I was a captain who won the FA Cup but I quit and took a job as a construction worker for £60 a week… now I live in a hobbit cave with my wife

A NEWCASTLE FC star who captained an FA Cup-winning side gave it up to take a £60-a-week construction job – and now lives in a ‘hobbit hole’ with his wife.

In a career spanning nearly two decades, Brian Kilcline established himself as one of football’s iconic heroes.

Brian Kilcline spent two seasons at Newcastle United


Brian Kilcline spent two seasons at Newcastle UnitedCredit: PA:Empics Sport
Kilcline captained Coventry City when they won the FA Cup in 1987


Kilcline captained Coventry City when they won the FA Cup in 1987Credit: PA:Empics Sport

But after giving up his career, Kilcline took a job as a construction worker – earning £60 a week for 18 months of work.

He told that Daily mail: “It wasn’t about money, I learned the trade.”

“If you stop learning in life, you might as well give up.”

It was these skills that gave him the tools to carve out his ‘hobbit hole’ in Cornwall.

The 1.80m tall centre-back, who was Coventry City’s FA Cup winner in 1987, lives in the bizarre location in St Austell, Cornwall.

On the outside of the house is a muddy shore, a pond, and a statue of a naked mermaid.

Kilcline pointed to the pond and said, “This is the pool now.”

“Yesterday there were 20 newts in it and a very bad-tempered frog.

“We had to send them an eviction notice!”

The body of the house – assembled two months ago – features a wood paneled door that opens to reveal a small bed.

Lynn said, “Before you state the obvious: It’s enough for Brian to sleep,” she said.

“Either that, or I’ll put him in the little shed outside if he misbehaves.”

Inside the house, the walls are decorated with feathered arrows, and a long bow hangs next to them.

Both are used to get some practice on the outside target.

The site’s main house is 20 meters away and is in dire need of a refurbishment, but Kilcline insists this is not a priority just yet.

“Ah, that can wait,” says Kilcline.

“That’s the fun part. The journey is better than the destination.”

“We’re in no hurry to leave this.”

Known for his long hair and mustache, Brian played for multiple teams throughout his glittering career.

He enjoyed stints with Notts County, Newcastle United and Swindon Town, among others.

His crowning glory, however, came when he captained Coventry City in a dramatic overtime win over Tottenham Hotspur in 1987 to lift the FA Cup.

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ClareFora is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. ClareFora joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: clarefora@dailynationtoday.com.

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