Town manager's Turkish delight at Chelsea defeat
PUBLISHED: 17:10 03 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:34 26 October 2009
POTTERS Bar manager Steve Browne was more than an interested spectator as Fenerbahce beat Chelsea 2-1 in the Champions League last night (Wednesday), writes Mark Hemmings. The Scholars boss is the uncle of Colin Kazim-Richards, one of the players who scor
POTTERS Bar manager Steve Browne was more than an interested spectator as Fenerbahce beat Chelsea 2-1 in the Champions League last night (Wednesday), writes Mark Hemmings.
The Scholars boss is the uncle of Colin Kazim-Richards, one of the players who scored for the Turkish champions against Avram Grant's West London side in the quarter-final first leg.
After the encounter, which Fenerbahce won 2-1, Browne said: "I watched the game at home.
"It was a great goal and the family is obviously very happy with what's happening for him."
London-born Kazim-Richards began his footballing career with Bury before moving to Brighton.
That transfer of £250,000 was funded by cash won by a Seagulls fan in a Coca-Cola competition, earning him the nickname of the Coca-Cola kid.
From the South Coast outfit, the 21-year-old joined Sheffield United, who he played for in the Premier League.
The forward made the move to the Turkish champions last June, signing a four-year-contract.
The youngster is a Turkish international with one cap so far. He is eligible for the country as his mother is Turkish Cypriot.
Browne, who works in sports development, said: "He's so level-headed; he does a lot of things for me in schools and has given talks to youngsters about his achievements."
In the big Champions League game, with his side losing 1-0 to a Deivid own goal, Kazim-Richards came off the bench in the 54th minute and equalised 10 minutes later.
Fenerbahce went on to win 2-1 with Deivid hitting a stunning 30-yard winner.
In his assessment of the tie and his nephew, Browne said: "Chelsea controlled the game for long periods.
"When Colin came on I thought he made the difference.
"He played for the Turkish B side in the week and by all accounts was fantastic.
"It's been a strange season as he wants to play and has been coming off the bench. When he does, he's made an impact. He'll keep plugging away."
The winner of the Champions League tie will face either Liverpool or Arsenal in the semi-finals.
Barcelona and Manchester United are in the other half of the draw.
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