|Full name||Aldershot Town Football Club|
|Capacity||7,100 (2,000 seated)|
|2020–21||National League, 15th of 22|
Aldershot Town Football Club is a professional association football club based in Aldershot, Hampshire, England. The team competes in the National League, the fifth tier of the English football league system. The club was founded in the spring of 1992 after the closure of debt-ridden Fourth Division club Aldershot. Aldershot Town play at the Recreation Ground, which had also been the home ground of the previous club.
Initially placed in the Isthmian League Third Division, Aldershot Town won the league in their debut 1992–93 season and won promotion out of the Second Division the following season. They won the First Division title in 1997–98 and the Premier Division in 2002–03 to gain a place in the Conference. They spent five seasons in the Conference, losing twice in the play-offs, before winning promotion into the Football League as Conference National and Conference League Cup champions under Gary Waddock's stewardship in 2007–08. They spent five seasons in League Two, reaching the play-offs in 2010, though were relegated back into non-league football and entered administration in May 2013.They reached the National League play-offs in 2017 and 2018.
In March 1992, the town of Aldershot was without a football club after Aldershot F.C. became the first Football League team to fold during the football season since Accrington Stanley in 1962. Aldershot Town was born later the same year, and began life competing in the Isthmian League Division Three. Despite Aldershot Town playing five divisions lower than the Football League, the attendance for their first competitive fixture was higher than the old team's last home tie. Ten successive victories were recorded under the guidance of former player Steve Wignall and Aldershot won the championship by an 18-point margin.
A further promotion and an FA Vase quarter-final placing was achieved in the 1993–94 season. When Steve Wignall departed to take charge of Colchester United midway through the 1994–95 season, former Nottingham Forest winger Steve Wigley took over. The club finished the 1994–95 season with a run of six successive victories, but missed out on promotion by goal difference. After narrowly missing out during the next two seasons Wigley left in July 1997 to become Youth Development Officer at Nottingham Forest. He was replaced by George Borg. Attendances continued to rise during this period and the final fixture of the 1997–98 Isthmian League First Division championship-winning season, at home to Berkhamsted Town, attracted 4,289 people to the Recreation Ground – a league record. The success under Borg continued with an Isthmian League Cup, two Hampshire Senior Cups and a runners-up spot in the Isthmian League Premier Division.
The club's reserves were reinstated in 2000–01 and entered the Suburban League. The FA Cup in 2000–01 saw Aldershot take on league opposition at The Recreation Ground for the first time since reforming, when Brighton & Hove Albion visited for a 1st Round tie in November and a record attendance of 7,500 saw the league team win. In the following season's FA Cup the Shots held Bristol Rovers to a home draw in the First Round, but again missed out on the Second Round after losing the replay in Bristol.
George Borg resigned as manager in November 2001 after pressure from supporters and was replaced by Terry Brown. He won his first game in charge beating Newport IOW 1–0 in the Hampshire Senior Cup Semi-final Second Leg, taking The Shots on to win the final against Havant & Waterlooville. In Brown's first full season in charge he overhauled the squad, and by mid-November the Shots were top of the table, a position they did not relinquish for the remainder of the season, winning promotion to the Football Conference. The club also retained the Hampshire Senior Cup with a 2–1 win over Bashley.
A crowd of 3,680 saw Aldershot's first game in the Conference, a 2–1 win over Accrington Stanley. The club went on to stay in the play-off positions in the league table for all but 3 days of the season. The Shots equalled their best ever run in the FA Cup, reaching the 2nd Round and losing 1–0 to Colchester United at Layer Road. The club reached their first FA Trophy semi-final, losing to eventual winners Hednesford Town and the average attendance for league matches at The Rec ended on a record high of 3,303.
A 1–1 draw against Tamworth on the last day of the season carried the Shots into the play-offs for a place in the Football League. Over two legs the Shots held their own against favourites Hereford United, drawing 1–1 at The Rec and 0–0 at Edgar Street. Extra time finished without any further score and the tie was concluded on penalties with the Shots winning 4–2. The 2004 Conference play-off Final against Shrewsbury Town finished 1–1 after extra time. Shrewsbury returned to the league with a 3–0 win in the penalty shoot-out.
