Aldershot Town: A view from the 12th man


A name that derived from alder trees found nestled in the Rushmoor district of Hampshire, Aldershot Town or otherwise known as ‘The Shots’ have one of the coolest names in football.

Founded in 1992 after fourth division club Aldershot saw closure from declaring bankruptcy, Aldershot Town was born.

In the 1992-93 season, Aldershot Town were placed in the Isthmian League Third Division where they won the league in their debut season and then continued to win promotion out of the second division the following season. After a few tough seasons, they eventually managed to get promoted to the Conference, where they stayed for five years. Within these five years they lost twice in two play-offs but managed to attain a place in League Two in 2008.

After a series of 1-1’s and 3-2’s during the following seasons against my team, the mighty Crewe Alexandra, in 2011 they begrudgingly beat us 3-1 on a cold afternoon in Aldershot, whilst we were pushing for promotion (we still got promoted!). This was the last time we ever played Aldershot Town and gladly so as they always caused us problems.

After a series of unfortunate events after five years in League Two, they were sadly relegated back into non-league football and entered administration in May 2013.

The Recreation Ground, however, is affectionately known as 'The Rec' (another cool name) is a 7000-capacity ground, with 2000 of that seated and the rest standing - exactly how it should be done in my opinion.

The Rec is a place of worship for the people of the town – the epicentre of passion for this small town nestled between London and Southampton. Averaging 2000 fans a game, the ground sees a mix of young and old fans alike. For them, that special place where they gather weekly to watch the game and have a good old natter. Teams like this are often passed down through generations and supporting lower-league teams like Aldershot Town is what keeps this beautiful game grounded. This weekend will see a different story from the one documented by Theo Mcinnes last season. We hope that the fans have got their tickets and are prepared for their first game back to the stadium in full capacity against Slough this weekend.

Photography: Theo Mcinnes

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