Irish international midfielder Kevin Kilbane had enjoyed a successful Premier League career when he joined City in January 2009 to add experience and creativity to the Tigers’ loosening grip on top flight status. He slotted straight into the first team and performed well despite the subsequent relegation. As City tumbled into the Championship and financial problems, Kilbane became a hero by trading a pay cut for a longer contract, helping to manage the financial woes of the club. Despite this largesse, Kilbane struggled to hold down a first team place for City and enjoyed loan spells before leaving for good in 2012.
Born and raised in Preston to Irish parents, Kilbane played for his local side through his teenage years and made his first team debut for the Lilywhites at the age of 19. A year or so later he switched to West Bromwich Albion for a £1m fee, where he became a first team regular and stalwart. After two years he transferred to Sunderland where his reputation grew further as a dangerous attacking left winger. He enjoyed further spells at Everton and Wigan Athletic before his move to the KC Stadium.
Kilbane joined Coventry City in July 2012 but he only made a handful of appearances before hanging up his boots. He is now a regular football pundit for BBC Radio and TV.
After a season in the Republic of Ireland under-21s, Kilbane made his senior international debut in 1997. His subsequent 14 year career saw him achieve “first name on the sqaud list” status, and he amassed 110 caps and 8 goals in that time.
Date/Place of Birth: 1 February 1977, Preston
Hull City First Game: 17 January 2009, Arsenal H (Premier League), 31 years, 351 days old
Hull City Final Game: 26 December 2010, Sheffield United A (Championship), 33 years, 328 days old
Preston North End (1993-1997), West Bromwich Albion (1997-1999), Sunderland (1999-2003), Everton (2003-2006), Wigan Athletic (2006-2009), Hull City (2009-2012), Huddersfield Town (2011, loan), Derby County (2011, loan), Coventry City (2012)
Hull City Record
Career: 55 apps, 2 goalsKevin Kilbane
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