Walter Campbell Allison "Wattie" Aitkenhead
b. Maryhill 21 May 1887
d. Pleasington, Blackburn 19 July 1966
First Goal 12 January 1907 Final Goal 24 April 1915
CAREER: Maryhill Harp;Partick Thistle May'06;Blackburn Rovers Oct'06-Dec'16.
INTERNATIONALS Scotland 1 app 2 gls
’12 v Ire 2gls.
HONOURS FL Ch (Blackburn Rovers) ’12,’14.
FL 210 apps 76 gls 3g 3
FAC 28 apps 18 gls 3g 2
CS 1 app 2 gls
Total 239 apps 96 gls et 60m
Strike rate 225 mins
Strike rate adjusted excluding games played at half back 192 mins
LC 18 apps 13 gls 3g 2 et 60m
L 9 apps
The son of a railway clerk he first played for his local side, Maryhill Harp. Originally a wing half who had perfect control of the ball he made little progress until he was moved to inside forward, where he displayed a sure eye for the half chance. In this time he became a key player in the side that twice won the championship and he gained a solitary cap for his country. When the Rovers did not field a team in the first season of the Great War he played regularly for Preston before retiring. He attempted a comeback in 1919 when the Rovers were struggling but was forced to abort it on medical advice. He married Ethel, the daughter of the club chairman, Laurence Cotton and was managing director of the family cotton mill until 1959.