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Family pleads for return of special Socceroos cap

PRECIOUS ITEM: The special ceremonial cap presented to Ipswich football legend Col Kitching for representing Australia in 1956.
PRECIOUS ITEM: The special ceremonial cap presented to Ipswich football legend Col Kitching for representing Australia in 1956. Contributed

THE family of Ipswich football legend Col Kitching hope whoever stole his cherished cap has enough compassion to return it.

The proud Kitching family is rallying to find Col's cap, presented to him for representing Australia in 1955 against South Africa.

The ceremonial cap was given to Mr Kitching for his debut as the 133rd person to play soccer for Australia.

Along with other Ipswich products Brian Vogler, Al Warren and Cliff Sander, he also represented Australia at the 1956 Olympics amid a golden era for Ipswich football.

The cap was stolen from the Bundamba home of Col's grandson Jay Kitching and Jay's fiancé on Monday night.

"I was at football training and my fiancé was just down the road. It must have happened between 6pm and 8pm," Jay said.

"They stole my PlayStation 4 and all the gear that goes with it, two iPads and my partner's MacBook but the main thing was granddad's cap.

"It was in a glass case. They took the cap and left the case behind."

His parents gave him the cap in the glass case for his 21st birthday last Boxing Day.

"My dad and I went to Suncorp Stadium about five years ago to be presented with granddad's cap," he said.

"He wants it on his coffin at his funeral; that's how much it means to him and our family. I just want it back. Whoever took it can drop it off at the front step or leave it at a police station.

"I don't care about the other stuff; it can be replaced but I just want that back.

"Surely they'll have some sort of heart."

The Kitching family is being supported by the football fraternity with offers of help to get Col's precious memorabilia back.

Anyone with information can also call Crime Stoppers on 1800 300 000 or any police station.

Information to Crime Stoppers can be provided anonymously.

Topics:  crime stoppers, socceroos




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