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Name: Cyril Knowles  
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Date of Birth: 30th August 1944
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Profession: Footballer
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Cyril Knowles (July 13, 1944 – August 30, 1991) was a full-back for Tottenham Hostpur and England whose career was at its peak in the late 1960's and early 1970's. He helped Tottenham win the FA Cup in 1967 and League Cup in 1971.

Cyril Knowles was appointed as assistant manager of Middlesbrough in 1982 but quit the role two years later to become manager of Fourth Division strugglers Darlington. His first season (1984-85) was a great success as he transformed the club's playing fortunes and guided them to the Fourth Division championship - and promotion to the Third Division. But he resigned as Darlington manager just a few months after leading the club to promotion and made his return to management in July 1986 with Torquay United, who performed an amazing escape from relegation to the Conference at the end of the 1986-87 after a police dog bit an injured player and Torquay managed an injury time winning goal which ensured that Lincoln City were relegated instead.

Cyril Knowles was unable to mount a promotion challenge with Torquay United and he resigned as manager in October 1989. But he was back in management come Christmas with Fourth Division basement club Hartlepool United, and did well to turn the club's playing fortunes round and help them finish well clear of the relegation zone.

1990-91 showed just how far Hartlepool United had progressed under the management of Knowles, as they were in top four all season long and gained automatic promotion in third place. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with a brain tumour in February 1991 and player-coach Alan Murray took temporary charge of the first team. After the end of the season Cyril Knowles announced his retirement as Hartlepool manager and handed over the reins to Alan Murray on a permanent basis. He died on 30th August 1991 at the age of 47. In 1995, a stand at Hartlepool's Victoria Park ground was named after Cyril Knowles.

He was the inspiration for the once popular chant "Nice one Cyril, nice one son. Nice one Cyril, let's have another one." .

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