In May 2004 the club officers made the decision to convert Aldershot Town to full-time professional status from the following July. In 2004–05 the Shots once again equalled their best ever run in the FA Cup as they reached the 2nd Round proper, where they lost 5–1 to Hartlepool United. After a slow start in the league, Aldershot improved their form and reached the play-offs after beating Scarborough in the last game of the season. The Shots won the first leg against Carlisle United 1–0 at home, but lost the away leg 2–1, giving a 2–2 aggregate score. Extra time could not separate the sides and the tie went to penalties, with Carlisle winning the shootout.
The next two seasons were less successful for the Shots. 2005–06 saw Aldershot's team suffer numerous injuries, and they struggled to 13th in the table. The team made it to the 2nd round of the FA Cup, losing 1–0 at home to Scunthorpe United. The next season was equally disappointing, with the side never really getting close enough to the aim of finishing in the playoff positions. The club eventually made it to 9th in the reformed 24 club Conference Premier, finishing 13 points off the playoffs. Terry Brown resigned, citing the poor health of his wife as the primary reason, although his position may have been untenable with regards to the season's performance.[ citation needed ] Martin Kuhl took over as caretaker manager. They made it to the Third round of the FA Cup for the first time, losing 4–2 at Bloomfield Road to Blackpool
In May 2007 Gary Waddock was appointed the new manager, with Martin Kuhl reverting to his coaching position. The Shots started the season strongly, losing few games before the turn of the year. Jonny Dixon was sold to Brighton and Hove Albion in the January Transfer window for a then club record of £56,000.The Shots finished top of the Conference Premier with a record 101 points, and were promoted to the Football League, for the first time since the club was reformed ending the season on an 18-match undefeated run.
The Shots also made it to the Conference League Cup Final after a 4–3 penalty shoot out victory over near neighbours Woking in the semi-final. The final, played at the Recreation Ground on 3 April, was against Rushden & Diamonds. With the scores 1–1 at full-time, then 3–3 after extra time, Aldershot won 4–3 on penalties.
Sixteen years after the demise of Aldershot F.C., the town of Aldershot had a Football League team again. The club retained many of the 2007–08 promotion winning team, and added several signings, both permanent and on loan. Gary Waddock and Martin Kuhl also committed their futures to the club by signing new three-year contracts.Joel Grant was sold to Crewe Alexandra for £130,000, a club record. On the opening day of the 2008–09 season, Aldershot Town won their first league game on their return to the Football League at Accrington Stanley 1–0. This was followed four days later by the club's first ever Football League Cup game, against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena, which the Shots lost 3–1. The Shots finished fifteenth in League Two in their first season in the Football League.
Two months into the 2009–10 season, manager Gary Waddock and assistant Martin Kuhl accepted offers to join Wycombe Wanderers. Jason Dodd was appointed as Caretaker Manager, assisted by Paul Williamsbefore Kevin Dillon, the former first-team coach of Reading, was appointed as Waddock's permanent successor in November 2009. Two days later Dillon appointed Gary Owers as his assistant manager. Under the new management team Aldershot finished the season in sixth place, qualifying them for the play-offs, where they lost 3–0 on aggregate to Rotherham United.
In January 2011 Kevin Dillon and assistant Gary Owers had left the club by mutual agreement, with the club lying 20th in League Two, after winning just 6 out of 22 league games. [ citation needed ] Aldershot finished 11th in the 2011–12 season. A good run in the League Cup saw Aldershot take on Manchester United at home, which ended in a 3–0 victory for Manchester United. Holdsworth was sacked by Aldershot on 20 February 2013 with the team in 20th place in League Two.Dillon was replaced by Newport County manager Dean Holdsworth. Holdsworth succeeded in removing the threat of relegation, eventually guiding the club to 14th position in a run which included only 4 defeats in the second half of the season.
