Aldershot Club Profile
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Aldershot : Club Background
The Recreation Ground at Aldershot, looking out towards the South Stand and side terrace
The Aldershot Town (1992) club that exists today is a relatively new set-up, that has only existed since 1992. However, the roots of football at the Recreation Ground lie in a club formed in 1926, who initially were also known as Aldershot Town (1926). A sports journalist called Jack White is credited with their formation, with it being slightly unusual for such a town to exist by then without a football club. They joined the Southern League Eastern Section in 1927 and in 1932 they became members of Football League Division Three South.
At that point they chose to shorten their name to just Aldershot. Their first 41 years in the league were rather starved of success, with them needing to apply for re-election in 1936-37 when they finished bottom of the table. They survived that, and eventually became members of the national Fourth Division in the summer of 1958. That change didn't serve them well with them having to apply for re-election again in the summer of 1959.
However, in the early 1970s came the glory years of the original club. They finished in fourth place in Division Four in 1972-73 and back in the days before play-off systems, that was good enough to get you promoted. The following 1973-74 campaign saw Aldershot reach their peak, with an eighth placed finish in Division Three. But it was to be short-lived, as they slid back down to Division Four in the summer of 1976.
Aldershot looked like they might have a second go at reaching the Third Division, finishing 5th, 5th, 6th and 5th in four out of the seven seasons that followed. But it took until the 1986-87 season until they finally did get there. Their route was an unusual one, after they finished sixth in the table. It was the first year of the Football League play-offs, and at that time one of the play-off places went to a team in the division above, who could reprieve themselves if they won the play-off matches. As a result, Aldershot ended up facing Third Division side Bolton Wanderers in the semi-final, dispatching them before they faced Wolverhampton Wanderers in the final, causing a major shock as they beat them 3-0 over the two-legged final.
What might have appeared to have been one of the best days in the club's history turned out to be the beginning of the end. They survived two seasons in Division Three but by the second one, things were falling apart off the pitch, and they were relegated in the summer of 1989, seventeen points adrift of safety. Finishes of 22nd and 23rd in Division Four threatened further problems, but there were more serious issues brewing. On July 31st 1990, they almost went bust, having been wound up in the High Court over debts of £495,000. However, seven days later they were reprieved when property developer Spencer Trethewy (later known as Spencer Day) convinced the Court that he had enough money to bail them out.
Unfortunately he didn't. Trethewy was kicked off the Aldershot Board three months later when it turned out he didn't have the money he said he did. The club limped along with them only being saved by an ill-fated attempt by the Football League to expand their division to 94 clubs, which meant there was no relegation that season.
The proverbial finally hit the fan in the 1991-92 season. With them struggling on the pitch again, a second High Court winding up order was made on March 25th 1992, during a time in which they'd not won in sixteen matches. They were forced to resign from the Football League after 36 matches, making them the last club to leave the League partway through a season (Maidstone United's resignation in August 1992 and Bury's expulsion in 2019 came without them kicking a ball). Aldershot FC (1926 - 1992) was dead.
The Recreation Ground is situated in a town centre location, close to the railway station.
Out of the ashes came Aldershot Town (1992) as a reformed club. Due to them having no financial connection with the old club, they were forced to begin new life in Isthmian League Division Three. Still playing at the Recreation Ground, they won that division by eighteen points in their first season. They were immediately promoted again, and it was only at that point that they began to find the going a little bit tougher, taking four seasons to rise from Isthmian League Division One, before the corresponding Premier Division took five seasons to navigate, with the latter achieved under manager Terry Brown.
Having been a part time club up until that point, Aldershot Town went fully professional for the 2004-05 season. After a few mediocre seasons, Brown resigned during the 2006-07 campaign. Martin Kuhl briefly took over but in May 2007, he became assistant manager to Gary Waddock. That was to prove a pivotal decision as Waddock took them to the Conference title, recording 101 points, whilst they also won the Conference League Cup (formerly known as the Bob Lord Trophy). In that side was a young Joel Grant, who was sold in the summer for a fee of £130,000 to Crewe Alexandra - Aldershot Town's record outgoing transfer fee (although a couple of undisclosed fees have reportedly rivalled it).
Waddock and Kuhl moved on to Wycombe Wanderers in October 2009, with former Yeovil Town midfielder Kevin Dillon succeeding him. Alongside Gary Owers (Weston-super-Mare, Bath City and Torquay United manager) the pair reached the League Two play-offs and sixth place in 2009-10 before losing to Rotherham United in the semi-finals - at present the reformed Aldershot Town's highest league position.
