Aldershot Town: Club history

The history of Aldershot Town is actually quite recent with the club only being formed in 1992 – which is new by most football club standards – out of the ashes of Aldershot FC which folded earlier that same year.

On March 25, 1992, Aldershot FC became the first club to go out of business since Accrington 30 years before and on April 22 the same year, Aldershot Town was formed.

There were plenty of similarities between the two with Steve Wignall, who played for the old club and ended up on the coaching staff, becoming the new club’s first manager, and the new club playing at the Recreation Ground.

The covered away terrace at the Recreation Ground.

Despite beginning five divisions lower, the 1,493 who turned out for the new side’s first match in Diadora League Division Three was greater than the final one ‘enjoyed’ by their predecessors.

The new Shots went on to win the first 10 games and ended the season as champions by an 18-point margin with their strikers, Mark Butler and Steve Stairs, scoring a combined total of 62 goals in all competitions.

The second season in 1993-94 saw a further promotion, via a third place finish, and an FA Vase quarter-final place.

But, in January 1994, Wignall departed to take charge of League club Colchester United and was replaced by Steve Wigley – a subtle, but important difference – and despite a strong start the Shots missed out on a third successive promotion on goal difference.

Wigley had another crack for a further two season without success and eventually in summer 1997 went to join the youth set up at Nottingham Forest, where he had been a player.

He was replaced by George Borg, who Yeovil fans will recall us locking horns with when we faced his Enfield side in our days in the ICIS League.

In his first season, he guided the club to the Isthmian League Premier Division and enjoyed a number of impressive league campaigns and cup success before a run of poor performances saw Borg quit in mid-2002.

The South Stand. The area closest to the camera is where away fans are seated.

Terry Brown, a familiar name for his time at Hayes with Glovers’ fans of a certain vintage, was the next permanent manager at the Recreation Ground and in 2002-03 he guided them to the Football Conference.

Mr Brown’s boys certainly made an impact staying in the play-off places for the entire first season in the top tier of the non-League pyramid, only to be beaten on penalties by Shrewsbury Town in the play-off final.

In response, the club went full-time and were able to attract a number of players including former Glovers’ winger Nick Crittenden who joined in summer 2004 having been released by Yeovil.

They would go on to make the play-offs again, but this time they went out to eventual winners, Carlisle United, in the semi-finals – with Critts scoring the only goal in a first leg win.

The next two seasons were a comparative disappointment with 13th and ninth placed finishes and Brown quit and was eventually replaced by Gary Waddock in May 2007.

In swashbuckling style, Aldershot raced to promotion in Waddock’s first season – they finished the campaign with 101 points (six more than Gary Johnson’s Yeovil managed four years previous), scoring 101 goals along the way.

After 16 years away, the town of Aldershot had a Football League club to support once again.

A mid-table finish was a respectable start back at League level in the 2008-09 campaign befor Waddock and his assistant Martin Kuhl departed for Wycombe Wanderers, and another ex-Glover, Kevin Dillon, took charge in October 2009 and took the Shots to
the play-off. They ended up on the end of a 3-0 defeat to Rotherham United in the semi-finals.

Dillon was dismissed in January 2011 following a dismal run of form and replaced by ex-Wimbledon and Bolton Wanderers striker

Dean Holdsworth, who quit his job at Newport County to take over the Shots, then just six points above the League 2 drop zone.

He managed to earn them a mid-table finish by would only last a little over a year despite a televised League Cup match against Manchester United at the Rec and paying a club record fee for Stevenage striker Craig Reid, he was sacked in mid-February 2012 with the Shots at risk of the drop.

Former Rotherham United boss Andy Scott arrived but could not turn things around and they were relegated back to the non-League at the end of that season.

Unfortunately, things were quickly to get worse and within five days of being relegated, Aldershot Town were placed in administration with debts of £1.4 million.

That led to the departure of the majority of the playing staff before a consortium led by businessman Shahid Azeem took ownership at the start of April 2013.

A ten-point deduction and a hastily-assembled squad had Shots’ fans fearing the worst only for the team, still managed by Scott, to pick up three wins and a draw in their opening seven games and wipe out their deficit by the first week of September 2013.

The Recreation Ground, as seen from the south-east corner closest to where away fans enter.

Despite an embarrassing FA Cup exit to Shortwood United, a team 65 places below Aldershot in the pyramid, the club achieved their goal when they retained their Conference status with an Easter Monday win at local rivals Woking in 2014.

What followed would be a process of rebuilding with the club exiting the Compulsory Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) it had been bought under by the Azeem consortium in July 2014 completely debt free.

There was a steady stream of managers with Scott, defender Chris Barker, ex-Dundee boss Barry Scott all taking the hot seat without much impact until the eventual return of Waddock in May 2016.

The return of the boss who had earned the club its League status was cause of optimism. He had been in charge of Wycombe and Oxford with a caretaker stint at Portsmouth before his return to The Rec.

