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SPECIAL K.

They call him "Special K" - Chris Kamara, the play-off king! In just six months in charge of Bradford City, he has made his mark in a big way.

Kamara, 37, the uncompromising and often controversial midfield veteran who played for nine clubs in all, tasted glory at the weekend when his Yorkshire side beat Notts County to claim a promotion place to the First Division.

Only installed as boss in November after Lennie Lawrence was shown the door, Kamara steered City to nine wins in their last twelve League matches to claim the Twin Towers play-off place.

Then there was the "Houdini" act when never-say-die City came back from the dead to beat high-flying Blackpool 3-0 at Bloomfield Road to claim their unexpected Wembley trip.

On Sunday, in front of 30,000 baying Bradford fans, Colin Murphy's County were dispatched by two clear goals, leaving Kamara looking forward to playing the likes of Manchester City, Bolton, QPR - and ten "northern derbys" in all in Division One.

No wonder they think he's special - the man who looks like steering Bradford back to glory, turning down the chance to manage Sierra Leone - the land of his father - on the way.

Tonight Kamara's boys play mighty Feyenoord in front of a full house at Valley Parade - the chairman's way of letting the fans hold a "welcome to the winners" celebration.

City's millionaire chairman Geoffrey Richmond played a key role in the Wembley win by telling the side: "Well boys, you can either play Bury or Manchester City next season - it's up to you!"

It did the trick but Richmond isn't happy with their First Division promotion... he wants Premiership soccer, and quick!
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Sutton, Lindsay
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 28, 1996
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