No player has worn the Villa shirt more often and it’s quite likely that no-one ever will.
During a Villa Park career which spanned 17 seasons, Aitken made a club record 660 appearances – 657 starts plus three as a substitute.
He played for Villa in three different divisions, as well as the FA Cup, the League Cup, the Charity Shield and the UEFA Cup.
And while his European adventure was restricted to just two games, he was a member of the side who played in the club’s first-ever UEFA Cup-tie against Antwerp in 1975.
He also played three times for Scotland U23s.
A defender with outstanding positional sense, Aitken timed his challenges superbly, rarely making a reckless tackle.
Having played junior football north of the border, he joined Villa in August 1959 but had to wait until the final match of the 1960/61 season to make his debut in a 4-1 home win against Sheffield Wednesday.
Coincidentally, it was also the day another Villa great, Johnny Dixon, made his final appearance for the club.
The following season Aitken established himself as Villa’s regular left-back, a position he held until early 1976, when he played his final game for the club against QPR.
He missed very few matches during his time in claret and blue and was an ever-present on five occasions. He also captained the team several times.
His finest moments were the club’s Wembley victory over Norwich City in the 1975 League Cup final, the Third Division championship in 1972 and promotion back to the top flight in 1975, when he was named Midland Footballer of the Year.
Having passed Billy Walker’s Villa appearance record in December 1973, he remained at Villa Park for a further two-and-a-half years before joining New York Cosmos in the North American Soccer League in the summer of 1976.