Former Norwich City winger and Republic of Ireland international Anthony Pilkington has joined SC East Bengal for the 2020-21 ISL season. The 32-year-old was last playing for Wigan Athletic in the EFL Championship and left the club earlier this year.
From Blackburn, Pilkington spent his youth career at the academies of Preston North End, Manchester United and his hometown club Blackburn Rovers FC. In 2006, he signed a contract with Stockport County and during his stint with the club helped them get promoted to League One. Early in 2009, Anthony joined Huddersfield Town who were also competing in League One – he left the club in 2011 after the club failed to win promotion to the EFL Championship.
Then Premier League side Norwich City signed the left winger in the 2011-12 season and Pilkington went on to make 75 appearances for the club in which he scored 14 goals and assisted five including a winner against his former club Manchester United. He left the club in the 2013-14 season – the year the club got relegated to the Championship.
Over the next six seasons up until joining SC East Bengal, Pilkington played in the second tier EFL Championship. First with Cardiff City from 2014-15 onwards and then for the most part of the last two seasons with Wigan Athletic.
The two-footed left winger has also represented the Republic of Ireland National Team and has been capped on nine occasions. He will bring a wealth of experience and pedigree to ISL newcomers East Bengal with 400+ appearances across four tiers of English football leagues and cup competitions.