telling his father on his deathbed that his treatment of his mother was wrong.
  • He should have kept it to himself.
  • He wouldn't change anything about his childhood because it made him who he is today.
  • Life was difficult growing up, but it didn't do him any harm.
  • He looks through the clouds of his childhood and sees the good that came out of it.
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Difficult Childhood

  • Chris Kamara grew up as the only black family on his estate.
  • His mother would walk up to 10 miles to get his father's pay packet.
  • His father was often involved in fist fights and was arrested.
  • His father taught him and his brother not to react to insults.
  • His mother would borrow money or food from neighbors when they didn't have any.
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Impact on Father

  • Chris Kamara's father was often told he didn't belong in the country.
  • He was emotionally impacted by the way he was treated.
  • He had a gambling problem that caused financial difficulties.
  • His father taught him and his brother not to react to insults.
  • His father was often involved in fist fights and was arrested.
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Financial Struggles

  • Chris Kamara's mother would borrow money or food from neighbors when they didn't have any.
  • His mother would walk up to 10 miles to get his father's pay packet.
  • His mother would borrow money or food from neighbors when they didn't have any.
  • His mother would go around to other houses in the street and ask for bread or money.
  • His mother was often turned away but persevered.
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Love in the Home

  • Chris Kamara's home had a coal fire for heat and hot water.
  • His mother would walk up to 10 miles to get his father's pay packet.
  • Chris Kamara had to light a cold fire at 8 years old to heat the home.
  • There was a lot of love in the home despite financial struggles.
  • Chris Kamara wouldn't change anything about his childhood.
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Difficult Childhood

  • Chris Kamara grew up as the only black family on his estate.
  • His father was physically abusive towards his mother.
  • Chris Kamara worked with Alex Scott at Sky and read about her experience of witnessing domestic violence.
  • Chris Kamara's father also grew up with domestic violence and thought it was okay to do it.
  • Chris Kamara struggled with the fear of tarnishing his father's life.
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Emotional Impact

  • Chris Kamara made the mistake of telling his father on his deathbed that his behavior was wrong.
  • His father did not accept that he had done anything wrong.
  • Chris Kamara regrets not keeping it to himself and waiting until his father was nearly dead to say something.
  • Chris Kamara's mother protected him from his father and was everything he could want in a mom.
  • Chris Kamara's dreams as a child were to become a footballer.
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Football Dreams

  • Chris Kamara's ambition was to play for Middlesbrough initially and then for Leeds.
  • Football was everything to him and he used to play on the field near his house with older boys.
  • Playing against older boys helped him when he played against men at 16.
  • Chris Kamara eventually did a couple of months in the navy.
  • He was scouted by Portsmouth and started his professional football career.
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Struggle with Apraxia

  • Chris Kamara struggled with apraxia, a speech disorder that made it difficult for him to communicate.
  • He was embarrassed by it and tried to hide it.
  • He eventually sought help and was able to overcome it.
  • Chris Kamara now speaks publicly about his struggle with apraxia to help others who may be going through the same thing.
  • He believes that it is important to talk about mental health and seek help when needed.
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Difficult Childhood

  • Chris Kamara grew up as the only black family on his estate.
  • His father did not want him to stay in Middlesbrough and become involved in crime and drinking.
  • His father made him join the navy and his brother join the army.
  • Chris left Middlesbrough for the navy, leaving behind a semi-final football match.
  • Chris did not pressure his own children to pursue football or any other career.
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Joining the Navy

  • Chris Kamara joined the navy after his father made him do so.
  • He left behind a semi-final football match to join the navy.
  • He was on a six-week trial period in the navy.
  • He was told he was too skinny and not strong enough to play in the navy football team.
  • He scored two goals in a navy football team training session and was drafted into the team.
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Love for Football

  • Chris Kamara had a love for football from a young age.
  • He left behind a semi-final football match to join the navy.
  • He asked the navy football team coach if he could train with the team.
  • The coach initially said no because Chris was on a trial period, he was black, and he was too skinny.
  • Chris eventually scored two goals in a navy football team training session and was drafted into the team.
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Parenting Style