Unfortunately a decline was coming, and once again it was coupled with financial problems. The situation was sparked by a major shareholder suffering a stroke and creating a cashflow problem. They limped their way through the 2012-13 season, but were relegated from the Football League, and five days later the club filed for administration, with debts of around a million pounds.
Chairman Shahid Azeem had been attempting a takeover from owner Kris Machala just prior to that moment, but in the end became the man who purchased the club from the administrator as they returned to the National League. Since then they've been floundering a bit, although did have two good seasons when Gary Waddock returned, finishing fifth on both occasions before being thwarted in the play-offs. The 2018-19 season though was a disaster, as Aldershot Town thought they had been relegated in 21st place, leading to Waddock resigning and the team preparing for life in National League South. They got an ultra-late reprieve though when Gateshead were kicked out for financial irregularities, and so under Danny Searle they were given a chance to ensure that season was a one-off.
The East Bank - situated behind one goal, this is old-school classic terracing for home supporters
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|Aldershot : We've Met Before|
|Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Aldershot
|24/09/2019||Away||NATL||W||3-1||1684||Hippolyte 8, Smith 38, Murphy 59|
Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Aldershot
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|Aldershot Reserves : We've Met Before|
|Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Aldershot Reserves
|30/08/1934||Home||SLCD||L||5-6||Taylor, McNeil, Holbeach(2), Own Goal|
|06/04/1935||Away||SLCD||W||3-0||Page, Smith, Parle|
|04/03/1939||Home||SL||W||8-0||Graham(2), Attley(3), Wilkins, Own Goal, Green|
Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Aldershot Reserves
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Aldershot : Club Statistics
|24/09/2019||Yeovil Town||Home||NATL||L||1-3||1684||Hunt 19|
|08/10/2019||Dover Athletic||Home||NATL||W||4-0||1255||Mullings 25, Berkeley-Agyepong 32, Powell 53, Santos 58|
Highest League Attendance: 2003, vs AFC Fylde, 03/08/2019
Lowest League Attendance: 1163, vs Barrow, 07/09/2019
Average League Attendance: 1594
CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS
|Games Without A Win: ||0
||Games Without A Home Win: ||0
|Games Without An Away Win: ||3
||Games Without Defeat: ||2
|Games Without A Home Defeat: ||1
||Games Without An Away Defeat: ||1
|Games Without A Draw: ||1
||Games Without A Score Draw: ||9
|Games Without A No-Score Draw: ||1
||Games Without Scoring: ||0
|Games Without Conceding: ||2
||Home Results Sequence: ||DDLWLW
|Away Results Sequence: ||LWWLLD
||Overall Results Sequence: ||LWLLDW
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Aldershot : Club Information
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Telephone Number : 01252 320211
Chairman : Shahid Azeem
Secretary : Bob Green
Safety Officer : Michelle Enderby
Web Site / Programme Editor : Chris Woods (Media), Victoria Rogers (Programme)
Manager : Danny Searle
Capacity : 7,100
Record Attendance : 19,138 vs Carlisle United, January 28th 1970, FA Cup Fourth Round Replay (as Aldershot (1926))
Record Attendance : 7,500 vs Brighton and Hove Albion, November 18th 2000, FA Cup First Round (as Aldershot Town (1992))
Colours : Mainly red shirts with blue trim, blue shorts
Nickname : The Shots
Ticket Prices :
Visiting supporters are housed in the South East Corner of the stadium for terracing, whilst you can get seating in the South Stand. Use Turnstile 11 for the terracing and Turnstile 12 for the seats. Follow signs outside the ground to the south side where Redan Hill can be found adjacent to the railway. Turnstiles open at 6.30p.m. for evening fixtures.
Advance tickets for the 2019-20 Season National League match are only available via Aldershot's online ticketing website. Head to this page for the Yeovil Town match (the main menu page is here). Prices depend on whether you're purchasing Terrace tickets or Stand tickets. These are as follows:
ONLINE ADVANCE TICKETS:
Seated: Adults: £18.00; Concessions: £14.40; Juniors: £6.30.
Terracing: Adults: £16.20; Concessions: £12.60; Juniors: £4.50.
The online prices will be available until midnight on Monday 23rd September. After that point, you need to purchase on the day of the game. Prices will then be as follows:
Seated: Adults: £20.00; Concessions: £16.00; Juniors: £7.00.
Terracing: Adults: £18.00; Concessions: £14.00; Juniors: £5.00.
Concessions apply to Over-65s, Military Personnel, Young Adults (aged 19-21) and Students. Juniors apply to those aged 18 and Under.
For children Under-11, they can obtain FREE admission with a full-paying Adult. However, these tickets need to be purchased from the ticket office prior to entry through the turnstiles, and do not appear to be available online.
