George Aitken (footballer, born 1925)

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George Aitken
Personal information
Full name George Graham Aitken[1]
Date of birth (1925-05-28)28 May 1925
Place of birth Lochgelly, Scotland
Date of death 22 January 2003(2003-01-22) (aged 77)
Place of death Sunderland, England
Playing position(s) Wing half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1946–1950 East Fife 93 (5)
1950–1951 Third Lanark 20 (1)
1951–1958 Sunderland 245 (3)
1958–1960 Gateshead 58 (0)
Total 416 (9)
National team
1949–1954 Scotland 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

George Graham Aitken (28 May 1925 – 22 January 2003) was a Scottish international footballer, who played for clubs including East Fife and Sunderland. Aitken was part of the East Fife's famous half back line of Philp, Finlay and Aitken.[2]

He became the club's most capped Scotland player of all time, picking up five caps in 1949 and 1950. He always played for winning Scotland sides while with the Fifers.[3] Aitken was among the players to have played for the club in their successful post war era when they enjoyed creditable league and cup success.[4] Aitken won a further three caps after his transfer to Sunderland.[3]

Following his retirement as a player, Aitken spent six years as a coach at Watford.[5]


  1. ^ "George Aitken". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  2. ^ Jimmy Philp
  3. ^ a b List of East Fife Players Capped for Scotland
  4. ^ League History – East Fife FC – C'MON THE FIFE
  5. ^ Oliver Phillips (1991). The Official Centenary History of Watford Football Club. Watford Football Club. ISBN 0-9509601-6-0.

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