Albion life president Dick Knight to receive honorary degree from University of Brighton (From The Argus)
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Albion life president Dick Knight to receive honorary degree from University of Brighton
A football club president has said he is “dumbfounded” to learn he is to receive an honorary university degree.
The 75-year-old became chairman of Albion in 1997 and rescued the club from the brink of falling out of the Football League and going out of existence.
He was also instrumental in creating the club’s award-winning charity Albion in the Community, which now helps thousands of people every year.
Mr Knight will receive his degree on Friday, July 26, on the last of five consecutive days of university awards ceremonies at the Brighton Dome.
Eight other people from the worlds of education, science, literature and health will also be honoured by the university, including BHASVIC principal Chris Thomson, former international athlete and rugby player Nigel Walker and Brighton-based actor, director and author Neil Bartlett OBE.
Mr Knight said: “I was completely dumbfounded to be told about the degree. It came completely out of the blue.
“I have had a long and interesting relationship with the university but I never expected to get this honour from them. I am as proud of Albion in theCommunity as I am of the football club.
“I am receiving this honour on behalf of thousands of people’s hard work over the years.”
Mr Knight said he was due to go to university in 1955 after finishing at Hove County Grammar School for Boys, but went travelling instead.
He added: “I made my father extremely upset because I tookmyself off backpacking across Europe for about 18 months and then I did two years’ national service.
“When I came out of the air force I thought it was about time I started working, so went into advertising.
“My dad didn’t speak to me for years because as far as he was concerned I was wasting my intelligence by not going to university.”
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