Des Knight was one of the forefathers of the Windsor Royals And Queensland
As an engineer, Des was instrumental in building the clubhouse when Windsor finally
settled at Holloway Field.
Living in nearby Stafford, it was lucky for the Windsor community that Des and his
family called Windsor their second home.
He is the father of Keith, Kay, Ron, Russell, Darryl and Colin, of which Keith and
Ron are both life members. All of Des’ children learned quickly that afternoons and
weekends consisted of odd jobs around the field. Mowing, weeding, sprinkling and
fixing holes in the back net were just some of the jobs that were consigned to his
Primarily over Des’ life, he was at the field as the groundsman preparing it for Claxton
Shield, Grand Finals or a Windsor Royals home game which would see large crowds
come in the gates, especially in the 70s and 80s.
Many knew Des, and many knew him to occupy his spot at the top of the Des Knight
Stand where you would find him on Game Day. Everyone knew that spot, just on the
right side of the middle stairs on the verandah was off limits!!
Des passed away in 2010 at the Age of 91. He was cremated and his ashes were
spread on the field by the Knight family, to ensure he never left his Field of Dreams.
Des May be gone, but his spirit lives on through the Knight family who still roam the
Paul Holland kindly shared a letter Des wrote explaining how to build a build a pitchers mound.