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Shots Set-Up Nepal Fund

Aldershot Town, in conjunction with Sahara UK and the Buddhist Community Centre UK, have established a fund to raise money to aid the Nepal earthquake relief programme.

Simply click here to visit the YouCaring.com page to donate towards a project which the Club will adopt to directly benefit the millions affected by April’s 7.8 magnitude disaster in which over 8000 people were killed. Every penny will go towards a project which brings the greatest benefit to Nepalese people.

Our initial target is £5000, to add to the £5200 raised from gate receipts and collections at the Chelsea v Liverpool Barclays Under 21 Premier League fixture at the ESS on 7 May.

We will post regular updates on this fund’s progress, and thank you in advance for any support you are able to give.

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Shots Appoint Barry Smith As First-Team Manager

Aldershot Town are delighted to appoint former Dundee and Alloa Athletic boss Barry Smith as the Club’s new First-Team Manager on a one year rolling contract. 

The Club are also pleased to confirm that Caretaker Manager Chris Barker will remain at the Club, in the role of Player-Assistant Manager, alongside Coach Matt Gray.

41 year-old Smith brings seven years of managerial experience to the Electrical Services Stadium, backed by the highest coaching qualification in European football, the UEFA Pro Licence, a record of success in adversity and a reputation for developing young talent.

Barry left Scottish Championship side Alloa Athletic in March after leading them to the 2015 Petrofac Training Cup Final in a run which included semi-final victory against Glasgow Rangers.

Shots Chairman, Shahid Azeem, said: “Barry is ambitious, shares our desire to see entertaining football back at Aldershot Town, and has great experience of developing young players. I know supporters will join us in welcoming him to The Shots and we really look forward to working with him.”

Smith said: “I see Aldershot Town as a great club with the same aspirations as myself. I want to be successful and so does ATFC. It felt an ideal fit. The team are playing below par at the moment but if we have a great season we can get into the Play-Offs. We are looking to build a new squad, and we have to build slowly, but we want to put out a team that makes Aldershot proud.

“It would be a great achievement to reach the Play-Offs next season and ultimately we want to take the Club back to the Football League. The fans will be proud of this team, but we need everyone working together – the fans, the management and the team.

“We’ve got a great pitch out there and it’s one that deserves good football. I want to get the ball down and pass, we have to be positive and attack-minded in the way we play.”

Full interviews with Barry Smith, Chris Barker and Director Brian Bloomfield will be on ShotsTV this afternoon.

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Shots Freeze Early Bird Season Ticket Prices

Aldershot Town have frozen both Early Bird season ticket prices and matchday admission for 2015-16.

The Early Bird prices, available until Friday 15 May, remain the same as 2014-15 – which were themselves significantly reduced from 2013-14 – giving supporters a great deal on enjoying an exciting new season at the Electrical Services Stadium.

To make the renewal process as easy as possible for current season ticket holders, we’ve already filled out your forms in advance, so you just have to confirm your details and make payment. New applicants can download the form at the bottom of this page.

Season tickets can be purchased from Monday 6 April, with books available for collection from the Ticket Office before kick-off as The Shots host Torquay United.

Adult seated season tickets are priced at £322, or £14 per match, giving a saving of £5 per match on turnstile admission, whilst adult terrace tickets are £299, or £13 per match, offering supporters a saving of £4 on matchday admission.

Concessionary prices are £230 for seating and £207 for terrace tickets, offering each match at just £10 and £9 respectively.

Student Saver tickets, for 16 – 18 year-olds in full-time education, are priced at just £184, or £8 per match for seating, and £161, or £7 per match, for terracing. This offers a huge saving of £7 per match on seating tickets and £6 per match on terrace tickets. Season tickets for ages 11 – 16 are £92 (seating) and £69 (terrace), a saving of £3 and £2 per match on matchday prices. For under-11s, season tickets are £69 and £46, offering the youngest Shots fans the chance to cheer their heroes for just £3 (seating) and £2 (terrace) per match.

