Aitken, George Graham

Half-back George Aitken started his career with Lochgelly before having trials with Wolves in the 1950s. The future Scottish International failed at Molineux but was snapped up by East Fife who were playing in Scotland’s Second Division. He stayed there four seasons, made 93 League appearances, helped them to promotion in 1949 and then joined Third Lanark in 1950. He then made 20 League appearances for the ‘Thirds’ before transferring to Sunderland in November 1951.  He stayed eight seasons at Roker Park, made 267 appearances and suffered relegation from the First Division in 1958. In March 1959 he moved to Gateshead and made a further 58 appearances before they failed re-election to the Football League in 1960. Aitken played in two FA Cup semi-finals and gained eight caps for Scotland, five whilst at East Fife and three at Sunderland. Born in Lochgelly on 28 May 1925, Aitken died 22 January 2003.

Football League Appearances: 303, Goals: 3.