Ian Mitchell Player Profile


  • Full Name: Ian John Mitchell
  • Born: May 9th, 1946 (Falkirk)
  • Died: April 2nd, 1996
  • Height: 5' 8
  • Position: Forward
  • Signed: July 18th, 1962
  • First Manager: Jerry Kerr
  • Career Totals: 314 appearances, 133 goals
  • Also Played For: Brechin City, Falkirk, Newcastle United


Playing Seasons


ALL League Cups
Season
1973-74 - (1) 1 0 0 0 - - - (1) 0
1972-73 22 (4) 26 3 0 0 17 (4) 2 5 1
1971-72 15 15 5 0 0 14 5 1 0
1969-70 39 (1) 40 20 0 0 32 (1) 18 7 2
1968-69 40 40 17 0 0 31 12 9 5
1967-68 32 32 16 0 0 27 13 5 3
1966-67 40 40 22 0 0 28 17 12 5
1965-66 28 28 14 0 0 20 12 8 2
1964-65 25 25 11 0 0 14 3 11 8
1963-64 34 34 16 0 0 25 12 9 4
1962-63 33 33 9 0 0 26 7 7 2
Totals: 308 (6) 133 234 (5) 101 74 (1) 32

ALL = Combined first team appearances
League/Cups = First team starts (sub appearances)
G2G = Goals to Games Ratio

 Recent First Team Starts
Apr 28th, 1973 28/04/73 Division One vs. Dumbarton (A) 1 - 4
Apr 21st, 1973 21/04/73 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H) 2 - 1
Mar 31st, 1973 31/03/73 Division One vs. Aberdeen (A) 0 - 0
Mar 10th, 1973 10/03/73 Division One vs. Celtic (H) 2 - 2
Jan 6th, 1973 06/01/73 Division One vs. Dundee (A) 0 - 3

 Recent First Team Goals
Dec 16th, 1972 16/12/72 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (A) 1 - 0
Sep 20th, 1972 20/09/72 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Hibernian (H) 2 - 5
Sep 9th, 1972 09/09/72 Division One vs. St Johnstone (A) 3 - 1
Apr 22nd, 1972 22/04/72 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H) 2 - 0
Apr 15th, 1972 15/04/72 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (A) 2 - 4

