Charlie Aitken, a renowned figure at Aston Villa, passed away at 81 years old.

The club’s longest-serving player participated in 660 matches for Villa,

serving as the left-back from 1961 to 1976. Following his tenure,

he spent a final season with New York Cosmos in the United States, sharing the field with the legendary Pele.

Aitken contributed to Villa’s League Cup victory over Norwich City in 1975,

marking the team’s first Wembley success since their FA Cup win in 1957.

Despite enduring a challenging period in the 1960s, witnessing the club’s relegation to the third division,

he played a crucial role in their subsequent return to the top flight.

By Chinedu

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