David "Davie" Mitchell

Davie Mitchell was a draughtsman on and off the pitch; by profession throughout his working life and as left-half for Rangers for eleven seasons, captaining the club its first League title, one of two, and first Scottish Cup, one of three. He would also be the first Rangers captain to beat Celtic. 

But it all began elsewhere. He was born in 1866 in Kilmarnock, one of five children of a mother from the town and a father, a wool weaver then weaver's agent, from the wee, rural hamlet of Stair in Ayrshire. And on the pitch he had first played for local, junior side Britannia and then from age twenty for three seasons for Kilmarnock. 

However, the step up to Rangers, Killy not one of the eleven that in 1890 would be founder members of the Scottish League, would come in 1889. A first cap would come in 1890 and be followed by four more, including three in a row against England, alas two defeats and a home-draw. 

In all Davie would before retirement in 1901 make, remarkably for those times, a total two hundred and forty-one appearances for the Govan club. Yet throughout he remained living in Kilmarnock, both before and after marriage. In 1896 he wed local girl, Mary Wilson, and they were to have two children, a boy and a girl. In fact both he and Mary were to live out the rest of their lives in the town, he working in engineering, that is with one exception, as one of the earliest British coaches working abroad, in 1903 and for the Danish FA. Mary would pass away at the age of sixty-eight in 1936 at their home. Davie would outlive her by a dozen years dying in 1948 in an Irvine hospital, to be buried bside his wife in Kaimshill Cemetery. 

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