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
Dec 16th, 1972 16/12/72 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (A) 1 - 0 (89')
Sep 20th, 1972 20/09/72 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Hibernian (H) 2 - 5 (17')
Sep 9th, 1972 09/09/72 Division One vs. St Johnstone (A) 3 - 1 (13')
Apr 22nd, 1972 22/04/72 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H) 2 - 0 (24')
Apr 15th, 1972 15/04/72 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (A) 2 - 4 (75')
Mar 25th, 1972 25/03/72 Division One vs. East Fife (H) 2 - 2 (10')
Mar 25th, 1972 25/03/72 Division One vs. East Fife (H) 2 - 2 (70')
Jan 29th, 1972 29/01/72 Division One vs. Morton (H) 2 - 1 (68')
Apr 18th, 1970 18/04/70 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (H) 4 - 2 (4')
Apr 18th, 1970 18/04/70 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (H) 4 - 2 (43')
Apr 18th, 1970 18/04/70 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (H) 4 - 2 (-)
Mar 28th, 1970 28/03/70 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H) 2 - 0 (49')
Mar 11th, 1970 11/03/70 Division One vs. Clyde (H) 3 - 1 (25')
Mar 11th, 1970 11/03/70 Division One vs. Clyde (H) 3 - 1 (83')
Feb 28th, 1970 28/02/70 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (A) 3 - 2 (-)
Feb 11th, 1970 11/02/70 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (A) 1 - 3 (-)
Jan 31st, 1970 31/01/70 Division One vs. Morton (H) 5 - 4 (17')
Jan 31st, 1970 31/01/70 Division One vs. Morton (H) 5 - 4 (35')
Jan 24th, 1970 24/01/70 1st Round vs. Ayr Utd (H) 1 - 0 (49') p
Jan 17th, 1970 17/01/70 Division One vs. Airdrie (A) 3 - 6 (24')
Jan 17th, 1970 17/01/70 Division One vs. Airdrie (A) 3 - 6 (25')
Jan 17th, 1970 17/01/70 Division One vs. Airdrie (A) 3 - 6 (33')
Jan 10th, 1970 10/01/70 Division One vs. Hearts (H) 2 - 3 (69')
Dec 27th, 1969 27/12/69 Division One vs. Hearts (A) 2 - 2 (27')
Dec 17th, 1969 17/12/69 Division One vs. Celtic (A) 2 - 7 (25') p
Dec 6th, 1969 06/12/69 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H) 2 - 2 (5')
Nov 1st, 1969 01/11/69 Division One vs. Partick Th (H) 1 - 0 (74')
Aug 9th, 1969 09/08/69 Sectional Tie vs. Hearts (H) 2 - 3 (27')
Mar 29th, 1969 29/03/69 Division One vs. Falkirk (A) 2 - 2 (44')
Mar 1st, 1969 01/03/69 3rd Round vs. Morton (H) 2 - 3 (29')
Jan 25th, 1969 25/01/69 1st Round vs. Queen's Park (H) 2 - 1 (53')
Jan 18th, 1969 18/01/69 Division One vs. Celtic (H) 1 - 3 (80')
Jan 2nd, 1969 02/01/69 Division One vs. Dundee (A) 2 - 1 (41')
Jan 1st, 1969 01/01/69 Division One vs. St Johnstone (H) 4 - 2 (46')
Dec 28th, 1968 28/12/68 Division One vs. Dunfermline (A) 2 - 2 (75')
Dec 28th, 1968 28/12/68 Division One vs. Dunfermline (A) 2 - 2 (79')
Dec 14th, 1968 14/12/68 Division One vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 2 (45')
Dec 7th, 1968 07/12/68 Division One vs. Falkirk (H) 2 - 1 (50')
Nov 16th, 1968 16/11/68 Division One vs. Hearts (H) 4 - 2 (13')
Nov 9th, 1968 09/11/68 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (A) 2 - 1 (57')
Sep 14th, 1968 14/09/68 Division One vs. Dundee (H) 3 - 1 (23')
Sep 7th, 1968 07/09/68 Division One vs. St Johnstone (A) 4 - 1 (-)
Aug 28th, 1968 28/08/68 Sectional Tie vs. Clyde (A) 4 - 0 (-)
