Player #464

Appearances:

160

Starts:

160

Goals:

96

Seasons:

4

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Gerry Hitchens

Position

Forward

From

1957-58

To

1960-61

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Gerry Hitchens

Seasons Quick-View

Seasons

1957-58
1958-59
1959-60
1960-61

Age*

22
23
24
25

Division

D1
D1
D2
D1

Appearances

160
22
41
41
56

Starts

160
22
41
41
56

Substitute

0
0
0
0
0

Unused

0
0
0
0
0

Goals

96
11
18
25
42

*Age on opening day of the season

FAC: FA Cup; FL: Football League; D1: Division 1; D2: Division 2; D3: Division 3; PL: Premier League; CH: Championship

Gerald Archibald Hitchens

Birth Date

Monday, 8 October 1934

Birth Place

Cannock, Staffordshire

Birth Country

England

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

Cardiff City

For

£22,500

On

December 1957

Previous Clubs

Highley Council School |
Highley Youth Club |
Highley Village Boys |
1952-53 Highley Miners Welfare FC |
1953-55 Kidderminster Harriers |
1955-57 Cardiff City |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

Inter Milan

For

£60,000

On

June 1961

Subsequent Clubs

1961-62 Inter Milan |
1962-65 Torino FC |
1965-67 Atalanta BC |
1967 Chicago Mustangs, NASL (L) |
1967-69 Cagliari Calcio |
1969-71 Worcester City |
1971 Merthyr Tydfil FC |

Villa Career

Seasons Active, Fee, Starts (Sub) | Goals |

1957-61 Aston Villa, £22.5k, 160 | 96 |

Played Under

Eric Houghton |
Joe Mercer |

First Squad Appearance

Saturday, 21 December 1957

Debut Appearance

Saturday, 21 December 1957

Birmingham City (h), Division One

First Goal

Thursday, 26 December 1957

Final Appearance

Tuesday, 2 May 1961

Burnley (n), League Cup

Final Squad Appearance

Tuesday, 2 May 1961

Honours

1960-61 League Cup Winners |

Height

Foot

International Team

England

Died

14 April 1983, Aged 48

Gerry Hitchens

Player #464 for Aston Villa, Gerald Archibald Hitchens, known as Gerry Hitchens, played as a forward for the club.

Gerry played for Villa between 1957-58 and 1960-61 making 160 appearances and scoring 96 goals.

Gerry was born in Rawnsley, Staffordshire, just 17 miles from Villa Park, on 8 October 1934 and made his debut appearance for Villa on Saturday, 21 December 1957 aged 23.

Villa had signed Gerry from Cardiff City for a fee of £22,500 earlier in December 1957.

Gerry rivals Peter McParland as one of the greatest goalscorers for Villa during the Post War period and is largely viewed as the preeminent centre forward of the era, justifiably so.

During his four seasons with Villa, Gerry had two 20 plus goalscoring seasons, including hitting 42 goals in his final season. Gerry helped Villa to two FA Cup Semi Finals (1958-59 and 1959-60), a promotion from the second division (23 goals in 36 games) and an inaugural league cup win in 1960-61 - although by the time the final was played in the 1961-62 season Gerry had left the club.

During Villa’s victorious League Cup campaign in 1960-61 Gerry hit an astonishing 11 goals in 10 games setting Villa up to lift the trophy after vanquishing Rotherham United in the two legged final. Perhaps however Gerry’s greatest moment in a Villa shirt came when he hit 5 goals in the 11-1 win over Charlton Athletic on Saturday 14th November 1959.

Unsurprisingly Gerry’s goalscoring feats led him to be noticed by rival clubs, what was surprising however was his ultimate destination with Inter Milan paying £60,000 for his services from the 1961—62 a move that ended an all too brief Villa career and marked Villa’s first ever formal transfer involving a foreign club.

Gerry’s move to continental football was a double edged sword however, whilst he acclimatised well and spent the best part of 10 years in Italian football his non-domestic base meant the parochial nature of the then England management prevented him from adding to his 7 England caps and 5 goals.

Gerry was just 26 when he left Villa.

Gerry had played under managers Eric Houghton and Joe Mercer.

Gerry died from a heart attack after collapsing while playing a charity game for a solicitor’s team in Hope, Clwyd, North Wales on 14th April 1983. He was just 48.