Emma Mitchell

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Emma Mitchell
Emma Mitchell 2014 (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1992-09-19) 19 September 1992 (age 29)
Place of birth Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)[1]
Position(s) Left-back
Club information
Current team
Reading
Number 3
Youth career
St. Johnstone Girls
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Glasgow City 35 (38)
2013 SGS Essen 11 (1)
2013–2020 Arsenal 74 (3)
2020Tottenham Hotspur (loan) 4 (2)
2020– Reading 14 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Scotland U17 9 (2)
2009–2011 Scotland U19 22 (3)
2011– Scotland[2] 62 (7)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 3 January 2020
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 13 September 2020

Emma Mitchell (born 19 September 1992) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays for FA WSL club Reading. She began her senior career with Glasgow City then joined German Frauen-Bundesliga club SGS Essen. Primarily a defender, Mitchell has also played as a forward.[3] Mitchell also plays for the Scotland women's national football team.

Club career[edit]

Born in Kirkcaldy, she grew up in the town of Buckhaven, Fife. Mitchell went on to become the only girl to play for her local high school team at the age of twelve.[4] She started her career with St Johnstone Girls, alongside fellow future Frauen-Bundesliga player Lisa Evans, before both girls joined Scottish Women's Premier League champions Glasgow City in August 2008.[3][5]

At the end of the 2012 season, Mitchell had a trial period in Denmark with earlier Champions League opponents Fortuna Hjørring, before heading for further trials in Sweden and Germany.[6][7][8]

Mitchell signed professionally for Frauen-Bundesliga side SGS Essen in January 2013.[9] After just four months, reports in Germany linked Mitchell with a transfer to English champions Arsenal.[10] Arsenal confirmed the move on 22 July 2013.[11]

Emma Mitchell with Arsenal

Whilst at Arsenal, Mitchell won an FA Cup in 2014 with WSL Cups coming in 2013 and 2015. With the Gunners, she also went on a successful run to the FA Cup final of 2016. Arsenal beat Chelsea 1–0 at Wembley and Mitchell lifted the 2016 FA Cup.[12]

On 3 January 2020, it was announced that Mitchell would be joining Tottenham Hotspur on loan for the rest of the season.[13]

On 15 July 2020, Reading announced the signing of Mitchell from Arsenal.[14]

International career[edit]

After captaining both the national Under-17 and Under-19 teams, Mitchell made her debut with the senior Scottish national team against France in May 2011. Despite conceding a penalty in Scotland's 1–1 draw, Mitchell's contribution was praised by coach Anna Signeul: "Emma Mitchell did really well on her first appearance. It is a shame that she conceded the penalty, it was just a bit of inexperience to be honest, but she didn't let her head go down and kept working hard."[15]

Mitchell attended the Scottish Football Association National Performance Centre at the University of Stirling.[16] Mitchell scored her first goal for the Senior women's side against Iceland in August 2012 and later that year scored against Spain in Scotland's 2013 UEFA Women's Euro Play-off defeat.

Mitchell was ruled out of Scotland's squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2017 by a hamstring injury.[17] After injury disrupted her appearances for Arsenal in the 2018–19 season, she was left out of the 23-player Scotland squad for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 14 March 2021[1]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Arsenal 2013 FA Women's Super League 8 0 2 0 4 0 - 8 0
2014 13 0 3 0 2 0 - 13 0
2015 11 0 3 0 - - 11 0
2016 12 0 2 0 - - 12 0
2017 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0
2017–18 17 1 6 3 - - 23 4
2018–19 11 1 1 0 3 1 - - 15 2
2019–20 2 1 0 0 3 1 3 0 - 8 2
Total 74 3 1 0 22 5 9 0 - - 106 8
Tottenham Hotspur (loan) 2019–20 FA Women's Super League 4 2 2 0 0 0 - - 6 2
Reading 2020–21 FA Women's Super League 14 0 0 0 3 0 - - 17 0
2021–22 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0
Total 14 0 0 0 3 0 - - - - 17 0
Career total 92 5 3 0 25 5 9 0 - - 129 10

International goals[edit]

