Mitchell Thomas

Mitchell Thomas
Mitchell Thomas
Personal information
Full name Mitchell Antony Thomas
Date of birth 2 October 1964 (1964-10-02) (age 47)
Place of birth Luton, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1986 Luton Town 107 (1)
1986–1991 Tottenham Hotspur 157 (6)
1991–1994 West Ham United 38 (3)
1994–1999 Luton Town 186 (5)
1999–2002 Burnley 99 (0)
Total 587 (15)
National team
1985–1986 England U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mitchell Thomas (born 2 October 1964 in Luton) is a retired English football defender. Whilst at Tottenham Hotspur he started in the 1987 FA Cup Final.


Playing career

David Pleat brought Mitchell Thomas into the Luton Town side from Limbury boys club in 1982. In 1985 Mitchell played in the home game against Millwall infamous for the Kenilworth Road riot. In 1985/86 Mitchell played three games for England U21s in the European U21 championships. He played in a qualifier and one leg each of the quarter and semi finals, with two of his Luton Town colleagues Tim Breacker and Mike Newell. [1] [2] Mitchell Thomas was sold to Tottenham in July 1986 for a fee of £275,000, following same movement of manager David Pleat. After his spell at Tottenham during which he played in the 1987 FA Cup Final. Mitchell moved to West Ham Utd in August 1991 for £500,000 joining former Luton team mate Tim Breacker.

On transfer deadline day in March 1994, he returned to Luton Town on a free transfer,[3]and he stayed there until the club went into receivership over the summer of 1999 and were forced to sell many players. Stan Ternent signed Mitchell, for Burnley, for the start of the 1999-2000 season, which they ended by winning promotion. He remained at Turf Moor until retiring as a player in 2002.

Since Retirement

Since retirement from playing, Mitchell has played a part in the transfer of several players. His role has been somewhat controversial resulting in investigations into the transfers of Jermain Defoe to Tottenham Hotspur [4] and Shaun Wright-Phillips to Chelsea. [5] [6] Mitchell himself was also embroiled in a controversy of this type when he, himself, transferred to Tottenham Hotspur. [7]


External sources

  • [2] Luton sell Mitchell.
  • [3] "Goodbye to Mitchell" from Clarets-Mad.
  • [4] Mitchell Thomas at Clarets-Mad.
  • [5] Mitchel at soccerbase.

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