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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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Barry Smith: “I Can’t Wait To Get Started”

The Shots are pleased to today announce the appointment of Barry Smith as our new Manager. Barry, 41, joins us on a one-year rolling contract having resigned as Manager of Scottish Championship side Alloa Athletic recently.

We are delighted to welcome Barry to The Shots, and also really pleased to confirm that he has asked Chris Barker to join him as Assistant Manager, following the great job he has done in the caretaker role over the past three months. We believe that Barry & Chris make a great management team and we are looking forward to working with them as they build their squad for next season.

During an extensive playing career Barry made over 500 appearances, including 359 games for Dundee FC in the Scottish Premier League, where he was Captain. His footballing career started at Celtic where he featured in two Old Firm derbies, and also represented Scotland U21’s five times.

Barry’s management career includes 4 years where he returned to Dundee FC, initially as U19 coach, before becoming Manager in October 2010 where he went on to lead them to safety despite a massive 25 point deduction that season after going into administration. The following year he led ‘The Dee’ to promotion back to the Scottish Premier League.

Since January 2014 Barry has been Manager of part-time Scottish Championship side Alloa Athletic, who he led to this season’s Scottish Petrofac Cup Final after the club’s first ever win over Rangers in the Semi-Final. He has built up extensive coaching experience over the last 8 years and now holds the prestigious UEFA ‘Pro’ licence, as well as all three UEFA ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ licences. Barry also has a great track record of coaching and developing younger players.

Confirming the appointment Shots Director Brian Bloomfield said “we were very clear at the start of this process that we were looking for a manager who would bring back what every Shots supporter wants to see – entertaining, attacking football that will see us challenging for the playoffs. Barry was a real leader on the pitch during his extensive playing career, and he really impressed us from the first time we spoke to him. He also comes highly recommended by a number of well-known figures in English and Scottish football. Together we are really excited about next season and beyond.”

Smith is already relishing the challenge of leading The Shots saying “I’m well aware that it’s been tough for Shots fans over the last few seasons, and that the football hasn’t always been great, so I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to put that right. I’m also really looking forward to working with Chris and can’t wait to get started!”

Shahid Azeem, Chairman said: “Barry is ambitious and shares our desire to see entertaining football back at The ESS Stadium, and he has great experience of developing younger players. I know supporters will join us in welcoming him to The Shots and we really look forward to working with him. I can’t wait for next season”.

We know supporters will join us in welcoming Barry to The Shots and we all look forward to seeing some great entertaining football next season.

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