Mitchell Thomas

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Mitchell Thomas
Personal information
Full name Mitchell Antony Thomas
Date of birth (1964-10-02) 2 October 1964 (age 49)
Place of birth Luton, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1986 Luton Town 107 (1)
1986–1991 Tottenham Hotspur 157 (6)
1991–1994 West Ham United 38 (3)
1994–1999 Luton Town 186 (5)
1999–2002 Burnley 99 (0)
Total 587 (15)
National team
1985–1986 England U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mitchell Thomas (born 2 October 1964 in Luton) is a retired English football defender. While at Tottenham Hotspur he started in the 1987 FA Cup Final.

Playing career[edit]

David Pleat brought Thomas into the Luton Town side from Limbury boys club in 1982.[citation needed] In 1985 Thomas played in the home game against Millwall infamous for the Kenilworth Road riot.[citation needed] In 1985/86 Thomas played three games for England U21s in the European U21 championships.[citation needed] He played in a qualifier and one leg each of the quarter and semi finals, with two of his Luton Town colleagues Tim Breacker and Mike Newell.[citation needed] [1] [2] He was sold to Tottenham in July 1986 for a fee of £275,000, following same movement of manager David Pleat.[citation needed] After his spell at Tottenham during which he played in the 1987 FA Cup Final, Thomas moved to West Ham Utd in August 1991 for £500,000 joining former Luton team mate Tim Breacker.

On transfer deadline day in March 1994, he returned to Luton Town on a free transfer,[3] and he stayed there until the club went into receivership over the summer of 1999 and were forced to sell many players. Stan Ternent signed Thomas, for Burnley, for the start of the 1999-2000 season, which they ended by winning promotion. He remained at Turf Moor until retiring as a player in 2002.

Since Retirement[edit]

Since retirement from playing, Thomas has played a part in the transfer of several players. His role was controversial resulting in investigations into the transfers of Jermain Defoe to Tottenham Hotspur [4] and Shaun Wright-Phillips to Chelsea. [5] [6] Thomas was also embroiled in a controversy of this type when was transferred to Tottenham. [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England U21 results to 1985". RSSSF. 
  2. ^ "England U21 results from 1986". RSSSF. 
  3. ^ Haylett, Trevor (1994-03-25). "Football: Peacock goes but Francis stays: Mixed day at Queen's Park Rangers while Limpar joins Everton and Beagrie hops to City". The Independent (London). 
  4. ^ "Defoe acts as his own agent to seal the deal and return to Spurs". London: Daily Mail. 2009-01-07. 
  5. ^ Conn, David (2010-03-09). "Shaun Wright-Phillips and Chelsea face questions over unlicensed agent". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  6. ^ Conn, David (2010-03-10). "Wright-Phillips deal offers Quest chance of belated success". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  7. ^ "More strife for Spurs". London: Independent. 1994-06-06. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 

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