Kevin Hitchcock

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Kevin Hitchcock
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Hitchcock at West Ham, April 2010
Personal information
Date of birth (1962-10-05) 5 October 1962 (age 54)
Place of birth Canning Town, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–1983 Barking
1983–1984 Nottingham Forest 0 (0)
1984 Mansfield Town (loan) 14 (0)
1984–1988 Mansfield Town 168 (0)
1988–2001 Chelsea 96 (0)
1990 Northampton Town (loan) 17 (0)
1993 West Ham United (loan) 0 (0)
2001–2004 Watford 0 (0)
Total 295 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Kevin Hitchcock (born 5 October 1962) is an English former professional footballer and current goalkeeping coach with Birmingham City.

As a player, he was a goalkeeper who made nearly 300 appearances in the Football League and Premier League playing for Mansfield Town, Chelsea and Northampton Town.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Hitchcock was born in Canning Town, London, and played non-league football for Barking, having been on Chelsea Youth books for 1978/9 but playing just 2 games plus 1 substitution appearance in their Junior League team, before being released at the end of the season. He joined Nottingham Forest in 1983 for a fee of £15,000. He spent time on loan to Mansfield Town in 1984, and joined the club for a fee of £140,000 at the end of the 1983–84 season without having played for Forest's first team.[1] He stayed with Mansfield for four seasons, helping the club to promotion from the Fourth Division in 1986,[2] and played a major part in their 1987 Football League Trophy victory against Bristol City, saving two penalties in the shootout.[3][4]

Hitchcock joined Chelsea for £250,000 in March 1988, and made his debut on 26 March in a 1–0 defeat to Southampton. He remained at Chelsea until 2001 and made 96 league appearances, 4 of which were from the bench.[1] His final appearance for Chelsea came against Tottenham in May 1999.[5] Bad luck with injuries left him stuck behind numerous other goalkeepers in the pecking order which was one of the main reasons for him making so few appearances in all that time at the club.[3] He left Chelsea in 2001 to take up the post of goalkeeping coach at Watford, who had just appointed Gianluca Vialli, late of Chelsea, as their new manager.[6]

Coaching career[edit]

He left Watford in 2004 to link up with former Chelsea teammate Mark Hughes as goalkeeping coach at Blackburn Rovers, following him to Manchester City in 2008. On 19 December 2009, he left the club alongside Mark Hughes[7]

In March 2010, he was appointed goalkeeping coach at West Ham United,[8] replacing Luděk Mikloško, but as of June 2010 he left the club along with Steve Clarke. In August 2010 he was appointed Fulham's primary goalkeeping coach and he left Fulham in June 2011 with the arrival of new Fulham manager Martin Jol, who appointed Hans Segers as his new goalkeeping coach.[9] In January 2012 Hitchcock linked up, once again, with former Chelsea teammate Mark Hughes at Queens Park Rangers to take up the post of goalkeeping coach.[citation needed] He left the club in 2015 when a contract renewal was not offered.[citation needed]

In December 2016, Kevin was appointed goalkeeping coach at Birmingham City by new manager and former teammate Gianfranco Zola.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Hitchcock's son, Tom plays as a forward for League 1 side Milton Keynes Dons.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Kevin Hitchcock". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 November 2009. 
  2. ^ Shaw, Martin & Taylor, Paul (27 October 2009). "Minute's silence for Mr Jarman tomorrow". Mansfield Town F.C. Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Ticher, Mike (November 1999). "Kevin Hitchcock". When Saturday Comes (177). Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  4. ^ Harding, Nicholas (25 May 1987). "Penalties the bane of Bristol". The Times. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Goldbaek upstages Ginola - Tottenham Hotspur 2 Chelsea 2". Independent. 11 May 1999. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Vialli installed at Watford". The Daily Telegraph. 2 May 2001. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  7. ^ Collins, Leon (30 June 2008). "Backroom Staff Confirmed". Manchester City F.C. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  8. ^ Hitchcock comes home
  9. ^ "Hans Segers - Goalkeeper Coach". Fulham FC. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Tom Hitchcock Profile Summary". Milton Keynes Dons Football Club. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 

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