Arthur Knight (sportsman)

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Gold 1912 Stockholm Team Competition

Arthur Egerton Knight (7 September 1887 – 10 March 1956) was an English amateur football (soccer) player who earned 30 amateur international caps. He played all three matches for the gold medal winning English team in the 1912 Summer Olympics and also played for England in the 1920 Summer Olympics.

A. E. Knight, as he was always referred to in the press, captained England on one occasion, playing left-back against Ireland on 25 October 1919 at Windsor Park, Belfast. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. He also won a cap for the full England side, against Ireland in 1920.

He played for Surrey as a schoolboy, and joined Godalming Town F.C. after leaving school. He began working for an insurance company and, through his job, moved to Portsmouth in 1908. Pompey snapped up the left back, and he spent a season in the reserves before making his first team debut in Southern League Division One. He captained the Pompey side that won the 1920 Southern League Championship, and but for injury would have led the side in their first Football League fixture. Knight, who also played county cricket for Hampshire over a period of ten years, left Pompey in 1922, and played out the remainder of his football career with the legendary Corinthians amateur club, who granted him life membership.

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