Fans’ support for bankrupt Pompey hero

065137-13_knight'Alan Knight.'Pic Mick Young
065137-13_knight'Alan Knight.'Pic Mick Young
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POMPEY fans have put their support firmly behind Pompey legend Alan Knight after he revealed that he was broke.

Supporters sent good wishes to the former Blues goalkeeper, who now lives in Clanfield, who was forced into bankruptcy after amassing a five-figure debt.

Scott McLaughlin of the Pompey Supporters’ Trust said: ‘It’s a real shame he got to that point but if he’s getting his life on track we wish him well and if he needs help all he has to do is ask.

‘He needs to know that he is loved and there are thousands of fans and people from two generations who will support him.’

Brendon Bone, of Pompey SOS supporters’ group, said: ‘As a group we fully support whatever Alan’s doing to get himself back on his feet.

‘It’s a crying shame that a man who spent that much time in football didn’t make more money.

‘He’ll always have the fans’ support.’

Bankruptcy is the latest in a line of blows since the 49-year-old quit football in 2000.

His marriage ended, and he has fought alcoholism and depression.

But he remarried in July and has now been dry for 26 months.

Mr Knight told The News exclusively on Tuesday that he did not want any sympathy. He is now part-time goalkeeping coach at Aldershot Town, as well as digging holes for Waterlooville company Jackson Groundworks to make ends meet.

His remaining assets will now be valued by a receiver in a bid to claw back some of the money owed to creditors, which includes a building society.

That process is expected to take between 12 and 18 months.

It means he is unable to serve as a company director and will not have a credit rating.

Mr Knight spent 22 years at Fratton Park before retiring in 2000. Along the way, he became the first Pompey player to represent the club in four different decades and played 801 times – a record number of appearances for a keeper at one club.

But he said that during his time at the club the highest wage he ever earned was £1,000 a week.

He has remained involved with the club, being one of those behind Club 1898, a group for ex-players, and entering into the spirit of community events and visiting hospitals on behalf of his old club.

Despite his setbacks, Mr Knight, who was made an MBE for his services to football in 2001, remains positive.

‘Now I’m looking forward, it’s time to crack on and move on,’ he said.