Wednesday, 10 November 2010
186 Andy Kilner
Position : Winger
Played : 1991-92 (on loan from Stockport)
Appearances : 3
Goals : 0
Andy was the latest refugee from Stockport to arrive at Spotland having fallen out with Bergara after a sending-off. He began his career at Burnley following appearances for England Schoolboys but his debut was delayed by injury. He played 5 games in 1986 then was released, becoming a nomad between Sweden and English non-league clubs like Hyde and Altrincham. In 1990-91 he was signed by Stockport and scored 11 goals in 24 appearances and was the first of the modern day long throw specialists. My Stockport-supporting colleague reckoned he was the man who took them up that season. However things went a bit sour soon into the following season.
Andy made his debut for us away at Halifax in Februrary 1992 and, apart from one good run in the second half of that game, looked sulky and disinterested. Without a big centre forward to aim at, his throws didn't bring us any joy either.
He returned to Stockport and became so disaffected he chose to play cricket in Bolton when the rest of the squad went down to Wembley for the play-off final in May. The following season he went to Bury but only played 5 games before dropping down to Witton Albion and Chorley. In 1994 he went to Fredrikstad in Norway where he scored a remarkable 15 goals in 18 games but was advised to give up playing. He made a few appearances for Radcliffe Borough but settled into the role of their commercial manager.From there he returned to Stockport as Football In The Community Officer and became manager in 1999 when Gary Megson left. He did quite well at first (Stockport were then in what is now the Championship) but as the Board started selling players the club started to struggle and he was sacked in 2001 with County in the relegation zone (Carlton Palmer finished them off). Since then he has been working as a football agent and apparently does some after dinner speaking though who outside Stockport would book him I don't know. A friend of mine reckons he's the funniest man alive though remembering his interviews when Stockport boss with his "who-are-you-looking-at" demeanour I find that hard to believe.