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Peter Alliss Hosts Shots’ Sportsman’s Dinner

BBC TV’s Voice of Golf, and Aldershot Town supporter, Peter Alliss is special guest at The Shots’ next Sportsman’s Dinner, at Farnborough’s Village Hotel on Friday 13 November.

From 7pm, guests will enjoy a pre-dinner drinks reception and delicious three-course meal before one of the best, most engaging speakers on the circuit discusses his career and the many legends he has met along the way.

This black tie event is one of ATFC’s annual fundraising events and will also feature fantastic support from a great comedian, plus some amazing raffle prizes and an auction. For those needing a midnight snack, bacon butties will be served as the bar stays open until late.

Peter Alliss has been the Voice of Golf for over 50 years, backed by the experiences of a career which saw him compete in eight Ryder Cups and win 21 professional tournaments between 1954 and 1969. The son of Percy Alliss – who himself won 18 professional tournaments, and joined his son at the 1953 Ryder Cup – Peter turned pro at the age of 16 and also won three British PGA Championships as well as representing England in ten World Cups. He has twice been Captain of the Professional Golfers’ Association and is recognised around the world for his television work, for which Golf Digest magazine described him as “the greatest golf commentator ever”.

In addition to being the author of 20 books on the sport, and the host of two hugely successful television series, Pro-Celebrity Golf and Around with Alliss, Peter taught Sean Connery to play golf in 1964, as James Bond took on Auric Goldfinger in the 1964 film. It was a moment which inspired Connery’s now lifelong love of the sport.

Tickets are £60 each, with tables of ten available for businesses, groups or friends, and can be booked by calling Aldershot Town FC on 01252 320211 or emailing

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Under 11s Go FREE!

We are creating the next generation of Shots fans this season by allowing all children under 11 FREE admission when accompanied by a paying adult.

Adults can purchase their combined ticket from the Club’s main office on the High Street – they are not available direct from the turnstiles. Up to two children under 11 can gain free admission with each paying adult, priced between £13 and £19.

We have also launched the new Community Stand debenture scheme, which will donate over 4500 FREE tickets to young fans during 2015-16 through the generosity and sponsorship of charities, companies, community groups and individuals. To be part of this new venture – either as a sponsor or to claim your free tickets – email or visit

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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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Preview: Aldershot Town v Forest Green Rovers

Aldershot Town moved back up to 13th in the National League standings with Saturday’s 2-0 win at Torquay United, which ended a run of two straight defeats. Their next four games include three at the EBB Stadium, including Wednesday’s televised game against high-flying Forest Green Rovers. BBC Surrey’s Gavin Denison previews the action.

Manager Barry Smith got exactly the reaction he wanted from his players after the 3-0 loss to Macclesfield Town. They started positively, winning an attacking free-kick after just eight seconds, with Nick Anderton and Rhys Browne forcing early saves from Gulls goalkeeper Fabian Spiess. However, the German could do nothing to keep out captain Sam Hatton’s stunning 35-yard free kick in the 21st minute. The second goal – Charlie Walker’s seventh of the campaign – was even better, coming as it did after a flowing passing move thirteen minutes later. Phil Smith was more troubled by the South Devon sunshine than the home forwards as the Shots closed the game out with a comfortable second half display.

It was Aldershot Town’s fourth away win in six games to continue their impressive form on the road. However, Smith’s next task is to transfer that play to the EBB Stadium on a more consistent basis. Since beating Dover Athletic 3-1 on 3 March, Aldershot Town have only won three of their last eleven home league outings. They’ve only managed to score twelve goals in those games, scoring more than once on just two occasions – 2-0 v Torquay United on Easter Monday and 3-2 against FC Halifax Town last month. In fairness, two of those wins have come in their last three games in North-East Hampshire, including a 1-0 win over Welling United, which is one of only two clean sheets during that sequence.

Forest Green Rovers are the longest-serving members of the National League, with their promotion in 1998 starting a run of eighteen consecutive campaigns in the top-flight of non-league football. However, the Gloucestershire side actually finished in the relegation zone in 2004-05 and 2009-10, but were saved by the financial failings of others. Green energy tycoon Dale Vince took over the club and became its chairman in October 2010, with Rovers finishing 20th in that season, before three consecutive 10th-place finishes. Last season, though, the Gloucestershire side reached the Play-Offs for the first time, finishing 5th in the standings before losing 3-0 on aggregate to Bristol Rovers at the semi-final stage.

They started this season by winning a National League record nine games in a row, but have failed to win any of their next five games. Two draws in that stretch include Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Grimsby Town, which kept them top of the table after the weekend’s fixtures. Four of those nine wins were away from The New Lawn, but since then they’ve lost at Woking and Macclesfield Town, along with Saturday’s draw. Their defensive record of fourteen goals conceded is the fourth-best in the division, but they haven’t managed a clean sheet in their last eight league games. At the other end, their record of 23 league goals is bettered by only four other teams in the National League.