In the summer 2012, a major shareholder suffered a major stroke, debilitating him and creating a financial insecurity that would prove dangerous come the following year. In May 2013, Aldershot Town announced that they were in financial difficulties, million.with players' wages going unpaid. The Chief Executive, Andrew Mills, announced his resignation saying that there was no evidence that the major shareholder Kris Machala had the ability to fund the club. Director Tony Knights admitted that the club has been "haemorrhaging money". On 2 May 2013, just five days after their relegation from the Football League, Aldershot Town officially entered administration. The club fell with debts of over £1
On 1 August 2013, Aldershot Town confirmed the takeover of the club by a consortium led by former chairman Shahid Azeem. In conjunction, the club announced the agreement of a lucrative deal with Chelsea to host a significant number of matches played by the Chelsea Academy and Reserves over the next two years.
Aldershot were relegated from the National League in 2019 after finishing 21st. However, they were reprieved from relegation after Gateshead were administratively relegated.
Aldershot Town play their home games at The Recreation Ground, which has a capacity of 7,100. The stadium was previously the home of Aldershot F.C. The stadium's current sponsor is EBB Paper, therefore the ground is advertly known as The EBB Stadium at The Recreation Ground, however is affectionately known as 'The Rec'.
In March 2018, Aldershot Town presented proposals for the redevelopment of the EBB Stadium to Rushmoor Borough Council which would see the potential development of a new stadium, containing both seating and standing areas, that will give the club a 'long-term home from which to build our ambitions on the pitch'.
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For all Aldershot Town F.C. players with a Wikipedia article see Category:Aldershot Town F.C. players.
|1993–94||Keith Baker and Steve Harris|
|Name||Nat||From||To||Games Managed||Games Won||Games Drawn||Games Lost||Win percentage||Points average|
|Steve Wignall||23 May 1992||12 Jan 1995||146||97||24||25||66.43%||2.16|
|Paul Shrubb (c)||13 Jan 1995||25 Jan 1995||1||1||0||0||100.00%||3.00|
|Steve Wigley||26 Jan 1995||30 Jul 1997||135||72||25||38||53.33%||1.79|
|Andy Meyer(c), Mark Butler(c) & Joe Roach(c)||1 Aug 1997||17 Sep 1997||8||3||2||3||37.50%||1.38|
|George Borg||18 Sep 1997||31 Jan 2002||261||147||50||64||56.32%||1.88|
|Stuart Cash (c)||1 Feb 2002||19 Mar 2002||12||7||2||3||58.33%||1.92|
|Terry Brown||20 Mar 2002||27 Mar 2007||284||145||52||87||51.05%||1.71|
|Martin Kuhl (c)||28 Mar 2007||16 May 2007||11||5||3||3||45.45%||1.64|
|Gary Waddock||17 May 2007||13 Oct 2009||128||64||27||37||50.00%||1.71|
|Jason Dodd (c)||14 Oct 2009||8 Nov 2009||4||1||1||2||25.00%||1.00|
|Kevin Dillon||9 Nov 2009||10 Jan 2011||63||22||17||24||34.92%||1.32|
|Dean Holdsworth||11 Jan 2011||20 Feb 2013||118||42||35||42||35.59%||1.36|
|Andy Scott||22 Feb 2013||21 Jan 2015||103||33||28||42||32.04%||1.23|
|Chris Barker (c)||22 Jan 2015||26 Apr 2015||15||5||5||5||33.33%||1.33|
|Barry Smith||27 Apr 2015||30 Apr 2016||50||17||9||24||34.00%||1.20|
|Gary Waddock||5 May 2016||2 May 2019||121||52||33||36||42.98%||1.56|
|Danny Searle||20 May 2019||Present||39||12||10||17||30.77%||1.18|
Jason Chewins holds the record for the most number of appearances for the club, playing 489 times between August 1994 and May 2004. This led to the left-back being the first and, to date, only player to receive a testimonial match, which was played against Portsmouth in July 2004.
Before Chewins, the record was held by Mark Butler, who joined the club at its inception in 1992. Butler played 303 times between August 1992 and May 1998, also holding the all-time goal scoring record by netting 155 times, a record he still currently holds. Former goalkeeper Nikki Bull made his 300th appearance for the Shots in November 2008 and eventually made 313 appearances before moving to Brentford in July 2009. Five others have played more than 200 times for the club, including Stuart Udal, whose brother Shaun was an England international cricketer. Winger Jimmy Sugrue has also reached the landmark. More recently, three members of the 2007–08 title winning squad, namely Anthony Charles, Anthony Straker and Danny Hylton reached the landmark.
