John Mitten, son of Charlie Mitten a leading footballer of the late 1940s and early 1950s, joined Exeter City from Plymouth Argyle in 1968 and played exactly a hundred league matches in a three-year stay at St James’ Park. Featuring against Manchester United in the FA Cup for Exeter in 1969 he played against the club with whom his father had won an FA Cup medal in 1948. Also scoring 17 goals during his time with the Grecians, John left for Bath City in 1971.
Son of Charlie Mitten, a post-war player with Manchester United who spent time playing in a 'rebel league' in Colombia, John as an England Schools and Youth international who gained his first professional contract with Mansfield Town in January 1958. He then moved to Newcastle United in September 1958, where he scored 3 goals in 9 league starts before leaving for Coventry City in August 1963 and later Plymouth Argyle in January 1967 where he added a further 43 league appearances and 8 goals.
Signing for Exeter City in July 1968, he made his debut for the Grecians in the opening day of the season game at Peterborough United. He only missed a handful of games in his first season at St James’ Park and netted 7 goals. The 1969-70 season proved to be an even better one for Mitten as he played in 43 league games and scored 9 goals. Mitten was eventually freed at the end of 1970-71, and he signed for Bath City before later spending time with Trowbridge Town, Sidmouth Town and Tiverton Town.
He also played cricket for Leicestershire appearing in 14 first-class matches between 1958 and 1963.