Peter Aitchison

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Peter Aitchison
Personal information
Full name Peter Munro Aitchison[1]
Date of birth (1931-09-19) 19 September 1931 (age 82)[1]
Place of birth Harlow, England[1]
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[2]
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1950–1951 Colchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1951–1955 Colchester United 18 (2)
Sittingbourne
Haverhill Rovers
Clacton Town
Stowmarket Town
Tiptree United
Brightlingsea United
Total 18 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Peter Munro Aitchison (born 19 September 1931) is an English former footballer who played as a winger in the Football League for Colchester United. His younger brother Barrie also played professionally for Colchester.

Career[edit]

Born in Harlow, Aitchison signed for Colchester United in August 1950 and signed a professional contract a year later, making his professional debut whilst still on National Service. In the game against Gillingham on Christmas Day in 1951, Aitchison scored 17 minutes into his debut as the U's went on to record a 2–1 victory.[2][3]

Ironically, Aitchison's final professional goal came the following day in the reverse fixture against Gillingham as Colchester recorded a 1–0 victory at Layer Road.[4] Alongside his two goals, Aitchison turned out for Colchester 18 times,[5] recording nine appearances during the 1951–52 season and three appearances in 1952–53. He failed to make an appearance during 1953–54 but returned making six appearances in 1954–55 before leaving for Sittingbourne. He would go on to represent Haverhill Rovers, Clacton Town, Stowmarket Town, Tiptree United and Brightlingsea United.[2]

Later life[edit]

Aitchison remained in the Colchester area following his retirement from the game, where he worked for BT until his retirement in September 1991.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Colchester United – Player profile". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Whitehead, Jeff; Drury, Kevin (2008). The Who's Who of Colchester United: The Layer Road Years. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 10. ISBN 978-1-85983-629-3. 
  3. ^ "Colchester United – Match details – Gillingham 1–2 Colchester Utd". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Colchester United – Match details – Colchester Utd 1–0 Gillingham". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "COLCHESTER UNITED:1950/51–1989/90 & 1992/93–2011/12". Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database. Retrieved 15 March 2013.