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Vale Craig Menkins

The Once a Knight Old Boys would like to pass on their condolences to the family of Craig Menkins, one of the truly larger than life characters that graced the Knights early foundation years.

Whilst Craig left the Knights in the early 90’s to chase a first grade jersey, he left an indelible mark on every person who crossed his path. Raw boned and lanky, with a laugh that stopped you in your tracks, Menko was a larrikin, a natural entertainer and a very fine footballer.

He was never happier than making the people around him laugh, which he was particularly good at, even if it meant stretching the boundaries of polite society. He loved adventure and found plenty of it in his all too short life.  

It was that thirst for adventure that saw him leave the Knights to try his hand at the Western Suburbs Magpies before establishing himself as a foundation player with the North Queensland Cowboys.

He then travelled to the Northern Hemisphere to play with Paris Saint Germain, where his Aussie larrikinism found a new, and no doubt appreciative, audience.

He returned to Australia making a home and a family in the tropical north of Queensland. He had incredible success as both a playing and non-playing coach for Moranbah and West Mackay where he is still dearly loved.

Taken from us too soon, the Knights Old Boys pay tribute to one of the best.