22 October 2017

HERBERT KILPIN: HONOURING OUR FATHER

101 years ago Herbert Kilpin passed away. But it was not the end, thanks to him we are still here

AC Milan is true passion. When we win, we lose or we draw, it's always AC Milan. It's unconditional love. It's been like this forever, or better since Herbert Kilpin gave birth to the most intense and exciting creature we know. 101 years ago, 22nd October 1916, the ninth son of Sarah and Edward passed away at the age of 46. But it was not the end, thanks to him we are still here.

THE RED AND BLACK THREAD BETWEEN THE MAN FROM NOTTINGHAM AND AC MILAN
A gentleman, a worker from the textile industry. Not a legend on the pitch, but surely a great sportsman, who loved football and loved AC Milan. Together with James Spensley, Herbert Kilpin brought football to Italy. It was in an English stadium, in 1891, that for the first time a penalty kick was taken, it was in England where for the first time a match was played at night time, and the English are the fathers of football, of everything we have today. English are the origins of AC Milan and of Italian football.

RED LIKE FLAMES...
"Our colours will be red like flames, and black like our opponents' fear". These are the words that give birth to AC Milan and that will live forever in the history of the Club. Kilpin was never a great player, but he discovered the first legend of our history: Renzo De Vecchi, "the son of God".

THE LORD OF MILAN
A few days before the hundredth anniversary of Herbert Kilpin's death, who since 2010 rests in the cemetery Cimitero Maggiore in Milan, a book written by Robert Nieri, "The Lord of Milan", was published. The man who founded the club that for 10 years had been the most titled football club in the world, was one of us, was born here and will forever be part of our history. Today AC Milan offers a special postmark for Kilpin but in his hometown of Nottingham, our father Herbert has become a source of tourist attraction: a bus and a pub have been named after him, and soon we will also see a film on his life.

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