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BRIAN KILCLINE

Defender. Born 7th May 1962, Nottingham.

Clubs: Notts County (1980-1984); Coventry City (1984-1991); Oldham Athletic (1991-1992); Newcastle United (1992-1994); Swindon Town (1994-1995); Mansfield Town (1995-1997); Halifax Town (1997-1998). League appearances: 440. League goals: 42.

Domestic honours: FA Cup 1987.

International honours: 2 U21 England caps (1982)

Brian “Killer” Kilcline was everything you’d want in a hard-tackling centre back. Influential, charismatic, just the right amount of eccentric (he generally eschewed volleyed clearances, preferring the tried and true diving header) and not a little hard (he once beat John Fashanu at arm wrestling, as well as being invalided out of extra time in the FA Cup final having tried to flatten Gary Mabbutt at the end of normal time). He’s also, as the captain of the side that won the FA Cup for Coventry City in 1987, unlikely to have to buy many drinks in the sky blue parts of the Midlands any time soon. His popularity spread further, too: Kilcline is widely considered a club icon at Newcastle with supporters of a certain age, after his pivotal, stabilising two season spell as club captain in the early 1990s.

Kilcline began his career at his home town club Notts County as they reached the peak of their spell of great growth under Jimmy Sirrell. Part of the team that won promotion to the First Division in 1980/81 in his first season as a senior professional, so Kilcline began an unbroken spell of 11 years as a top flight player, joining Coventry from Notts in their relegation season of 1983/84 and a year at Oldham Athletic in the early 1990s. Following his retirement from professional football he and his wife embraced mysticism and Eastern philosophy and went backpacking around the world. Kilcline now spends his time between England and Portugal developing property, all the while looking like King Charles II.