7 March 2010

Gerry Mitchell

Name: Gerald Mitchell
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Position: Left-Half

Representative Honours: Ireland: 7 Amateur Caps (1931-1936); Alliance League Representative.
Club Honours:

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA.Cup
Other
Loopbridge
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Amateur
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Dunmurry
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Amateur
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Cliftonville
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Amateur
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TOTALS
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£0
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Biography:
The regular left-half for Ireland's Amateur team for a period of five years in the early-1930s, Gerry Mitchell was noted not just for his "blockade tactics", but also for his clever play "in initiating and backing up his attack".

Mitchell began his career with Loopbridge where he played for just a few months in the forward line. He then played a few games for Dunmurry before joining Cliftonville Olympic where "his destructive and constructive qualities developed rapidly". He representated the Alliance League as centre-forward against the Stockport & District XI, his performance earning him further selections for the Alliance.

It was only after his prmotion to the Cliftonville firstteam that Mitchell began playing in the half-back line. It was in his first season of senior football, still a relative novice in the left-half role, that he earned selection for Amateur Ireland's trip to York to face England in November 1931. He retained his position for seven of Ireland's next nine Amateur international matches.

Ireland Amateur Cap Details:
14-11-1931 England. A L 2-3
23-01-1932 Scotland H W 4-0
28-01-1933 Scotland A L 0-6 (or 1-5?)
18-02-1933 England. H W 4-3
17-02-1934 England. A L 0-4
17-04-1935 Scotland A W 3-2
15-02-1936 England. A L 0-5

Summary: 7/0. Won 3, Drew 0, Lost 4.

Details and picture kindly supplied by Jim Murphy.

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