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Tony Knapp

Tony Knapp

Clubs played for: Nottingham Forest, Leicester City, Southampton, Coventry City, Los Angeles Wolves, Tranmere Rovers, Poole Town (1955-1972)

Born: 1936

Birthplace: Newstead

Position: Defender

Biography: Captain of the first ever Southampton side to reach the First Division, has lived in Norway for many years and has spent over 50 years in the game, latterly has been coaching lower division teams near his home in Stavanger.

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Knapp, Tony At my Hampshire grammar school, the County Cricket Club coach, Arthur Holt, used to bring a club and ground team to play our 1st XI. It mainly comprised promising youngsters and a few older players with County experience. It must have been 1967 that a 16 year old Gordon Greenidge played, but the player that year who took our attention was the Saints centre-half, Tony Knapp, who batted as well as anyone to score 40 or 50. I remember having a long chat with him during the Tea interval. It meant a lot to me that a top-level footballer that I watched at the Dell could converse so naturally, and be as interested in what I (a 16 year old schoolboy) had to say as I was in him. A very nice man, and a pretty good bat!
11-03-21 John Taylor

Knapp, Tony I recall being taken along on boxing day when I was about 14 years old to watch Tony (my uncle) play for Tranmere Rovers against Shrewsbury . The weather was foul and snowy and freezing cold. By the time the match ended we were nearly frozen stiff! He drove a Lancia Flavia I think then and we were so glad to get back in the car afterwards and get a warm drink! I think we slept all the way back - I was allowed to take my boyfriend at the time along too - thank heavens - I’d have been lost on my own! Jerry Buckley !
03-03-21 Steffie Richards (need Knapp)

Knapp, Tony I have wonderful memories of Tony. He was my captain at Southampton when we managed to get promotion to the first division for the first time in their history. Many good times together over 4 years.
05-02-21 Martin Chivers

Knapp, Tony Tony Knapp was a Centre-half who was awarded at least one England U23 cap and was part of Leicester City's 1961 squad but he had been replaced in the first xi by Ian King by the time of that years Cup Final which 'City' lost by 2-0 to double winners 'Spurs'

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