Gary Abbott is, apart from Butler, the only Shots player to have ever scored over 100 goals for the club. Over the course of three seasons, between August 1998 and May 2001, he scored 120 goals.
|Aldershot Town formed and accepted into Isthmian League Division Three|
|1992–93||Isthmian League Division Three||1||Promoted as Champions|
|1993–94||Isthmian League Division Two||3||Promoted, FA Vase quarter-final|
|1994–95||Isthmian League Division One||4||FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round, FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round|
|1995–96||Isthmian League Division One||5||FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round, FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round|
|1996–97||Isthmian League Division One||7||FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round, FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round|
|1997–98||Isthmian League Division One||1||Promoted as Champions, FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round, FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round|
|1998–99||Isthmian League Premier Division||7||FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round, FA Trophy 4th Round, Hampshire Senior Cup Winners|
|1999–00||Isthmian League Premier Division||2||FA Cup 2nd Round, FA Trophy 4th Round, Hampshire Senior Cup Winners|
|2000–01||Isthmian League Premier Division||4||FA Cup 1st Round, FA Trophy 3rd Round|
|2001–02||Isthmian League Premier Division||3||FA Cup 1st Round, FA Trophy 3rd Round, Hampshire Senior Cup Winners|
|2002–03||Isthmian League Premier Division||1||Promoted as Champions, FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round, Hampshire Senior Cup Winners|
|2003–04||Football Conference||5||FA Cup 2nd Round, FA Trophy Semi-final, Conference Play-off final|
|2004–05||Conference Premier||4||FA Cup 2nd Round, Football League Trophy 1st Round, Conference semi-final|
|2005–06||Conference Premier||13||FA Cup 2nd Round, Football League Trophy 1st Round|
|2006–07||Conference Premier||9||FA Cup 3rd Round, Hampshire Senior Cup Winners|
|2007–08||Conference Premier||1||Promoted as Champions, FA Cup 1st Round, FA Trophy Semi-final, Conference League Cup Winners|
|2008–09||Football League Two||15||FA Cup 2nd Round, League Cup 1st Round, Football League Trophy 1st Round,|
|2009–10||Football League Two||6||FA Cup 2nd Round, League Cup 1st Round, Football League Trophy 2nd Round, League Two Play-offs|
|2010–11||Football League Two||14||FA Cup 2nd Round, League Cup 1st Round, Football League Trophy 2nd Round|
|2011–12||Football League Two||11||FA Cup 2nd Round, League Cup 4th Round, Football League Trophy 2nd Round|
|2012–13||Football League Two||24||FA Cup 4th Round, League Cup 1st Round, Football League Trophy 2nd Round|
|2013–14||Conference Premier||19*||*10 points deducted, FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round, FA Trophy Quarter-final|
|2014–15||Conference Premier||18||FA Cup 2nd Round, FA Trophy 1st Round|
|2015–16||National League||15||FA Cup 1st Round, FA Trophy 1st Round|
|2016–17||National League||5||FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round, FA Trophy 1st Round, National League Play-off semi-final|
|2017–18||National League||5||FA Cup 1st Round, FA Trophy 1st Round, National League Play-off qualifying round|
|2018–19||National League||21||FA Cup 1st Round, FA Trophy 1st Round, League reprieve|
|2019–20||National League||18*||*Season ended early due to COVID-19 pandemic with league positions being determined on a Points-Per-Game basis, FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round, FA Trophy 1st Round|
Aldershot Town's home kit is red with blue and white trim. The club have always played in a predominantly red kit with blue features, including stripes and quarters. The club's chosen colours of red and blue reflect the garrison town's association with the British Army.
Errea were the kit supplier for the 2011–12 season. Adidas has been the kit supplier from the 2013–14 season.
|Period||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
|2008–2010||Carbrini Sportswear||EBB Paper|
|2013–||Adidas||Bridges Estate Agents|
Further details and images of previous kits can be found at the Historical Football Kit website.
Aldershot Town's local rivals are Rushmoor neighbours Farnborough and Surrey side Woking. Fixtures against these sides attract larger than average crowds, including 5,961 for a Hampshire Senior Cup Semi Final, a league record 5,518 in an Isthmian League Premier Division match against Farnborough and 6,870 for an FA Cup 1st round match against Woking.
