The Coventry City Former Player’s Association finally get their man!
After several years of trying and, most appropriately, given Coventry’s celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Club carrying off the F.A. Cup at Wembley in 1987 CCFPA have finally managed to track down and sign the Sky Blues’ inspirational captain on the day Brian Kilcline. ‘Killer’ was inspirational in every sense in that victorious 1986-87 team and his forceful and resolute central defending played a big part in the Sky Blues success. ‘Killer’ holding the F.A.Cup exuberantly aloft on the Wembley balcony after the game proved one of the iconic moments of the day.
Nottingham born and bred, Brian was discovered in schools football and signed as professional for Notts.County in 1980 eventually making nearly 200 appearances for the Magpies as well as scoring 13 goals. The Sky Blues secured his transfer in June 1984 for a modest £60k and ‘Killer’ quicky made the No.5 shirt his own and his all action style of defending and useful goals tally (43 goals in 213 first team appearances) made him an almost indispensable component of the side until he was snapped up by Newcastle United for £250k in 1992 resuming the black and white stripes but only appearing intermittently for the ‘geordie’ team.
Brian’s career continued from 1994 with Swindon Town, Walsall, Mansfield Town and Halifax. ‘Killer’ then dropped into non-league football in 1998 as player-coach with Altrincham before retiring to Portugal where we tracked him down. Brian has since developed property interests on the continent and we are confident that he will return to the country and to Coventry in the next few weeks as part of the 25th Anniversary celebrations and hope to see him at the Ricoh at one of the Sky Blues remaining home games. Welcome ‘Killer’