Date of birth: May 1st, 1942
Place of birth: Edinburgh, Scotland
Position: Left back
Aston Villa career: 1959 – 1975
Signed from: Edinburgh Thistle
Having joined Aston Villa in 1959, Charlie Aitken had to wait until the final game of the 1960-61 season to make his debut in a 4-1 home win against Sheffield Wednesday, in what was Johnny Dixon’s last appearance for the club.
The next season, Aitken was able to establish himself as a regular left-back – a position he held on to until 1976.
Known for his great positional sense, speed and timing, Aitken played in a staggering 660 games over 17 seasons, in three different divisions.
It’s fair to say that Aitken played for the club between two of its more successful spells. During his time at the club, he won the third division title in 1972 and a League Cup in 1975.
Holding the club record for number of appearances, the left-back’s loyalty was rewarded with two testimonials: one against Coventry City in 1970 and the second against a Midlands Select XI in 1976.
After leaving Villa, Aitken ended his career in style, playing alongside Pele and Beckenbaeur for New York Cosmos.
These days, Aitken is still a match-day regular at Villa Park.
Andy Merricks: Charlie was a no nonsense defender, who is also the all time appearance maker. A real Villa legend.