Interview Billy Knott

BILLY KNOTT

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Personal Details

Club:
Chelmsford City FC
Full Name:
Billy Steven Knott
Nationality:
English
Date of Birth:
28-11-1992
Place of birth:
Rochford
Position:
Midfielder
Shirt number:
12

Career

2011-2014
Sunderland AFC
2012 (on loan)
AFC Wimbledon
2012-2013 (on loan)
Woking FC
2013-2014 (on loan)
Wycombe Wanderers FC
2014 (on loan)
Port Vale FC
2014-2016
Bradford City AFC
2016-2017
Gillingham FC
2017 (on loan)
Lincoln City FC
2017-2018
Lincoln City FC
2018 (on loan)
Rochdale AFC
2018-2019
Concord Rangers FC
2019
Chelmsford City FC

Interview

So Billy, tell us a bit about yourself!

I am a Canvey island boy, people may know This  or not but I had a lot of expectation as a kid on the island and really messed it up if I’m honest! That’s down to me and only me no excuses lots of mistakes along the way but we live for today and move on, not for one second do I not think about them mistakes though it kills me!!

How do you prepare for an (important) competition? (music, rituals, etc.)

When I was doing it properly if I was happy off the pitch I would play well, if I knew my Mrs or family members where coming to the game I had to see them there before in the stand just to no they got there safe that would be it really!

What is the most important football lesson you have learned and who taught you that?

Don’t drink alcohol! And I taught myself that when it was too late to be honest that’s the reality of it!

In your youth you have played for Concord Rangers FC, West Ham United FC, Chelsea FC and He joined Sunderland after being released from the Chelsea Academy in 2011. Did you noticed a lot of difference between the youth teams ?

Yes huge amount at Chelsea we knew we was winning week in week out others you had to work your ba**s off to get a win … but Chelsea we all knew the passing patient way was the best way to be and play it was successful for us!

After the youth, you played one match for Sunderland AFC, and spent periods on loan at AFC Wimbledon, Woking FC, Wycombe Wanderers FC, and Port Vale FC. How did you experience these periods?

I loved my loan periods at some very good clubs like I said previous I didn’t hit my potential only down to myself not living right! So no one really see the best of me over a period of time!

In May 2014, you signed for Bradford City AFC, where you made more than 60 appearances during two seasons. Why did you leave Bradford City AFC?

Again wasn’t living right towards the end mental health issues played a part but I didn’t want to leave there I love Bradford the club the fans everything about it wish I could turn back time !

Since March 2019 you played for Chelmsford City FC. Why did you chose for Chelmsford City ?

Close to home wanted to get back enjoying football and just got a new Mrs with two kids that I love simple.

You have played at several football clubs. At which club did you learned the most?

Sunderland was where I was longest and had some proper good years ! Really enjoyed my time there.

Billy, what were your highs and lows during your football career?

Lows first messing up my career for selfish stupid reasons haunts me ! UPS fa cup run at Bradford all my family travelling to every cup game and of course THAT goal against Leeds!

What are your targets for the rest of this season?

To get fit in off season and someone to take a chance on me to just show what I can do hopefully this will be enough trust in me to actually show them ! We will see.


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