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LE­ICES­TER keeper Ben Hamer is hop­ing to be nom­i­nated for “Beard of the Year” af­ter win­ning a bet! The ex-Charl­ton man (be­low) boasts re­mark­able fa­cial hair af­ter go­ing into com­pe­ti­tion with Ben Al­nwick. And he has proved a Foxes hairo of late, keep­ing two clean sheets in a week fill­ing in for Kasper Sch­me­ichel.

Hamer said: “I will let the out­siders de­cide if it’s beard of the year.

“I just grew it, it was no fash­ion state­ment but started off as a bet.

“I’ve seen pic­tures of me with­out a beard and I look like a 12-year-old boy. It makes me look a bit more manly.

“It was a bet with Ben Al­nwick, now at Peter­bor­ough who was at Charl­ton. He’s the New­cas­tle keeper Jak’s brother.

“I stuck with it and his mis­sus got tired of it and told him to get rid of it, so I came out on top!”

Hamer faces more com­pe­ti­tion on the pitch af­ter Mark Sch­warzer was brought in from Chelsea.

But he said: “It does not make me feel bad or good. He’s an ex­pe­ri­enced goal­keeper and we need cover.”

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