Disabled Supporters can obtain seats or terrace at the concession rate as above, but with an assistant admitted free of charge, where required. Wheelchair tickets must be purchased in advance by telephoning 01252 320211. You can purchase on the day, but Aldershot warn that there are limited Wheelchair spaces, so this is not advised - you'll also need to go via the Ticket Office on the day if you've not prebooked.
Away Disabled supporters are housed at the front of the South Stand. You can gain access to this area through a gate at the High Street end of the stadium, close to Turnstile 10.
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Aldershot : Directions To The Ground
The South-East terrace for away supporters - situated between the South Stand and the East Bank
An easy trip for a change. Aldershot is on the north-east tip of Hampshire and just off the M3. So the majority of fans are going to be heading up the A303 and then part of the M3. Aldershot is south of the motorway.
From Yeovil, South and West: Exit the M3 at junction 5, signposted Hook and take the fourth exit putting you onto the A287 towards Farnham. At the traffic lights, turn left towards Hale and then at the bottom of the hill turn left onto the A325. Take the first exit off the next mini roundabout and then the third exit onto the A323 towards Aldershot Town Centre. Pass Tesco on your left, then take the second exit off the next roundabout and follow the road through three sets of traffic lights and across two roundabouts. The stadium is on your left.
From London, M25, North and East: This route may also be preferred by coach drivers and those who want slightly more simple directions. Exit the M3 at junction 4. Follow signs towards Aldershot on the A331 and take the exit signposted A323 Aldershot and Woking. At the roundabout, take the third exit towards Aldershot, go straight on through the two sets of traffic lights and across two mini-roundabouts towards the town. The EBB Stadium is on your right, after the railway bridge.
Commercial parking choices include the Parsons Barracks Car Park off Ordnance Road (GU11 1TW) and the Wellington Avenue multi-storey car park (GU11 1SD). For Wellington Avenue this is free after 6.00p.m. but if you arrive during the daytime you can get up to three hours worth for £1.50, with an all day charge of £3.60, although the latter is only available on Level 3 or 4 of the car park. Parsons Barracks has a £1.00 overnight charge for parking after 6.00p.m. whereas daytime rates are 50p per hour, with the overnight rate on top of that if you're parked beyond 6.00p.m.
You may also find some free street parking that is suitable for away supporters, if you head to the south-east corner of the ground on Redan Road, and then jut off the mini-roundabout and head for any of Holly Road, Windmill Road or Mount Pleasant Road.
The railway station in Aldershot is a few hundred yards south-west of the ground - the line from London Waterloo goes past the stadium. You'll need a train from Yeovil Junction up as far as Woking, and then change at Woking to get a train going back in the other direction that will take you to Aldershot. Journey time is around 2hrs 20mins. Note that you can't get back to Yeovil on a midweek fixture, as the last train home leaves before the final whistle blows.
From London area, this is a straight-forward journey from London Waterloo, taking betwen 49 and 56 minutes. You may find for some slightly slower services and late at night you need to change at Woking.
To get to the ground leave the station by the main entrance towards the bus station, and turn right into Windsor Way. Walk past Holy Trinity Church on the left and follow the road as it curves left. Turn right at the junction with Victoria Road and the Stadium is in front of you. To reach the away turnstiles, turn right under the railway bridge and then left up Redan Road.
Check the National Rail Enquiries site for details of services.
As the ground is so close to the town centre and railway station, it's very unlikely that you'll need a bus.
A selection of Aldershot taxi companies can be found here.
Next to the away terrace is the South Stand where a section is allocated to away supporters
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Aldershot : Food & Drink
The North Stand - housing the dugouts and press box
Like most military towns Aldershot has a lot of pubs (though not nearly as many as it used to, with the general fall in pub numbers nationally amplified by decades of slimming down of the armed forces). Also like in most military towns, the majority of these pubs are pretty depressing if you like Real Ale. As for ‘Craft’ beers, they’ve not reached Aldershot yet. Note we've seen the La Fontaine pub recommended on a couple of guides - don't bother as it closed in July 2018.
Club Bar :
The Shots have segregation for a reason and the Clubhouse at the ground is not open to away supporters. Provision in the away section is limited to a mobile unit selling burgers, hot dogs and chips.
