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Ken Knighton

Ken Knighton

Clubs played for: Wolverhampton Wanderers,Oldham Athletic,Preston North End,Blackburn Rovers,Hull City & Sheffield Wednesday.




Biography: A midfield player he played in the Football League between 1964-76. He made 349 league appearances for his six clubs. After a spell coaching he became manager of Sunderland in 1979 until 1981 when he left the club after falling out with the new Chairman. He became manager at Leyton Orient the same year until 1982. He then managed Dagenham. In 1984 he went to work for Plessey Telecommunications in a sales management position in Bristol. He now lives in retirement at Portishead near Bristol.

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Knighton, Ken Lovely to find this page - I am Ken’s granddaughter. Sat next to him at the pub reading these out to him.
11-05-23 Hanna Lupton

Knighton, Ken Looking to contact Ken " bash your door down" Knighton re a reunion of Sheff Wednesday players. Any help appreciated.
28-04-23 John Tompkins

Knighton, Ken I knew Ken at Kexborough primary school. When a new girl started mid term the teacher Mr Ibbotson was unsure where to sit her so he asked her if she knew anything about football of course she said no. Ah then I will sit you next to Kenneth because there will be not talking coming from either of you.
07-09-22 sheila wilcock nee wilson

Knighton, Ken Was a great midfield star at Blackburn Rovers, remember him as an all action player who got stuck in! Also had tremendous hammer of a shot, scored a few for us... always fondly remembered!
18-08-22 Steve Atkins

Knighton, Ken I watched Ken many times as a Sheffield Wednesday player. I was in Hull, at the docks, in the 1980s, chatting to a guy, Alfie Battams. Alfie told me he took his son to see Wednesday and met Ken, who made his son feel very welcome. I saw Ken at Ipswich in 1981 as manager of Sunderland. He walked out to applaud his supporters. On the way back he was applauded by the Ipswich fans as well. There was no heckling, no cameras!!. Ken was a manager who really appreciated the bread and butter supporters and never took them for granted. A lovely man. Bless him.
09-09-21 Sean Sullivan

Knighton, Ken A really nice individual,who coached youngsters at Rising Brook school in the 60"s
29-01-21 Kevin Hill

Knighton, Ken I met Ken a few times as his daughter Karen was in my class at high school but only for a year or so when he was at Sheffield Wed before he moved to Sunderland. He seemed like a nice man from what I remember and I’d really like to reconnect with Karen as we lost touch.
09-09-20 Michelle Tomlinson (was Turner)

Knighton, Ken Would love to contact Ken. I am the secretary of the Preston North End Former Players' Association.
11-01-20 Ian Rigby

Knighton, Ken I knew Ken through his wife Carol with whom I use to work with in Jacksons chemist in Darlaston, he often came in to see Carol, lovely man, he often hired a van to take us on day trips, hope they are both keeping well.
22-12-19 Pauline Brookes

Knighton, Ken I played under ken for a season at portizhead who led us to the league title and runners up in the western league cup, great memories of ken. What a lovely man and leader.

Knighton, Ken I just stumbled across this page on my Dad - really nice to read the comments/memories on here. Mum and Dad still live happily here in Portishead, Dad walks around the Marina everyday. We all have happy memories of Dad’s footballing career and love finding pages like this where we can read various anecdotes 😊
Karen Knighton Lupton

Knighton, Ken I would just like to say what a pleasure it was for me to play for Hull City, alongside outstanding players like Waggy,Chris Chilton and Ken Houghton.It was the highlight of my career.I will never forget my debut against Sheffield United and the fantastic support we got from the City supporters.On a personal level I always received excellent support every time I played at the iconic Boothferry Park. My time at Hull City will live long in my memory

Knighton, Ken Remember Ken when he was playing for my team, Sheffield Wednesday. Great player, always gave 100%. Never forget when he scored the winning goal for us (against Bolton I think). the picture of him being carried by the fans at the end of that game will always live long in my memory. Top Man!!
dave simpson

Knighton, Ken My dad moved from Durham to Nottingham when he was a student. He got me into supporting Sunderland when Jimmy Adamson was manager. He soon left and Billy Elliott then took over for the rest of that.season. They narrowly missed out on going up and Ken Knighton became manager. I only got to see them when they came to play in Nottingham and on Match of the Day (or Star Soccer on ATV!) but Ken signed and played talented players and his teams played good football. I felt gutted when I heard he was leaving after reports of disagreements with Mr Cowie. He should have been at Sunderland for so much longer! I hope he continues to have a long and happy retirement.
Robert Crosby

Knighton, Ken I lived opposite Ken during his time at Hull City and as a boy played football in the street with him as well as interviewing him for a school project. He taught me to use my left foot! Great guy.

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