Aug 28th, 1968 28/08/68 Sectional Tie vs. Clyde (A) 4 - 0 (-)
Aug 17th, 1968 17/08/68 Sectional Tie vs. Aberdeen (A) 1 - 4 (55')
Mar 20th, 1968 20/03/68 Division One vs. Hearts (H) 2 - 1 (61')
Mar 16th, 1968 16/03/68 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (H) 3 - 3 (27')
Mar 6th, 1968 06/03/68 Division One vs. Falkirk (H) 3 - 2 (30')
Mar 6th, 1968 06/03/68 Division One vs. Falkirk (H) 3 - 2 (32')
Mar 2nd, 1968 02/03/68 Division One vs. Motherwell (A) 3 - 1 (62')
Feb 17th, 1968 17/02/68 2nd Round vs. Hearts (H) 5 - 6 (30')
Feb 17th, 1968 17/02/68 2nd Round vs. Hearts (H) 5 - 6 (37')
Feb 3rd, 1968 03/02/68 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H) 2 - 3 (-)
Jan 27th, 1968 27/01/68 1st Round vs. St Mirren (H) 3 - 1 (47')
Dec 30th, 1967 30/12/67 Division One vs. Stirling Albion (H) 9 - 0 (83')
Dec 30th, 1967 30/12/67 Division One vs. Stirling Albion (H) 9 - 0 (17')
Dec 30th, 1967 30/12/67 Division One vs. Stirling Albion (H) 9 - 0 (47')
Nov 25th, 1967 25/11/67 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H) 3 - 2 (10')
Oct 28th, 1967 28/10/67 Division One vs. Falkirk (A) 2 - 1 (-)
Oct 21st, 1967 21/10/67 Division One vs. Partick Th (H) 2 - 2 (66')
Oct 7th, 1967 07/10/67 Division One vs. Morton (H) 3 - 2 (21')
Apr 8th, 1967 08/04/67 Division One vs. Hearts (H) 2 - 0 (89')
Jan 28th, 1967 28/01/67 1st Round vs. Hearts (A) 3 - 0 (86')
Jan 7th, 1967 07/01/67 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (H) 4 - 0 (84')
Jan 2nd, 1967 02/01/67 Division One vs. St Johnstone (H) 1 - 0 (75')
Dec 31st, 1966 31/12/66 Division One vs. Celtic (H) 3 - 2 (75')
Dec 10th, 1966 10/12/66 Division One vs. Hearts (A) 1 - 2 (8')
Dec 3rd, 1966 03/12/66 Division One vs. Falkirk (A) 3 - 0 (18')
Dec 3rd, 1966 03/12/66 Division One vs. Falkirk (A) 3 - 0 (30')
Nov 16th, 1966 16/11/66 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Barcelona (H) 2 - 0 (18')
Nov 12th, 1966 12/11/66 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H) 1 - 1 (13')
Oct 29th, 1966 29/10/66 Division One vs. Dunfermline (H) 2 - 4 (65')
Oct 22nd, 1966 22/10/66 Division One vs. Hibernian (A) 2 - 2 (31')
Oct 15th, 1966 15/10/66 Division One vs. Clyde (H) 4 - 3 (30')
Oct 8th, 1966 08/10/66 Division One vs. Stirling Albion (A) 4 - 1 (50')
Oct 8th, 1966 08/10/66 Division One vs. Stirling Albion (A) 4 - 1 (66')
Oct 1st, 1966 01/10/66 Division One vs. Rangers (H) 2 - 3 (87')
Sep 24th, 1966 24/09/66 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (A) 7 - 0 (68')
Sep 24th, 1966 24/09/66 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (A) 7 - 0 (71')
Sep 17th, 1966 17/09/66 Division One vs. Dundee (H) 1 - 4 (42')
Sep 3rd, 1966 03/09/66 Sectional Tie vs. Aberdeen (H) 3 - 4 (16')
Sep 3rd, 1966 03/09/66 Sectional Tie vs. Aberdeen (H) 3 - 4 (69')
Aug 17th, 1966 17/08/66 Sectional Tie vs. St Johnstone (A) 1 - 1 (-)
Apr 30th, 1966 30/04/66 Division One vs. Stirling Albion (H) 1 - 1 (4')
Apr 16th, 1966 16/04/66 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H) 3 - 0 (58')
Apr 9th, 1966 09/04/66 Division One vs. Hibernian (H) 5 - 4 (61') p
Mar 19th, 1966 19/03/66 Division One vs. Motherwell (H) 5 - 1 (47')
