Albert L (Bert) Mitchell first played football with the Solomontown team at Port Pirie. In 1926 and 1927 he played at centre half-back for Teachers' Training College in the Amateur League. In his first season he was awarded a medal for the best placed man in the league and the following year, in addition to winning the same trophy, was awarded the Hone medal for the fairest and most brilliant player.
In 1928 Mitchell played with University and showed brilliant form at centre half-back and in 1929 began training with Norwood after the season started. He appeared in one game with the association team and was then promoted.
At 21 years of age, 12 stone 10 lbs (81 kg) and almost 6 feet (182 cms) – regarded as “tall”, he played his first game against Sturt in round six and performed well.
He was a regular for the remainder of the season and was named second best in the semi-final loss to West Adelaide by two points and was then a member, at half-back, of the team which won the Grand Final. He was awarded “best junior” by the club for the 1929 season.
After playing 57 league games he was appointed as coach and captain of Norwood’s association team in 1935 and was a Norwood committee member in 1936.
Bert Mitchell continued his association with football, coaching schoolboy teams and in 1940 was appointed coach of Prince Alfred Old Collegians in the Amateur League. He was also couch at South Whyalla in 1943,44,45,48,49 winning premierships in 1944 and 1949 and osing grand finals in 1943,45,48. He played three games in 1944.
In private life Mitchell was a school teacher at Norwood Central School. He also played cricket and tennis
G Williams May 2015