  • Chris Kamara did not pressure his own children to pursue football or any other career.
  • He allowed his children to do whatever they wanted.
  • He believes this parenting style came from his own father pressuring him to join the navy instead of pursuing football.
  • Chris did not want to repeat the same mistake his father made with him.
  • He believes his father's decision to make him join the navy worked against him with his own children.
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Difficult Childhood

  • Chris Kamara grew up as the only black family on his estate.
  • His father was absent for most of his childhood.
  • He was often bullied and called racist names.
  • He struggled with apraxia, a speech disorder that made it difficult for him to communicate.
  • He found solace in playing football and became a talented player.
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Racism in Football

  • Kamara's experience of racism in football began in the 1960s.
  • He was often subjected to racist abuse from fans and players.
  • He recalls a particularly traumatic incident when a banana was thrown at him during a match against Millwall.
  • He also faced discrimination when trying to find work as a coach after retiring from playing.
  • Kamara believes that more needs to be done to tackle racism in football and society as a whole.
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Football Career

  • Kamara began his professional football career at Portsmouth.
  • He played for several other clubs, including Brentford, Swindon Town, and Leeds United.
  • He later became a successful manager, leading Bradford City to promotion to the Premier League.
  • Kamara is now a well-known football pundit and commentator.
  • He has also written several books about his life and career.
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Overcoming Adversity

  • Kamara's success in football is a testament to his resilience and determination.
  • Despite facing numerous obstacles, he never gave up on his dreams.
  • He credits his mother and grandmother for instilling in him a strong work ethic and sense of self-belief.
  • Kamara hopes that his story will inspire others to overcome adversity and pursue their passions.
  • He also advocates for greater support for people with speech disorders like apraxia.
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Experience with Racism

  • Chris Kamara experienced racism in a pub in Wetherby after a game against Sunderland in 1976.
  • The pub owner made a racist comment and refused to serve Kamara and his teammates.
  • Kamara's teammates were shocked and asked if he experienced racism often.
  • Kamara's father taught him not to react to racism, but it made him wary of other people.
  • Kamara shares his story in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Health Conditions

  • Chris Kamara has an underactive thyroid and apraxia.
  • The underactive thyroid affects his emotions and makes him more emotional than before.
  • Kamara discovered his underactive thyroid during the first lockdown in March 2020.
  • He initially ignored his symptoms and continued to work from home.
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Chris Kamara's Struggle with Health Issues

  • Chris Kamara had an underactive thyroid that went undiagnosed for a year or more.
  • He ignored his symptoms, which was the worst thing he could have done.
  • He eventually got diagnosed with underactive thyroid and was prescribed thyroxine.
  • His voice condition remained the same even after his thyroid stabilized.
  • He went for a brain scan, but there was nothing wrong with his brain.
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Apraxia of Speech Diagnosis

  • Chris Kamara was referred to a specialist named Dr. Lily in Leeds.
  • Dr. Lily diagnosed him with apraxia of speech, which is a difficulty between the brain and the mouth being able to speak.
  • He was asked to have a DAT scan to rule out Parkinson's or stroke.
  • The results showed that he didn't have Parkinson's or anything else wrong with him.
  • Dr. Lily told him that the apraxia would probably get worse.
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Chris Kamara's Struggle with Acceptance

  • Chris Kamara struggled to accept his diagnosis and didn't want to tell people about it.
  • He was afraid of people thinking he was drunk or had a stroke.
  • He even considered quitting instead of telling people.
  • Eventually, he spoke to his friend Ben Sheppard and agreed to talk about it on GMB.
  • He wanted to let the world know what was going on.
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Impact on Chris Kamara's Family

  • It is not explicitly mentioned how Chris Kamara's family was impacted by his health issues.
  • It can be inferred that they were likely worried and concerned for him.
  • They may have also been supportive of him during this difficult time.
  • Chris Kamara does not go into detail about their specific experiences.
  • It is possible that he wanted to keep their experiences private.
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