17 Facts About Anthony Pilkington


Anthony Neil James Pilkington was born on 6 June 1988 and is an Irish former professional footballer who played as a winger.


Anthony Pilkington represented Republic of Ireland at international level winning nine caps.


Anthony Pilkington joined Stockport County on 15 December 2006, from Atherton Collieries, where he made his name scoring a hat-trick against FC United of Manchester and signed initially on a short-term contract at Edgeley Park, and made an instant impact on the team, scoring three goals in his first four games for the club, including two against Shrewsbury Town at Gay Meadow.


Anthony Pilkington then played a big part in County's record breaking run of results during January and February 2007.


Anthony Pilkington continued to help Stockport's push for the playoffs by scoring a further two goals in a season which saw County miss out on the play-offs only on goal-difference.


Anthony Pilkington picked up the official man-of-the-match award as Stockport were promoted to League One.


Anthony Pilkington made 45 league appearances with a further five coming in cup competitions, scoring seven league goals as Huddersfield made a play-off semi-final, with a further two goals coming in the Football League Trophy.


Anthony Pilkington joined Norwich City on 6 July 2011 and signed a three-year deal with the option of a further 12 months.


On 10 January 2019, Anthony Pilkington was signed by Wigan Athletic on a free transfer after leaving Cardiff via mutual consent, signing an 18-month deal.


On 17 October 2020, Anthony Pilkington moved to Indian Super League and signed with SC East Bengal, managed by Robbie Fowler.


Anthony Pilkington appeared in seventeen matches with the Red and Gold brigade, scoring three times as they finished on ninth position.


Anthony Pilkington played in ten league games for The Cod Army as well as two other games.


On 19 October 2022, Anthony Pilkington announced his retirement from football having been without a club since his release from Fleetwood five months prior.


Anthony Pilkington received a call-up to the Republic of Ireland under-21 squad in October 2008; not knowing he was eligible to play for Republic of Ireland national sides until a scout enquired of his availability.


In January 2013, Anthony Pilkington was called up for the Republic of Ireland Senior Team to play Poland in a friendly in February.


On 18 November 2014, Anthony Pilkington scored his first goal for Ireland against the USAwith a sublime chip over the keeper.


Anthony Pilkington has a younger brother, Danny, who plays for Stalybridge Celtic.