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LEON
KNIGHT
(Forward)
Born: 16 Sep 1982
Where: Hackney
Joined Wycombe: Jan 2008 - From Franchise - 50,000.
Left Wycombe August 2008 by 'mutual consent'.

Wycombe Debut: Mansfield 0 Wycombe 4 - 8th Jan 2008 - League 2
First Wycombe goal: Accrington 0 Wycombe 2 - 2nd Feb 2008 - League 2
Leon Knight Career summary at Wycombe.
(up to end of 2007/8 season)
22 appearances - 5 goals
Career Details - (*) indicates loan spell
Date Club League
Apps
League
goals
Cup
Apps
Cup
Goals
Aug99-Aug03 Chelsea 0(0) 0 0(1) 0
Mar01-May01 QPR(*) 10(1) 0 0(0) 0
Oct01-May02 Huddersfield(*) 31(0) 16 6(0) 1
Jul02-May03 Sheff. Wed(*) 14(10) 3 2(1) 0
Jul03-Aug03 Brighton(*) 2(0) 4 1(0) 0
Aug03-Jan06 Brighton 96(10) 30 11(0) 2
Jan06-Jan07 Swansea City 20(8) 15 5(2) 4
Nov06-Jan07 Barnsley(*) 6(3) 0 0(0) 0
Jan07-Jan08 Franchise 22(11) 5 1(2) 1
2007/2008 Wycombe Wanderers 12(8) 5 0(2) 0
Background: Former trainee at Chelsea who was given his senior debut during a loan spell with QPR during the 2000/2001 season - appearing in the R's 2-0 defeat at Fulham on 10th March 2001. After making a substitute appearance for Chelsea in their UEFA Cup tie away to Levski Sofia in September 2001 he went on to gain a goalscoring reputation during a loan spell with Huddersfield Town. His 16 goals in 31 starts included two against Wycombe in Town's 4-2 victory at Adams Park on 12th March 2002. A subsequent season long loan to then second tier side Sheffield Wednesday didn't prove as successful and following his release from Chelsea was signed by Brighton in August 2003 for a 100,000 fee. A two and half year spell on the South coast ended when Swansea City paid out 125,000 for the Londoner but his time in Wales was not always happy and after a loan move to Barnsley, was signed by MK Dons in January 2007 for a nominal fee. Again, was not always in favour at Franchise and was signed by Paul Lambert for Wycombe during the January 2008 transfer window for a 50,000 fee that was later revealed to have been paid out Club CE's Stebe Hayes own funds.
Commenting on the deal Lambert said, "I'm always one for giving people a chance to prove themselves. If Leon's goals can contribute to us getting out of this league, no-one will worry about what he was like." Lambert added, "So far I've had no problems with Leon and I don't think there will be any. He's very been pleasant since he joined. What he lacks in height he makes up ;for in other attributes. He knows where the goal is and has scored goals in higher leagues which is good for us if we go up. I just want him to score goals like he has for previous clubs. If we get that it'll be great."
Meanwhile Knight was keen to prove his doubters wrong, saying after penning a 18 month deal, "People have got this stigma obout me that I go and kick down doors, I'm only 5ft 6", I'm not kicking down no doors! When I was younger I admit I did have a bit of an attitude, but it wasn't a bad attitude, just a winning attitude. People didn't understand that I didn't like losing and when I was young I used to get in a strop when I lost."
Left Wycombe on 19th August 2008 after falling out of favour with new Manager Peter Taylor. Knight had failed to turn up for one pre-season friendly and was told to improve his discipline and fitness, as well as being fined by the Club. Taylor appeared to be giving Knight a second chance when quoted in the press as saying, "He has apologised and taken his punishment on the chin. He has bounced back and as far as I am concerned that is the end of the matter."
External Links:
WW Official website - 4 Jan 2008
WW Official website - 11 Jan 2008
Bucks Free Press - Knight in dispute with Club - 4 Aug 2008
Bucks Free Press - Knight gets second shot - 5 Aug 2008
Wikipedia
Soccerbase
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