ALLAN KILPATRICK 1959-2020
Allan Kilpatrick, who recently passed away at the age of 61, was one of the most important figures in the reborn Edinburgh City club, a forward who played for seven seasons and netted on 39 occasions. Ex Motherwell goalkeeper Stuart Rennie, who was Allan’s manager for many years whilst at City sums up his value to the team: “If fit (and sometimes when he wasn’t fully) Allan’s name was always on the team sheet because I knew exactly what he was going to give to the team – skill, determination and a wonderful team player. For a guy small in stature, Allan had the heart of a lion.”
Former player and subsequent club chairman Alan Day said, “I first met Allan when we were both playing for the Leith Primary Schools select at the end of the 1960s, and we played together for almost all of Allan’s senior football career. We were teammates together at Eyemouth United before moving together to Postal United and then the revived Edinburgh City. A significant number of my goals were due to the skill and bravery of Allan. He terrorised defences and I benefitted from that. To have Allan as a partner up front was a dream for me and my many tap-ins were testament to that”.
Allan wore the white for seven years, but had to give up the game in 1993 after a bad collision at Easthouses resulted in a career-ending knee injury.
Tragically, Allan was struck down at a relatively early age by an aggressive brain cancer. In typical Allan fashion he fought the illness with tremendous bravery and with his wicked sense of humour and quick wit that he was known for. It was our pleasure to host Allan as our guest at our home match with Elgin City in November 2019, where he enjoyed seeing his old side fight a tough 1-1 draw.
Sadly Allan passed away on Monday 7th December 2020. He is survived by his wife Christina and his son Grant and daughter Laura. We at Edinburgh City would like to pass on our condolences to his family and to all his many friends, and mourn the passing of a club great. The contribution Allan made to the early years of the revived Edinburgh City cannot be underestimated.
Allan will be laid to rest at West Lothian Crematorium on Tuesday 22nd December.