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Leon Leroy Knight
Personal information
Full name Leon Leroy Knight
Date of birth 16 September 1982 (1982-09-16) (age 27)
Place of birth    Hackney, England
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Queen of the South
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Queens Park Rangers (loan)
Huddersfield Town (loan)
Sheffield Wednesday (loan)
Brighton & Hove Albion (loan)
Brighton & Hove Albion
Swansea City
Barnsley (loan)
Milton Keynes Dons
Wycombe Wanderers
Rushden & Diamonds
Thrasivoulos Filis
Hamilton Academical
Queen of the South
000 0(0)
011 0(0)
031 (16)
024 0(3)
002 0(4)
106 (30)
028 (15)
009 0(0)
033 0(5)
020 0(5)
012 0(4)
003 0(0)
006 0(0)
001 0(0)   

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 13:56, 29 November 2009 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Leon Leroy Knight (born 16 September 1982 in Hackney, London) is an English professional footballer who plays for Scottish Football League club Queen of the South.


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,[1][2] He has three sisters,[2] and is the cousin of Bolton Wanderers defender Zat Knight.[1][3]

Knight was a good all-round sportsman and a third dan black belt in karate as a child.[2] He played schoolboy football for his school, the Hackney & Tower Hamlets District team and Senrab, and had trials with Charlton and Tottenham Hotspur before joining Chelsea as a trainee.[1]

Club career

Knight began his career as a trainee at Chelsea (where he made one appearance in the UEFA Cup against Levski Sofia), spending loan periods at Queens Park Rangers,[4] Huddersfield Town,[5] Sheffield Wednesday[6] and Brighton & Hove Albion[7] 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 this, with his penalty against Bristol City in the play-off final at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff in 2004.

After falling out with Brighton manager Mark McGhee, Knight moved to Swansea City in January 2006,[8] and scored a hat-trick on his debut against Milton Keynes Dons.[9]

Knight's stay at the Liberty Stadium was short-lived, as he was placed on the transfer list in October 2006,[10] due to a poor attitude.

After a short spell on loan with Barnsley, joined Milton Keynes Dons in January 2007.[11]

In January 2008, Knight signed for Wycombe Wanderers, just one year after joining MK Dons.[12]

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.[13]

Knight signed for Rushden & Diamonds on 24 August 2008.[14] but was transfer listed on 29 October, along with Lee Tomlin, Curtis Woodhouse, Andy Burgess, Phil Gulliver, Sagi Burton, Lee Phillips and Dean McDonald, after the club's poor start to the season.

On 12 December, Rushden & Diamonds confirmed that Knight had been sacked after continuous breachs of conduct between November and December 2008. Despite the contract termination, Knight was prevented from joining another club, until the term of his contract had expired. Rushden have confirmed that they are not allowing any club to sign Knight on a free transfer and that they must pay a transfer fee to Rushden.[citation needed] The FA confirmed and validated this, meaning Leon Knight could not play at any level of football until 2011-12 season.[citation needed] The official date was not confirmed.

On 13 January 2009, Knight joined Greek club, Thrasivoulos Filis, on a six-month contract. He made his Super League debut on 25 January as a second half sub playing 20 minutes against Skoda Xanthi. Knight made only 2 appearances as a sub since then, his last coming on 8 February 2009. Knight had not been involved in any game for the club in over 3 months and looked certain to leave Thrasivoulos when his contract expired at the end of the current season. After his contract expired he went on trial with Major League Soccer side San Jose Earthquakes.

Knight joined Hamilton Academical on 21 August making his SPL début against Aberdeen as a second half substitute the following day. He made one start and six substitute appearances for the Lanarkshire side.[15] He was sent off for his role in a tunnel brawl after a win over Heart of Midlothian despite being an unused substitute during the game.[16][17] Knight was released by Hamilton on 14 January 2010.[18]

On 15 January 2010 Knight was signed by manager Gordon Chisholm for Dumfries club Queen of the South until the end of the season.[19] His debut was a bright performance in the top of the table 1-1 draw at home against Dundee on 23rd January 2010.[20]

International career

Knight has played for England at under 19 and under 20 level.


  1. ^ a b c Harvey, Tom (22 February 2007). "New dawn as Knight aims for promotion". Hackney Gazette. Retrieved 15 July 2009. "The chance to play against his cousin - Fulham's Zat - is just one of the reasons [Leon] Knight wants to get back to the big time. He added: "Zat is my lanky cousin. He tries to give me advice from time to time but after seeing him letting in goals on Match of the Day every week I tend to avoid it!" 
  2. ^ a b c "Leon has spring in his step". The Angus. 4 December 2003. Retrieved 6 January 2008. 
  3. ^ "Brighton move pays off for hitman Knight". Coventry Evening Telegraph (England). 31 May 2004. Retrieved 15 July 2009. "[Leon] Knight is the younger cousin of Fulham defender Zat Knight and received a good luck message from his relative before playing a leading part the [play-off] final, in which he also hit the crossbar with a first-half free-kick." 
  4. ^ "Holloway secures Knight deal". BBC Sport. 1 March 2001. Retrieved 6 January 2008. 
  5. ^ "Terriers land Knight". BBC Sport. 20 November 2001. Retrieved 6 January 2008. 
  6. ^ "Knight makes Owls switch". BBC Sport. 26 June 2002. Retrieved 6 January 2008. 
  7. ^ "Knight joins Brighton". BBC Sport. 23 July 2003. Retrieved 6 January 2008. 
  8. ^ "Knight quits Brighton for Swansea". BBC Sport. 6 January 2006. Retrieved 6 January 2008. 
  9. ^ "Swansea 3-1 MK Dons". BBC Sport. 10 January 2006. Retrieved 6 January 2008. 
  10. ^ "Knight transfer-listed by Swans". BBC Sport. 16 October 2006. Retrieved 6 January 2008. 
  11. ^ "MK Dons sign Swans striker Knight". BBC Sport. 23 January 2007. Retrieved 6 January 2008. 
  12. ^ "Wycombe sign Dons striker Knight". BBC Sport. 6 January 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2008. 
  13. ^ "Knight and Sutton leave the Blues". Wycombe Wanderers' official website.,,10430~1370251,00.html. 
  14. ^ "Leon Knight Signs for Diamonds". Rushden & Diamonds official website.,,10784~1374304,00.html. 
  15. ^ Queens sign ex-Accies man Knight BBC Sport, 19 January 2010
  16. ^ Hamilton 2 - 1 Hearts BBC Sport, 6 December 2009
  17. ^ Hamilton play down tunnel fracas with Hearts BBC Sport, 7 December 2009
  18. ^ Hamilton release Leon Knight and Kevin Welsh BBC Sport, 14 January 2010
  19. ^ New striker signs' Queen of the South FC, 15 January 2010
  20. ^ QoS vs Dundee

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