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pilky standFormer Claret Brian Pilkington has been honoured by the Lancashire Football Association who have unveiled the Brian Pilkington Stand at the County Ground in Leyland.

Although he spent the bulk of his career with Burnley, before moving on to Bolton, Bury and Barrow, he started his playing career with Leyland Motors and later went back to play for them as well as managing the club.

He made his debut for Burnley in September 1952 at Spurs and went on to play 340 competitive games for us; his last appearance was our 4-0 FA Cup win against Swansea Town in February 1961. He was a regular member of the championship winning side in 1960 and scored the first goal in the 2-1 win at Maine Road which clinched the Football League title, but he was sold to Bolton during the next season. He’d played in the first three European Cup ties but was replaced by Gordon Harris in Hamburg following his departure.

His former Burnley team mates, Jimmy Robson and Trevor Meredith, were with him at the unveiling and Up the Clarets are sorry to hear the news today that Pilky, now aged 85, is suffering from dementia.

Brian is fourth from the left on the front row while Jimmy Robson is second from left and Trevor Meredith far right, also on the front row.

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