Darren Pitcher

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Darren Pitcher
Personal information
Date of birth (1969-10-12)12 October 1969
Place of birth Stepney, London, England
Date of death 25 November 2018(2018-11-25) (aged 49)
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defender, midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1994 Charlton Athletic 173 (8)
1989Galway United (loan) 4 (1)
1994–1999 Crystal Palace 64 (0)
1998Leyton Orient (loan) 1 (0)
1999–2000 Romford 15 (2)
Total 257 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Darren Pitcher (12 October 1969 – 25 November 2018[1]) was an English professional footballer who played as a defender and a midfielder from 1988 until 1999.

Playing career[edit]

He played for Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace and Leyton Orient . Pitcher started his career as a right full back at Charlton, but then converted to an effective defensive midfielder.

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.[2]

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,[3] and his second came in an FA Cup quarter final replay against Wolverhampton Wanderers.[4] 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.[5] He never played for Palace again, and never played professional football again except for a brief loan spell at Leyton Orient in January 1998.

Personal life[edit]

After retiring from football, Pitcher worked in the building trade.[6]

On 26 November 2018, it was announced that Pitcher had died. The cause of death has not been released.[7]


  1. ^ Darren Pitcher
  2. ^ "Monday, February 13, 1989 - Page 004". The Irish Times. 1989-02-13. Retrieved 2009-08-05.
  3. ^ "Palace Mind Games". The Independent. 15 January 1995. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Armstrong Lights Up Palace". The Independent. 23 March 1995. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Pitcher loses damages case". BBC. 2001-07-17.
  6. ^ "PITCHER, Darren - Footballers - Where Are They Now? -". where-are-they-now.co.uk. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Former Charlton midfielder Darren Pitcher dies aged 49". Retrieved 29 November 2018.

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