Tributes paid to Eyemouth stalwart Robin Aitchison

Robin Aitchison
Robin Aitchison

Tributes have been pouring in following the death of one of the region’s best known amateur footballing figures.

Robin Aitchison, who was a stalwart with Eyemouth United, served the club for over 40 years as player, manager and coach.

He died the weekend before last at the age of 64 and was buried in the village on Friday .

An engineer by trade, David studied in Manchester. He worked for several years with his brother as a fisherman, working the boats out of Eyemouth, and for the past 20 years he was employed as manager of the ice plant in the town.

But football was always his passion. He was a big supporter of Hearts and often took in games at Tynecastle.

Close friend David Gerrity said: “He loved the game and over the years was a loyal servant to Eyemouth.

“He was player and manager, but he also enjoyed coaching and coached at every age level.

“In fact, he only recently started coaching the U9s and was loving it.

“As a manager and coach he was a great motivator and his character always shone through.

“He was well known in local football circles and he also built up a lot of contacts throughout north Northumberland and East Lothian.”

Eyemouth secretary Tommy Collin said: “Robin was always a popular figure around the club and in Eyemouth and he will be sorely missed.”

A family man, Robin is survived by his wife Carole, sons Duncan and James, daughter Rebecca and his grandchildren.

Tributes were paid to Robin by friends and colleagues through social media sites and a minute’s silcence was held in his memory at a game in the Charities Cup on The Stanks at Berwick last weekend.

Several tributes were paid on Facebook including:

Lesley Hogg: What a brilliant brilliant man. He meant so much to so many people. His smile and laugh will be a memory I will never forget. Love to Carole, Jamie, Duncan and Rebecca. Cliche I know, “gone but never forgotten”.

Neil McMurdo: A true gent, taken far too soon. R.I.P Robin. My thoughts are with his family.

Graham Flannigan: Happy times we’re had when in the company of Robin, he will be very sadly missed . Great guy.

Oliver Kieran: My last conversation with him was discussing the pros and cons of retirement. How sad. RIP.

Beth Scobie: Great guy, always ready for a chat will be sadly missed in Eyemouth.