Lancaster City have this afternoon have confirmed that midfielder Danny Pilkington has joined Clitheroe Football Club for the 2020/21 season. He made five appearances for the Dolly Blues last season after arriving at the Giant Axe in February from fellow BetVictor Northern Premier League side Bamber Bridge.
Clitheroe Football Club’s new manager David Lynch has pulled off another coup with the capture of former Football League and Conference National performer Danny Pilkington. The attacking midfielder becomes the Blues second new signing this week following the arrival of experienced centre-back Billy Priestley to Shawbridge.
Pilkington joins the Blues after spells last season with Lancaster City and Bamber Bridge and comes with a CV that shows Sky Bet League One experience with Stockport County & National League North promotion winning successes with both Barrow and York City.
The Blackburn born younger brother of Republic of Ireland international and Wigan Athletic wideman Anthony Pilkington, also played in non-league football’s top tier for Kidderminster Harriers and Hereford United. Whilst last season gaining experience playing for the Dolly Blues squad that made massive strides under Mark Fell finishing in the final play-off spot before the BetVictor Northern Premier League season was curtailed.
Speaking about his move to Shawbridge Danny Pilkington said, “I’ve turned down some good offers from this level and above to come to Clitheroe Football Club, I’m absolutely delighted to be joining the club and as soon as Lynchy called to tell me he’d got the job I told him I’d love to sign. I know how he works, I know his standards and I will be helping to drive that from within the dressing room.”
David Lynch has wasted no time in making his mark back at Shawbridge since he was given the chance to succeed Phil Brown and take on his first player manager role. Pilks’ signing is a massive statement for this football club, he is up there with the most gifted players (technically) that I have seen in the non-league and I’m delighted he has turned down offers from a higher level to join us.
Clitheroe’s new Director of Football Carl Garner also returning to Shawbridge to add his know how to the new management set-up believes Danny Pilkington will be a key recruit, saying “Danny is the creative influence that any successful team needs and his record speaks for itself. He will bring experience and a touch of real class to our attacking options and is another lad that knows what it takes to win trophies. I am really looking forward to working with him.”