Chris Kamara Receives an MBE
Chris Kamara, one of the most popular figures in football, has been awarded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for his outstanding services to football, charity, and anti-racism.
Kammy, as he is affectionately known, received his award at Windsor Castle on Tuesday and was quick to express his disbelief, referencing his famous catchphrase from his time on Soccer Saturday.
Reflecting on the occasion, Kamara said: "Amazing, what a family occasion it has been to take my wife and my sons Ben and Jack to Windsor Castle to see my investiture. Does it get any better? It's great."
He went on to reveal that he was "so pleased" to have met Prince William for the first time, adding that the prince had sent him a letter after he was named in the New Year Honours. "Coming from His Royal Highness, that's amazing," Kamara said.
With a career spanning 20 years playing for nine English professional clubs and managing both Bradford and Stoke, Kamara has become a household name in the world of football.
Who is Chris Kama?
The 65-year-old footballer-turned-presenter is known for his unique style of commentary, his catchphrase "unbelievable Jeff," and his impressive charity work.
More recently, Kamara has made a name for himself as a pundit and presenter on Sky Sports, working on Soccer AM and Goals on Sunday.
His love for football and charity work shone through during the ceremony, as he spoke about his desire to work with Marie Curie and raise money for them, having been a patron for 14 years and raising over £3m.
He hopes that his experience with apraxia will help get something passed by the government to support young children struggling with speech.
Kamara, who left Sky Sports at the end of last season after 24 years, is also known for his work on Soccer AM and Goals on Sunday. A documentary about his experience with apraxia called Lost For Words was broadcast in December.
There was a huge outpouring of support for Kamara on social media when he revealed his apraxia of speech (AOS) diagnosis, a condition that made him feel like a fraud as a broadcaster.
What is an MBE?
MBE stands for Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, and it is an award given to individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the community in various fields such as arts, science, charity, and public service.
Recipients of the MBE are recognized for their hard work, dedication, and service to the nation, and the award is a symbol of appreciation for their efforts.
Another prestigious award is an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire). It is the second highest-ranking Order of the British Empire award (excluding a knighthood/damehood) given to those who have shown exceptional leadership, innovation, or service to their communities.
Chris Kamara History and Other Awardees
Born in Middlesbrough of Sierra Leonean, English, and Irish descent, Kamara served in the navy before joining Portsmouth for the first of two spells. He played over 200 games across two stints at Swindon and also played for Brentford, Stoke, Leeds, Luton, Sheffield United, Middlesbrough, and Bradford.
Kamara is just one of several football stars honored on Tuesday. Joining Kammy in being honored on Tuesday was Liverpool midfielder James Milner, who received an MBE for services to football and charity.
Mike Summerbee, star of the Manchester City side of the 1960s and 70s, was also made an OBE for his services to football and charity.