Brian Pilkington (footballer) is confirmed dead at the age of 86.
Brian was best known as a English footballer .
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Brian Pilkington
Personal information
Full nameBrian Pilkington
Date of birth(1933-02-12)12 February 1933
Place of birthLeyland, England
Date of death7 February 2020
Height5 ft 4.5 in (1.64 m)
Playing positionWinger
Youth career
1950–1951Leyland Motors F.C.
Senior career*
1961–1964Bolton Wanderers82(11)
1969–1971Leyland Motors
National team
1954–1957England B2(1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Brian Pilkington (1933-2020) was an English former professional footballer, who played as a left winger.
Pilkington made his name with Burnley after he was recommended to the Clarets by his hometown team Leyland Motors.
With a strong interest from various north west clubs, Burnley signed him in April 1951, and he continued to work at Leyland Motors as an apprentice coach painter, while still playing for the Reserves in the Central League.
Following the departure of Elliott to Sunderland in the summer of 1953, Pilkington became a regular in the first team.
In February, 1954, he was called in to the Royal Air Force and was stationed at RAF Kirkham, but continued to play for Burnley during this period.
During his career, Pilkington played 340 games for Burnley scoring 77 goals.
During Burnley's momentous 1959/1960 season he missed only one game and contributed 11 goals, including the opening goal at Manchester City in the 2–1 win that crowed Burnley as champions.
The following season, he continued to feature for the Clarets, scoring his last two goals for the club in the victory over Hamburg in the European Cup tie at Turf Moor.
Following this he spent three years at Bolton Wanderers, then Bury, Barrow and Chorley. He won one England cap, in place of the injured Tom Finney,whilst at Burnley, on 2 October 1954 in a 2–0 victory over Northern Ireland. He was also capped twice for England B, scoring once.
He continued to live in Leyland and became a successful businessman and magistrate. He was married to Maureen, with whom he had a son, Tim.
In 2018 the Lancashire Football Association honoured him by naming a stand after him at their headquarters in Leyland.
Pilkington died in a care home in Adlington on the 7 February 2020 aged 86 after a long battle with Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.
Football League First Division champions: 1959–60
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