Dave Mitchell (footballer)

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Dave Mitchell
Personal information
Full name David Stuart Mitchell
Date of birth (1962-06-13) 13 June 1962 (age 52)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Manager (former Striker)
Youth career
Adelaide City
Sydney City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1983 Adelaide City 40 (15)
1983–1985 Rangers 26 (6)
1985 Seiko
1985–1987 Eintracht Frankfurt 35 (5)
1987–1989 Feyenoord 40 (12)
1988–1990 Chelsea FC 7 (0)
1990 NEC 6 (0)
1990–1991 Newcastle United 2 (1)
1991–1993 Swindon Town 68 (19)
1993–1993 Altay Izmir 3 (0)
1993–1995 Millwall FC 55 (15)
1995-1996 Selangor (14)
1996–1997 Sydney Olympic 9 (1)
1997–1999 Sydney United 24 (6)
National team
1981 Australia U-20
1981–1993 Australia 44 (13)
Teams managed
1995–1996 Sydney Olympic
1996–1999 Sydney United
1999–2001 Parramatta Power
2005 Sarawak
2006–2007 Perth Glory (Assistant)
2007–2010 Perth Glory
2013-2014 Kedah FA
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

David Stuart "Dave" Mitchell (born 13 June 1962 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a former Scottish-Australian football (soccer) player who most recently worked as head coach of Malaysian Premier League club Kedah FA. A powerful striker, Mitchell is remembered as one of the pioneers for Australian players in Europe, appearing in the German Bundesliga, Dutch Eredivisie, Scottish Premier League, Turkish Super Lig, as well as the top-flight and second tier in England. In Asia, he played for clubs in Hong Kong and Malaysia. He made 44 appearances for the national team, scoring 13 goals, and appearing in the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul.

Playing career[edit]

Mitchell was born in Glasgow, but moved to Adelaide as a young child. In a stellar career, Mitchell successfully played for overseas clubs for more than a dozen years before returning to Australia to coach Sydney Olympic, Sydney United and Parramatta Power in the National Soccer League. He was the assistant manager to Ron Smith at A-League club Perth Glory before taking the top position after Smith's sacking, helping the club end its winless streak.

As a player, Mitchell bought out his own contract at Adelaide City so he could join Rangers F.C, the club that his family supported in 1983. He broke into the first team at the same time as acclaimed Scotland striker Ally McCoist. Both he and McCoist scored their first goals for the club in the same Scottish League Cup game and he also represented the Glasgow club on the European stage.

In 1985, Mitchell became the first Australian to feature in the Bundesliga, playing for two seasons for Eintracht Frankfurt. He also played for Dutch glamour club Feyenoord -- appearing in the UEFA Cup -- before securing a move to Chelsea FC in the top flight of English football. He also played - and scored - on-loan for Newcastle United becoming first Aussie to play and score for the famous North-East club.

Playing in the second-tier of English football, he had successful spells at Swindon where he played with Glenn Hoddle and helped them earn promotion to the English Premier League and Millwall where he scored 15 league goals in 55 games. He then moved to Malaysia and became a hero for scoring the winner in the 1995 Malaysia Cup final; this was a golden goal, the first golden goal to be scored in a Malaysia Cup final. As a result, Mitchell was given the prestigious Pingat Jasa Kebaktian title by the state of Selangor, near Kuala Lumpur.

Mitchell finished his career with Australian clubs Sydney Olympic and Sydney United as he transitioned into coaching.

Managerial career[edit]

Mitchell's coaching career in the NSL spanned six seasons and 154 matches, in which he recorded 68 wins, 31 draws and 55 losses. When he returned from playing in Europe he was a player/coach for clubs Sydney Olympic and Sydney United. Some of his coaching achievements include a Grand Final appearance in 1998–99 with Sydney United and also being the inaugural coach of Parramatta Power in 1999–2000.

Mitchell was appointed interim head coach of Perth Glory after the sacking of Ron Smith in November 2007 and was then given a contract until March 2009. It was further extended to the end of the 2010–11 season in November 2008.[1]

Mitchell stepped down as Perth Glory coach during the 2010–11 A-League season after an unbeaten run of five games until his side conceded four consecutive losses. He decided to move to the role of Director of Football. Mitchell then moved Ian Ferguson to the head coaching role to replace himself. Both positions were for the 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons. On 4 March 2011, Mitchell was released from his contract from the club after the role was deemed redundant after an independent review of football operations at Perth Glory.

In November 2013, Malaysian Premier League club Kedah FA announced on its website that Mitchell had been appointed head coach and was preparing for the 2014 Premier League season. But despite the Red Eagles' solid start to the 2014 campaign and a Malaysia FA Cup quarterfinal appearance, he was sacked in April due to political in-fighting within the club.

Mitchell has also worked as a scout for Feyenoord, acknowledging them about Brett Emerton, Brett Holman and Stephen Laybutt, and looks for opportunities within Asia for their acclaimed youth system.



Selangor F.A.
  • Malaysia Cup: 1995
Rangers F.C.
Swindon Town F.C.
Personal Honours


Personal Honours
  • NSL Coach of the Year: 1998–99


  1. ^ "Glory keep faith in Mitchell". Fox Sports. 7 November 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 

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Preceded by
John Spanos
NSL U21 Player of the Year
Succeeded by
David Lowe
Preceded by
Ange Postecoglou
NSL Coach of the Year
Succeeded by
Bernd Stange