Friday, November 12, 2010

Ex England Keeper joins Just4keepers Goalkeeper Schools

Just4keepers Goalkeeper Coaching Schools as recently had a new addition to our coaching staff, Ex England and Premiership Goalkeeper Richard Knight has joined J4K to coach keepers throughout Derby and Nottinghamshire. Please email Richard at for a free session.

A bit about Richard:

Richard started in goal very young and at an early age impressed local scouts signing schoolboy forms with Stoke City at the age of 14, and was offered a YTS two year apprenticeship a year later. Whilst playing regularly for both the youth team and reserve teams at Stoke he caught the eye of premiership newcomers Derby County and signed a 3 year professional contract in 1998.

In Richards first year as a professional footballer he achieved his childhood dream of representing his country, England at both U18 and U20 levels playing alongside the likes of Steven Gerard, Michael Owen and fellow goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

During the 3 years Richard spent at Derby, first team opportunities were limited due to the quality of the two goalkeepers ahead of him, Russell Hoult and Mart Poom.  Subsequently Richard was sent out on loan to various league clubs and had spells with Carlisle Utd, Macclesfield Town, Hull City, Birmingham City and Oxford Utd.

After seeing out his contract at Derby, Richard signed permanently for Oxford Utd in his quest for regular first team football and accumulated over 100 league games winning two player of the year awards and a place in the PFA's league 1 team of the year.  A year later and after a season of doom and gloom the club were relegated and a new manager was appointed, Richard found himself out of the managers plans and moved south to play for Colchester utd where he finished his professional playing career.

Richard currently plays semi-pro football and has played over 350 games at this level. He has been lucky enough in his career to work with many exceptional goalkeeping coaches including; Eric Steele[Man Utd], Nigel Spinks[Birmingham City], Jim Barron[Northampton Town], Roy Tunks [England,Blackburn Rovers] and Alan Judge[Oxford Utd].  With all his experience in working with these highly respected coaches we believe at Just4keepers Goalkeeper Training Schools that Richard has the knowledge and experience to benefit the goalkeepers of the future.

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