In his first season back, Waddock was working his magic again finishing fifth and making the play-offs where they went out to Tranmere Rovers, who would triumph at Wembley that year.

But, not to be deterred, Waddock retained most of his squad for the 2017-18 campaign and managed a fifth place finish again, only for penalties to again be the Shots’ downfall. They went out to Ebbsfleet United and after back-to-back failures to return to the
League, Waddock’s squad was broken up.

The youthful side which the Shots put together struggled that year and finished in the division’s drop zone. They survived virtue of Gateshead being relegated for financial issues.

Waddock did not survive and was sacked in May 2019, albeit with a 42.98% win ratio bettered only by his 50% win ratio for his first stint together with Terry Brown (51.05%) and George Borg (56.32%) at Conference level and above.

His replacement, Danny Searle, took charge at the start of the 2019-20 season and the club finished 18th on the points per games scoring and then 15th in the 2020-2021 season, just ahead of Yeovil Town on goal difference.


Aldershot Town: We’ve Met Before

Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Aldershot Town

19/11/1955  Home FAC D 1-1 Elder
23/11/1955 Away FACR D 1-1 Reid
28/11/1955 Neutral FACR L 0-3
24/09/2019 Away NLP W 3-1 1684 Hipployte 8, J.Smith 38, Murphy 59
26/11/2019 Home NLP D 2-2 2545 Skendi 36, Murphy 71
28/12/2020 Home NLP W 3-0 0 Duffus 16, 78 Skendi 88
11/05/2021 Away NLP L 0-2 0
30/08/2021 Away NLP W 2-1 2073 Quigley 14,83

Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Aldershot Town

Home Away Overall
W D L F A W D L F A W D L F A
1 2 1 6 5 1 1 1 4 4 2 3 2 10 9

Aldershot Town: Club Statistics

RECENT RESULTS

21/08/2021  Chesterfield Home NLP L 0-2 2393
28/08/2021 Boreham Wood Away NLP L 0-1 602

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

31/08/2021 Yeovil Town NLP Home
04/09/2021 Notts County NLP Away
11/09/2021 Solihull Moors NLP Home
14/09/2021 Southend United NLP Away

CLUB GOALSCORERS

Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: 2393
Lowest League Attendance: 2393
Average League Attendance: 2393

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 2 Games Without A Home Win: 1
Games Without An Away Win: 1 Games Without Defeat: 0
Games Without A Home Defeat: 0 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 2 Games Without A Score Draw: 2
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 2 Games Without Scoring: 2
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence: L
Away Results Sequence: L Overall Results Sequence: LL

Aldershot Town: Club Information

The EBB Stadium,
The High Street,
Aldershot,
Hampshire,
GU11 1TW.
(Click for map)

Telephone Number : 01252 320211
Email: admin@theshots.co.uk

Chairman: Shahid Azeem
Fixtures Secretary: Bob Green
Media Manager: Henry Port
Manager: Danny Searle

The view from the away end at the Recreation Ground.

Capacity: 7,100 (Away: 1,000 standing, 250 seated)
Seated: 2,000
Covered Terrace: Yes.

Record Attendance : 7,500 v Brighton & Hove Albion, November 2000
Colours: Red and blue
Nickname: The Shots

Ticket Prices

Tickets are only available to buy in advance, Aldershot have confirmed no tickets will be available on the turnstiles.

As with our visit in 2019, fans will be housed in the covered away terrace and the South East Seating with entrance to both via the Redan Hill Entrance.

Ticket prices are the same whether you want to sit or not and tickets are available to buy online – here.

Adult: £20
Senior (65 years+): £16
Disabled: £16
Junior (17 years and under): £7

 

Disabled Info: Wheelchair users are advised to contact the ticket office (01252 320211) to reserve a place, one carer is admitted free of charge.
All tickets can be collected from the ticket office located on the High Street and away fans enter the stadium, via H5, the gate nearest the bridge on the High Street.
Ambulant Disabled Supporters are welcome to watch matches from any stand, this does not need to be pre-booked through the Ticket Office. Relevant I.D will be required at the turnstile, so please ensure that you carry this with you.

Programme: £3.00


Aldershot Town: Directions To The Ground

General

Bit of a ‘mare this one. The A303 will probably be crawling as usual (enjoy the experience we exiles have been suffering every fortnight for years all you local residents); the M3 busy; the M25 a nightmare; come off at Junction 29, and then it’s a real drag for 20 miles along the A127. 20 miles? Is that all? Do it in half an hour and thank the Lord, 45 minutes is more likely.

