by Matt Squires
Dick Knight, former chairman of Brighton and Hove Albion, is preparing to release a tell-all autobiography.
A life-long Albion fan and local businessman, Knight was in charge of the club from 1997 to 2009.
His book, Mad Man: From the Gutter to the Stars, will feature stories from behind the scenes at the Seagulls, and will go into detail about several subjects, including encounters with the likes of footballing legends Brian Clough and Bill Shankley.
Knight, known locally as the man that saved the club from financial obscurity, took charge during arguably the worst period of the Albion’s 100+ year history.
Taking over amid the controversial sale of the club’s former home the Goldstone ground, Knight guided the club away from relegation to non-league football in 1997 and towards the stability of the Championship football that is currently being enjoyed at the new American Express stadium.
“The club had been brought to its knees by mismanagement and outrageous boardroom behaviour,” said Knight in a recent interview with The Argus. “I won the hearts of the fans because they knew I was a fan and had been on the terraces with them.”
The autobiography is released on November 11 and, in support of his new book, Knight will be making several appearances across Brighton, including a book-signing at BHASVIC on November 13.