Kitchener stand tribute "fitting", says family of Millwall hero

THE daughter of Millwall legend Barry Kitchener says her family have been "taken aback" by the support they have received since his death.

Nicole, 29, has thanked Lions fans for providing a "sense of comfort" following the passing of her father, who had been suffering from throat cancer, in March earlier this year.

And she described the club's decision to rename the main stand at The Den after him as a "fitting tribute".

"It was something that had been mentioned but was under wraps a little bit," she said. "As a family we're delighted and we think it's a fitting tribute. A lot of the fans were calling for it so we're all chuffed.

"Our dad was the kind of person that, if you didn't know about his background, you'd never have known he was so well thought of at Millwall.

"I knew what he had achieved in the past, and so did my sisters, but it's still really nice to hear the fans talking about him. It gives us a sense of comfort and we've been taken aback a little. The pride builds up immensely."

Nicole is embarking on a 134-mile bike ride to raise funds for two cancer charities in her father's memory, and says preparations for the event are going well.

"Hopefully the unveiling ceremony for the stand will coincide with our bike ride so we'll be at The Den to see it," she said.

"We're riding 30 miles on a regular basis now. We've got a sponsor who's putting money into us and helping out with various bits and bobs.

"We're almost at £2,500 now which I think is really good. Donations have been coming in steadily and we're hoping that carries on."

To sponsor Nicole on her bike ride, please click here.

You can keep track of Nicole's progress in training on her website.

And you can follow the #bigkitchappeal on Twitter.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

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