Mitchell Cole, a left-winger,
was at Norwich's Centre of Excellence at Potters Bar led by Graham
Scales. When the centre was closed, Mitchell joined West Ham
but injury problems limited his ability to play professional football.
He then joined Grays Athletic where he was selected for the England
semi-professional side. According to the Non League Paper
of May 22nd, Arsenal and other league clubs would be watching
him at the FA Trophy final between Grays Athletic and Hucknall
Mitchell returned to league football in mid-July 2005 joining
neighbours Southend United who paid the Conference new boys a
club record fee. He will attempt to emulate Freddie Eastwood who
also went from West Ham to Grays to Southend.
Having made just two substitute appearances in the first seven
games of the 2006/7 season, Mitchell joined Northampton on loan
on 13th September 2006. "We didn't want him to go, but
Mitchell feels he needs games at this moment, which we can't guarantee.
He's going for a month, we will monitor the situation and hopefully
he can come back ready to push for the first team again."
said Southend manager Steve Tilson. This was extended for
a second month after Mitchell played in 4 games for the Cobblers,
scoring the winner against Millwall.
Mitchell returned from Northampton and promptly scored for Southend's
reserves against Norwich's second string on 13th November 2006.
After making 37 appearances for the Shrimpers, Mitchell was signed
by Stevenage in late January 2007 for a five figure fee. Stevenage
Manager Mark Stimsonl links up with Cole again after originally
signing him while at Grays Athletic in July, 2004.
After helping Stevenage to the Conference title in 2010, Mitchell
joined Oxford who had also been promoted into the Football League.
He signed a two year contract.
On 8th February 2011, Mitchell announced his retirement at the
age of 25, due to a heart condition. He been advised by a leading
cardiologist to stop playing competitive football to avoid the
risk of a serious heart episode. He had made just five appearances