Arthur Knight (footballer)

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Arthur Knight
Personal information
Full name Arthur Egerton Knight
Date of birth (1887-09-07)7 September 1887[nb 1]
Place of birth Godalming, Surrey, England
Date of death 10 March 1956(1956-03-10) (aged 68)
Place of death Southsea, Hampshire, England
Position(s) Left-back
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1908–1922 Portsmouth
1921–1931 Corinthians
National team
1911-1920 England Amateur 30
1919 England 1 (0)

Cricket information
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition FC
Matches 4
Runs scored 17
Batting average 5.85
100s/50s 0
Top score 29
Balls bowled 18
Wickets 1
Bowling average 17.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 1-17
Catches/stumpings 2/0
Source: CricketArchive, 20 November 2017
*Club domestic league appearances and goals
Olympic medal record
Men's football
Representing  Great Britain
Gold medal – first place 1912 Stockholm Team competition

Arthur Egerton Knight (7 September 1887[nb 1] – 10 March 1956) was an English amateur footballer who played as a left-back for Portsmouth and Corinthians. He played internationally for the England amateur team, also gaining one full cap for the main England national team.[2] He was a gold medalist with Great Britain at the 1912 Summer Olympics.[3]

Club career[edit]

A. E. Knight, as he was always referred to in the press, attended the King Edward VI Grammar School and played for Surrey at the age of 17. He joined local club Godalming after leaving school.[4] He began working for an insurance company and, through his job, moved to Portsmouth in 1908, and there Pompey snapped up the left-back, spending a season in the reserves before making his first-team debut in Southern League Division One.

The First World War brought an end to competitive football. Knight was a member of the Territorial Army and volunteered for overseas service in 1914. He was initially sent with the 1/6th (Duke of Connaught's Own) Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment to India. This was followed by service in France, where he was promoted to the rank of captain in 1916 and served with the Border Regiment.[5][6]

After hostilities ended, Knight captained the Pompey side that won the 1919–20 Southern League championship, and if not for injury he would have led the side in their first Football League fixture.[citation needed]

He left Portsmouth in 1922, after a campaign that saw Portsmouth finish third in the Third Division South.[7] He played out the remainder of his football career with the Corinthians amateur club, who granted him life membership.[citation needed] He was posthumously inducted into the Pompey Hall of Fame in 2015.[8]

International career[edit]

Knight earned 30 amateur international caps.[9] He was a member of the English amateur side that won the gold medal in the 1912 Summer Olympics, featuring in all three matches and he could have scored in the semi-finals against Finland from the penalty spot, but he deliberately sent the kick over the bar on instructions from Vivian Woodward, his captain, because of the Corinthian belief that they could not accept the notion that any player would deliberately foul an opponent.[10] He also played for England in the 1920 Summer Olympics.[4] He gained one full England cap, captaining the side against Ireland in a British Home Championship game on 25 October 1919 at Windsor Park, Belfast, which ended in a 1–1 draw.[11] He had also captained England in a Victory International match against Wales on 11 October 1919.[12]

Knight also played county cricket for Hampshire, playing four first-class games over a period of ten years.

Career statistics[edit]

Football League
Club Season League FA Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Portsmouth 1920-21[13] Division 3 28 0 2 0 30 0
1921-22[13] Division 3 6 0 0 0 6 0
Total 34 0 2 0 36 0



Southern League winners, 1919-20

Great Britain

Gold medal, men's football, 1912 Summer Olympics


  1. ^ a b England Football Online lists Knight's birthdate as 21 September 1887


  1. ^ "Amateur doings". The Observer. 8 March 1914. p. 19 – via
  2. ^ "Arthur Knight". Olympedia. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Olympians Who Played First-Class Cricket". Olympedia. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  4. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Arthur Knight". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from knight-1.html the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 20 November 2017. {{cite web}}: Check |url= value (help)
  5. ^ "Portsmouth". The Woodland Trust. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  6. ^ McMullen, Iain. "Arthur Egerton Knight | Service Record |". Football and the First World War. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Portsmouth Football Club History | PFC History". Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  8. ^ Marshman, Jeff (28 March 2015). "Six of the Best Are Honoured by Blues". The News. Portsmouth: Johnston Publishing Ltd. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 19 November 2017 – via HighBeam Research.
  9. ^ "Arthur Knight". England Football Online. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  10. ^ "England Matches - The Amateurs 1906-1939". Retrieved 8 July 2022.
  11. ^ "Ireland 1 - 1 England". Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  12. ^ Courtney, Barrie. "England - War-Time/Victory Internationals - Details". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  13. ^ a b "Arthur Knight". PompeyRama. Retrieved 20 November 2017.

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