Thursday, 23 December 2010
231 Kevin Pilkington
Position : Goalkeeper
Played : 1995-96 (on loan from Manchester United)
Appearances : 6
Goals : 0
Kevin was sgned in February 1996 after it became clear that Chris Clarke no longer held the confidence of his defenders. Kevin had come through the ranks at United and made a handful of senior appearances but was now third choice after the signing of Tony Coton.
Although United subsidised his wages Kevin was still the highest paid player while he was here. He has gone down in our history as a dodgy keeper like Dickins but his record wasn't as bad. We drew four and lost two of the six games he played but he didn't keep a clean sheet in any of them. He was mediocre rather than atrocious and not commanding enough in the area. It was his misfortune that his worst mistake came against Bury where he dropped the ball at the feet of Mark Carter for their equaliser. After a poor display at home to Lincoln, Docherty decided he wasn't worth what we were paying for him and replaced him with the guy coming up next .
Kevin spent two more seasons at Old Trafford but only made two more appearances for them in between loan spells at Rotherham and Celtic (for whom he never actually appeared). He was released in May 1998 and joined Port Vale but never really established himself there making 23 appearances over two seasons. Released again in 2000 a strange series of events saw him sign for Aberystwyth Town, play one game, get rescued by Wigan then sign for Mansfield six days later. There he was first choice for 5 seasons making 167 appearances although there was the odd mishap like conceding a goal to his opposite number in a League Cup tie against Notts County. That's who he signed for next in July 2005 and was there until the end of 2009-10 making 141 appearances though latterly he was out in the cold behind Schmeichel and Hoult and went on loan to Luton in November 2009. He signed permanently for Luton in the summer but is currently on loan to Mansfield after losing his place in the side.