Brian Kilcline was a legendary figure in English football, having played for both Coventry City and Newcastle United during his career. Born in Coventry in 1961, Kilcline began his career with the Sky Blues in 1979, making his debut in a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion.
Kilcline quickly established himself as a key player for Coventry, and was part of the team that won the FA Cup in 1987. He was also part of the team that reached the FA Cup semi-finals in 1989, and was voted the club’s Player of the Year in 1990.
Kilcline’s performances for Coventry earned him a move to Newcastle United in 1991, where he quickly became a fan favourite. He was part of the team that won the Division One title in 1993, and was voted the club’s Player of the Year in 1994.
Kilcline was renowned for his no-nonsense approach to defending, and his uncompromising style earned him the nickname ‘Killer’. He was also known for his leadership qualities, and was appointed captain of both Coventry and Newcastle during his career.
Kilcline was also a regular in the England squad during the early 1990s, making 11 appearances for his country. He was part of the squad that reached the semi-finals of the European Championships in 1992, and was also part of the squad that reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 1994.
Kilcline retired from football in 1998, having made over 500 appearances for Coventry and Newcastle. He was inducted into the Coventry City Hall of Fame in 2004, and was also inducted into the Newcastle United Hall of Fame in 2008.
Brian Kilcline was a true legend of English football, and his legacy will live on for many years to come. He was a colossus on the pitch, and his uncompromising style of defending earned him the nickname ‘Killer’. He was also a leader off the pitch, and his influence on both Coventry and Newcastle will never be forgotten.