Peter Aitken

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Player Information

Position
Defender
D.O.B.
30 June 1954

Born: Penarth
Signed from: Bristol Rovers, 1980
Position: Defender/midfield
Seasons played: 1980-82
Appearances: 55
Goals: 1

A product of the South Wales nursery that provided Bristol Rovers with some of their best players in the 1960s and early 1970s, Peter made his first team debut for the Pirates in August 1972 and went on to make well over 200 appearances for the club.

Having helped Rovers win promotion to the Second Division in 1974, he was selected for all 42 League games the following season and earned three Wales under-23 caps, two against Scotland and one against England.

Versatile enough to play in midfield or at the back, Peter was a fierce competitor in whatever position he filled. He relished a tackle and was an inspiration to those around him.

In November 1980, he moved across Bristol, signed for City by manager Bob Houghton at a time when the club were trying to recover from the shock of relegation from the First Division. Peter’s debut came against Shrewsbury Town the following month and in the next fixture he scored with a brilliant chip to help secure a 3-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers at Ashton Gate.

A first team regular for the remainder of that season and much of the next, Peter was one of four members of the Ashton Gate Eight to play in the final game before the upheaval, a 1-1 draw at Newport County. The others were Gerry Sweeney, Trevor Tainton and Jimmy Mann.

The following week brought their departures and Peter, like Gerry, had a spell with York City before playing in Hong Kong for Bulova FC and returning to this country to make a single League appearance for AFC Bournemouth. He then settled into local non-League football with Bath City, Trowbridge Town and Forest Green Rovers before serving as assistant manager at Bath City and Cheltenham Town.