Falkirk to pay tribute to former player Chris Mitchell in Hibs play-off matches

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Falkirk have announced they will wear black armbands in memory of former player Chris Mitchell during both play-off semi-final legs against Hibs.

The club will also hold a minute’s applause before Friday’s second leg clash at the Falkirk stadium.

Former Bairns defender Mitchell died after being struck by a train at a level crossing near Stirling on Saturday.

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Former Bairns team-mate Scobbie shared this moving tribute on social media

The  27-year-old, who played for Clyde up until January, was a product of the Falkirk youth academy and came through the ranks with the likes of Scott Arfield and Thomas Scobbie.

After making his debut on December 2007, the defender went on to feature 51 times for the club until he moved to Bradford City in 2011. Mitchell also turned out for Ayr United (loan), Queen of the South and latterly Clyde.

A Falkirk statement read: “Throughout Chris’ five years at the club there is no doubt his most memorable moment came in the pre-season of 2007 when he scored a famous winner in a friendly match against European giants, Ajax.

“All at Falkirk FC would like to pass on our condolences to Chris’ family and friends at this extremely sad time.”

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