|Full name||Gerald Archibald Hitchens|
|Date of birth||8 October 1934|
|Place of birth||Rawnsley, Staffordshire, England|
|Date of death||13 April 1983(aged 48)|
|Place of death||Hope, Clwyd, Wales|
|Playing position||Centre forward|
|1952–1953||Highley Miners Welfare|
|1967||→ Chicago Mustangs (loan)||?||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Hitchens was born in the village of Rawnsley, Staffordshire, near Cannock, and began his career as a coal miner. He played in Shropshire with Highley Youth Club and Highley Miners Welfare between 1952 and 1953. He appeared in a county cup final for the Miners at Aggborough, the home stadium of local club Kidderminster Harriers. His performance was being watched by the Harriers club secretary Ted Gamson, who went on to offer Hitchens a contract in September 1953. After several seasons in the reserves, Hitchens played fourteen games for the first team, scoring six goals.
Despite interest from West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa, Hitchens moved to Cardiff City in January 1955 for a fee of £1,500 and later moved on to Aston Villa in 1957 for £22,500, where he spent four seasons, scoring 96 goals in 160 appearances.
He made his debut for England in 1961, scoring after just 90 seconds in an 8–0 drubbing of Mexico, and two weeks later scored twice more in Rome as England beat Italy 3–2. This brought him to the attention of Internazionale, who signed him in the summer of 1961 for £85,000 as part of a spate of British exports (Jimmy Greaves, Denis Law and Joe Baker also moved to Italy that season). He played for England in the 1962 World Cup in Chile, and won a total of seven caps, scoring five goals. However when Alf Ramsey took over as England manager, Hitchens' international spell came to a halt—Ramsey preferring to pick home-based players.
After retiring from the professional game in 1971, he played for Worcester City and Merthyr Tydfil before moving to live in Wales, managing an ironworks in Pontypridd before moving north to Holywell, Flintshire, in 1977 to run his brother-in-law's timber supply firm near Prestatyn.
He died playing in 1983 during a charity football match for a Mold-based firm of solicitors at Castell Alun sports ground in Hope. Seconds after heading a cross over the bar, Hitchens collapsed and was taken to Wrexham General Hospital but pronounced dead on arrival. His ashes were interred in Holywell on 20 April 1983. He was 48.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Total|
|1954–55||Cardiff City||First Division||2||1||m||n||-||-||m||n|
|1957–58||Aston Villa||First Division||20||10||2||1||-||-||22||11|
|1961–62||Inter Milan||Serie A||34||16||0||0||3||2||37||18|
- Welsh Cup
- Winners: 1956
- Second Division
- Winners: 1960
- FA Cup
- Semi-finalists: 1959, 1960
- European Cup Winners' Cup
- Semi-finalists: 1965
- Coppa Italia
- Runners-up: 1963, 1964
- Semi Finalists: 1965
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