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Charlie the record breaker

Charlie the record breaker

On this day in 1973, Charlie Aitken became a record-maker for the first time when he made his 479th league appearance for the club.

The Scottish left-back passed the previous record, held by Billy Walker, when he played in a 2-0 defeat by Sunderland at Roker Park.

Aitken, who had made his debut in 1961, went on to amass a total of 660 league and cup appearances for Villa, a record which will almost certainly never be surpassed.

Rob Bishop
By @robbishopavfc 8th December 1973