Bill Kitchener

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William Harry Kitchener (born November 3, 1946 in Arlesey, Bedfordshire) is an English former professional footballer who played in the Football League for West Ham United, Torquay United and A.F.C. Bournemouth.

Bill Kitchener, a tall full-back, began his career as an apprentice with West Ham United after leaving school. He turned professional in November 1963, but didn't appear in the Hammers' league side until the 1966-67 season. In September 1966 he joined Torquay United on loan, making his debut on September 17, 1966 in a 5-2 home win against Walsall. He played 25 games before returning to Upton Park.He left West Ham in December 1967 to become Torquay's record signing. He immediately established himself in the side, taking Bobby Baxter's place at left-back, though also played in the centre of defence when required. By the end of his second spell with Torquay, he had played a further 142 games, scoring five goals.

In July 1971, he moved to Bournemouth, managed by his former West Ham and Torquay teammate John Bond in July 1971, but stayed only one season with the Cherries before leaving league football, joining Cambridge City. He subsequently played for Wealdstone, Christchurch and New Milton.

Outside of football he had joined the Devon & Cornwall Police Force whilst with Torquay, and was later stationed at Burley in the New Forest for many years.


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