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 Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: AdamAntsParsStripe  
Date:   Mon 25 Jan 19:43

Sadly passed away aged 73
Before my time but a name symomenous with DAFC.
I'm sure some of our older fans will have great memories.
R. I. P.

Zwei Pints Bier und ein Päckchen Chips bitte


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 Re: Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: Parallel Lines  
Date:   Mon 25 Jan 19:48

Great player for the Pars. His departure to Aberdeen was shrouded in a cloud as we got relegated that season and there was some debate on his commitment. Not detracting from his skills. RIP

I looked for my pet in all the books on animals and birds and then I found it in the Book of Revelations.Marty Feldman
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 Re: Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: pacifist  
Date:   Mon 25 Jan 19:58

he was an excellent individual player - never fitted right into a team but made up for it. RIP Barrie.

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 Re: Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: LochgellyAlbert  
Date:   Mon 25 Jan 20:01

RIP Barrie, one of my faves from the 60's!😥😥😥
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 Re: Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: gordi-b  
Date:   Mon 25 Jan 20:42

One of the stars of that era , exciting player on his game . R.I.P. Barrie

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 Re: Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: Townsvillepar  
Date:   Mon 25 Jan 20:46

RIP Barrie Mitchell. He was an exciting player for the Pars.

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 Re: Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: Raymie the Legend  
Date:   Mon 25 Jan 20:50

Scored most of his career goals with the Pars.
Just about remember him playing in 1971/72 season

RIP Barrie




It's bloody tough being a legend
Ron Atkinson - 1983
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 Re: Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: Parboiled  
Date:   Mon 25 Jan 21:00

I recall George Farm getting pelters for paying well over the expected fee for a transfer from a lower league. £13,500 comes to mind but it was a long time ago!
There will be a few of his goals on YouTube. One V Anderlech especially, a flying header where he, the ball, and the keeper all ended up in the net...

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 Re: Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: veteraneastender  
Date:   Mon 25 Jan 21:04

One of the best individual performances I`ve seen from a Pars player was when he roasted Aberdeen`s Martin Buchan inside out and back to front in a league game at EEP.

Other aspects of Barrie Mitchell`s time with the Pars best forgotten about.

RIP

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 Re: Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: Parsweep  
Date:   Mon 25 Jan 21:08

Have some fond memories his days at eep .
RIP Barrie and condolences to his family and friends .

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 Re: Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: parfection  
Date:   Mon 25 Jan 21:29

Echo all of the above. Barrie was a hero of mine back in the day and it’s always a sad day when one of your heroes passes away. Farewell Barrie and thanks for all the happy memories.

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 Re: Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: 60yearapar  
Date:   Mon 25 Jan 21:34

Can mind chapping his door for an autograph when he stayed in Halbeath Road/ Appin Crescent just along from eep. RIP

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 Re: Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: sammer  
Date:   Mon 25 Jan 22:11

Barrie Mitchell was good. And he could have been more than that, except he fancied himself too much. He thought he was the finished article when more experienced players like Bert Paton and Pat Gardner were delivering more on the park. Barrie never really learned from them, was always a work in progress.

When Paton and Gardner left Mitchell thought he was the main man but he didn`t have enough to lead the line. I remember hearing a Pars fan at Tynecastle shouting, ``Mitchell, you`re holding the forward line apart!.`` For all his aggression and hard running, he wasn`t really a team man. He had the odd explosive moment, but these were too few.

Yet there are such fond memories. His debut at Starks Park when he looked like a young Denis Law and helped us to a 2-1 win. We came away that day convinced we had made the steal of the century. The day he tormented Celtic in 1969 and had Jim Craig and Tommy Gemmell panicking all over the show. After that the rumour was Shankly waned him at Liverpool for £70,000. And against Anderlecht when he ran at a well organised defence. Maybe his basic approach to the game made him the poor man`s Colin Stein but for me I still treasure these days when, usually in our all blue kit, he took the fight to the enemy. Thank you for these days, Barrie.

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 Re: Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: parfection  
Date:   Mon 25 Jan 22:19

Interestingly, I too always, in my mind’s eye, see Barrie wearing our all blue kit. I certainly associate it most with him.

