David Knight (English footballer)

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David Knight
David Knight York City v. Morecambe 24-07-10 1.png
Knight playing for York City in 2010
Personal information
Full name David Sean Knight[1]
Date of birth (1987-01-15) 15 January 1987 (age 30)[1]
Place of birth Houghton-le-Spring, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
None
Youth career
1998–2005 Middlesbrough
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Middlesbrough 0 (0)
2005–2006 Darlington (loan) 3 (0)
2006 Oldham Athletic (loan) 2 (0)
2007–2008 Swansea City 0 (0)
2008 Mansfield Town 0 (0)
2008–2009 Middlesbrough 0 (0)
2009 Darlington 7 (0)
2010–2011 Histon 12 (0)
2010–2011 York City (loan) 1 (0)
2011 Blyth Spartans (loan) ? (?)
2011–2012 Blyth Spartans ? (?)
2012–2014 Spennymoor Town ? (?)
National team
England U16 ? (?)
England U17 ? (?)
England U18 ? (?)
England U19 ? (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:00, 1 July 2013 (UTC).

David Sean Knight (born 15 January 1987) is an English footballer who last played for Spennymoor Town as a goalkeeper.

Club career[edit]

Born in Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear,[1] Knight began his career with the Middlesbrough youth system at the age of 11 after he was spotted by a scout playing for his local team Hetton Juniors.[2][3] He played in both legs of the 2004 FA Youth Cup Final, which Middlesbrough won 4–0 on aggregate.[4] Knight signed a professional contract with Middlesbrough on 3 February 2005 and his first involvement with the first team came weeks later after being named on the substitutes' bench for a 2–2 draw with Charlton Athletic in the FA Premier League on 27 February.[1][5] Knight joined League Two team Darlington on an emergency one-month loan on 30 December 2005 to cover injuries to Sam Russell and Bertrand Bossu and he made his debut the following day in a 2–2 draw against Lincoln City.[1][6][7][8] After he picked up a hip injury during a 3–2 defeat to Notts County he finished the loan with three appearances.[8][9][10] He signed a new one-year contract with Middlesbrough in June 2006.[11] Knight signed for League One team Oldham Athletic on a one-month loan on 24 August.[12] His debut lasted only 39 minutes after he was "wrongly" sent off for handling the ball outside the box, with the game finishing a 0–0 draw with Carlisle United.[13][14] He made one more appearance for Oldham before suffering from swollen glands and a hip injury before finishing the loan with two appearances.[13][14]

He left Middlesbrough to join League One team Swansea City on a free transfer on 31 August 2007.[15] His first and only appearance of the 2007–08 season came in a 2–1 victory over Billericay Town in the FA Cup first round on 10 November 2007.[16] He was released by the club after his contract expired on 30 June 2008 and he signed for Conference Premier team Mansfield Town on 13 October following a trial.[17][18][19] Having made no appearances he left Mansfield on 3 November and returned to Middlesbrough to play in the reserves on a month-to-month contract.[2][20][21] Knight left the club for the second time in May 2009 after failing to earn a long-term contract.[22] He agreed on 2 July to re-sign for Darlington on a one-year contract once the League Two club had left administration.[23][24] His 2009–10 season started with a "flurry of errors" and his second debut for the club came in a 3–1 defeat at Aldershot Town on 8 August 2009.[25][26] Knight left Darlington on 8 December when manager Steve Staunton released him from his contract by mutual consent, having played nine games for the club.[24]

Knight moved to Conference Premier side Histon in February 2010 on a one-and-a-half-year contract following a two-week trial.[27] He made his debut in a 1–0 defeat to Rushden & Diamonds on 3 March 2010 and he finished the 2009–10 season with 12 appearances for Histon.[26] Despite being told he had a future with Histon,[28] Knight joined York City on a two-week trial in July with a view to signing on a season-long loan.[29] Illness resulted in him missing York's pre-season friendly with Hull City although he later played one half of York's 2–0 defeat to Barnsley,[30][31] with manager Martin Foyle saying he "did well".[32] After playing in the 1–0 friendly victory over Morecambe Foyle said he was interested in signing Knight.[33][34] He eventually signed for the club on 30 July.[35] His debut came in a 2–1 victory over Forest Green Rovers on 22 January 2011 as Michael Ingham was serving a one-match suspension.[36][37] This proved to be his only appearance for the club.[36] With another year remaining on his Histon contract, he was unsure of his future at the club after returning,[38] while player-manager David Livermore said he intended to transfer Knight from the club.[39] He was handed a free transfer by the club and allowed to talk to other clubs.[40]

Following the cancellation of his contract at Histon by mutual consent, Knight signed for Conference North rivals Blyth Spartans, where he had made 18 appearances during an earlier three-month loan spell.[41] He left the club at the beginning of the 2012–13 season,[42] signing for Spennymoor Town in August 2012 [43] before leaving in 2014.