All prices are inclusive of VAT at 20%. Prices will increase from Saturday 16 May 2015.

Matchday admission prices will remain at £19 (seating) and £17 (terrace) for adults. For concessions (over 65 and ages 16-18), seating tickets are £15 and terrace tickets £13. For under-16s, admission is £7 (seating) and £5 (terrace).

2015-16 is a vital season for The Shots, with a chance for the entire club to move forward into a bright future. Any club is only as strong as its supporters, and your support is always fantastic, home and away.

But our home must be our fortress and we need to create the sort of passionate atmosphere which roars the team to victory and got us all hooked on this unique club in the first place. We did not choose Aldershot Town, it chose us, and we need that renowned Shots spirit on the terraces as much as in the dressing room.

Together we can achieve something special. We value every fan and, whether a long-standing or first-time season ticket holder, want YOU to be part of our team for 2015-16.

To join us, download a Word document or PDF version of the application form.

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Statement From The Board of Directors

As we head into July, it doesn’t seem possible that the new season is only five weeks away!

There is always a lot of work going on behind the scenes over the close-season, but there has been even more this year as Barry Smith and Chris Barker settle into their new roles, and they look to be making really good progress in securing the players that they want to form the nucleus of a new squad.

So we enter the 2015-16 National League season with fresh optimism and the determination to enjoy a much better season on the pitch. Everyone around the Club knows how much this means to the supporters, so let’s hope we have plenty to cheer about. Looking out on The ESS pitch today it looks fantastic, and management can’t wait for the season to get started!

Over the past couple of weeks there has been much written and said about The Shots Trust, who held their AGM recently, and we feel it’s important to give an ‘official’ view from the ATFC Board. Since rescuing the Club in the summer of 2013 we have always sought to work closely with the Trust; however, we are sure both parties would admit that, whilst we share a common passion to see the Club thrive, we differ in our views of how best to deliver that.

We know there has been much heartache over the years, as the Club twice hit the buffers, and we realise this has left scars that will stay for a very long time, but we are working really hard to re-build the Club on a sound financial footing. We have just completed our latest financial year, to the end of June, and are pleased to have steered the Club to a very small profit for the second year running. This will used in the year ahead to help us strengthen further.

Whilst this performance has been achieved without any financial contributions from The Shots Trust, we feel the Club could achieve so much more if our combined efforts focused more on the current, rather than supporter fundraising being steered towards a rescue fund for the future. Whilst we respect the rationale put forward by The Shots Trust, many other teams in our league receive strong financial support from their supporters’ organisations, for example at Grimsby Town, where a recent fans fundraising appeal raised over £60,000 towards their player budget for the coming season. More locally, Woking fans have promised at least £30,000 for the season ahead, via The Cards Trust, following £40,000 of contributions last year. Elsewhere, Kidderminster Harriers received £25,000 and Macclesfield Town £41,000.

At this point, we want to recognise the excellent contribution that Shots supporters continue to make via Player Share, which is massively important to us, and we thank you for that. We are also very lucky to have many volunteers who donate their time in so many ways around the club, and give big thank you to them too.

In summary, we ask that The Shots Trust re-look at their fundraising objectives, and consider channelling more of their efforts towards helping the Club for the here-and-now, rather than solely fundraising for the future, as we all want to see this Club that we love pushing forward and enjoying better times. Our long term future is best secured by success on the pitch and pushing to regain League status, not by planning for failure.

As a Board, we see all Shots fans as equals – whether Trust members or not – and we’ll continue to work hard to build stronger relationships, with initiatives such as Fans Forums, that we hope place supporters closer to the heart of the Club.

We are shortly planning to meet with all interested groups to discuss a new initiative we will launch called Cash for Shots, designed to directly increase Barry’s playing budget, as we know that it is success on the pitch that will ultimately help the Club thrive.

We will shortly be announcing a new public Fans Forum, for the end of July, plus a special event which will help our younger supporters, in particular, to meet Barry and the players. Watch this space!

Here’s to a great season ahead…

Shahid

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