Playing Career: 1971
Debut: Round 15, 1971 Vs Geelong, aged 24 years, 190 days
Carlton Player No.: 830
Last Game: Round 19, 1971 Vs Richmond, aged 24 years, 218 days
Guernsey No.: 9
Height: 193cm (6', 2")
Weight: 87 kgs (13 stone, 7 lb)
DOB: January 1, 1947
The son of a local Geelong lawyer, Ainsworth attended Geelong Grammar where he was a School Prefect, a Regimental Sergeant-Major in the School Corps as well as excelling on the sports field, being awarded school colours for both cricket and football and half-colours for Athletics. He matriculated to The University of Melbourne, entering residence at Trinity College in 1965, where he represented the college in tennis, athletics, cricket and football, as well as playing football with the University Blues. He completed a law degree and joined the family firm of Ainsworth & Co before joining the Geelong Cats in 1967. As Ruckman, he too debuted with Geelong in 1967 and kicked 23 goals during the season, though was on the losing team in the grand final that year. He would go on to become club captain in 1973, before retiring, aged just 28, the following season. Eighteen year-old Chris Mitchell likewise came in to Trinity College in 1965, having previously played on the Old Geelong Grammarians (where was awarded the Best & Fairest Award that year). Chris Mitchell was a high leaping, strong marking ruckman who particularly excelled when resting in a forward or back pocket, where his fine judgement was a significant asset. His kicking was excellent, particularly when using his favoured drop punt. After displaying impressive form all season he shared rucking duties with ‘Polly’ Farmer in the grand final clash with Richmond, but could not prevent the Tigers from prevailing.
Mitchell left Victoria in 1969 and signed with 'East Perth', part of the West Australian National Football League (WANFL), for two years before returning to Geelong. He represented Western Australia in a game at the 1969 Adelaide Carnival. He was a member of Western Australia’s 1969 Adelaide carnival party, and played in the games against Victoria and Tasmania. His second stint at the Cats lasted just half a season and he finished the year at Carlton. The former Cat Mitchell played 5 games and kicked 6 goals for Carlton, ironically 5 of those goals came in his first game which was against his old club Geelong in Round 15 of 1971.
Geelong recruited Mitchell from Old Geelong Grammerians.
In 1976 he was made a life member of the Geelong Football Club and sadly passed away in February 2011.
Years Club Games (Goals)
1967 to 68: - Geelong 42 (32)
1969 to 70: - East Perth 15 (20)
1971: - Geelong 4 (1)
1971: - Carlton 5 (6)