Barry Kitchener

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Barry Kitchener
Personal information
Full name Barry Raymond Kitchener
Date of birth (1947-12-11)11 December 1947
Place of birth Dagenham, England
Date of death 30 March 2012(2012-03-30) (aged 64)
Playing position Central Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1982 Millwall 523 (25)
1979 Tampa Bay Rowdies (loan) 20 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Barry Raymond Kitchener (11 December 1947 – 30 March 2012) was an English professional footballer who played for Millwall between 1966 and 1982.

Born in Dagenham, Essex, Kitchener signed for Millwall in August 1965 and made his Millwall debut in February 1967 at left back, against Birmingham City replacing the injured Harry Cripps.[1] In his next game Kitchener scored against Sheffield United, hitting a 30-yard screamer past former England goalkeeper Alan Hodgkinson. On the return of Cripps to the side, he played in every game that season at centre half, retaining the number five shirt until his retirement in 1982. His total of 602 appearances remains a club record.[1][2] He released an autobiographical DVD titled 60 Minutes with Barry Kitchener, and in May 2007 was voted by fans to represent Millwall in the P.F.A. Centenary Hall of Fame.[3]

He played one summer in America on loan to the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League, wearing the number 22 shirt and earning 20 caps along the way. Tampa Bay went all the way through to league final, before losing to Vancouver, 2–1 in Soccer Bowl '79.[4]

Kitchener died on 30 March 2012. He had recently been diagnosed with cancer.[2] Before Millwall's home game on 7 April 2012 against Hull City, a minute's applause and a service were held. The home side wore a special white kit in memory of Kitchener.[5]

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  1. ^ a b Ponting, Ivan (3 April 2012). "Barry Kitchener: Millwall defender who holds the Lions' appearance record". The Independent. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Lions mourn legend Kitchener : Record appearance holder dies aged 64". Sky Sports. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Kitch is crowned Lion King!". Millwall Football Club. 2 July 2007. Archived from the original on 14 February 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
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  5. ^ "Millwall 2 Hull 0: Lions do 'Kitch' proud at emotional New Den". 7 April 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 

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