“Peter Kitchen, whose abilities were respected and feared throughout the Championship and the lower divisions for over a decade, should have played in the Premiership but was never offered the chance” – www.football-england.com
In December 1999, Peter Kitchen was voted by fans of both Doncaster Rovers and Leyton Orient as one of their greatest ever players. In more recent polls conducted by BBC Football Focus, FourFourTwo magazine and other popular fanzines, he was voted as one of their best players, with some of those polls taking place more than 20 years after he had finished playing. He is still considered a ‘Cult Hero’ amongst both sets of fans.
Born in Mexborough, South Yorkshire in 1952, Peter Kitchen attended Mexborough Grammar school and represented Yorkshire Senior Schools’ and England B teams. He was spotted by Doncaster Rovers manager Lawrie McMenemy and signed for Rovers in June 1970, who beat Leeds United for his signature by just a few hours. He made his Football League debut at Shrewsbury Town on November 27, 1970, scoring after just 90 seconds and he repeated the feat by scoring after 95 seconds of his home debut the following week against Swansea City.
Between 1970 and 1985, Kitchen went on to play for 5 different league clubs, including two spells at Leyton Orient and scored 213 senior goals from 546 senior appearances. He was Fulham’s record transfer signing of over £150,000 in 1979, a record that stood for nearly 20 years until the club was bought by Harrods owner Mohammed Al Fayed.
Peter was transferred to Cardiff City for £120,000 in 1980 and played in Hong Kong and the Major Indoor Soccer League in America. Even after his retirement from the professional game, Peter played for a number of other clubs and teams and while playing for the Corinthian Casuals Vets up to the age of 53, scored an amazing 280 goals from 228 appearances.
In this book about one of the most prolific goalscorers outside the Premier League, author Neilson Kaufman captures the life and times of Peter Kitchen’s career. The book features tributes and contributions from TV Commentators, former managers, fans, friends and former team-mates and over 100 photographs. There is also a full statistical record on one of the greatest players to ever pull on a Doncaster Rovers and Leyton Orient shirt.
This updated edition includes 25 new photographs, a new chapter and several new sections, including details of Leyton Orient’s involvement and sacrifice in the First World War.
This book is a must for the bookshelves of any football fan with an interest in the men who helped shape the beautiful game and in particular the fans of those clubs for whom Peter Kitchen played for.
Scheduled to be released imminently, the book will be available to purchase from the Club Shop and amazon.co.uk