Knight pays tribute to Aaron Flahavan following anniversary of his death

Alan Knight trains with Aaron Flahavan in 1998
Alan Knight trains with Aaron Flahavan in 1998
Staurt O'Keefe, right, battles Christian Burgess for the ball during Pompey training. Pictures: Colin Farmery

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Alan Knight led the tributes to Aaron Flahavan following the 10th anniversary of his death.

Yesterday marked a decade since Flahavan was tragically killed in a car accident near Bournemouth.

Flahavan had established himself as Pompey’s first-choice goalkeeper before he sadly passed away.

He had been given the number-one jersey for the first time ahead of the 2001-02 campaign, after making 105 appearances across six years at Fratton Park.

But he was to never make an appearance that season when the accident took his life at the age of 25.

Knight had a close relationship with Flahavan, with the man who made 801 appearances over 23 years grooming the keeper to be his successor.

He paid tribute to Flahavan’s memory 10 years on from his passing.

Knight said: ‘It brings back memories, a lot of good memories. He was a good friend, work colleague and a very good goalkeeper.

‘It was a terrible shame to lose a talent like Aaron at such a young age.

‘Things were looking up for him before fate cruelly took him from us.

‘It affected a lot of people.

‘There were so many tributes to him and there was an outpouring of emotion. That helped the family.

‘It was nice to see his brother Darryl at the club last season, too. That was poignant.

‘Aaron was a great trainer and had a great drive and passion for goalkeeping.

‘My time was coming to an end and I was very keen for Flav to come through and make the transition to replace me.

‘He certainly had the potential to be a very good Championship keeper and maybe even Premier League keeper.

‘But we never got to see where he could have gone.

‘It’s nice to hear his name still sung by the Pompey crowd from time to time.

‘Long may that continue.’