Leon Knight was once one of the Football League’s most feared forwards but where is the former Brighton & Hove Albion and Swansea City striker now?

As a teenager, Knight came through the youth ranks at Chelsea and enjoyed a number of successful loan spells at Football League clubs including QPR, Huddersfield and Sheffield Wednesday.

In 2003, a short loan spell at Brighton & Hove Albion saw the striker really impress when he scored 4 goals in just 2 games prompting The Seagulls to secure his permanent signature that summer.

Knight became a fans favourite on the South Coast scoring 32 goals in 106 games during a 3 year spell before leaving the club after a public fall out with Manager Mark McGhee.

He swiftly moved on to Swansea City where he netted 19 goals in 25 games before being transfer listed again for alleged misconduct.

Moves to Barnsley, MK Dons and Wycombe Wanderers followed before Knight dropped into the Conference with Rushden & Diamonds where he was later sacked for misconduct.

After leaving The Diamonds, Knight became the ultimate journeyman playing in short spells in Greece, Scotland and Northern Ireland where the striker was again under the media spotlight.

Leon Knight was a colourful character off the pitch who was never far from controversy but during his early years in particular, Knight was a very good footballer and pictures of the striker’s achievements hang proudly upon the walls around Brighton & Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium today.

Knight is now a Player-Manager at non-league side Barnton. His side currently sit in third place in North West Counties Football League Division One and are looking towards automatic promotion this season.


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I am Dan Pentland a writer and reporter for The72 and Chelsea Presser websites and editor and owner of FAWSL Full-Time magazine. Regularly reporting from EFL matches, FAWSL fixtures and various internationals. Completed the 92 in 2015! Contact me on Twitter @danpentlandpcuk or via E-mail [email protected]

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