Knight Arthur “A.E.” Image 1 Portsmouth 1914

Knight Arthur “A.E.” Image 1 Portsmouth 1914


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Left back Arthur Egerton “A.E.” Knight was a famous amateur sportsman who had a distinguished football and also played first class cricket. Godalming born, he first played football for Godalming in 1907, and played for The Corinthians in 1908 before he joined Southern League Portsmouth the same year, making his debut at Croydon Common in November 1909 and remaining with them both sides of the War, during which he served as a Captain in the Army, firstly with The Hampshire Regiment and then with The Border Regiment.

He won 26 Amateur international caps for England between December 1909, when he played in a 9-1 win over The Netherlands at Stamford Bridge, and May 1923, when he captained England in a 3-0 defeat to Belgium in Brussels, scoring a penalty in a 2-1 win over The Netherlands at Anlaby Road, Hull in November 1913. He was a double Olympian playing all 3 matches in Great Britain’s 1912 gold medal winning Olympic  Games team in Stockholm, he also played for Great Britain in the 1920 Olympic Games in their defeat to Norway in Antwerp in August 1920.

He captained England in an unofficial Victory International as England lost to Wales at Ninian Park, Cardiff in October 1919. He was selected for full England international recognition two weeks later, again having the honour of captaining his country in a 1-1 draw against Ireland at Windsor Park, Belfast in October 1919, his only full England cap.

After peacetime football resumed in 1919, he returned to Fratton Park, captaining Pompey as they won the Southern League Championship in 1920. When Portsmouth joined the Football League in 1920 he continued to captain them playing 36 games in their first two seasons in the Football League, adding to his 170 Southern League and FA Cup appearances (he scored once in an FA Cup tie for Portsmouth).  Having played for The Corinthians before his Portsmouth career, he resumed playing for them after leaving Portsmouth, retiring in 1931, and was granted honorary life membership of The Corinthians subsequently. He was posthumously inducted into the Pompey Hall of Fame in 2015.

He played first class cricket for Hampshire for over a decade either side of the First World War, appearing in four matches for the County between 1913 and 1923.

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