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Author Topic: Gerry Hitchens  (Read 960 times)

Offline Exeter 77

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Re: Gerry Hitchens
« Reply #15 on: October 10, 2017, 10:41:29 PM »
Indeed a great player and one of the rare successes of his era when he went to Italy.

The fact that he succeeded in Italy, where many great players failed, has always made me think he must have been special.

Absolutely. A special talent, even if he was in the England team beaten by the USA

Thought that would have been before his international career started. 
That was 1950 when he would gave been only 15. He was the first major British success in Italy succeeding where Jimmy Greaves and Denis Law failed playing for Torino,  Atalanta and Caligiari as well as Inter.

Offline dave shelley

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Re: Gerry Hitchens
« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2017, 09:43:34 AM »
Indeed a great player and one of the rare successes of his era when he went to Italy.

The fact that he succeeded in Italy, where many great players failed, has always made me think he must have been special.

Absolutely. A special talent, even if he was in the England team beaten by the USA

Thought that would have been before his international career started. 
That was 1950 when he would gave been only 15. He was the first major British success in Italy succeeding where Jimmy Greaves and Denis Law failed playing for Torino,  Atalanta and Caligiari as well as Inter.

Not arguing with you E77 but just to say that Eddie Firmani who played for Charlton played for a few clubs in Italy, and was relatively successful, Inter being one of those clubs and his goal scoring record was non too shabby.  He was South African born.

One of the best footballers I ever saw was John Charles who enjoyed Paul McGrath status in Italy such was his ability both up front and in defence.

I take your point about Gerry though.  One of very few that settled early and made a significant impact over there.

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Re: Gerry Hitchens
« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2017, 03:22:24 PM »
Much as I thought Gerry Hitchens was great  John Charles was on a different level.  An absolute beast, I saw him towards the end of his career but he made a real impression on me.  My dad reckoned he and Duncan Edwards were the best two players he ever saw, closely followed by Billy Walker.