Tributes to Ken Knight - ‘A true gentleman’

Ken and Roger Knight won the Bridlington Town supporters of the year award in 2011.
Ken and Roger Knight won the Bridlington Town supporters of the year award in 2011.

BRIDLINGTON Town are mourning the loss of popular physio Ken Knight who died in the early hours of Tuesday, 10 days after suffering a heart attack.

Originally from Huddersfield, Ken had been involved with the Seasiders for around 20 years, and also spent more than a decade with Bridlington Road Runners.

He completed two London Marathons in his mid 40s and was a fixture at Bridlington matches with his wife Betty and son Roger.

Town fans, friends and players have paid tribute to Ken on online forums and Twitter, and manager Mitch Cook said he was a ‘real club stalwart who was there week in, week out’.

Chairman Peter Smurthwaite added: “Ken will be sadly missed by everyone involved with this football club for which he has been a great servant over the years he was involved.

“He always did his best to look after the players before and after matches with his first aid knowledge and made sure that kit and equipment was always available for the lads.

“He was the type of loyal and hardworking person that football clubs at our level rely on, nothing was too much trouble for him.

“I can honestly say I have never heard anyone say a bad word about Ken, a true gentleman who loved his football club and earned the respect of all people who had the pleasure of knowing him.”

A minute’s silence will be held at Queensgate before Bridlington’s match against Winterton Rangers on Saturday.

Ken’s funeral service takes place at East Riding crematorium at Octon on Monday at noon, followed by a gathering at the Bridlington Town clubhouse at Queensgate.