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Zat Knight

Zatyiah "Zat" Knight (born 2 May 1980 in Solihull) is an England association football who plays as a defender for Premier League club Bolton Wanderers F.C.. Knight has two caps for England national football team.

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Zat Knight biography

Zatyiah "Zat" Knight (born 2 May 1980 in Solihull) is an England association football who plays as a defender for Premier League club Bolton Wanderers F.C.. Knight has two caps for England national football team.

Club career


Fulham F.C. signed Knight from Rushall Olympic F.C. 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 sent the club 30 tracksuits as a gesture of thanks.

Knight scored four goals for Fulham, two in the 2004-05 in English football season and two in the 2006-07 in English football season. The first in a FA Cup match against Watford F.C. in a 1–1 draw, Zat Knight second a Premier League goal against Norwich City F.C. in a 6–0 win. Zat Knight last goal for Fulham came against Bolton Wanderers F.C. in a 2–1 loss. Zat Knight 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.

Before the game against West Ham United F.C. it was announced that Zat Knight had broken Zat Knight jaw in two places while messing around with Zat Knight brother. Chris Coleman (footballer) 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.

Aston Villa

On 29 August 2007, Knight signed a four-year contract deal with the club Zat Knight supported as a boy, Aston Villa F.C., in a Pound Sterling3.5 million deal. Ironically Zat Knight last Fulham match was the 2–1 defeat against Villa, in which Zat Knight played a part in Villa's equaliser when an Ashley Young shot deflected off Zat Knight into the net, although this was later given as Young's goal. In the early hours of the day of Zat Knight transfer (29 August), Knight and Zat Knight brother Carlos, were arrested in a drugs raid on the family home. 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 Zat Knight may miss the press conference announcing Zat Knight signing but Zat Knight agent bailed Zat Knight out and no mention of the incident was made at the press conference. Knight scored a headed goal on Zat Knight Villa debut in a 2–0 win against Chelsea F.C. on 2 September 2007. 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 F.C. 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

On 25 July 2009, Knight signed a three-year contract with Bolton Wanderers F.C. for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £4 million.

Knight made Zat Knight Bolton debut in the 1–0 reverse against Sunderland A.F.C. on 15 August 2009. Zat Knight scored Zat Knight first goal for Bolton against Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 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. Zat Knight made Zat Knight hundredth appearance for Bolton in their 3–0 defeat at Manchester United F.C. on 14 January 2012.

International career

Knight made Zat Knight England national football team debut on 28 May 2005 as a substitute against the United States men's national soccer team in a friendly match. Zat Knight gained Zat Knight second cap in a friendly against Colombia national football team on 31 May.


Zat Knight cousin is Leon Knight, formerly of Chelsea F.C., now at Coleraine F.C..


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