A Tribute To Frank Knight, Sheffield Stars Life President, Who Died March 4th 2018

Updated: March 5, 2018

Frank Knight, Life President of the Club sadly passed away on Sunday 4th March. I personally had known Frank from around 1994 when I became involved with the Sheffield Club, my eldest son Robert had recently taken up the sport.

We had an instant connection when I discovered that Frank was in fact the Uncle of a childhood friend of mine who I had known since being aged 5, we are still in contact to this day. Thus, once again proving what a small world, it is.

Frank was a true gentleman in every sense of the word and would always make time to stop and talk with you. We had many interesting discussions on Cycle Speedway, a sport which he had a true passion for. Many other people are more qualified then myself to recall Franks time with the Club, as I missed the period when he was Team Manager and a regular Referee.

However in my time, Frank and his son Jeb were regular attendees at both the Graves & Cookson Park to spectate and support Sheffield, such was his love for the sport.

I recall Frank once telling me Sheffield had been racing an away fixture and, on the way, home they called in to watch a match between Basildon & Thurrock, something of a local derby where there was no love lost between the teams. He told me ‘the racing was top draw and the skill, the sheer blood & guts passion was unbelievable, this was racing at the highest level’ I think it made a big impression on him and it spurred him on to turn Sheffield into the best club that he could. He negotiated a sponsorship deal with Padley & Venables that was one of the longest running within the sport.

I know Frank was immensely proud of how the Sheffield Club moved forward with the regeneration of The Graves track and the re-opening of Cookson Park that is arguably one of the best racing ovals in the country. I feel he felt the club was and is in safe hands.

To have the pleasure of having known someone like Frank is a true privilege, I’m not sure if he ever considered to what esteem he was held in by so many people? One thing that is for sure the name Frank Knight will be forever remembered in the history of Sheffield Cycle Speedway, which is a wonderful legacy to have.

I think I speak for all members past & present when I say our thoughts are with Jeb and Franks family at this sad time, RIP.

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