Tag: Aldershot Town

Match Of The Week: Aldershot Town 1-1 Notts County

Aldershot were the last Football League club to go bust during the season, and it is perhaps appropriate that Notts County, who have taken the concept of boom and bust to absurd new heights this season, should be their visitors five days before a winding up hearing at the High Court in London.

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The Name Game

In July 2008, buoyed by their promotion into the Football League, Aldershot Town announced a new sponsorship deal. From the start of this season, EBB Paper would be the clubs new sponsors, and would have their name emblazoned across The Shots’ shirts. More importantly than this, EBB also signed a naming rights deal from Aldershot’s venerable old stadium, The Recreation Ground. From July 2008, The Recreation Ground would now be known as The EBB Stadium At The Recreation Ground”. Aldershot Town became, in one fell swoop, the club with the most mangled name in English football. We have, over the last three decades or so, proved ourselves to be remarkably reslilient to the dubious delights of sponsorship. Kettering Town started the ball rolling in the mid-1970s with Derek Dougan’s almost quaint argument with the Football Association. Arguments over what was and wasn’t allowed continued until well into the 1980s, but we all now accept that our clubs shirts should be daubed with the logos of some company or other (except, of course, you support FC United of Manchester United, Barcelona – and they now carry the name of a charity) – or West Bromwich Albion). It’s part of life. It brings in revenue which, although it isn’t nearly as important as it was two decades or so ago, still makes a considerable difference to the financial wellbeing of our...

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Shots In The Light

It has taken them sixteen long, hard years, but last night Aldershot Town were welcomed back into the fold of the Football League. Since the original club folded in 1992, the club has fought tooth and nail to win its place back amongst the top 92, and last night it became reality at last by virtue of a nervy 1-1 draw at Exeter City. As it turned out, they took 900 supporters down to Devon – not a bad number by any stretch of the imagination, considering that it’s quite a distance to travel, especially on a Tuesday night – and the result means that their match on Saturday against Weymouth now takes on the air of a party. They’re expected to sell all 6,000 tickets well in advance, and Weymouth, still in danger of relegation from the Conference, will be quietly hoping that the Aldershot players have already started to mentally plan their summer holidays. We’ve done Aldershot on here before, so there’s little point in going over that ground again, but their eventual success does provide something of a cautionary tale for supporters of the likes of AFC Wimbledon, who may have been expecting their team to rise swiftly through the non-league ranks. Wimbledon are likely to finish in second or third place in this year’s Ryman League Premier Division, and there has been an element of...

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Shots In The Dark

Last Saturday, Aldershot Town beat local rivals Woking 4-2 at Kingsfield in the FA Trophy, to keep alive their hopes of a double of the Trophy and the Conference championship. They’ve lost just once in their last thirteen games and are currently seven points ahead of second-placed Torquay United. Should they get promoted at the end of this season, they will take their place in the Football League sixteen years after the original Aldershot FC became the first Football League club to fold in the middle of the season since Accrington Stanley, some thirty years earlier. Curiously, Aldershot’s renaissance coincides with the redemption of Spencer Trethewy, the former “property developer” whose recklessness acted as the catalyst for the original club’s closure. The original Aldershot FC, it’s fair to say, never really set the world alight. They reached the FA Cup Fifth Round in 1980 (losing to Everton after a replay), but only spent a few seasons above the Fourth Division in their fifty years in the Football League. In 1987, they raised many eyebrows for charging a £9 admission fee (a pretty huge sum at the time) for an FA Cup Third Round match against (then First Division) Oxford United. They won 3-0, but less than 2,000 people were there to watch it. They were promoted into Division Three the same year, and this is where their problems started....

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