Wednesday, 22 December 2010
229 Neil Mitchell
Position : Midfield
Played : 1995-96 (on loan from Blackpool)
Appearances : 4
Goals : 0
Neil was signed on loan from Blackpool in December 1995 to try and supply some creativity in Mark Stuart's absence. He was a local lad from Lytham who made his debut in 1992 and gradually got more first team opportunities till he made 30 appearances in 1994-95 but he hadn't played at all in 1995-96 before coming to us.
The diminutive midfielder was played out wide and failed to make much of an impact coming in the middle of an 8- match losing streak. He didn't play a full 90 minutes in any of his games. I remember in one of them (I think it may have been the Leyton Orient game) he made an impressive run which suggested he might be worth a longer look but it didn't happen.
He returned to Blackpool, was loaned out to Southport later in the season and then released in the summer. He joined Macclesfield and was part of their Conference-winning team in 1997. He made 5 League appearances the following season but didn't play again after appearing in the side trashed 7-0 by Walsall in the FA Cup. He joined Morecambe in February 1998 then Chorley 18 months later. He retired as a semi-pro in 2004 but still plays in the Blackpool Sunday League for Bloomfield Veterans FC alongside another Blackpool and Dale man, Andy Gouck. He now works for the YMCA as a football coach in Fylde schools.