Charlie Mitchell (footballer)

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Charlie Mitchell
Personal information
Date of birth (1948-05-18) 18 May 1948 (age 66)
Place of birth Paisley, Scotland
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
St. Mirren F.C.
1970-1975 Rochester Lancers 121 (5)
1976 New York Cosmos 7 (0)
1977 Team Hawaii 23 (0)
1978 Tulsa Roughnecks 25 (0)
1979 Toronto Blizzard 30 (0)
Teams managed
1977 Team Hawaii
1980-1981 Tulsa Roughnecks
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

Charlie Mitchell is a Scottish American former soccer defender and coach. He played ten seasons in the North American Soccer League from 1970 to 1979.

Club career[edit]

Mitchell played for St. Mirren F.C. in his native Scotland.[1] He joined the Rochester Lancers of the NASL in 1970. The Lancers won the NASL championship in 1970, and Mitchell was named an NASL all-star. He was an NASL second-team all-star in 1971 and 1975, and an honorable mention all-star in 1972 and 1974.[2]

In 1976 Mitchell moved to the New York Cosmos,[3] where he had an assist on a spectacular bicycle kick goal scored by his teammate Pelé in a game against the Miami Toros.[1]

In 1977 Mitchell played for Team Hawaii, where he became player-manager in mid-season.[4] Team Hawaii moved to Tulsa in 1978 and became the Tulsa Roughnecks; Mitchell was the only player Tulsa retained from the Hawaii roster.[5]

Mitchell played the 1979 season for the Toronto Blizzard,[3] and finished his NASL playing career with a total of 206 NASL regular-season games and nine NASL playoff games.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

After ending his playing career, Mitchell returned to Tulsa as manager of the Roughnecks.[4] The 1980 team finished with a 15-17 record and lost to the Cosmos in the first round of the playoffs. His 1981 team started with an 11-10 record, but in July 1981, Mitchell was replaced by his assistant Terry Hennessey. Sports Illustrated reported that this was due to team management's dissatisfaction with the Roughnecks' low-scoring offense.[6]

Later career[edit]

Mitchell remained a popular figure in Tulsa, as a participant in local youth soccer programs,[7] and as a sports bar-restaurant operator.[8] He coached the men's and women's soccer teams at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma for nine years[9] until his resignation in June 2005.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Head Coach Charlie Mitchell" biography in 2004 Northeastern State University soccer press guide (retrieved May 2, 2009).
  2. ^ a b Hall of Fame eligibility profile at National Soccer Hall of Fame official website (retrieved May 2, 2009)
  3. ^ a b North American Soccer League player registry at National Soccer Hall of Fame official website (retrieved May 2, 2009).
  4. ^ a b North American Soccer League coaches registry at National Soccer Hall of Fame official website (retrieved May 4, 2009).
  5. ^ Randy Krehbiel, "Soccer team's success wasn't easy", Tulsa World, September 15, 2002.
  6. ^ "A Roundup Of The Week June 29-July 5", Sports Illustrated, July 13, 1981.
  7. ^ "Youth Soccer Provides Fun, Fitness, Opportunity", Greater Tulsa Reporter (retrieved May 2, 2009).
  8. ^ Jimmie Tramel, "Roughnecks a colorful, talented group", , Tulsa World, June 26, 2006.
  9. ^ Glen Hibdon, "College: NSU team might be best ever", Tulsa World, September 29, 2004.
  10. ^ "Sports FYI", Tulsa World, June 10, 2005.

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