Archie Mitchell (footballer)

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Archie Mitchell
Personal information
Full name Archibald P Mitchell
Date of birth (1885-12-15)15 December 1885
Place of birth Smethwick, England
Date of death (1949-04-16) 16 April 1949 (age 65)
Place of death Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada[1]
Playing position Centre half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Oldbury St John's
1905–1907 Aston Villa 0 (0)
1907–1921 Queens Park Rangers 35 (3)
1921–1924 Brentford 13 (2)
National team
England Juniors
Teams managed
1921–1924 Brentford (player-manager)
1931–1933 Queens Park Rangers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

Archibald P. Mitchell was an English football centre half and manager. He is best remembered for his long spell as a player with Queens Park Rangers, for whom he made over 300 appearances.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Early years and Aston Villa[edit]

Mitchell began his playing career with Oldbury St John's, before transferring to Football League Division One side Aston Villa in 1905.[1] He failed to make a first team appearance for the club, appearing instead for the reserve team.[1] With the reserves, he helped the team win the Birmingham & District League title in the 1905/06 and 1906/07 seasons. Mitchell left Aston Villa in 1907 and

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

signed for Southern League Division One side Queens Park Rangers. He had a good start to his career with the Hoops, winning the 1907/08 Southern League Division One title in his debut season. The victory set up a match with Football League Division One champions Manchester United for the 1908 FA Charity Shield, which QPR lost after a replay. A further Southern League Division One title was won in 1911/12, with the Charity Shield being lost 2-1 to Football League Division One champions Blackburn Rovers. He remained with Queens Park Rangers through to 1921, finally making his Football League debut at the age of 34 in the 1920/21 season, after the club were elected to the Football League Division Three. He made 35 appearances and scored three goals during the 1920/21 season.[3] By the time he left the Hoops at the end of the campaign, Mitchell had made over 300 appearances for the club.[2]


Mitchell joined West London rivals Brentford as player in August 1921.[2] Plying his trade in the Division Three South, Mitchell played on December 1924 before leaving the Bees.[2]

Management career[edit]


When Mitchell joined Football League Division Three South side Brentford in the summer of 1921, he became the club's player-manager.[2] He presided over three forgettable campaigns, his best finish being 9th in the 1921/22 season. He left the club in December 1924.[2]

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

After coaching abroad and a stint as manager of Southern League side Dartford,[2] Mitchell returned to former side Queens Park Rangers as manager in November 1931, replacing John Bowman, who had to step down due to ill-health.[4] He led the club to a mid-table finish in what remained of the 1931/32 Division Three South season and resigned at the end of the 1932/33 season.

International career[edit]

Mitchell made one appearance for England Juniors.[1]


As a player[edit]

Aston Villa Reserves

Queens Park Rangers

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Aston Villa Player Database". Aston Villa Player Database. 1949-04-16. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Hayes, Graham (1998). A-Z Of Bees: Brentford Encyclopedia. Yore Publications. ISBN 1 874427 57 7. 
  3. ^ "Doing The 92 ~ Archie Mitchell". Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  4. ^ "A Potted History". QPR. Retrieved 2014-07-09.