|Date of birth||12 October 1969|
|Place of birth||Stepney, London, England|
|Date of death||25 November 2018(aged 49)|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Defender, midfielder|
|1989||→ Galway United (loan)||4||(1)|
|1998||→ Leyton Orient (loan)||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He signed on loan for Seamus McDonagh at Galway United in January 1989 and made his League of Ireland debut at Athlone on the 16th. When Frank Worthington made his debut on 12 February Pitcher scored the equaliser at St Patrick's Athletic.
Pitcher joined Crystal Palace in 1994. In his first season at the club he helped Palace to the semi finals of both domestic cups. It was in these cup runs that he scored his only two goals for Palace. In the League Cup quarter final against Manchester City he scored his first goal, and his second came in an FA Cup quarter final replay against Wolverhampton Wanderers. However Palace's runs were ended by Liverpool in the League Cup semi final and Manchester United in the FA Cup semi final. His career was ended at Crystal Palace in a match against Huddersfield Town in August 1996, after a challenge by Paul Reid. He attempted to bring a case of negligence against Huddersfield Town, which he lost. He never played for Palace again, and never played professional football again except for a brief loan spell at Leyton Orient in January 1998.
After retiring from football, Pitcher worked in the building trade.
On 26 November 2018, it was announced that Pitcher had died. The cause of death has not been released.
- Darren Pitcher
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- "Former Charlton midfielder Darren Pitcher dies aged 49". Retrieved 29 November 2018.
- Darren Pitcher at Soccerbase