Lions mourn legend Kitchener
Millwall's record appearance holder Barry Kitchener has died aged 64 following a short battle with cancer.
Last Updated: 30/03/12 11:09pm
Millwall legend Barry Kitchener has died aged 64 following a short battle with cancer.
Kitchener was the Lions' record appearance holder, making 602 senior appearances and scoring 28 goals.
He signed for the Lions as a 16-year-old and played at left-back in the youth and reserve teams before making the transition to the first team in 1967.
He was converted into a centre-half to take place of Bryan Snowdon upon his retirement and made the number five shirt his own before hanging up his boots in 1982.
He then coached the youth team and the reserves, as well as looking after the first team for six matches before the arrival of George Graham in 1982.
The club said on its official website: "He was a legend in every sense of the word, a great player, a true sportsman and a wonderful man.
"He will be truly missed by everyone associated with Millwall."
The devastated family of the former club captain added: "We would like to thank Millwall for making his dreams come true and to all their fantastic supporters for all the love they have shown him over the years.
"We would appreciate privacy at this time to try and come to terms with losing an unbelievable husband, dad and granddad."
The Millwall players will wear a white kit with black armbands at Cardiff on Saturday.