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Andy Aitken (1895/96 to 1907/08)

Andy Aitken

Andy Aitken
Birth 27/04/77 Ayr Scotland
P/H/W Inside-forward, Half-Back 5-08.5 11-08 - 11-09
Jnd. 06/95 (18) Ayr Parkhouse
Deb. 07/09/95 (18) Loughborough (H) D2
Left 10/06 (29) Middlesbrough (p/m) £500
App/Gls 349 39

Andy Aitken came from the Land of Burns, being a native of Ayr, and represented Scotland for ten years in succession, a higher tribute to his ability could not be paid. He exhibited the best traditions of a country which had produced some of the greatest players the game had known and was one of their cleverest ever right-half-backs up until the First World War.

An extremely versatile player Andy played in every position at one time apart from left-full-back and goalkeeper. his talents were greatly developed at Newcastle and he rendered yeoman service as player and captain.

”Daddler” was a great tactician in defence and a splendid spoiler of opposing forwards; partly by virtue of his quickness in grasping a situation and to his immediate decisions as to his action.

A bustling type who was sharp on the ball, he seemed to get far more kicks than most of the players. He was a grand tackler, good placer, had awesome heading power and exhibited a capital shot.

Possessing all-round athleticism, he was an untiring worker who was here, there and everywhere.

Andy was not a ‘showy’ half; he was a hard, plodding player, who depended more on anticipating a player’s movements than on pace.

He won 14 Scottish caps in total and captained Scotland on the fatal field at Ibrox Park in 1902.

Season by Season

Andy Aitken

Andy Aitken

This section is work in progress.

1895/96 (32 - 12) (10, 9, 11) (18)

Although he was only eighteen Andy established himself at inside-left following his arrival during the summer. Scored a hat-trick against Notts County in his third game.

1896/97 (31 - 11) (10, 9, 8, 7) (19)
1897/98 (31 - 9) (10, 8, 4) (20)

Following the arrival of Smith, Andy moved to the inside-right position and was also experimented with in the half-back line.

1898/99 (28 - 4) (28 - 2) (8, 10, 6, 2, 4, 5, 9)

Appeared in seven different positions during the season. Had a short loan period at Kilmarnock where he helped them out in the Scottish Cup games.

1899/00 (36) (2,4,5,6)
1900/01 (33-2) (5, 4)
1901/02 (34)
1902/03 (33)
1903/04 (33)
1904/05 (36)
1905/06 (19)
1906/07 (3)


Painting by Piotr

Illustrations taken directly from contemporary newspapers at Newcastle Library Local Studies department.