Full name Michael James Aitken
Born 12 January 1960 (age 58)
Height and weight Height: 187 cm weight: 83 kg
Senior clubs Claremont and Carlton
Recruited from, Claremont 1985
Claremont 1979 – 1984 107 Games scoring 23 Goals
Carlton 1985 1 Game Played
Michael Aitken known as “Doc” because of his profession, was a versatile and extremely reliable centre half back and utility who played 107 league games for Claremont during the late 1970s and into the ’80s. He also represented Western Australia on three occasions. In the 1981 grand final he was at centre half back as the Tigers came from a point down at the final change to overcome South Fremantle by 15 points.
Aitken also had a brief stint with Carlton, playing one senior VFL game in 1985. After playing reserves football throughout 1986, he retired to pursue a medical career in the UK. This did not prevent Carlton from nominating him (along with Bruce Reid who had also just retired) as one of its three recruits mandated by the VFL to assist in the establishment of the new Brisbane Bears football club.
Author – John Devaney with additional material from Adam Cardosi