“It was very tough, there were boys who were struggling to pay bills. It was hard for everybody.
“People outside the club saw it as ‘Hereford are struggling, they might get relegated’, but really there was a lot more to it. Players were really struggling.
“At this level, it’s not like people have loads of savings in their account. There were a few things said – that the footballers got loads of money but, really it wasn’t the case, people were struggling to pay their mortgages and things."
Pilkington feels that the board at Barrow will be more supportive than the board at Hereford was last season.
“It’s brilliant – it’s almost like the polar opposite, everything is so much more professional here.
“I’m not talking about the (football) management side of things because at Hereford the management really did try their best with what they were being given from the board.
“I just mean the owner/directors here (at Barrow) are brilliant, they’re different class. If you need anything they’ll look after you and I think it is the total opposite of how it has been for me over the last year."