Bruce Aitken, son of former player and manager, George, was one of our VIP guests on Saturday.
He spent an enjoyable afternoon at the club, first on the ground-hop gathering and then meeting a few people who either recall his dad playing and managing the Reds or remembering his time as a member of the Workington Reserves team circa mid-seventies.
Born in Workington in 1957, Bruce lived in the town for two spells, first when his dad played for the club in the fifties and then when Aitken senior returned to manage the Reds during the seventies.
Bruce played for Reds Reserves over two seasons (’73-74, ’74-75), making twenty two appearances (scoring two goals) in the Northern Alliance League in the process. He was a member of the team that played at Newcastle United’s St. James’ Park when Reds lost to Marine Park in the NFA Challenge Cup Final.
He had brief stints with some of the clubs his father managed, then carved out a twelve season career at Worthing. A defender by trade, but a bit more versatile than dad, he eventually settled in Brighton and, nowadays, is a season ticket holder at the Amex Stadium.