Archie Mitchell (footballer)
|Full name||Archibald P Mitchell|
|Date of birth||15 December 1885|
|Place of birth||Smethwick, England|
|Date of death||16 April 1949|
|Place of death||Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada|
|Playing position||Centre half|
|Oldbury St John's|
|1907–1921||Queens Park Rangers||35||(3)|
|1931–1933||Queens Park Rangers|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).|
Early years and Aston Villa
Mitchell began his playing career with Oldbury St John's, before transferring to Football League Division One side Aston Villa in 1905. He failed to make a first team appearance for the club, appearing instead for the reserve team. 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
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. By the time he left the Hoops at the end of the campaign, Mitchell had made over 300 appearances for the club.
When Mitchell joined Football League Division Three South side Brentford in the summer of 1921, he became the club's player-manager. He presided over three forgettable campaigns, his best finish being 9th in the 1921/22 season. He left the club in December 1924.
Queens Park Rangers
After coaching abroad and a stint as manager of Southern League side Dartford, 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. 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.
Mitchell made one appearance for England Juniors.
As a player
- Birmingham & District League (2): 1905/06, 1906/07
- "Aston Villa Player Database". Aston Villa Player Database. 1949-04-16. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
- Hayes, Graham (1998). A-Z Of Bees: Brentford Encyclopedia. Yore Publications. ISBN 1 874427 57 7.
- "Doing The 92 ~ Archie Mitchell". Doingthe92.com. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
- "A Potted History". QPR. Retrieved 2014-07-09.