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 Re: Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: Ben,D.A  
Date:   Mon 25 Jan 22:29

Originator: 60yearapar

Can mind chapping his door for an autograph when he stayed in Halbeath Road/ Appin Crescent just along from eep. RIP

I can remember walking out of piggies lane with my mates to a game and Barrie Mitchel was in his front window waving at the fans, just about everybody walking from the town new he wasn`t playing.

Another time when we played Partick, he wasn`t having a good day with the offside rule and in frustration after being flagged again, smashed the ball away into the crowd hitting a wee laddie.
He immediately ran over to him and called for the trainer, he held up the game until the laddie was ok.

Another star that played for the Pars, R.I.P

only 11 make the team,the rest can just but dream.
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 Re: Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: sammer  
Date:   Mon 25 Jan 22:58

That day in 1969, when we beat Celtic 2- 1 at EEP which was Roy Barry`s last game for the club, Barrie looked at least as good as Alan Shearer. He battered through the middle to good effect against Billy McNeill and was actually outmuscling Tommy Gemmell, a tall rangy full back, to great effect when he moved wide. He bustled Jim Craig to the floor for the first goal. Mitchell`s potential was obvious.

That Celtic game ended 10 v 10 players after two were sent off early so Barrie Mitchell ran the right channel and George McLean ran left as a two man attack. They were simply too hot for Celtic to handle and although Celtic had much more possession in the second half we always looked more dangerous on the break.

What a great day that was, and that first 20 minute salvo from Barrie Mitchell set up a great victory. He could have been as good as Coilin Stein or Joe Jordan. He really had something.

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 Re: Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: 60yearapar  
Date:   Mon 25 Jan 23:45

Sammer was that the game that Willie Renton & Willie Wallace were sent off?

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 Re: Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: bigdonnie  
Date:   Tue 26 Jan 00:01

barrie was great pars signing scored some great goals r.i.p barrie

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 Re: Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: GG Riva  
Date:   Tue 26 Jan 06:25

``One of the best individual performances I`ve seen from a Pars player was when he roasted Aberdeen`s Martin Buchan inside out and back to front in a league game at EEP.``

I remember that game too, VEE. Martin Buchan was normally unflappable, in the same mould as Alan Hansen at Liverpool. He could play a bit and Alex Ferguson took him to Old Trafford, where he became an important player in the new Man U side Fergie built. Barrie Mitchell made him look very ordinary that day and I`m convinced that`s why he later ended up at Pittodrie.

I remember him appearing at the Public Park one hot summer`s day, where 3 of us were trying to play tennis, with the odd one out acting as a ball boy. He asked if he could join in and we played doubles for about 2 hours, with each of us partnering him for one set. He won them all, of course.

No age at all though. RIP Barrie.



Not your average Sunday League player.
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 Re: Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: Buspasspar  
Date:   Tue 26 Jan 09:28


Described by the Herald as `an exhibition of spirefulness` in which `both clubs reputation for sportsmanship was damaged`.

The first real attack came from Celtic and saw a Bobby Lennox header well saved. Dunfermiline then ripped up the park and a Mitchell cross was swept home by Gardner on ten minutes.

Then came the incident between Renton and Wallace - a private stramash between the two drawing in both sets of players and leading to both of them seeing the early bath. That incident appeared to up the anti for the rest of the game.

Ten minutes later in a similar move that had led to the Pars first goal, Craig ended up touching Gardner`s shot past Fallon to put them 2 goals up.

In the second half Celtic fought back and Tommy Gemmell scored with a marvellous 30 yard shot said to be one of the greatest goals ever seen at East End Park. But Deunfermiline held on and marshalled their defense well.


