Bobby Mitchell

Position Outside Left
Playing career 1949 - 1961
Height 5' 11"
Born Glasgow, 16 August 1924
Died Newcastle upon Tyne, 8 April 1993

A darling of the St. James' Park crowd, Bobby Dazzler' as he was affectionately known was a wing wizard and instrumental in United's immediate post war years, culminating of course in the three Wembley FA Cup triumphs.

Born in Glasgow in 1924, he joined the then notable Scottish side Third Lanark in 1942 before serving as a telegraphist in the Royal Navy during World War two in the Mediterranean and Pacific.

Moving to Gallowgate in 1949 for £17,000, a record fee for a winger, he was without doubt worth every penny. Famed for his immaculate ball control he scored many important goals for United, especially in FA Cup ties during a magnificent 13-year career on Tyneside. Thrilling the Geordie public with magical footwork and ball skills - no other player has played more games as a forward for the black'n'whites - Bobby was able to raise his game for the important fixtures.

In his earlier career he was the Scottish League's top scorer in 1946/47 with 22 goals, even though he played most of his games on the wing - a latter day Cristiano Ronaldo perhaps. Operating in the Number 11 shirt, he played a pivotal role in the 1951 FA Cup winning campaign, scored a last minute penalty against Blackburn in the semi final of 1952 to take United to Wembley where he would set up George Robledo's winner and then netted himself in 1955, the Final famous for Jackie Milburn's headed goal a mere 45 seconds into the match.

He scored on his Scotland debut too in 1951 and in his final year, 1961, he was awarded a hugely deserved testimonial where a terrific crowd of over 40,000 turned up, clear evidence of the affection in which Mitchell was held by United's fans.

Debut:

Sunderland (a) 5/3/49

Appearances

Football League 367 apps 95 gls
FA Cup 41 apps 18 gls
Others 2 apps 0 gls
Total 410 apps 113 gls

Honours

2 Scotland caps 1951 - 2
FA Cup Winner 1951, 1952, 1955