Date: 30th September 2010 at 2:37pm
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As we celebrate Millwall’s 125th year, we look at a significant player from each decade who has been part of the history of Millwall FC.

In the early 1880’s a group of young lads from Scotland came to London to find work.
They found employment at Morton’s jam factory in the West Ferry Road on the Isle of Dog’s and within a few years had formed Millwall Rovers.

On Saturday 3rd October 1885 Millwall Rovers played their first ever game which they lost 5-0 against Fillebrook

As we celebrate Millwall’s 125th year, we look at a significant player from each decade who has been part of the history of Millwall FC.

1970’s Barry Kitchener

Kitch was born in Dagenham on 11th December 1947.

He first came to the notice of Millwall through their scouting system in Essex. At the time he was playing for Newbury Park Youth Club and joined The Lions as a 16 year-old.

Kitchener signed professional forms in August 1965 and played in the Youth and Reserve teams.

He made his Millwall debut on 11th February 1967 at left back, against Birmingham City replacing the injured Harry Cripps.

In his second game Kitchener scored against Sheffield United, hitting a 30 yard screamer past the England goalkeeper Alan Hodgkinson.

He was converted into a centre-half to take place of Bryan Snowdon upon his retirement. Kitchener, who was over 6ft tall and tipped the scales at 12st 7lbs, made an ideal replacement.

Kitchener was commanding in the air and not daunted by bustling forwards, never rattled, Kitchener was everything Lions fans want in a player – honest, hardworking and tough as old boots. He Captained the side after Harry Cripps relinquished the job, and missed out on playing in the top flight with them by just a single point when Millwall finished third in the old two-up system in 1973.

He is Millwall’s record appearance holder in all three major competitions. In the F.A Cup he has just one more appearance than old-time favourites, Len Graham and Alex Jardine. He is also out on his own regarding the most consecutive League appearances (244).

Kitchener played with Tampa Bay Rowdies during 1979, when they lost to Vancouver Whitecaps in the NASL Soccer Bowl final.

He played his last game for Millwall on 15th May 1982, then coached their Youth team and the Reserves.

He looked after the first team for six matches before the arrival of George Graham, when a lot of fans thought Kitchener would get the manager’s job.

He had a testimonial against Spurs in October 1975.

On his retirement from football he has run Souvenir shops in Caistor and Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Barry Kitchener (1965-1982)

Millwall career (competitive games only)

Football League: 518 (5) appearances – 25 goals
FA Cup: 29 (2) appearances – 2 goals
League Cup: 42 appearances – 1 goal
Other Competitions: 6 appearances – 3 goals

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