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Chris PowellChristopher George Robin Powell (born 8 September 1969 in Lambeth, London), is an English footballer, who has had a long career as a left back, crowned by five caps for the English national team. He currently plays for Watford. Since November 2005 he has been chairman of the Professional Footballers Association.


Powell started his career at Crystal Palace F.C., for whom he played from December 1987 until he was transferred to Southend United F.C. in August 1990 after a spell on loan at Aldershot.


In six years at the Essex club Powell made 288 first team appearances. In November 2004 a BBC poll of Southend United supporters voted Powell their all-time cult hero. One fan described him as “A very skilled, left-footed defender, who could quite possibly be considered one of the nicest men in football, a true gent.”


In January 1996 Powell moved to Derby County F.C. for a fee of Pound750,000. He made 99 first team appearances before being transferred to Charlton Athletic F.C. in June 1998 for a fee of Pound 825,000.


While at Charlton, he made 206 first team appearances, and evidently caught the eye of Sven-Goran Eriksson, who picked him for the England team in 2001, at the unusually late age of 31. Although he did not disgrace himself in his England appearances, the general view was that he was not quite up to the required standard. At Charlton he delighted the crowds after each home victory with his exuberant leaps of celebration.


Shortly after the start of the 2004/05 season, Powell was allowed to move to West Ham United F.C., where he played a major part in their successful promotion campaign. However, during the summer of 2005 he and West Ham were unable to agree terms for a further contract and he returned to Charlton on a one year contract, with a suggestion that he would develop his coaching skills.


However he has begun the 2005/06 season back in his old position of left back in the Charlton first team following the transfer of previous regular incumbent Paul Konchesky to, ironically, West Ham.


Typically consistent performance belying his years throughout 05/06 saw Powell regain his place as Charlton’s first choice left back, rotated with loanee Jonathan Spector, due to Hermann Hreidarsson’s move to the centre of defence.


On July 1st 2006 he signed a 1 year contract with Premiership newcomers Watford FC.