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Tributes paid to Bryan Knights, former Ipswich Town radio commentator, who has died aged 72

19:23 07 March 2016

Bryan Knights in 1999

Bryan Knights in 1999

A legend of a broadcaster, a remarkable man and a well respected headmaster.

Bryan Knights with Paul MarinerBryan Knights with Paul Mariner

All descriptions of former BBC Radio Suffolk commentator Bryan Knights, who died today at the age of 72.

Mr Knights, who went to Northgate school in his youth and was later headmaster of Murrayfield Primary School in Ipswich, was known to many for his connections to various sports.

And a generation of Ipswich Town fans grew up with him as the voice of live football coverage on local radio stations.

A flood of friends and former colleagues have paid tribute to Mr Knights, who died in Ipswich Hospital.

Stan Singleton, a close friend since his school days with Mr Knights, said they first met when collecting autographs at ITFC matches.

“Because of that tenuous connection early on we became very good friends throughout our Northgate years,” he said.

“We found we had an awful lot in common. We had a love of music and sport.”

Dave Allard, former Ipswich Town reporter for the Ipswich Star, said: “He was the most remarkable man I ever met. He did so many things in his life; he was a football reporter, a brilliant headmaster, a cricket umpire.

“He was a good friend to many managers.”

Peter Cook, editor of BBC Radio Suffolk, added: “Bryan was a legend of a broadcaster. Many Town fans will have grown up listening to his commentaries and he really was the voice of Ipswich Town for season after season.

“Away from the microphone Bryan was a warm, kind man with a smile for everyone. We’ll miss him terribly.”

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3 comments

  • Iv'e known Bryan since the early 60's playing for Ipswich Greyhounds and drinking in the Greyhound pub. We occasionally played for the darts and football teams but Don & Thirza's hospitality made sure our sporting achievements were very limited. We had many tours in Kent & Sussex for the Regiment and this provided many happy memories. The stories associated with the Sceptre at Southborough will never be forgotten by us all. We have kept in touch since those Greyhound days , this is in spite of living in Guernsey since 1996. He will be sadly missed by his family and all his friends.

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    Peter Wright

    Tuesday, March 8, 2016

  • Many happy memories connected with his voice. Never met, or knew him, but you felt you did. Happy days going to PR as a kid, then hearing him on Radio Orwell. Salut Mr Knights.

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    Mike Derruki

    Tuesday, March 8, 2016

  • RIP Mr Knights - my teacher at Dale Hall back in 197071. Alongside Mr Sturdy and then Head Teacher Mr Barker, those three went on to make quite a contribution to Ipswich.

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    Dave Love

    Tuesday, March 8, 2016

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