George B. Aitken

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George Aitken
Personal information
Full name George B. Aitken
Date of birth (1928-08-13)13 August 1928
Place of birth Dalkeith, Scotland
Date of death September 2006
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Centre Half
Youth career
Edinburgh Thistle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1946–1953 Middlesbrough 17 (0)
1953–1960 Workington 262 (3)
Teams managed
1971–1974 Workington
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

George B. Aitken (13 August 1928 – September 2006) was a Scottish professional footballer and football club manager.

Playing career[edit]

Aitken started his career with Edinburgh Thistle, essentially a junior side for Hibernian, but in June 1946 was signed by David Jack for Middlesbrough.

The first person to score in a Wembley final and the first player to be sold for £10,000, Jack was already a legend by the time he took over as Middlesbrough manager in 1944. He made his debut against Fulham in the 1951-52 season, but struggled to establish himself at Ayresome Park and moved to Workington for a fee of £5,000 in July 1953.

He quickly established himself in the Workington defence, going on to make 262 league appearances before retiring in 1960.

Coaching and managerial career[edit]

On his retirement he became trainer at Workington, first under Joe Harvey and then under Ken Furphy. Furphy left to manager Watford in 1964 and Aitken followed him to Vicarage Road. He remained with Watford until 1971 when he left to become manager of Workington.

In his first season in charge, Workington finished sixth in Division Four, but the club was in general decline and a 13th position finish the following season was followed by two successive bottom four finishes (and successful applications for re-election). Aitken left after the second of these in May 1974.

He was assistant manager of Grimsby Town between 1975 and 1976 when he left to coach Brighton & Hove Albion. He stayed at Brighton for eight years, followed by spells scouting for Watford, Aston Villa and England (all under Graham Taylor).

He died in September 2006 aged 78.