Teams
Dunfermline:
Duff, Callaghan, Lunn, Barry, Renton, McLean, Mitchell, Paton, Edwards, Gardner, McLean. Sub: McLaren
Scorers: Gardner (10), Craig OG 20

Celtic:
Fallon, Craig, Gemmell, Murdoch, McNeill, Clark, (Callaghan) Johnstone, Hood, Wallace, Chalmers, Lennox
Scorer: Gemmell 55

Referee: W Anderson (East Kilbride)
Attendance:25,000

RIP Barrie thanks for the memories

We are forever shaped by the Children we once were
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 Re: Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: Parboiled  
Date:   Tue 26 Jan 09:30

Well liked at Tranmere Rovers judging by their nice tribute. They say he passed away in a nursing home in Woodchurch, in the Wirral, an area he settled in. No details of illness that I can see though.

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 Re: Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: McCaig`s Tower  
Date:   Tue 26 Jan 12:48

I think he was another victim of early onset dementia, according to his daughter on Twitter.

My only memory of him is that he featured on a bubble-gum card - one of the few Pars players to do so.

GG - I don`t think Martin Buchan ever played under Fergie - I think it was Frank O`Farrell who signed him, and Big Ron who let him go to Oldham.

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 Re: Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: veteraneastender  
Date:   Tue 26 Jan 13:54

His reputation with the Pars will always be negatively influenced by the last game of the 1971-1972 season relegation drama against Dundee United. A win would have kept the club in the top tier, provided results elsewhere proved favourable........... which they did.

He contributed absolutely nothing that day, content on the knowledge that his transfer to Aberdeen was a done deal beforehand.

His lack of interest was clear to one and all - apparently after the game his attitude in the dressing room provoked Willie Callaghan to plant one on his mouth - allegedly of course.

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 Re: Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: GG Riva  
Date:   Tue 26 Jan 14:00

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veteraneastender, Tue 26 Jan 13:54

His reputation with the Pars will always be negatively influenced by the last game of the 1971-1972 season relegation drama against Dundee United. A win would have kept the club in the top tier, provided results elsewhere proved favourable........... which they did.

He contributed absolutely nothing that day, content on the knowledge that his transfer to Aberdeen was a done deal beforehand.

His lack of interest was clear to one and all - apparently after the game his attitude in the dressing room provoked Willie Callaghan to plant one on his mouth - allegedly of course.


Perhaps if he'd shown a bit of sympathy for his gutted team mates, in the dressing room after the game, instead of sitting there with a big smile on his face and adding that he would still be playing in the First Division next season, he might have avoided the smack in the mouth - again allegedly, of course. 🙂



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 Re: Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: Ronaldo  
Date:   Tue 26 Jan 14:10


There`s a great pic of Barrie Mitchell at Shawfield, wearing the best Dunfermline kit ever, if you scroll to the bottom of this story: http://bit.ly/2M6NYH5

If you were a collector of bubble gum cards back then, McCaig`s, you may remember the pics of Hugh Robertson and Willie Renton were taken at the same match.

Think we lost the game, but there`s an amazing crowd. How times have changed.

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 Re: Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: WarringtonPar  
Date:   Tue 26 Jan 14:26

Definitely the best Pars strip ever. Big crowd there right enough. When we get back in the Premier league we should return to that strip.
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 Re: Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: veteraneastender  
Date:   Tue 26 Jan 15:11

"Think we lost the game........"

Did we ever win at Shawfield ?

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 Re: Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: GG Riva  
Date:   Tue 26 Jan 15:15

"Think we lost the game........"

Did we ever win at Shawfield ?


We lost 1-0 almost every time I went there - and it was always p!ss!ng down!



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 Re: Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: veteraneastender  
Date:   Tue 26 Jan 15:15

GG - sounds as if we heard the dressing room incident from the same (eye witness ?) source !!!

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 Re: Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: eastendalloapar  
Date:   Tue 26 Jan 16:33

RIP Barrie.

matt forsyth
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 Re: Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: twin par  
Date:   Tue 26 Jan 22:12

Yes,more great memories than bad for me.Thanks barrie. Although I remember the Dundee utd game, and indeed,he let himself down there .He had scored so many memorable goals.

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 Re: Barrie Mitchell
Topic Originator: veteraneastender  
Date:   Tue 26 Jan 22:28

I mind reading a dot.netter recalling a visit to pub that BM ran in the Merseyside, near a canal ?

More recently it was “The Coach and Horses” in Greasby on the Wirral.

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