International career[edit]

Knight was capped for England at under-16, under-17 and under-18 level.[44] He was part of the under-17 team that participated in the 2004 Algarve Tournament.[45] He was called into the under-19 squad in May 2006 as a replacement for Ben Alnwick.[46]

Style of play[edit]

Knight plays as a goalkeeper.[47] He said in 2010 that "shot-stopping is a strength of mine".[47]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 22 January 2011.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Middlesbrough 2004–05[48] FA Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005–06[8] FA Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006–07[14] FA Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Darlington (loan) 2005–06[8] League Two 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Oldham Athletic (loan) 2006–07[14] League One 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Swansea City 2007–08[16] League One 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Mansfield Town 2008–09[20] Conference Premier 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Middlesbrough 2008–09[49] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Darlington 2009–10[26] League Two 7 0 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 9 0
Histon 2009–10[26] Conference Premier 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2010–11[36] Conference Premier 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
York City (loan) 2010–11[36] Conference Premier 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 25 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 28 0
  1. ^ Appearance in Football League Trophy

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Knight has no regrets over Boro exit". The Northern Echo. Darlington. 8 July 2009. Retrieved 21 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Histon sign Sheringham". Non-League Daily. 12 February 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Football Association – Youth Cup". Theborofc. Retrieved 22 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Middlesbrough 2–2 Charlton". BBC Sport. 27 February 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Middlesbrough keeper snapped up on loan". Darlington F.C. 30 December 2005. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "David Knight signed for one month". Darlington F.C. 31 December 2005. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Games played by David Knight in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
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  10. ^ "Notts County 3–2 Darlington". BBC Sport. 7 January 2006. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
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  12. ^ "Oldham make loan swoop for Knight". BBC Sport. 24 August 2006. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "David Knight". Evening Gazette. Middlesbrough. 15 November 2006. Retrieved 21 July 2010. 
  14. ^ a b c d "Games played by David Knight in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  15. ^ "Swansea confirm signing of Knight". BBC Sport. 31 August 2007. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "Games played by David Knight in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "Martinez runs eye over goalkeeper". BBC Sport. 2 August 2008. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
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  19. ^ "Two trialists to feature tonight". Mansfield Town F.C. 30 September 2008. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
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  28. ^ Vaughton, Michael (25 June 2010). "Keepers must fight for jersey, says Beck". Cambridge News. Retrieved 21 July 2010. 
  29. ^ Beyeler, Marc (15 July 2010). "Beck closing in on his final Histon squad". Cambridge News. Retrieved 21 July 2010. 
  30. ^ Flett, Dave (19 July 2010). "York City boss Martin Foyle impressed by trialist David McDermott". The Press. York. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  31. ^ Flett, Dave (21 July 2010). "York City 0, Barnsley 2". The Press. York. Retrieved 30 July 2010. 
  32. ^ Flett, Dave (21 July 2010). "York City ace Chris Carruthers limps out of 2–0 Barnsley defeat". The Press. York. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  33. ^ Flett, Dave (26 July 2010). "Minstermen deserve slice of fortune to keep foes Morecambe at bay". The Press. York. Retrieved 30 July 2010. 
  34. ^ "Foyle aiming to sign up Knight and McDermott". The Press. York. 26 July 2010. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  35. ^ Flett, Dave (30 July 2010). "Signing of David Knight to end York City recruitment". The Press. York. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  36. ^ a b c d "Games played by David Knight in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  37. ^ Carroll, Steve (20 January 2011). "Gary Mills tells York City players to move on from Luton Town debacle". The Press. York. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  38. ^ Beyeler, Marc (10 May 2011). "Knight's in the dark over future". Cambridge News. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  39. ^ "Livermore: We couldn't afford to keep Erkan". Cambridge News. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  40. ^ "Captain Murray gets the axe at Histon". Cambridge News. 27 May 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  41. ^ "Spartans Sign David Knight". Blyth Spartans A.F.C. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  42. ^ "David Knight leaves the club". Blyth Spartans A.F.C. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  43. ^ "New Signings". Spennymoor Town F.C. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  44. ^ "Hodgy Snaps up David Knight !". Vital Darlington. 31 December 2005. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  45. ^ "England U17s Squad". The Football Association. 16 February 2004. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  46. ^ "Hunter makes changes". The Football Association. 15 May 2006. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  47. ^ a b Carroll, Steve (6 August 2010). "David Knight's quest for York City goalkeeping glory". The Press. York. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  48. ^ "Games played by David Knight in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  49. ^ "Games played by David Knight in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 

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