Despite the recent blip in form, the squad is still in a good situation according to assistant manager Jamie Day, who was appointed to that role in May. He told the Gloucester Citizen after the weekend’s game: “If someone had offered us this amount of points after this number of games before the season had started we would have snapped their hand off. After nine straight wins we’ve found it a bit more difficult of late, but we’re still full of confidence and we’ve got a great bunch of lads who all fight for each other. I’m sure we can keep picking up wins, and if we do that – hopefully starting on Wednesday – we will stay top of the table.”

Barry Smith made three changes for the trip to Torquay United, as well as the tactical shift to a midfield diamond. Damon Lathrope came in at the base for the suspended Jake Gallagher and was outstanding, as was Rhys Browne, who replaced Dan Walker, and slotted in behind the front two. Walker dropped to the bench, as did Richard Brodie, who was left out in favour of Matthew Barnes-Homer, after scoring in just one of his previous six games. Barnes-Homer, who scored five goals in eighteen league games for Forest Green Rovers at the start of the 2013-14 campaign, will hope to play against his former side on Wednesday, as will Luke Oliver (one goals in 31 league games between February 2014 and June 2015), who was an unused substitute at the weekend after missing four games with a calf problem.

Gallagher will serve the second game of his three-match ban on Wednesday, whilst defenders Joe Oastler and Sean McGinty, however, are longer-term absentees. The former’s recovery from an ankle operation will keep him out until late October, whilst McGinty should return in the next fortnight after suffering a broken metatarsal in the pre-season game at Basingstoke Town. Richard Brodie, Dan Walker and Nick Anderton are all carrying knocks going into Wednesday’s game and will be assessed closer to kick-off.

After last year’s Play-Off campaign, it was a case of making minor adjustments to his playing squad for manager Ady Pennock. Six permanent signings arrived at The New Lawn, including former Aldershot Town defender Darren Jones, who made 97 appearances for the club between 2010 and 2012. He arrived from Newport County along with the club’s six-goal top scorer this season Aaron O’Connor (eleven goals for the Welsh side last season). Fellow forward recruits Delano Sam-Yorke (eight goals for Lincoln City in 2014-15) and Keanu Marsh-Brown (eleven league goals for Barnet ion the 2013-14 campaign) give the Gloucestershire side their usual plentiful options in attack. Midfielder Darren Carter was signed last month after two seasons with Northampton Town, whilst goalkeeper Jonny Maxted has been an ever-present since signing from Hartlepool United over the summer.

Rovers were able to keep up a number of their key signings from last season, including thirty-goal top scorer Jon Parkin, who has four so far in this campaign, as does fellow striker Kurtis Guthrie. Midfielders Elliott Frear, David Pipe, Sam Wedgbury, Marcus Kelly (although he’s deputised at left-back in recent games) and former Shots loanee Rob Sinclair (eleven scoreless appearances in two loan spells in 2012) are also still at the club, along with defenders Dale Bennett, Aarran Racine, James Jennings and Charlie Clough. Amongst those who did move on at the end of the previous campaign were goalkeeper Sam Russell (Gateshead), defenders Chris Stokes (Coventry City), Luke Oliver (Aldershot Town), Danny Coles; midfielders Anthony Barry (Accrington Stanley) and Kieron Forbes (Maidenhead United), plus forwards James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers, thirteen goals last season) and James Marwood (Gateshead). Defensive midfielder Clovis Kamdjo also moved to Boreham Wood last month on a three-month loan deal.

Pennock, who took charge in November 2013, should have a strong squad to choose from on Wednesday, but he will be without Jennings (hamstring) and goalkeeper Steve Arnold (ankle) for the trip to North-East Hampshire.

Wednesday sees the nineteenth meeting between the two clubs with the Shots winning six, drawing four and losing eight of the previous eighteen games. Aldershot Town have only won one of the last five meetings, but that was the most recent encounter on Good Friday. Also in front of the TV cameras, Elliott Frear gave Forest Green Rovers a half-time lead, before three goals in eight minutes from Brett Williams, Tristan Plummer and Jordan Roberts gave the visitors all three points. Williams also scored in the game at the EBB Stadium last August, but Lee Hughes equalised in the second half to ensure the points were shared.

Aldershot Town have an average home record against the Gloucestershire side, having three victories and three defeats from their eight home games against Rovers, but haven’t won any of the last three. The Shots’ most recent victory occurred on Boxing Day 2006, with Darren Barnard’s late winner gave the home side a 2-1 victory, whilst the home side won by the same score in November 2005. On that occasion, it was Tobi Jinadu who netted the winner. Forest Green’s most recent win at the EBB Stadium came in January 2008, when Rovers inflicted Aldershot Town’s last home defeat of their promotion-winning season. Mark Beesley scored the only goal in a 1-0 win.


Wednesday evening’s referee is Dean Treleaven from West Sussex, who took charge of the Shots’ 1-0 home defeat to Woking last September. So far this season, he’s overseen five National League games, showing twenty yellow cards and one red card.

BBC Surrey’s Gavin Denison and Aldershot Town defender Joe Oastler will be covering the game on Wednesday evening. Tune in to the BBC Surrey website and BBC Sport app from 7.35pm for full match commentary.

You can also contact us throughout the evening via Twitter. Tweet your predictions and thoughts on the game to @bbcsurreysport and @GavinDenison

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