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Leon Knight : biography

16 September 1982 –

Leon Leroy Knight (born 16 September 1982) is an English footballer who plays as a striker; he is currently without a club. A journeyman player, he has played for fifteen different clubs spanning five countries; England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Greece.

Having begun his career with Chelsea, he spent time on loan with Queens Park Rangers, Huddersfield Town, Sheffield Wednesday and Brighton & Hove Albion before joining the latter permanently in 2003. Knight spent three years with Brighton, scoring 30 goals in 106 league matches. He was transferred to Swansea City in 2006 and had a loan spell with Barnsley before joining Milton Keynes Dons and then Wycombe Wanderers.

Knight signed for Rushden & Diamonds in 2008, but left the club five months later when he was sacked for misconduct. Rushden retained his registration and would not release it to another English club unless they were compensated, which prevented Knight from playing in England for three years. He subsequently played in Greece for Thrasivoulos Fylis, Scotland for Hamilton Academical and Queen of the South and Northern Ireland for Coleraine, before joining Glentoran in January 2012. He was released by Glentoran in June 2012 after a probationary clause in his contract was invoked by the club.

Personal life

Knight was born in Hackney, London, to a Jamaican mother and St. Lucian father, and was educated at Raine’s Foundation School, Bethnal Green, He has three sisters, and is the cousin of Bolton Wanderers defender Zat Knight. He is the cousin of Grime MC Trim. Knight was a good all-around sportsman and a third dan black belt in karate as a child. He played schoolboy football for his school, the Hackney & Tower Hamlets District team and Senrab, and had trials with Charlton Athletic and Tottenham Hotspur before joining Chelsea as a trainee.

Knight’s use of Twitter in May 2012 caused condemnation after he posted remarks opposing US President Barack Obama’s support for same sex marriage. The Newsletter 10 May 2012

Knight was suspended by Glentoran on 10 May 2012, pending investigation into the aforementioned remarks. Official Glentoran Website 11 May 2012 Retrieved 11 May 2012 This later led to his release by the club in June 2012.

On 12 May 2012, Knight announced on Twitter that he was fundraising for ‘Help a London Child’ and that he would donate himself every time he scored during the 2012–13 season. The Page is run and updated by Knight and his friend Steve Greenwood, a Nursery Nurse from Hertfordshire and aims to raise £20,000 by May 2013.

International career

Knight has played for England at under 19 and under 20 level.http://www.northstandchat.com/showthread.php?180436-England-U20-squad-from-2001…..http://www.u.tv/Sport/Coleraine-sign-striker-Knight/87f30f67-dffe-4bc2-bf7f-9fb3cec55c9d

Club career

Knight began his career as a trainee at Chelsea (where he made one appearance in the UEFA Cup against Levski Sofia), before spending loan periods at Queens Park Rangers, Huddersfield Town, Sheffield Wednesday and Brighton & Hove Albion before joining Brighton on a permanent contract in August 2003. During his spell at Huddersfield, he reignited the Terriers’ play-off push and formed an unlikely partnership with local hero Andy Booth, earning himself the nickname ‘Neon Light’. Unfortunately, he was sent off in the penultimate game of the season and was suspended for the play-off games. Although his transfer was initially free, £50,000 was to be paid if Brighton were promoted. It was Knight himself who secured Brighton’s promotion with his penalty against Bristol City in the play-off final at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff in 2004. Knight had a falling out with Brighton manager Mark McGhee, which culminated in Knight being thrown off the team bus in the middle of the New Forest en route to a match against Southampton on 2 January 2006.

Knight moved to Swansea City shortly afterwards, and scored a hat-trick on his debut against Milton Keynes Dons. His stay at the Liberty Stadium was short-lived, and he was placed on the transfer list in October 2006, due to a poor attitude. After a short spell on loan with Barnsley, he joined Milton Keynes Dons in January 2007. In January 2008, Knight signed for Wycombe Wanderers, just one year after joining MK Dons. On 19 August 2008, Knight’s contract was "terminated by mutual consent", after he scored five goals in 20 appearances during his short stay with Wycombe.