EXCLUSIVE interview with Chris Kamara...

This week I talk exclusively to ex-Blade and football legend Chris Kamara. Kammy signed for the Blades on 2 occasions, the first time it was on loan from Luton Town and then he signed on a permanent for United the following season.

The tough-tackling and attack minded midfielder only made 24 appearances for the Blades but has lasting memories of his time at Bramall Lane as referenced below.

Kammy made over 640 career appearances scoring 71 goals along the way - he notably turned out for a number of Yorkshire clubs including, Leeds United, Bradford City and of course Sheffield United whilst also racking up appearances at Stoke City, Swindon Town and Brentford.

Since retiring Kammy is a regular on TV whether it be his regular slot on Gillette Soccer Saturday with Jeff Stelling and the lads or his many other TV appearances.

How much did you know about Sheffield United before you signed on loan in 1992?

I knew loads about them, a club with a huge history – all the legends that they’ve had at the club such as Tony Currie, I knew all about them... and of course the year I was at Leeds United we had a huge game just after easter that we managed to win against Sheffield United – I always remember it was Gary Speed who scored the 4th goal in that game, so many happy memories of Speedo but so sad of course what happened to him.

I knew from then on Dave Bassett was a fan of me, he had already tried to sign me before I signed for Leeds so I hoped that one day we would work together and fortunately we did at Sheffield United.

Was it your intention to head back to SUFC after your loan spell on a permanent?

I always hoped, I really did – but there was no guarantees given to me from the club whatsoever – my family was in Yorkshire so I was travelling to Luton week in week out so it was in my best interest for both football and family to get a permanent deal at the Blades which luckily I got.

And what is your greatest memory as a Sheffield United player?

I had some wonderful times, some really amazing moments as a Blade, we always had great characters in the team, Alan Cork, Brian Deane, Carl Bradshaw – what a funny lad he was by the way! Had some fun with him. We had John Gannon in midfield and big Gayley at the back. I don't want to highlight any point in particular as my greatest memory from Bramall Lane was being part of a great dressing room.

Who is the best player you played with at Bramall Lane?

I would have to say Glyn Hodges – I know its been said about him before that he should’ve had a rocket up his backside half of the time, but he was very, very skillfull and I think he did brilliantly at the Lane.

You scored on your Swindon debut against Sheffield Wednesday – what was that like?

I had this lucky knack as a player when it came to scoring on debuts and it started that game. I scored on my Stoke City debut and I scored on my 2nd debut at Portsmouth – I used to be an attacking midfielder back in the day.

I mean, it wasn’t extra special with it being Sheffield Wednesday at the time but I know talking to you as a Sheffield United fan that’s why your asking!

Who’s going up this year? Sheffield United or Leeds? Or both?

Well, it will be so close, it really will. Chris Wilder is doing amazing, I know Chris really well, I actually signed him when I was manager of Bradford City – so delighted how well he’s doing so well in management. He played for me for a full season at Bradford so I really wish him well.

I would have to say that Leeds at the moment are the best team in the Championship – but the Championship is the hardest league in the world. Sustaining that high level of performance across 46 games isn’t easy at all at that level with back to back games Saturday Tuesday Saturday Tuesday, its looking at the minute that both will feature heavily in the promotion race whether it be automatic or play offs and I can’t see that changing.

A huge thanks once again to Kammy for taking the time out to talk to SUFC Memories.

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