Martin Knight (author)

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Martin Knight
Martin Knight in 2010
Martin Knight in 2010
Born(1957-12-21)21 December 1957
Epsom, Surrey
OccupationNovelist, biographer
Notable worksBattersea Girl, Common People, Gypsy Joe, Scoring at Half-time

Martin Knight is a British author born in Epsom in Surrey in 1957 mainly associated with working class culture and football literature. In 1999 "Hoolifan" and "The Naughty Nineties" were released; both books dealing with the subject, culture and history of football hooliganism. Knight was co-author with Martin King whose hooligan memoirs form the core of the books. Irvine Welsh provided the introduction to the latter book. As partners, Knight and King produced "On the Cobbles" the story of Jimmy Stockin a renowned gypsy prize fighter, "Ossie – King of The Bridge" – the autobiography of Chelsea footballing legend Peter Osgood and "Grass" covering the exploits of major drug smuggler and Howard Marks' cohort Phil Sparrowhawk. In September 2010 a copy of "Ossie – King of the Bridge" (among other items) was buried beneath the new statue of Peter Osgood unveiled at Stamford Bridge.

In 2000 Knight produced his first novel "Common People" being a thinly disguised autobiography. In 2003 he collaborated with George Best on his final memoirs before his death, "Scoring at Half Time". In 2004 "The Real Mackay" was released being the autobiography of Spurs, Derby and Scotland footballer Dave Mackay. 2006 saw the launch of "Battersea Girl" a partly fictionalised account of Knight's grandmother and an biography of Chelsea, Dundee and Aberdeen footballer Charlie Cooke.

Knight supplied many of the extras to the 2004 film The Football Factory and appeared as an extra in the coach to Liverpool scenes.[citation needed]

In partnership with author John King, London Books was launched in 2006.[1] King and Knight edited the company's first title "The Special Ones", a collection of memories and opinions of Chelsea fans and from 2007 books by vintage authors Gerald Kersh, James Curtis, Robert Westerby, Simon Blumenfeld, John Sommerfield and Alan Sillitoe were republished.[2] In 2009 "Gypsy Joe: Bareknuckle Fighter and Professional Golfer" was selected by The Observer as their Sports Book of the Year.[3]

In 2010, We Are Not Manslaughterers dealing with the events surrounding the Epsom Riot of 1919 was released.[4]

Knight wrote the introduction to London Books 2014 release of There Ain't No Justice by James Curtis, first published in 1938 and filmed in 1939.[citation needed] The following year Knight contributed to More Raw Material - Work Inspired by Alan Sillitoe. Knight and John King became friends with Sillitoe and met up regularly in the last ten years of his life at The Lamb and Flag pub near Covent Garden. They were sometimes joined by other Sillitoe admirers such as Sean Bean and the meetings became known as The Flag Club.[5]

Justice for Joan - The Arundel Murder was published in 2016. Knight investigates the circumstances surrounding the murder of Joan Woodhouse in Arundel in 1948. The case remains officially unsolved.

Knight also had a long business career starting as a library assistant at the Financial Times and then working for Arab Banking Corporation in Bahrain before founding Presswatch Media now part of TNS and co-founding Precise Media which was sold to 3i in 2005.[6] In 2011 Knight launched the website Notable Abodes which compiles former addresses of famous and notorious people. Knight has described the site as a virtual and democratic extension of the blue plaque system.

In 2018, I Ran With The Gang: My Life In and Out of The Bay City Rollers was released, written with founding member Alan Longmuir. Longmuir died as the book was being finished.


  • Alan Longmuir and Martin Knight. I Ran With The Gang: My Life In and Out of The Bay City Rollers (2018) ISBN 978-1912147755
  • Martin Knight (2016). Justice for Joan - The Arundel Murder. ISBN 978-0956815576.
  • Neil Fullwood; David Sillitoe; Martin Knight contribution (2015). More Raw Material - Work Inspired by Alan Sillitoe. ISBN 978-0993424106.
  • James Curtis, Martin Knight introduction (2014). There Ain't No Justice. ISBN 978-0956815538.
  • Martin Knight (2010). Barry Desmond is a Wanker. ISBN 978-0955185199 .
  • Martin Knight (2010). We Are Not Manslaughterers. ISBN 978-1-907183-14-0.
  • Joe Smith/Martin Knight (2009). Gypsy Joe. ISBN 978-0-9551851-7-5.
  • Martin Knight/John King (2007). The Special Ones. ISBN 978-0-9551851-0-6.
  • Martin Knight (2006). Battersea Girl. ISBN 1-84596-150-1.
  • Charlie Cooke and Martin Knight (2006). The Bonnie Prince : Charlie Cooke : My Football Life. ISBN 1-84596-181-1.
  • Dave Mackay and Martin Knight (2004). The Real Mackay : The Dave Mackay Story. ISBN 1-84018-840-5.
  • George Best and Martin Knight (2003). Scoring at Half-Time : Adventures on and Off The Pitch. ISBN 0-09-189034-9.
  • Peter Osgood, Martin King and Martin Knight (2003). Ossie : King of Stamford Bridge. ISBN 1-84018-764-6.
  • Phil Sparrowhawk, Martin King; Martin Knight (2003). Grass. ISBN 1-84018-706-9.
  • Jimmy Stockin, Martin King; Martin Knight (2000). On the Cobbles : The Life of a Bare-knuckle Gypsy Warrior. ISBN 1-84018-384-5.
  • Martin Knight (2000). Common People. ISBN 1-84018-332-2.
  • Martin King; Martin Knight (1999). Hoolifan : Thirty Years of Hurt. ISBN 1-84018-174-5.
  • Martin King; Martin Knight (1999). The Naughty Nineties : Football's Coming Home?. ISBN 1-84018-191-5.


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