Barrie Aitchison

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Barrie Aitchison
Personal information
Full name Barrie George Aitchison[1]
Date of birth (1937-11-15) 15 November 1937 (age 79)[1]
Place of birth Colchester, England[1]
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[2]
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1953–1954 Colchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1964 Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
1964–1966 Colchester United 50 (6)
1966–1967 Cambridge City
Bury Town
Total 50 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Barrie George Aitchison (born 15 November 1937) is an English former footballer who played as a winger in the Football League for Colchester United, where he came through the youth ranks before joining Tottenham Hotspur, but failed to make a first-team appearance. His older brother Peter also played professionally for Colchester United.


Born in Colchester, Aitchison followed in his brother Peter's footsteps by joining Colchester United from Border League football in 1953, but was considered too slight and was released in 1954, joining Tottenham Hotspur. He spent ten years with the club, mostly in the reserves and other minor sides, during which time they won the Football Combination twice. A fee of £750 brought Aitchison back to Layer Road in 1964 having failed to make a first-team breakthrough whilst at Tottenham.[2]

Aitchison made his Colchester debut on 22 August 1964 in a 1–0 defeat at home to Carlisle United.[3] He scored his first professional goal on 2 September of the same year in a 1–1 League Cup draw with Torquay United,[4] going on to score six goals in the Football League in 50 games for the club.[5] In September 1965, during a 2–0 home victory over Rochdale,[6] Aitchison suffered an injury that would ultimately lead to his retirement from the full-time game,[2] as he went on to play his final Football League and final professional game on 28 May 1966, a 2–1 away defeat to Newport County.[7]

After declining Colchester's offer of a part-time contract for the 1966–67 season, Aitchison moved to non-league Cambridge City before transferring to Bury Town a season later.[2]

Later life[edit]

As a result of his footballing and injury suffered while with Colchester United, Aitchison underwent a cartilage operation in 1970. Following his retirement from the professional game, he worked for Alston's in Colchester, a furniture upholsterers.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Colchester United – Player profile". Retrieved 14 March 2013. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d e 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 – Colchester Utd 0–1 Carlisle United". Archived from the original on 24 June 2009. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Colchester United – Match details – Colchester Utd 1–1 Torquay United". Retrieved 14 July 2013. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "COLCHESTER UNITED:1950/51–1989/90 & 1992/93–2011/12". Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Colchester United – Match details – Colchester Utd 2–0 Rochdale". Retrieved 14 July 2013. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Colchester United – Match details – Newport County 2–1 Colchester Utd". Retrieved 14 July 2013. [permanent dead link]