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CHAPLAIN APPOINTED
15/October/2006 23:05:46

Chaplain appointed

Tim Mitchell recently took on the role of chaplain at Mansfield Town, a new role which he will combine with his parish work at New Cross Community Church in Sutton-in-Ashfield. Tim has a long-standing passion for football and spent his youth living around Manchester. He said: β€œAt the age of 15 I wrote to all 92 league clubs (including the Stags) asking for a trial. Only about 6 wrote back. After trial matches at Shrewsbury Town, Sheffield United, and Darlington, I thought I had won the lottery when Crewe Alexandra signed me.” Tim went on to be a winger and played for the reserves for a season and a half until he suffered a serious knee injury.

After working in administration in various council posts, Tim had a change of direction and began training for ordination in Bristol. Tim and his wife Norma have four sons aged between 9 and 17, with one playing for the Stags Centre of Excellence. As chaplain at Mansfield Town, Tim said his new role would to be a confidential friend not only to the 'stars' of the club but also to coaches, backroom, junior players and fans too. He said:” Whatever the issue, I will endeavour to provide a listening ear and hopefully, thoughtful insights that might help people to find the right way forward.”


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