Brian Pilkington (1933-2020)

  • February 07, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Brian Pilkington has passed away at the age of 86.

Born on February 12, 1933, Pilkington began his career with non-league Leyland Motors before moving to Burnley in April 1951.

Pilkington would spend 10 years at Turf Moor, winning the First Division title in 1959/60, as well as earning his solitary England cap in a 2-0 victory over Northern Ireland in October 1954.

In March 1961 he completed a transfer to Bolton, for whom he would make a total of 86 appearances over a three-year period.

He would later have brief spells with Bury, Barrow and Chorley before ending his career back with hometown team Leyland Motors, ultimately calling time in his playing career in 1971.

Following his retirement, Pilkington would go on to become a successful businessman and magistrate and would be honoured by the Lancashire Football Association in 2018 with the naming of a stand at the County Ground at their Leyland headquarters.

Pilkington passed away on Friday after a long battle with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease.

Everybody at Burnden Aces and the extended Bolton Wanderers family would like to send their condolences to Brian's family at this difficult time.

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