Skip to main content Skip to site footer

Chris Chilton (1959-1971 – 477 apps, 222 goals)

Hull City’s all-time top goalscorer with 222 goals and bested in appearances by only Andy Davidson and Garreth Roberts, Chris Chilton will go down as one of the greatest to ever pull on a Hull City shirt.

Chris had an austere post-war childhood spent fashioning a makeshift football from a pig’s bladder obtained from the local butcher, and played local amateur football for Bilton in his mid-teens.

At just 16 years old, Chilton joined Hull City after initially writing a letter to the club and being invited to attend a trial. The forward made his debut on 20th August 1960 against Colchester United, before scoring his first goal in the following fixture, a 5-1 hammering of Newport County. In his debut season, Chilton made 49 appearances in all competitions, scoring an impressive 20 goals, including braces against Shrewsbury Town, Halifax Town and Chesterfield, as well as a hat-trick in a 3-1 victory over QPR.

After struggling in his second season, the 1962/63 campaign saw the Sproatley-born forward return to his best form, scoring 23 goals before beating that mark by one the following season. Prior to Ken Wagstaff’s signing, Chilton scored 12 goals in seven games, including four against Barnsley and a hat-trick against Brentford, before ending the 1964/65 season with 27 goals.

In October 1965, Chilton netted his 100th goal in black and amber, with his second in a 5-1 demolition of Oldham Athletic, and also going on to complete his hat-trick for goal number 101. The forward would help the club later that season earn the Division Three title, scoring 29 goals in all competitions.

After two seasons in Division Two and being appointed club captain, Chilton suffered a serious injury which kept him out of the team for five months. Following Terry Neill’s managerial appointment at the start of 1970/71 season, Chilton produced one of his best seasons. Scoring 26 times, including a hat-trick against Sunderland in January 1971, Chilton helped Hull City finish fifth in Division Two and reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Chilton scored his 222nd and last goal for Hull City in a 5-2 victory over Leyton Orient in April 1971 and made his last appearance on the 21st August 1971 against Oxford United, before joining Coventry City.

After representing the Sky Blues, Bridlington Trinity and Highlands Park in his playing career, Chilton returned to Hull City as a coach and assistant manager in 1978, spending a further seven years with the Tigers before leaving in 1985.