Ian Mitchell (footballer)

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Ian Mitchell
Personal information
Date of birth (1946-05-09)9 May 1946
Place of birth Falkirk, Scotland
Date of death 2 April 1996(1996-04-02) (aged 49)
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Left winger
Youth career
Woodburn Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–70 Dundee United 205 (95)
1970–71 Newcastle United 3 (0)
1971–73 Dundee United 31 (7)
1973–74 Falkirk 3 (1)
1974–77 Brechin City 62 (15)
Total 304 (118)
National team
1966–1967 Scotland U23 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ian Mitchell (9 May 1946 – 2 April 1996) was a Scottish footballer who played mainly for Dundee United and holds the record of being the youngest player ever to make a first team appearance for the club.

Mitchell was born in Falkirk. After winning schoolboy caps for Scotland, Dundee United snapped him up as a juvenile. He became a regular in the first team after a good showing in his debut, aged only sixteen. He is one of five United players to score more than 100 league goals for the club and in the top twenty appearances for the club.

In 1970 he signed for Newcastle United for £50,000 but returned to Dundee United a year later. He also had spells with Falkirk and Brechin City before retiring.

He died after a long illness at the age of 49.

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