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Chris Chilton

20 May 2021

Hull City are today in mourning as we come to terms with the news that the Club’s record goalscorer Chris Chilton has passed away.

Chris, who scored 222 goals in 477 appearances for the Tigers between 1960 and 1971, passed away overnight at the age of 77 and our thoughts are with the Chilton family, and their many friends, at this sad time.

Club flags will fly at half-mast as we remember a man who was simply worshipped by the thousands that watched him play at Boothferry Park, and whose goal-scoring exploits may never be bettered.

After making his debut as a teenager in August 1960, Chilton would go on to spearhead the Tigers’ legendary forward line of the 1960s. Quick to show his eye for goal, he was feared by those that played against him and was deadly inside the penalty area.

The arrival of fellow forward Ken Wagstaff in 1964 saw the start of a lethal and legendary strike partnership that would fire the side to the Division Three title a couple of years later, and Chilton would continue to score with regularity until his playing days at the Club came to an end in 1971.

He would return to Boothferry Park later that decade to become part of the coaching staff, and after having a spell in caretaker charge of the team, Chilton was the assistant manager during the promotion seasons of 1982/83 and 1984/85.

Chris’s hero status was highlighted recently as the Club and supporters helped to raise more than £40,000 to support his care needs during a period of ill health.

His contribution to Hull City will never be forgotten.

Rest In Peace, Chris.

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