Mitton, John (Jack)

Birth Date

7th November 1895

Birthplace

Todmorden, England

Occupation

Half-Back

Biographical Text

John Mitton, brother of James played in Exeter City’s first ever game in the Football League in August 1920, when Brentford were the visitors to St James’ Park.

He began his career with Lancashire junior side, Brierfield, then moving on to Burnley in 1914. He resumed his career after the First World War with Bury in 1918-19.

Signing for Exeter City in the summer of 1919, the Grecians were at that time playing in the Southern League.

His first game for the club was in a 1-1 draw at Southampton in August 1919.

Whilst at Exeter, Mitton joined Somerset County Cricket Club, for whom he made two first-class appearances in the summer of 1920, against Cambridge University and Oxford University. In the two matches, he scored a total of 15 runs and took one wicket.

Mitton remained at Exeter until leaving for Sunderland in 1920, where he made 80 league outings, scoring 7 goals.

However, he enjoyed his best spell with his next club, Wolverhampton Wanderers whom he signed for in 1924, adding a further 100 league games to his credit and scoring six goals.

His last Football League club was ironically the same one he had made his Exeter City debut against, Southampton.

He joined them for the 1927-28 season, but was to only feature in 8 league matches.

John Mitton died on the 5th August 1983.

Appearances

11

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