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BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRO-ENGLISH " ZATYIAH "ZAT" KNIGHT " IS AN ENGLISH FOOTBALLER WHO LAST PLAYED AS A CENTRAL DEFENDER AT READING IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP LEAGUE : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

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Zat Knight
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Knight with Aston Villa in 2008
Personal information
Full nameZatyiah Knight
Date of birth2 May 1980 (age 35)
Place of birthSolihull, England
Height1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)[1]
Playing positionCentre back
Youth career
1999Rushall Olympic
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1999–2007Fulham150(4)
2000→ Peterborough United (loan)8(0)
2007–2009Aston Villa40(2)
2009–2014Bolton Wanderers168(4)
2014Colorado Rapids4(0)
2015Reading2(0)
Total372(10)
National team
2002England U214(0)
2005England2(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (goals)
Zatyiah "Zat" Knight (born 2 May 1980) is an English footballer who last played as a central defender at Reading in the Championship. He is now retired. Knight had extended spells at Aston VillaBolton Wanderers and Fulham in thePremier League and the Championship. He represented England and both under-21 and full international levels.

Club career

Fulham

Fulham signed Knight from Rushall Olympic on a free transfer in 1999. As Knight was not a professionally contracted player to Olympic, Fulham were not obliged to pay a fee for him, but owner Mohamed Al-Fayed sent the club 30 tracksuits as a gesture of thanks.[2] After five years at Fulham, Knight signed a contract extension that will keep him until 2008 after having established himself under Chris Coleman's management.[3]
Knight scored four goals for Fulham, two in the 2004–05 season and two in the 2006–07 season. The first in a FA Cupmatch against Watford in a 1–1 draw,[4] his second a Premier League goal against Norwich City in a 6–0 win.[5] His last goal for Fulham came against Bolton Wanderers in a 2–1 loss.[6] He was arguably Fulham's most consistent player in the 2006–07 season, a reward for this being given temporary captaincy of the club while regular skipper Luís Boa Morte was out injured. In conclusion to the 2006-07 season, Knight reflecting this season to Fulham's Official Website:
Before the game against West Ham United it was announced that he had broken his jaw in two places while messing around with his brother. Chris Coleman has been quoted as saying that it takes more than horseplay to break one's jaw in two places, but Knight insists there was "nothing sinister" about the incident.[8]
At the start of the 2007-08 season, Knight signed a two-year contract extension with Fulham, which will keep him until the end of the 2009/10 season.[9] Prior signing a new contract, Knight was linked with a move away from Fulham, but insisted he want to stay at the club and achieved to win trophies.[10] However, Knight would eventually leave for Aston Villa.

Aston Villa

Zat Knight in action for Aston Villa during a 5–1Second City Derby victory against Birmingham City in 2008.
On 29 August 2007, Knight signed a four-year contract deal with the club he supported as a boy, Aston Villa, in a £3.5 million deal.[11] Ironically his last Fulham match was the 2–1 defeat against Villa, in which he played a part in Villa's equaliser when an Ashley Young shot deflected off him into the net, although this was later given as Young's goal. In the early hours of the day of his transfer (29 August), Knight and his brother Carlos, were arrested in a drugs raid on the family home.[12] Knight was released on police bail while Carlos was remanded in custody. Police said that a quantity of drugs were seized at the home. Knight feared that he may miss the press conference announcing his signing but his agent bailed him out and no mention of the incident was made at the press conference.[13] Knight scored a headed goal on his Villa debut in a 2–0 win againstChelsea on 2 September 2007.[14][15] Knight's next goal for Villa did not come until the following season, on 26 December 2008 when Villa were trailing 2–1 against Arsenal at Villa Park. Knight scored the equaliser in the 91st minute of the game in front of the Holte End to make it 2–2.

Bolton Wanderers

Zat Knight before a Bolton match in 2011
On 25 July 2009, Knight signed a three-year contract with Bolton Wanderers for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £4 million.[16]
Knight made his Bolton debut in the 1–0 reverse against Sunderland on 15 August 2009. He scored his first goal for Bolton against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium on 27 February 2010 and this led to a crucial 1–0 home win which lifted the side out of the relegation zone.[17] He made his hundredth appearance for Bolton in their 3–0 defeat at Manchester United on 14 January 2012.
Knight's contract expired at the end of the 2011–12 season, making him a free agent. However, on 9 July, Bolton announced that he had signed a further two-year contract.[18]
Knight often took the captain's armband at Bolton when usual skipper Kevin Davies was off the pitch. When Davies left at the end of the 2012/13 season, Knight was named as the new captain for the 2013/14 season.[19] Jay Spearing took the armband when Knight came out of the team and Spearing retained it when Knight returned to the team.
On 8 March 2014, Knight scored his first goal in three and a half years when scoring Bolton's third in their 5-1 victory over Leeds United at Elland Road. At the end of that season he was released by the club along with Chris EaglesTyrone Mears and Jay Lynch.[20]

Colorado Rapids and Reading

On 1 October 2014, Knight signed for Major League Soccer side Colorado Rapids.[21] He played all four of their remaining matches of the season as they finished outside the play-offs, and had his contract terminated by mutual consent on 2 February 2015.[22]
Following his release from the Rapids, Knight went on trial with Watford,[23] before signing with fellow Championship side Reading on 12 March.[24][25] He was released by Reading on 21 May 2015.[26]

International career

Knight made his England debut on 28 May 2005 as a substitute against the United States in a friendly match. He gained his second cap in a friendly against Colombia on 31 May.[27] Knight was also eligible for the Republic of Ireland national team through his Irish Grandmother.

Career statistics

Club performanceLeagueCupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeagueAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
EnglandLeagueFA CupLeague CupEuropeTotal
1999–2000Peterborough UnitedThird Division80---80
2000–01FulhamFirst Division00-30-30
2001–02Premier League1003020-150
2002–03170101050240
2003–0431060--370
2004–053515120-422
2005–063001010-320
2006–0723210--242
2007–0840---40
2007–08Aston VillaPremier League271-10-281
2008–09131301090261
2009–10Bolton WanderersPremier League3513030411
2010–11341302000391
2011–12250102000280
2012–13Championship430301000470
2013–14312202000352
2014Colorado RapidsMLS4000000040
2014-15ReadingChampionship2000000020
TotalEngland368930121014043510
USA4000000040
Career total372932121014043910