Archie Mitchell (footballer)

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Archie Mitchell
Archie Mitchell, Brentford FC manager, 1924.jpg
Mitchell while Brentford manager in 1924.
Personal information
Full name Archibald Philip Mitchell[1]
Date of birth (1885-12-15)15 December 1885[1]
Place of birth Smethwick, England
Date of death 16 April 1949(1949-04-16) (aged 63)
Place of death Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada[2]
Playing position Centre half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Oldbury St John's
1905–1907 Aston Villa 0 (0)
1907–1921 Queens Park Rangers 306 (11)
1916 Brentford (guest) 1 (0)
1921–1922 Brentford 13 (2)
Total 48 (5)
National team
England Juniors
Southern League XI 7
1921 Football League XI 1 (0)
Teams managed
1921–1924 Brentford
Dartford
1931–1933 Queens Park Rangers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Archibald Philip "Archie" Mitchell (15 December 1885 – 16 April 1949) was an English football centre-half and manager. He is best remembered for his long spell as a player with Queens Park Rangers, for whom he made over 300 appearances.[3]

Playing career[edit]

Early years and Aston Villa[edit]

A centre half, Mitchell began his playing career with Oldbury St John's, before transferring to Football League Division One side Aston Villa in 1905.[2] He failed to make a first team appearance for the club, appearing instead for the reserve team.[2] With the reserves, he helped the team win the Birmingham & District League title in the 1905–06 and 1906–07 seasons. Mitchell departed Villa in 1907.

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

In 1907, Mitchell signed for Southern League Division One side Queens Park Rangers.[4] He had a good start to his career with the Hoops, winning the 1907–08 Southern League Division One title in his debut season.[5] A further Southern League Division One title was won in 1911–12,[6] with the Charity Shield being lost 2–1 to Football League Division One champions Blackburn Rovers.[7][8] 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,[9] after the club were elected to the Football League Division Three.[6] He made 35 appearances and scored three goals during the 1920–21 season.[10] By the time he left the Hoops at the end of the campaign, Mitchell had made over 330 appearances for the club, excluding unofficial wartime competitions.[3]

Brentford[edit]

Mitchell joined West London rivals Brentford as player in August 1921,[3] having previously made an appearance for the club as a guest during the First World War.[11] Plying his trade in the Division Three South, Mitchell played as a goalkeeper in the final away league game of the 1921–22 season away to Swansea Town.[4] The 1–0 defeat was the final appearance of his career.[4] He made 16 appearances and scored two goal for the Bees.[4]

Management career[edit]

Brentford[edit]

When Mitchell joined Football League Division Three South side Brentford in the summer of 1921, he became the club's player-manager.[3] He presided over three forgettable campaigns, his best finish being 9th in the 1921–22 season.[12] After a run of seven straight defeats, Mitchell left the club in December 1924.[4]

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

After coaching in the Balkans and a two-year stint as manager of Southern League side Dartford,[4] 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.[13] 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.

International and representative career[edit]

Mitchell made one appearance for England Juniors and made seven appearances for the Southern League representative team while with Queens Park Rangers.[2][4] He made an appearance for the Football League XI in a 4–1 win over the Army on 10 November 1921.[3]

Personal life[edit]

After leaving Brentford and before departing for the Balkans, Mitchell worked in Acton as a schoolteacher.[4]

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

Aston Villa Reserves

Queens Park Rangers

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Queens Park Rangers 1907–08[5] Southern League First Division 12 0 0 0 12 0
1908–09[14] 23 0 1 0 24 0
1909–10[15] 30 1 7 0 37 1
1910–11[16] 33 0 1 0 34 0
1911–12[8] 37 2 2 0 1[a] 0 40 2
1912–13[17] 38 1 2 0 40 1
1913–14[18] 33 1 5 1 38 2
1914–15[19] 30 1 3 0 33 1
1919–20[20] 35 2 1 0 36 0
1920–21[9] Third Division 35 3 2 0 37 0
Total 306 11 24 1 1 0 331 12
Brentford 1921–22[11] Third Division South 13 2 3 1 16 3
Career total 319 13 27 2 1 0 347 15
  1. ^ Appearance in FA Charity Shield.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Joyce, Michael (2012). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 206. ISBN 190589161X. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Aston Villa Player Database". Aston Villa Player Database. 16 April 1949. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Haynes, Graham (1998). A-Z of Bees: Brentford Encyclopaedia. Yore Publications. p. 74. ISBN 1 874427 57 7. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Haynes, Graham; Coumbe, Frank (2006). Timeless Bees: Brentford F.C. Who's Who 1920–2006. Harefield: Yore Publications. p. 109. ISBN 0955294916. 
  5. ^ a b c "QPRnet – Seasonal Stats – 1907/08". 
  6. ^ a b "Football Club History Database – Queens Park Rangers". fchd.info. Retrieved 2016-09-14. 
  7. ^ "England – List of FA Charity/Community Shield Matches". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 2016-09-14. 
  8. ^ a b c d "QPRnet – Seasonal Stats – 1911–12". 
  9. ^ a b "QPRnet – Seasonal Stats – 1920–21". 
  10. ^ "Doing The 92 ~ Archie Mitchell". Doingthe92.com. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  11. ^ a b White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. pp. 363–365. ISBN 0951526200. 
  12. ^ "Football Club History Database – Brentford". www.fchd.info. Retrieved 2016-09-14. 
  13. ^ "A Potted History". QPR. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "QPRnet – Seasonal Stats – 1908–09". 
  15. ^ "QPRnet – Seasonal Stats – 1909–10". 
  16. ^ "QPRnet – Seasonal Stats – 1910–11". 
  17. ^ "QPRnet – Seasonal Stats – 1912–13". 
  18. ^ "QPRnet – Seasonal Stats – 1913–14". 
  19. ^ "QPRnet – Seasonal Stats – 1914–15". 
  20. ^ "QPRnet – Seasonal Stats – 1919–20".