IT WAS a day to remember at Lancashire FA, as members of the football community came together to recognise and celebrate the achievements of former Burnley legend and England winger, Leyland’s own Brian Pilkington.
Brian made over 440 appearances in Claret and Blue during the 1950’s and 60’s, scoring over 70 goals from the left flank, including two in the historical 3-1 win over German side Hamburg in the 1961 European Cup quarter-final.
He gained his only international cap for England in a 2-0 victory over Northern Ireland in 1954, with many saying had it not been for the late, great Sir Tom Finney who kept him out of the national side, Brian would have undoubtedly won more international caps.
The 85-year-old’s illustrious career was celebrated at Lancashire FA headquarters on Thurston Road, with a newly built stand named in his honour. In front of over 50 guests, including members from the Pilkington family and representatives from all of the clubs Brian played for, a look back at the ex-Burnley man’s career was delivered by the fantastic Speaker and Comedian, Norman Prince.
The procession then made their way out onto the County Ground pitch, where Brian played the latter days of his career for the now defunct Leyland Motors, to officially unveil the ‘Brian Pilkington Stand.’
Reflecting on an important afternoon for football across the region, Lancashire FA’s Head of Commercial & Operations, David Chell said: “It was a pleasure to look back on and celebrate the career of Brian Pilkington, unveiling a newly built stand in his name in the process.”
“We had the privilege of welcoming Brian, his family and friends, representatives of football clubs which Brian once played for and the sponsors of the stand, Goldseal Windows, all looking back on Brian’s magnificent footballing career.”
“It was a special day for football throughout Lancashire, and as the County FA, we were especially proud to host the event and name the stand in Brian’s honour.”
Submitted by Harry Lyons, Lancashire FA