WFFC Advent Calendar: 11 – Craig Knox

Like Tim Cole, Craig Knox was one of the few former Walthamstow Pennant players to get into the Leyton Pennant first team.

Mark Baker was first choice for the newly-formed club, and it took an injury for Knox to get his chance between the sticks.

His Leyton Pennant debut came a couple of months into the 1995-6 season, a 1-1 draw with Berkhamsted Town on the 21st of October 1995.

Knox took well to his new-found responsibility, and make the number one spot his own.

Like Baker, Knox was not the tallest of players (unlike his brother Darren, who was well over six feet tall and must have eat Craig’s vegetables when they were younger) but was very agile and brave. Sadly, the latter characteristic resulted in Knox missing a lot of games through injury.

In his first season for the club, he made 46 appearances, including The London Challenge Cup final and the Essex Thameside Trophy, which were both lost, against Bromley and Witham Town respectively.

After being first choice for the last season, Knox was limited to 17 starts in the 1996-7 season, where he lost his place to Ian Brooks, and 11 in the 1998-9 season.

In the 1998-9 season he only managed to make 11 appearances, but did play in the Essex Thameside Trophy final, where Pennant destroyed Tiptree United 7-2.

In total, Knox was with the club for five seasons, but only managing 17 appearances in his final two seasons, he finished with a total of 98 appearances for the club, putting him 15th on our all-time list.

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