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    Walter Campbell Allison "Wattie" Aitkenhead

    Surname Aitkenhead
    Forename(s) Walter Campbell Allison "Wattie"
    Position(s) Inside forward/wing half

    5'9"  11st.8lb.

    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[4];Blackburn Rovers Oct'06-Dec'16.

    INTERNATIONALS Scotland 1 app 2 gls

    ’12 v Ire 2gls.

    HONOURS  FL Ch (Blackburn Rovers) ’12,’14.

    Playing Statistics

    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

    War time

    L              9 apps


    1_walter-campbell-allison-aitkenhead-2.jThe 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.

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