By Road

From the West, exit the M4 at junction 11, taking the A33 exit towards Basingstoke and Alton. At Heckfield Heath, turn left onto the B3011 The Causeway and follow signs to Hartley Wintney. Turn left onto the A30 London Road and then right at the next roundabout onto A323 Fleet Road. Continue on the A323 across the double roundabout at Elvetham Heath onto Reading Road North. Cross the junction with Fleet Road (past the Oatsheaf pub on your right) and then at the next traffic lights turn left onto A323 Aldershot Road. At the end, turn right onto Norris Hill Road and at the Ively Road roundabout take the third exit onto Fleet Road. Keep left onto Clubhouse Road and then, with the Church of St Michael and St George in the far left corner, turn right at the traffic lights onto Queens Avenue. Continue forward onto Hospital Hill and at the bottom turn left. Continue across two roundabouts and the EBB Stadium will be on your left.

From the South, exit the M3 at junction 5, signposted Hook, and take the fourth exit off the roundabout to follow the A287 towards Farnham. At the traffic lights, turn left into 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. Driving past Tesco on your left, take the second exit off the next roundabout and follow the road through three sets of traffic lights and across two roundabouts. The EBB Stadium will be on your left.

From the North, via the M25, 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, just past the railway bridge.

From the East, via the M25, exit the A3 just past Guildford onto the A31 Hog’s Back. Take the exit signposted Aldershot A331 and then the third exit from the roundabout. Approx ½ mile on, take the A323 Aldershot and Woking junction and the first exit from the roundabout. 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, just past the railway bridge.

By Rail

Aldershot train station is a five-minute walk from the stadium and under an hour’s journey from London Waterloo.
If you are travelling from Yeovil Junction, you will need to change at Woking. The journey is about two-and-a-half hours each way.
Leave the station by the main entrance, towards the bus station, and turn right into Windsor Way. Pass Holy Trinity Church on your left and follow the road as it bends left. Turn right at the junction with Victoria Road and the EBB Stadium is in front of you.
To reach the away turnstiles, turn right under the railway bridge and then left up Redan Road.

By Bus

Aldershot Bus Station is immediately adjacent to the Train Station (directions above), with Stagecoach services running from most local towns to either the Station itself or one of three stops within 2 minutes of the EBB Stadium. To plan your journey, visit www.stagecoachbus.com.

 


Web Sites

The Shots.co.uk – official club website.

Local Press

Surrey Live – Everywhere has a Live website these days and this is the one for Aldershot, Surrey Live……even though it’s in Hampshire.


Aldershot Town : Food & Drink

General

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. Sadly, one of the best pubs in the area for real ale, The White Lion, is currently closed, with the locals fighting a planning application to turn it into flats, so has been removed from the guide.

As this fixture is on a Bank Holiday Monday pub opening times may vary from their normal ones listed here.

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.

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.

The Crimea, Crimea Road, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 1UE. Tel: 01252 343163.

https://www.facebook.com/Crimea-Inn-211644185516480/

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: 01252 219717.

[Doesn’t appear to have a web presence. There is a Facebook page but it’s not connected to the pub and has two postings on it in about five years.]

Queen Hotel: A Wetherspoons 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 top 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.

The Queen Hotel, 1 High Street, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 1BH. Tel: 01252 361770.

https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/pubs/all-pubs/england/hampshire/the-queen-hotel-aldershot

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 , but that then seemed to have disappeared. 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.

[Update: despite a planning application being submitted  in June 2021 to turn the site into shops, it then somewhat unexpectedly reopened at the back end of July, with a new landlord claiming long term plans for the place, including the reestablishment of real ale.]

The Royal Staff, 37a Mount Pleasant Road, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU12 4NW. Tel: 01252 310736.

https://www.facebook.com/royalstaffaldershot/

 

The George

Has returned to its original name of The George after a short rebranding as The Goose. A 10-minute walk from The Recreation Ground is The George, one of several town centre pubs within a short distance. Currently owned by Stonegate, which against the rather low bar set by Pubco’s tends to be one of the better ones.

Offering a decent menu of food ranging from burgers and chicken wings to pub classics and grills (if that counts as a range), but the drinks menu seems to start at a Singapore Sling and finish with a Jaeger Bomb.

One can only assume there is a range of beers for the more discerning drinker – if you make it in, let us know.

Address: Wellington Street, Aldershot, GU11 1DX
Website: https://www.greatukpubs.co.uk/thegeorgealdershot/food-and-drink

 

The Victoria

If being a 10-minute walk from the ground is a big selling point for you, The Victoria is another town centre option. A Greene King pub (under its Meet & Eat brand) if one isn’t too keen on GK beers (and who is?!) it purports to also offer Hogs Back TEA. Has Sky Sports and a couple of Pool tables.

The pub’s Facebook page review refer to ‘good pub food’, ‘great cocktails’ and ‘brilliant staff’, so if that is your criteria.

Address: 135-139 Victoria Road, Aldershot, GU11 1JW.
Whatpub.com Review: https://whatpub.com/pubs/SHB/479/victoria-aldershot

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]