On a night when Linfield FC has announced the sad news of the passing of one of our All Time Greats, Ken Gilliland, below is an article from May 2018 relating to Ken’s last appearance at a Linfield function - the annual awards event at the Crowne plaza hotel.
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Saturday night's awards evening at the Crowne Plaza Hotel reunited three of the five surviving Linfield 1961/62 Seven Trophy Legends - Billy Wilson, Ken Gilliland and Isaac Andrews.
Messages of support were also received from the two others who were unable to attend for personal reasons - goalkeeper Bobby Irvine from his home in Telford in Shropshire and centre forward Hubert Barr from his Ballymena home.
Acknowledgement was paid to the recent passing of another of the 61/62 Legends Ray Gough who sadly passed away in Exeter on March 11 and of course, another Legend Bobby Braithwaite was also acknowledged on the evening, as the Young Player of the Year award is named in honour of the former Linfield winger.
Numerous supporters wanted photographs with and autographs from the surviving Legends, as well as the other former Linfield stars in attendance Sammy Pavis, George Dunlop, Martin McGaughey, Eric Bowyer and Alan Fraser.
In this short article, Linfieldfc.com pays tribute to the outstanding Linfield career of the legendary Seven Trophy right back Ken Gilliland, one of the unsung heroes of the club but a real stalwart who as can be seen below, achieved so much in his time with the club.
The details below are taken from the personal handwritten records of the former chairman, the late David Crawford.
Ken Gilliland was born on October 3, 1935 and he signed for Linfield in 1954, making his debut in 1956 when he replaced Dick Keith who was transferred to Newcastle United.
Ken made 17 appearances in Europe and received a benefit game in 1964/65 v Leeds United.
As a Seven Trophy Legend with over 400 appearances for Linfield, he was made a Life Member of the club he served with such distinction and loyalty.
He was released by Linfield on April 20, 1970 a couple of weeks after he won his final Irish Cup winners medal.
He won all 7 medals in the legendary 7 Trophy Winning Season of 1961/62.
In total he won the following honours at the club
5 Irish League winners medals (58/59, 60/61, 61/62, 65/66 and 68/69)
3 Irish Cup winners medals (1960, 1962 and 1970) and 5 runners up medals
4 Ulster cup winners medals (59/60, 61/62, 64/65 and 67/68)
5 City cup winners medals (57/58, 58/59, 61/62, 63/64 and 67/68)
4 Gold cup winners medals (57/58, 59/60, 61/62 and 62/63)
4 County Antrim Shield winners medals (58/59, 60/61, 61/62 and 65/66)
1 North South winners medal in 61/62
1 Top Four winners medal in 67/68
He was appointed Linfield Rangers coach in 1972
Ken was a Draughtsman with Harland and Wolff and he lives in Donaghadee.
It was a great honour to have a Linfield Legend in Ken Gilliland in attendance at the awards event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Saturday evening.
Above - Isaac Andrews, Ken Gilliland and Billy Wilson.