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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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Shots Release Three

Aldershot Town have released three players at the end of their contracts as manager Barry Smith begins building a squad for 2015-16.

Midfielder Mark Molesley and strikers Andre McCollin and Josh Scott will not be offered new deals, whilst all of The Shots’ loaness have returned to their parent clubs.

In addition to Joe Oastler – who has already triggered an extension clause in his existing deal – contract offers have been made to seven players, with a further three invited to return for pre-season training. In addition, Smith is also monitoring the recovery of several players who missed the final game of the season with injury.

Molesley made 110 appearances for The Shots in three spells, having signed his first professional contract with the Club in 2006. He returned on loan from AFC Bournemouth in March 2012 and then on a permanent deal in August 2013. Mark scored a total of 11 goals for the Club, including one in both of this season’s FA Cup ties against Portsmouth.

McCollin joined The Shots from Kingstonian in October 2014 and scored four goals in 29 games. Before scoring 58 goals in 109 games for The Ks, the former PE teacher also played for Yeovil Town, Fisher Athletic, Grays Athletic and Farnborough.

Former Dagenham and Redbridge striker Josh Scott joined Aldershot Town in January 2014 and scored 7 goals in 45 appearances for The Shots. He had scored 23 goals in 122 games for The Daggers, including four against Morecambe in the first leg of the 2009-10 League Two Play-Off semi-final.

The Club thanks all three players for their efforts and wishes them well for the future.

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