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Chris Chilton

Personal information
Full nameChristopher Roy Chilton
Place of birthSproatley, England
Playing positionStriker

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Christopher Roy "Chris" Chilton (born 25 June 1943 in Sproatley, Yorkshire) is an English former footballer who played in the Football League for Hull City and Coventry City. Chilton is Hull City's all-time top scorer, with 222 goals in all competitions. He was renowned for his partnership with fellow striker Ken Wagstaff, the taller, unselfish Chilton proving to be the perfect foil to the stocky, more predatory Wagstaff. Both players were deemed unlucky not to gain international honours - although both played for an England league XI in representative games.

Despite numerous offers to move to other clubs - notably Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United. Chilton remained loyal to his local club for the majority of his career. He finally left for a short spell at Coventry City which ended due to a back injury. There then followed a spell in South African football with Highlands Park FC (1974 1978) before he returned to the UK, taking up a variety of coaching positions at his beloved Hull City.

He was youth-team manager and responsible for the development of future England manager Steve McClaren and England international winger Brian Marwood amongst others. Another notable achievement was the mentoring which resulted in the development of hard-man striker Billy Whitehurst, who was eventually sold for a huge profit - having arrived from non-league football for a nominal fee.

Chilton eventually became assistant first-team manager under Colin Appleton and later Brian Horton and for a short-spell - also caretaker manager - following the sacking of Mike Smith. He was however eventually moved back to youth-team coach by Horton, who promoted Dennis Booth in his place.

Apart from a short spell as assistant manager at Lincoln City, Chilton has had little to do with the game since, although he published his autobiography 'Chillo' in 2005. He is retired and currently lives in Thorngumbald, East Riding of Yorkshire.

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