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By TheSaddlersFC
February 15 2004

We profile Charlie Ntamark of the Cameroon who spent 7 years with the Saddlers. Ronnie Ekelund New Page 1 New Page 1 Walsall have only ever had two Argentineans represent them Jimmy Walker

 

Charlie Ntamark


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Name - Charlie Ntamark
Position - Utility
Appearances - 336
Goals - 14
Period - August 1990 - July 1997

Although Charlie Ntamark was born in London, he had fammily ties in Africa, played for Cameroon's Canon Waounde and won 31 caps as an international. He narrowly missed out on the 1990 World Cup through injury, in what was most disappointing moment of his career. 

The arrival of Charlie is well known story. We ended up signing him following a failed attempt to sign World Cup star Roger Milla who was having treatment in England following the Italia 90 tournament. Milla turned the Saddlers down, but recommended his international team mate - Ntamark who had been playing for Non-League Boreham Wood after moving back to England. 

Kenny Hibbitt gave him a contact, and in his first season with the Saddlers he went on to win the Player of the Season award. He was being used in Central Midfield, and was able to do things with the ball which left his team mates, the opposition and the crowd in awe. 

Charlie is one of the most consistent players to ever  wear a Walsall shirt.  He gave 110% in every game, rarely got suspended, and never had any long spells out injured.  

Both Hibbitt and Nicholl were keen admirers of his talents, most notably because of the fact he could be used as a full back or wide midfielder.  No matter where he was played, his best position was always in the middle of the park where his creative talents and ability on the ball could be utilised for the benefit of the team. 

He was a member of the 94-95 promotion squad, and was a key member of the team that consolidated its second division status. In 1997 he was deemed surplus to requirements   and went on to have spells with  Hednesford Town and Bromsgrove Rovers of the Conference. He never really managed to settle at either club and decided to make a new future for himself in the legal profession.

Charlie is still seen in and around the Bescot Stadium, and is always cheered by fans when they notice him.

Cameroon International Charlie Ntamark will always be remembered for his silky skills and versatility. He was the first of Paul Taylor's continental all stars, made Geoff Allman's 100 greatest Saddlers book, and was elected to TheSaddlersFC's legends XI squad in July 2003.

 

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