Camberwell, London born right back Alf Pilkington was one of four 1920’s Dulwich Hamlet players to move to the professional ranks. He joined Dulwich in 1916 and was a member of their 1920 FA Amateur Cup winning team, beating Tufnell Park 1-0 in the Final at The Den, so completing the double as they also won the club’s first Isthmian League title on goal average over Nunhead. Pilkington signed for Second Division club Fulham in 1924, making his Football League debut at inside right, scoring in a defeat at Stockport County in February 1925.
He played twice more before the season end at right back, but had to wait two years for his final appearance for The Cottagers, when he played in a 0-0 draw at Blackpool in February 1927. He then joined Kent League club Sheppey United in 1927, helping them to win the 1927-28 Kent League Championship and playing for them in the Southern League.