Mar 16th, 1966 16/03/66 Division One vs. Hearts (A) 1 - 0 (54')
Mar 12th, 1966 12/03/66 Division One vs. Falkirk (H) 2 - 3 (-)
Feb 12th, 1966 12/02/66 Division One vs. Hamilton (A) 4 - 0 (-)
Jan 22nd, 1966 22/01/66 Division One vs. Partick Th (A) 1 - 4 (18')
Jan 15th, 1966 15/01/66 Division One vs. St Mirren (H) 3 - 0 (68')
Jan 3rd, 1966 03/01/66 Division One vs. Dundee (H) 2 - 1 (41')
Sep 25th, 1965 25/09/65 Division One vs. St Mirren (A) 2 - 1 (88') p
Sep 18th, 1965 18/09/65 Division One vs. St Johnstone (H) 5 - 1 (85')
Sep 1st, 1965 01/09/65 Sectional Tie vs. Dundee (H) 1 - 3 (61') p
Aug 21st, 1965 21/08/65 Sectional Tie vs. Motherwell (H) 4 - 1 (74') p
May 26th, 1965 26/05/65 Semi Final 2nd Leg vs. Partick Th (H) 3 - 0 (-) p
May 26th, 1965 26/05/65 Semi Final 2nd Leg vs. Partick Th (H) 3 - 0 (-)
May 12th, 1965 12/05/65 Sectional Tie vs. Dundee (H) 3 - 2 (-)
May 5th, 1965 05/05/65 Sectional Tie vs. St Johnstone (H) 4 - 1 (-)
May 5th, 1965 05/05/65 Sectional Tie vs. St Johnstone (H) 4 - 1 (-)
May 1st, 1965 01/05/65 Sectional Tie vs. Dundee (A) 4 - 1 (-)
Apr 24th, 1965 24/04/65 Division One vs. Motherwell (H) 3 - 1 (84')
Apr 17th, 1965 17/04/65 Division One vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 0 (76')
Jan 9th, 1965 09/01/65 Division One vs. Celtic (H) 3 - 1 (90')
Sep 9th, 1964 09/09/64 Quarter Final 1st Leg vs. Hamilton (H) 8 - 0 (10')
Sep 9th, 1964 09/09/64 Quarter Final 1st Leg vs. Hamilton (H) 8 - 0 (11')
Feb 8th, 1964 08/02/64 Division One vs. Partick Th (H) 1 - 2 (25')
Jan 2nd, 1964 02/01/64 Division One vs. Dundee (H) 2 - 1 (-)
Jan 2nd, 1964 02/01/64 Division One vs. Dundee (H) 2 - 1 (89')
Jan 1st, 1964 01/01/64 Division One vs. St Johnstone (A) 2 - 2 (68')
Jan 1st, 1964 01/01/64 Division One vs. St Johnstone (A) 2 - 2 (70')
Dec 28th, 1963 28/12/63 Division One vs. St Mirren (H) 6 - 2 (48')
Dec 28th, 1963 28/12/63 Division One vs. St Mirren (H) 6 - 2 (56')
Dec 28th, 1963 28/12/63 Division One vs. St Mirren (H) 6 - 2 (75')
Dec 7th, 1963 07/12/63 Division One vs. Rangers (H) 2 - 3 (85')
Oct 5th, 1963 05/10/63 Division One vs. Airdrie (H) 9 - 1 (52')
Oct 5th, 1963 05/10/63 Division One vs. Airdrie (H) 9 - 1 (54')
Sep 14th, 1963 14/09/63 Division One vs. Dundee (A) 1 - 1 (49')
Aug 17th, 1963 17/08/63 Sectional Tie vs. St Mirren (A) 3 - 2 (16')
Aug 14th, 1963 14/08/63 Sectional Tie vs. Hibernian (A) 2 - 3 (-) p
Aug 14th, 1963 14/08/63 Sectional Tie vs. Hibernian (A) 2 - 3 (-)
Aug 10th, 1963 10/08/63 Sectional Tie vs. Aberdeen (H) 1 - 1 (-)
Apr 29th, 1963 29/04/63 Division One vs. Third Lanark (H) 1 - 0 (-)
Apr 17th, 1963 17/04/63 Division One vs. Dundee (A) 2 - 1 (-)
Apr 13th, 1963 13/04/63 Semi Final vs. Rangers (N) 2 - 5 (34')
Apr 8th, 1963 08/04/63 Quarter Final 2nd Replay vs. QOS (N) 4 - 0 (84')
Mar 2nd, 1963 02/03/63 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (A) 7 - 2 (50')
Dec 22nd, 1962 22/12/62 Division One vs. Airdrie (H) 3 - 1 (62')
Dec 8th, 1962 08/12/62 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H) 3 - 3 (53')
Nov 24th, 1962 24/11/62 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H) 3 - 3 (85')
Oct 27th, 1962 27/10/62 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (H) 8 - 1 (52')