As of match played 10 March 2020. Scotland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Mitchell goal.[2]
International goals by date, venue, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 4 August 2012 Cappielow, Greenock, Scotland  Iceland 1–1 1–1 Friendly
2 30 August 2012 East End Park, Dunfermline, Scotland  Norway 1–0 2–2 Friendly
3 24 October 2012 La Ciudad del Fútbol, Las Rozas de Madrid, Spain  Spain 1–0 2–3 Women's Euro 2013 qual.
4 8 March 2013 GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus  England 4–4 4–4 2013 Cyprus Women's Cup
5 7 April 2013 East End Park, Dunfermline, Scotland  Wales 2–1 2–1 Friendly
6 6 March 2015 GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus  Italy 1–2 2–3 2015 Cyprus Women's Cup
7 8 March 2016 Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk, Scotland  Spain 1–0 1–1 Friendly

Personal life[edit]

In October 2019, Mitchell spoke about her struggles with her mental health issues.[19]

Mitchell was left out of the Scotland international squad in June 2021 as she had recently become pregnant.[20]

On 28 November 2021, Mitchell gave birth to a baby girl.[21]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Glasgow City[22]

Arsenal[12][22]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Emma Mitchell at Soccerway
  2. ^ a b "Emma Mitchell – Women's A Squad". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Emma Mitchell leaves City to sign professional contract with SGS Essen". Glasgow City FC. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  4. ^ Karen Bale (4 December 2004). "She shoots she scores; Emma's four goals in first game for boys". Daily Record. Archived from the original on 13 April 2016. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Scotland name under-17 squad". Women's Soccer Scene. 14 September 2007. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  6. ^ Claus Dindler (22 November 2012). "Skrappe skotter til prøvetræning" [Tough Scots for trial] (in Danish). Fortuna Hjørring. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  7. ^ Sofie Gustafsson (4 December 2012). "Landslagstrio på jakt efter drömkontrakt" [Team trio in search of dream contract]. Värmlands Folkblad (in Swedish). Retrieved 5 December 2012.
  8. ^ Kristina Steffens (11 January 2013). "Högner schwärmt von Mitchell" [Högner raves about Mitchell] (in German). Revier Sport. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  9. ^ Markus Juchem (20 January 2013). "SGS Essen verpflichtet Emma Mitchell" [SGS Essen sign Emma Mitchell] (in German). Womensoccer.de. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  10. ^ Steffens, Kristina (15 May 2013). "Arsenal jagt Emma Mitchell" [Arsenal chase Emma Mitchell] (in German). RevierSport Online. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  11. ^ "Arsenal Ladies confirm double signing". Arsenal.com. Arsenal F.C. 22 July 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  12. ^ a b "Arsenal Ladies 1–0 Chelsea Ladies". Arsenal.
  13. ^ "Emma Mitchell joins Tottenham on loan".
  14. ^ "Mitchell makes move from Gunners to Reading Women' side". readingfc.co.uk/. Reading F.C. 15 July 2020. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  15. ^ "Local player makes Scotland debut against France". Scottish Football Association. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  16. ^ "Emma Mitchell". University of Stirling. Archived from the original on 23 December 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  17. ^ Dunn, Carrie (14 July 2017). "UEFA Women's EURO 2017 – England are on the up, Scotland achievements are remarkable". Eurosport. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  18. ^ Wrack, Suzanne (15 May 2019). "Women's World Cup: Arsenal's Emma Mitchell left out of Scotland squad". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  19. ^ "Emma Mitchell: Arsenal defender opens up on mental health". 9 October 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  20. ^ "McLaren names four fresh faces for SWNT's June friendlies". Scottish FA. 31 May 2021. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  21. ^ "Huge congratulations to @emsmitch3 and her family on the arrival of their beautiful baby girl, Innes Mukandi". twitter.com/ReadingFCWomen/. Reading FC Women Twitter. 28 November 2021. Retrieved 28 November 2021.
  22. ^ a b "Emma Mitchell". Soccerway.com.
  23. ^ "WSL Team of the Year: Lucy Bronze is sole Liverpool player". BBC Sport. 26 April 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2015.

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