Away supporters are welcome into Aldershot's hospitality lounges, although this will be for those willing to pay corporate rates. For more details and prices for their packages, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Pubs :
|Crimea: Nearest pub to the football ground, just 120 yards away (although at the wrong end for the away section of the ground). Opens 12.00 noon every day, closing at 11.00 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, 12.00 midnight Thursday to Saturday, 10.30 p.m. Sunday. Serves lunches from opening until 2.00 p.m. but doesn’t do food in the evening. Has three hand pumps but only one or two are usually active, though an extra beer is usually put on on matchdays. Selection is made from the Punch Taverns beer list so tends to the mainstream. Keg is from the usual multi-national suspects: Carlsberg, Fosters, Stella Artois, John Smith’s Extra Smooth, Guinness, Strongbow etc. Large pub with a big garden, smoking area, pool table, darts and regular live music.|
Crimea, Crimea Road, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 1UE. Tel: 01252343163. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Garden Gate: Around a third of a mile from Aldershot Railway Station, but in the opposite direction to the stadium making it two thirds of mile walk to the ground. Usually has three (weekdays) or four (weekends) hand pumps in operation, with something always on from Surrey Hills Brewery. Doesn’t do food. Has regular live music events, smoking patio to the rear, a pub garden and parking. Opens at 5.00 p.m. weekdays, closing at 11.00 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, 12.00 midnight on Thursday and 1.00 a.m. Friday. Weekends it opens at 12.00 noon, closing 1.00 a.m. Saturday and 10.30 Sunday.|
Garden Gate, 2 Church Lane East, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 3BT. Tel: 01252219717. Map: Click Here.
|Queen Hotel: A Wetherspoon right in the centre of town, and another in Tim’s fairly recent move into providing accommodation; this one opened in 2014. Unlike most Spoons the Grade II listed status means the drinking area is not entirely open plan and has retained some semblance of distinct rooms. Six beers on cask, with the three off the Spoons list of regulars being Greene King Abbot, Ruddles Best Bitter and Sharp's Doom Bar; the other three changing. There’s a real cider – usually that’ll be something from Weston’s in Spoons. Has disabled access and a beer garden/patio area (with a covered section for smokers). Wetherspoon pubs vary on their rules concerning children: this one is reported to allow them only if having a meal. Food served 7.00 a.m. – 11.00 p.m. every day. Opening hours: 7.00 a.m. – 12.00 midnight Sunday to Wednesday; 7.00 a.m. – 1.00 a.m. Thursday to Saturday.|
Queen Hotel, 1 High Street, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 1BH. Tel: 01252361770. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Royal Staff: Probably the second closest pub to the stadium as the crow flies, and though it’s the other side of the railway line is convenient for the away end entrance – a five minutes or so walk. A small back street local, it was sold off by Fuller’s in 2017 and apart from some rather dated stuff on its Facebook page there’s not much information about it since. Was doing three real ales in 2018, Fuller’s London Pride and two beers from Triple fff – maybe it still is, maybe it isn’t; CAMRA’s WhatPub entry suggests not but admits it hasn’t actually surveyed it. Keg is the likes of Fosters, Kronenbourg 1664, John Smith’s, Guinness and Strongbow. Has a garden and BT Sports; there’s nothing to suggest it does any food. Different sources give different opening times, but generally agree it starts serving at 4.00 p.m. early in the week, possibly from 12.00 noon later in the week and definitely at weekends, and shuts at 11.00 p.m. except Friday and Saturday where they disagree whether it’s 12.00 midnight or 1.00 a.m.|
Royal Staff, 37a Mount Pleasant Road, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU12 4NW. Tel: 01252310736. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|White Lion: Traditional two bar pub, away fan friendly, it’s 0.9 miles across the railway line south-east from the ground. One of three pubs run by Hampshire based brewery Triple fff (website here). It features three of their beers on hand pump, most regularly Alton's Pride, Moondance and Pressed Rat & Warthog, plus a changing guest usually from other small independent brewers. The real cider is Weston’s Rosie’s Pig. Food is snacks and pizzas, available all day. Has a pub garden, covered smoking patio (vaping is allowed inside), BT Sports and darts in the Public Bar. Opening hours: 1.00 p.m. – 10.30 Monday; 1.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 1.00 p.m. – 11.30 p.m. Thursday; 1.00 p.m. – 12.00 midnight Friday; 12 noon – 12.00 midnight Saturday; 12.00 noon – 10.30 p.m. Sunday.|
White Lion, 20 Lower Farnham Road, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU12 4EA. Tel: 01252323832. Map: Click Here.
Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :
It may be Hampshire, but this neck of the woods borrows its accent more from London's overspill than anything Mick Channon might have come up with. You ought to just about be okay though.
Try not to mention that we had a close friendship with Woking and their fans last time we were in the Conference.
The High Street End of the ground, featuring a small stand
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Aldershot : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels
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Other Points Of Interest
[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]
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