 List of Games Played
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Competition History


Comp
LGE 234 (5) 101 0 0
SC 23 9 0 0
LC 33 (1) 16 0 0
FAIRS 5 1 0 0
TEX 2 0 0 0
SUM 11 6 0 0
Totals: 308 (6) 133

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals


Biography


Ian signed for United in July 1962 aged just sixteen. A former schoolboy international, he joined United, initially on an amateur form from Woodburn Athletic. Two months later he became the youngest player to turn out for United, when he made his debut against Hibs at Tannadice and by the end of his first season, he was firmly established as a first pick.

Before signing professionally in May 1963, he helped the Club reach their first ever Scottish Cup semi-final and later their first League Cup semi-final during the 1963-64 campaign. He finished the clubs top scorer that season, and grabbed his first senior hat-trick against St Mirren in December 1963. Ian’s number of appearances dropped slightly over the next couple of seasons, but still played his part, helping United qualify for European Football for the first ever time in the Club’s history at the end of the 1965-66 league campaign.

Having played most of his career so far as an inside-forward, Ian was moved into centre-forward for parts of the 1966-67 season in the absence of the injured Finn Dossing. It was in this position that he played in both legs of the Fair Cup tie versus the holders Barcelona, and scored the opening goal in the second leg at Tannadice. He once again finished as United’s top scorer, and gained international recognition, playing for the Scotland Under-23 team in victories over Wales and England, before travelling with the Club to the Unites States to represent Dallas Tornado in the United Soccer Association in the summer of 1967.

He continued his excellent goal-scoring form, finishing as the top scorer twice over the next three seasons, including hat-tricks against Stirling Albion, Airdrie and Raith Rovers. Having played against Newcastle United in the Fairs Cup in October 1969, nine months later he was transferred to the English side for reported fee of £50,000. Having made only five appearances, he was back at Tannadice fourteen months later, as part of a swap deal that took Alec Reid to Newcastle.

Ian spent the next two seasons with United in a supporting forward role, chipping in with some vital goals, but was released in September 1973. He returned to his home town to sign for Falkirk and later played with Brechin City before retiring from the game. Sadly, he passed away in 1996 at the young age of 49 after a long illness.

Mitchell is United’s fourth top all time goal scorer and twentieth in the all-time appearances table. In January 2010 he was inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame.

Last updated on Monday, October 31st, 2016 by B Orr.





Debut

September 29th, 1962
Dundee United 5 - 0 Hibernian

League (Division One)


Timeline


  • Date of Birth


    Ian was born on this date in Falkirk.


  • Signed For Dundee United


  • First Team Debut

    Dundee United 5 - 0 Hibernian
    League (Division One)


  • First Goal

    Dundee United 8 - 1 Raith Rovers
    League (Division One)

    United recorded only their second win of the league campaign against a Raith Rovers side who looked all at sea for most of the game. The game was approaching the half hour mark when United con


  • 50th Appearance

    Dundee United 0 - 0 Hearts
    League (Division One)


  • 50th League Appearance

    Dundee United 4 - 1 Motherwell
    League (Division One)


  • 100th Appearance

    Dundee United 5 - 1 St Johnstone
    League (Division One)


  • 50th Goal

  • 100th League Appearance

    Dundee United 2 - 2 St Mirren
    League (Division One)


  • 50th League Goal

    Dundee United 4 - 0 Ayr Utd
    League (Division One)


  • 200th Appearance

    Dundee United 3 - 1 Dundee
    League (Division One)


  • 100th Goal

    Dundee United 4 - 2 St Johnstone
    League (Division One)


  • 200th League Appearance

    Partick Th 1 - 2 Dundee United
    League (Division One)

    United's hopes of clinching for themselves a Fairs Cup spot for the following season appeared slim when they travelled to Firhill with the dismal record of never having won there for 30 years. However


  • 100th League Goal

    St Johnstone 1 - 3 Dundee United
    League (Division One)


  • 300th Appearance

    East Fife 1 - 0 Dundee United
    League (Division One)

    The first half in this game was little to write home. East Fife had most of the opening 45 minutes and they were defied by the agile McAlpine, poor shooting and bad luck. Twice United kicked clear on


  • Last Goal

    Kilmarnock 0 - 1 Dundee United
    League (Division One)


  • Last Appearance

    Dundee United 0 - 3 Motherwell
    League Cup (Sectional Tie)


  • Date of Death


    Ian died on this date