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Pilks Proud To Hit 150

30 March 2013

Club News

Pilks Proud To Hit 150

30 March 2013

Goalkeeping coach Kevin Pilkington was pleased to hit his landmark 150th appearance for the club, though he wished it had arrived in more positive circumstances.

Number one stopper Bartosz Bialkowski was withdrawn from the action at the break in the 2-1 loss to Brentford due to illness.

With back-up goalkeepers Fabian Spiess and Liam Mitchell sidelined and out on loan respectively, Pilkington was required to dust off the old gloves. 

The 39-year-old’s last game for the Magpies was in a 2-1 win over Wycombe Wanderers on the final day of the 2008.09 campaign. 

Pilkington departed Meadow Lane in 2010 for Luton Town but returned to the club as part of the backroom staff in February 2012. 

The experienced custodian later re-signed as a player in case of an emergency and was called upon for the first time at Griffin Park. 

“It was nice but I’d have preferred not to have been there, because Bart’s been ill for the last couple of days and struggling," said Pilkington. 

“He really wanted to play but he went out there and unfortunately it didn’t go for him.

“At half time he said ‘it’s no good’ so I came on and it was nice, I enjoyed it. 

“It was an odd number, the 149, so it was nice to get to the milestone 150 and I’m proud to do it for a club like Notts County. 

“If needed again, I’ll go out there and do my best, because I’m not going to lie, I miss playing. 

“I keep myself in shape and I do a bit in training and since my last game in February for Luton, I’ve missed playing massively, as I love goalkeeping.”

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