Jimmy Aitken

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Jimmy Aitken
Personal information
Full name James Munroe Aitken
Date of birth (1872-05-15)15 May 1872
Place of birth Sebastopol, Victoria
Date of death 27 August 1944(1944-08-27) (aged 72)
Place of death Caulfield North, Victoria[1]
Position(s) Utility
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1891–1896 Carlton (VFA)
1897–1898 Carlton (VFL) 15 (3)
1898 Melbourne 04 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1898.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

James Munroe "Jimmy" Aitken (15 May 1872 – 27 August 1944) was an Australian rules footballer who played in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Aitken was Carlton's inaugural VFL captain when the league formed for the 1897 season, replacing Tom Blake.[2] He had been the club's vice-captain the previous season when they competed in the Victorian Football Association (VFA), and was elected captain before the start of the season, with a twelve to eight majority vote. After a disappointing run of form, just making the side to play against South Melbourne and Melbourne, he was left out of the team and replaced by Ernie Walton. Aitken left the Blues midway through the 1898 season and joined Melbourne.[3] He played four games for Melbourne before leaving the game. He was the first player in the VFL to play senior premiership matches for two clubs in the same season.[4]


  1. ^ De Bolfo, Tony. "Revealed! Carlton's first Captain". Carltonfc.com.au. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Main, Jim; Holmesby, Russell (1992). The Encyclopedia of League Footballers. Melbourne, Victoria: Wilkinson Books. p. 3. ISBN 1-86337-085-4.
  3. ^ De Bolfo, Tony (3 May 2012) Whatever happened to Jimmy Aitken?
  4. ^ Rodgers, Stephen (1996). 100 Years of AFL Players - Volume 3. Melbourne: East-Side Printing. p. 1613. ISBN 0646300164. 

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