December 5, 2012
Already a NJ member, Kilby joins ENY Hall
John Kilby was inducted into the Eastern New York Soccer Hall of Fame at Lido Restaurant on City Island on Saturday.
|John Kilby (left), pictured with Peter Strumpf, was inducted into the ENY Hall of Fame Saturday.
Photo courtesy of ENYYSA
The Hall is a collaboration between the Eastern New York State Amateur Soccer Association and the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association.
Kilby, who already was a member of the New Jersey State Soccer Association Hall of Fame, came to the United States 40 years ago as a treasurer for the English International Gas Company. He began playing for the Kearney Scots, which eventually became the Union County Soccer Club. He joined Union County’s executive board and rose through the ranks to become club president in 1979 and again in 1982-83 (one of the Union County youth teams was coached by Miguel Reyna whose son, Claudio, went on to become captain of the U.S. Men’s National Team).
In the 1980’s, Kilby became a member of the Cosmopolitan Soccer League's board of directors. He had two stints as CSL president –– 1985 to 1989 and 1993 to 1999. That made him the league’s longest-serving president. Kilby is a CSL life member, still a member of the CSL’s board and a member of the appeal committee and is the league’s liaison to the New Jersey State Association.
Kilby also served as president of the New Jersey Eagles of the old American Soccer League. He recently becoming a referee.
He has been inducted into the New Jersey State Soccer Association Hall of Fame and now follows that with Eastern New York induction.