The original Aldershot were rivals with Reading until their demise in 1992 but are still considered the main rival of the club by supporters. The only meeting between the two clubs was in a friendly in 2001.
Other teams which may be considered rivals include Eastleigh and Maidenhead United.
Aldershot Town and Woking have met competitively on 30 occasions. Aldershot Town have won 17 times, Woking 7 times and there has been 6 drawn matches.
|Saturday 31 October 1998||Aldershot Town 0-0 Woking||FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round||6,870||First Ever FA Cup Meeting|
|Tuesday 3 November 1998||Woking 2-1 Aldershot Town (AET)||FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round Replay||3,896|
|Saturday 5 February 2000||Woking 0-0 Aldershot Town||FA Trophy 4th Round||-||First Ever FA Trophy Meeting|
|Tuesday 15 February 2000||Aldershot Town 0-1 Woking||FA Trophy 4th Round Replay||5,524||Woking's First Away Win|
|Saturday 23 August 2003||Aldershot Town 2-1 Woking||Conference||4,637||First Ever League Meeting|
|Saturday 10 April 2004||Woking 2-2 Aldershot Town||Conference||4,158||-|
|Monday 30 August 2004||Woking 1-2 Aldershot Town||Conference||3,718||Aldershot's First Away Win|
|Sunday 27 March 2005||Aldershot Town 4-0 Woking||Conference||4,458||Aldershot's First League Double|
|Tuesday 21 March 2006||Woking 1-2 Aldershot Town||Conference||3,244||-|
|Saturday 22 April 2006||Aldershot Town 1-1 Woking||Conference||2,704||-|
|Monday 9 October 2006||Woking 2-0 Aldershot Town||Conference||3,725||Live On Sky Sports|
|Tuesday 13 March 2007||Aldershot Town 2-2 Woking||Conference||2,739||-|
|Wednesday 26 December 2007||Woking 0-1 Aldershot Town||Conference||4,356||First Boxing Day Clash|
|Tuesday 1 January 2008||Aldershot Town 2-1 Woking||Conference||4,728||First New Years Day Clash|
|Saturday 12 January 2008||Woking 2-4 Aldershot Town||FA Trophy 2nd Round||2,368||-|
|Tuesday 18 March 2008||Aldershot Town 2-2 Woking||Conference Shield Southern Semi-Final||1,629||Aldershot Win 4-3 On Penalties|
|Monday 26 August 2013||Aldershot Town 2-1 Woking||Conference||3,138||-|
|Monday 21 April 2014||Woking 1-2 Aldershot Town||Conference||4,728||-|
|Tuesday 9 September 2014||Aldershot Town 0-1 Woking||Conference||3,567|
|Sunday 28 December 2014||Woking 1-2 Aldershot Town||Conference||3,559||-|
|Saturday 26 December 2015||Aldershot Town 0-1 Woking||National League||3,150|
|Saturday 2 January 2016||Woking 2-1 Aldershot Town||National League||3,708||Woking's First League Double|
|Monday 26 December 2016||Aldershot Town 4-0 Woking||National League||3,456||Live On BT Sports|
|Sunday 1 January 2017||Woking 1-2 Aldershot Town||National League||3,224||-|
|Tuesday 26 December 2017||Aldershot Town 3-1 Woking||National League||4,181||-|
|Monday 1 January 2018||Woking 1-2 Aldershot Town||National League||3,790||-|
|Tuesday 6 August 2019||Woking 0-1 Aldershot Town||National League||3,992||-|
|Saturday 24 October 2020||Aldershot Town 1-2 Woking||FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round||0||Played Behind Closed Doors Due To COVID-19|
|Saturday 26 December 2020||Aldershot Town 3-0 Woking||National League||0||Played Behind Closed Doors Due To COVID-19|
|Saturday 2 January 2021||Woking 0-1 Aldershot Town||National League||0||Played Behind Closed Doors Due To COVID-19|
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Dagenham & Redbridge
| Conference Premier Champions|
| Conference League Cup Winners|
Gravesend & Northfleet
| Isthmian League Premier Division Champions|
| Isthmian League Division One Champions|
| Isthmian League Division Three Champions|