Joseph Kitchen

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Joe Kitchen
Personal information
Full name Joseph Ernest Kitchen[1]
Date of birth (1890-06-20)20 June 1890[1]
Place of birth Brigg, Lincolnshire, England[1]
Date of death 23 November 1974(1974-11-23) (aged 84)[1]
Place of death Enfield, England[1]
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Playing position Centre forward
Youth career
1904–? Ancholme United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Brigg Britannia
Brigg Town
1906–1908 Gainsborough Trinity
1908–1920 Sheffield United 235 (102)
1920 Rotherham County
1920–1921 Sheffield United 13 (2)
1921–1922 Hull City
1922–1924 Scunthorpe & Lindsey United
1924–1925 Gainsborough Trinity
1925 Shirebrook
1925–1926 Gainsborough Trinity
1926–? Barton Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Joseph Ernest "Joe" Kitchen (20 June 1890 – 23 November 1974) was an English footballer who played as a striker. Born in Brigg, Lincolnshire he played for Gainsborough Trinity, Sheffield United and Hull City. He was known as a prolific goal scorer.[2]

Club career[edit]

Kitchen came to prominence whilst playing for Division Two side Gainsborough Trinity. Though clubs were interested in securing his services,[2] Kitchen signed for Sheffield United in 1909 as part of a £600 deal that also took fellow forward Gee Gee Brown to Bramall Lane.[1] Making his United début aged only 17, Kitchen became a mainstay of the side, scoring regularly throughout his time with the Blades. He scored several goals for Sheffield during their FA Cup campaign of 1915, scoring the third and final Sheffield goal in the final a few minutes from the final whistle.[2] The goal was a solo effort, he picked the ball up just over the centre line, beat two defenders and then slipped past the Chelsea keeper, who had come out to challenge Kitchen, before placing the ball in the empty net.[3]

Kitchen remained at United for the duration of World War I and into the resumption of league football in 1919. He was transferred to Rotherham County for £650 in 1920 after a disagreement over his contract but failed to settle and returned to Bramall Lane within a matter of months after United agreed to repay the fee.[1] Falling out of favour by this time Kitchen finally moved on to Hull City the following season for a much reduced fee of £250 from where he drifted through a number of clubs including two further spells back at Gainsborough.[1]

Honours[edit]

Sheffield United

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Denis Clarebrough & Andrew Kirkham (2008). Sheffield United Who's Who. Hallamshire Press. p. 54. ISBN 978-1-874718-69-7. 
  2. ^ a b c Unknown (1915). Cup Final Programme. 
  3. ^ "The Cup Final". Manchester Guardian. 26 April 1915. p. 9.