Charlie Aitken (footballer, born 1942)

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Charles Alexander Aitken (born 5 January 1942 in Edinburgh, Scotland) is a Scottish former footballer.

Charlie Aitken
Aitken, Charlie.jpg
Personal information
Full name Charles Alexander Aitken
Date of birth (1942-05-01) 1 May 1942 (age 79)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Position(s) Left back
Youth career
Gorebridge Juniors
Edinburgh Thistle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1959–1976 Aston Villa 561 (14)
1976–1977 New York Cosmos 24 (0)
Total 585 (14)
National team
1961–1962[1] Scotland U23 3 (0)
1962[2] SFA trial v SFL 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Aitken is the all-time record appearance holder at English club Aston Villa. He played for Villa from August 1959 until May 1976, a period of 17 seasons. He came to Villa to accompany his friend Wilson Briggs, also a left back, to a trial. They were both taken on, but Briggs ended up playing just two games in his career. Aitken was a member of the 1975 League Cup winning team, having been a runner-up in 1971. He spent the last two seasons of his professional career in the NASL with the New York Cosmos, playing alongside the greats of Pelé and Franz Beckenbauer.

Aston Villa HonoursEdit

Football League Second Division

Football League Third Division

Football League Cup

FA Charity Shield

Aston Villa Career StatisticsEdit

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1960–61 Aston Villa First Division 1 0 1 0
1961–62 35 0 4 0 3 0 42 0
1962–63 42 0 3 0 8 0 53 0
1963–64 34 1 2 0 1 0 37 1
1964–65 42 3 5 0 6 0 53 3
1965–66 42 1 1 0 5 0 48 1
1966–67 39 0 2 0 1 0 42 0
1967–68 Second Division 32 0 2 0 1 0 35 0
1968–69 42 0 4 0 1 0 47 0
1969–70 31 0 1 0 2 0 34 0
1970–71 Third Division 44 0 1 1 10 0 55 1
1971–72 43 4 1 0 6 0 50 4
1972–73 Second Division 33 1 1 0 4 0 38 1
1973–74 38 2 4 0 1 0 43 2
1974–75 42 1 3 0 10 1 55 2
1975–76 First Division 21 1 1 0 2 0 2 0 26 1
Career total 561 14 35 1 61 1 2 0 659 16

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Scotland U23 player Aitken, Charlie, FitbaStats
  2. ^ Ronnie McDevitt (2016). Scotland in the 60s: The Definitive Account of the Scottish National Football Side During the 1960s. Pitch Publishing. ISBN 9781785312458.

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