Alan Knight

Alan Knight during Pompey's FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool in 1992
Alan Knight during Pompey's FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool in 1992
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Pompey’s record-breaking goalkeeper made 683 league appearances for Pompey and 801 in total to rightly earn himself the nickname The Legend.

Signed as an apprentice on his 16th birthday by Jimmy Dickinson, Knight would go on to play in all four divisions between 1978 and 2000 in a glittering career for the club.

His debut came at the end of the 1977-78 season which saw Pompey finish bottom of the third division, but Knight started his Blues career with a clean sheet in a 2-0 win.

While he was understudy to Peter Mellor for the next three seasons and made just eight appearances, he claimed the number-one jersey in the 1981-82 campaign under Frank Burrows, missing just one match all season and earning the player-of-the-year award.

From that season onwards for the next 15 years, Knight was regarded as Pompey’s first-choice goalkeeper at the club, seeing off several younger pretenders over the years.

His finest hours - and there were several of them - came in the team’s promotion to the top flight in 1987 and the club’s run to the FA Cup semi-final in 1992.

But his consistency was his biggest asset and the rare mistakes that did occur were quickly forgotten.

In 1996, he was awarded an honorary Master of Science degree by the University of Portsmouth in acknowledgement of his service to the club and community. 

Between 1996 and 2000, Knight shared first-team duties with other keepers in Mart Poom and Aaron Flahavan and his final appearance for Pompey came on January 3, 2000 in a defeat away to Norwich City.

He was also recognised in the New Year’s Honours list in 2001 and became an MBE.

But his loyalty to the club - he turned down several opportunities to leave throughout his time at Fratton Park - is one of the main reasons he is still so highly regarded.

After spells as goalkeeper coach and a short stint as manager of non-league Dorchester, he returned to Pompey as goalkeeper coach in 2013 to rekindle his long-standing affection for the club he served with such distinction down the years.

Alan Knight

Born: Balham July 3, 1961

Position: Goalkeeper

Appearances: 801