Glenn Leslie Aitken
Date of Birth:
30 September 1952
Place of Birth:
An ex England youth international midfielder Glenn had played at left back as an amateur for Chelsea and Wolves and after unsuccessful trials with several clubs was on the verge of quitting the professional game before Gillingham signed him in December 1972. He starred in the Gills 1973-74 promotion campaign before joining the Southern League Dons on a free transfer in September 1974.=== Wikipedia entry ===
A bit part player as Allen Batsford's men won the first of their three successive titles he had become a fixture in the Dons midfield by the time the club were elected to the Football League in the summer of 1977. But having played in the opening Fourth Division match against Halifax Town he made only ten more appearances before falling out of favour.
Signing for Maidstone United in January 1978, he played a key role in their 1978-79 FA Cup run before moving onto Dartford, but he left the Darts after telling a joke at an awards ceremony that offended the major. After a short spell at Chatham Town he finished his career at Thanet United. After retiring he became involved in the commercial side at Maidstone before setting up his own advertising agency in Bedford in 1994. He returned to football from 2002 until 2004 with spells as assistant manager of Whitstable Town and chief executive of Gravesend & Northflee, then in 2010 he was involved with a bid by the Lashings World XI cricket club to take over Maidstone United.
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972-1974 Gillingham 23 (0)
1974-1978 Wimbledon 80 (7)
1978-1981 Maidstone United
1981-? Chatham Town
1984 Thanet United 4 (0)
Glenn Aitken (born 30 September 1952) is an English former professional footballer. He began his professional career with Gillingham before moving on to Wimbledon. He captained the "Dons" to the Southern League championship in 1977 and played in the club's first ever match following its election into The Football League.
Born in Woolwich, Aitken began his career with Chelsea but failed to break into the club's first team. He was on the verge of leaving football, after unsuccessful trials with a number of other clubs, when he was signed by Gillingham of the Football League Fourth Division in 1972. He made 23 appearances in The Football League for the Kent-based club and helped the club gain promotion to the Third Division in 1974, following which he moved to Wimbledon of the Southern League. He became a regular player for the club and captained the "Dons" to the Southern League championship in 1977, after which the club was elected into The Football League.
Aitken played in Wimbledon's first ever Football League match and in total made 11 League appearances for the Dons, scoring one goal. At the end of Wimbledon's first League season he left the club and dropped back into non-league football with Maidstone United. He next played for Dartford, but left the club in controversial circumstances after a joke he told at an awards ceremony offended the local mayor. He had a short spell with Chatham Town before ending his career at Thanet United.
After retiring from football, Aitken worked in the publishing business and ran an advertising agency in Bedford. He returned to football from 2002 until 2004 with spells as assistant manager of Whitstable Town and chief executive of Gravesend & Northfleet. In 2010, he was involved with a bid by the Lashings World XI cricket club to take over one of his former clubs, Maidstone United.=== Wiki ===
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