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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 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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Shots Sign Hatton and Oliver

As Barry Smith’s first-team squad returned for pre-season training on Wednesday, midfielder Sam Hatton and defender Luke Oliver signed one-year contracts with Aldershot Town.

31 year-old Oliver made 28 appearances for Forest Green Rovers last season, having previously played 119 games for Bradford City in the Football League and 93 for Stevenage Borough. The 6ft 7 West Londoner, who won the FA Trophy with Stevenage in 2007, is primarily a centre-half but was also used as a striker by The Bantams on several occasions. In a career which spans over 350 appearances, Oliver has also played for Wycombe Wanderers, Woking, Yeovil Town and Salisbury City.

Hatton made 45 appearances for The Shots in 2014-15, in both midfield and at full-back, having joined from Grimsby Town last summer, and was the Club’s second leading goalscorer with six. The 27 year-old initially established himself as a full-back at former club AFC Wimbledon, with whom he won the 2010-11 Conference Premier Play-Off Final. A graduate of the Stevenage Borough youth academy, the England C international went on to be a regular member of the Grimsby Town team which reached the Conference Premier Play-Offs in both 2012-13 and 2013-14, as well as the 2013 FA Trophy Final.

“It’s exciting times here and it feels like a new club for me,” admitted Hatton. “We’ve got a new manager and new players and hopefully we can push on this season. Last year we weren’t good enough as a team and it’s up to us to come together as quickly as possible to start winning games.

“Once I got a run in the team last season I thought I progressed,” he considered of his own form, “but I’m hoping that you’ll see a lot more from me this year. I scored six goals but I still wanted more, and I’m going to aim for ten this year. The manager wants to play good football, I’m excited about that and I think the Play-Offs are a good target for us.”

“I’m grateful that I’ve been given this opportunity, and hopefully I can help the team to be at the top end of the table this season,” agreed Oliver. “Aldershot Town is a very good club at this level, it established itself in the Football League and wants to get back there. The manager is very ambitious and when you hear him talk about moving down from Scotland and wanting to be successful it inspires you to come here.”

“Sam has had to take a pay cut to stay here, and for me it is massive that he still wants to be at Aldershot Town. He’s decided that he wants to stay and that’s a positive for us,” recognised Smith. “We’ll look to play an attractive style of football but we still have to be able to defend and Luke has got experience, he’s played at a higher level and he’s 6ft 7, which in this division is a big thing to be able to compete with centre-forwards of a similar height and build.

“We have got quite a young squad but his experience, especially at the back, will guide players through situations and help us to be solid. All of the players I’ve brought in are hungry and enthusiastic and they want to do better. I want these guys to progress with Aldershot Town. To have signed as many players as we have at this point is great, because I can start to work on things straight away. But we also want to add a few more.”

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