Peter Aitken

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Peter Aitken
Personal information
Full name Peter Gerald Aitken
Date of birth (1954-06-30) 30 June 1954 (age 62)
Place of birth Penarth, Wales
Playing position Central defender
Club information
Current team
Bristol Rovers (community manager)
Youth career
Bristol Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1980 Bristol Rovers 234 (3)
1980–1982 Bristol City 41 (1)
1982 York City 18 (2)
1982–1985 Bath City
1982 A.F.C. Bournemouth 1 (0)
1982–1983 Gloucester City[1] 2 (0)
1985–198? Trowbridge Town
198?–1988 Forest Green Rovers
1988 Bath City[2] 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Peter Gerald Aitken (born 30 June 1954 in Penarth, Glamorgan) is a Welsh former footballer who played nearly 300 games in the Football League.

Aitken began his career as an apprentice with Bristol Rovers, making his debut in the 1972–73 season. He joined local rivals Bristol City in 1980, and two years later, with the club in danger of folding, Aitken was one of the "Ashton Gate Eight", eight players who agreed to terminate their contracts to save the club. The others were Dave Rodger, Geoff Merrick, Julian Marshall, Chris Garland, Jimmy Mann, Trevor Tainton, and Gerry Sweeney.[3] While at Rovers he was the club captain, and after joining City he became the only player to captain both Bristol Clubs.[4]

Aitken joined York City, playing 18 times before the end of the season. After a spell in Hong Kong, in July 1982 he joined non-league Bath City,[5] although also played once for Bournemouth on non-contract terms the following season.[6] He remained with Bath until June 1985 when he left to join Trowbridge Town.[5] He later joined Forest Green Rovers before rejoining Bath City in February 1988, although was released at the end of the season.[5]

He returned to Bath for a third time in the 1991 close season, as assistant manager under Tony Ricketts. However, he was released as part of a cost-cutting process before the end of the season.[5] He was later assistant manager to Lindsay Parsons a Cheltenham Town and briefly appeared for them on one occasion.

He later returned to Bristol Rovers to work in their Community Department, taking up the post of Community Manager in 2000, a post he held until October 2016.[7]


  1. ^ Clark, Timothy R.D.; Kujawa, Rob (2009). The Complete Record of Gloucester City AFC 1883–2009. Gloucester: Tiger Timbo Publications. ISBN 978-0-9557425-1-4. 
  2. ^ "1987–88". I Love Bath City. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Ashton Gate Eight: The interviews". BBC Bristol. Retrieved 5 February 2009. 
  4. ^ Jay, Mike; Byrne, Stephen (1994). Pirates in Profile: A Who's Who of Bristol Rovers Players. Bristol: Potten, Baber & Murray. p. 2. ISBN 0-9524835-0-5. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Past Players: A". I Love Bath City. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Peter Aitken". Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Players Database. Neil Brown. Retrieved 5 February 2009. 
  7. ^ "Leaves Bristol Rovers". 

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