Player Profiles: George Pilkington

George was born on 7th November 1981 and began his career at Goodison Park with Premier League side Everton.

Despite not making an appearance for the Toffees, he spent five years on Merseyside before making the move to Vale Park in 2003 where he became an integral part of Port Vale’s First Team.

George remained in the Potteries for five years, notching up over 200 appearances for the Valiants after been snapped up by future Silkmen boss Brian Horton.

In the summer of 2006, Pilkington was named Port Vale Captain and thanked the club in the best possible way with a string of fine performances which led to him being named their Player of the Year for the 2006-07 season.

In August 2008, Pilkington joined League Two side Luton Town and would go on to make well over 100 appearances for the Hatters.

 

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George Pilkington in action against Lincoln City (Pic courtesy of Chelsie Wilson).

 

Pilkington was a member of the Luton side who were relegated from the Football League in 2009, yet remained a vital player at Kenilworth Road and received his just rewards the following season when he scooped four awards at the end of season presentations.

George then moved to Mansfield Town in the summer of 2012 yet only made eight appearances for the Stags as they reclaimed their place in the Football League.

A brief loan period at Forest Green Rovers followed before John Askey brought the ever reliable defender to the Moss Rose in February 2014.

Pilkington has made just under 150 appearances for the Silkmen at the start of the 2017/18 season, and was voted the Player of the Year for the third year running in the summer of 2017 – a club record.

 

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