Former Leeds Star Awarded Freedom of Wakefield

Former Leeds Star Awarded Freedom of Wakefield

89/90 Second Division title winner recognised for charity work

Former Leeds United star Chris Kamara has been awarded the Freedom of Wakefield, in recognition of his charity work with Marie Curie and Show Racism the Red Card.

Joining Leeds in January 1990, 'Kammy' helped the Whites to secure the Second Division title six months later, going on to play 24 times for the club, in a midfield packed with David Batty, Vinnie Jones, Gordon Strachan and Gary Speed.

After being recognised by Wakefield Council, Kamara said "I have lived in Wakefield longer than anywhere else. We came here in 1990 and 34 years later we are still here.

"The people and the places are amazing, and we will never leave Wakefield. All my family are here and it will always be our home.

"That is why this means so much to me, I'm blown away by it."

A hugely popular figure in the world of football, the presenter and pundit has been raising awareness for apraxia, a speech condition he was diagnosed with in 2022,

Taking to the Elland Road pitch last year to thank fans, Kamara praised the support he had received, saying "Unbelievable! I have to say dreams do come true. When I played in this stadium for Leeds United, it made my boyhood dreams come true.

"Who would've thought 33 years later you would give me a reception like this? Thank you all so much."