A statement of thanks from Club Chairman Shahid Azeem

The following is a statement of thanks from Club Chairman Shahid Azeem:

“Firstly, a massive thank you to all 4861 supporters that travelled to the West Midlands on Sunday to provide an away atmosphere that would be the envy of most clubs in the country. Travelling up on Sunday and seeing cars with Shots flags and service stations packed with Shots was truly amazing and emotional.”

“The last few years of supporting the Shots in the FA Cup have not been fruitful and it was a duly deserved day of celebration and enjoyment for everyone connected with Aldershot Town Football Club.”

“Whether you were one of the many travelling to the game via coaches from the EBB Stadium, or perhaps you made a longer journey from further reaches of the United Kingdom or the continent (yes, there were some!), you were as loud and proud as we needed you to be.”

“The Smethwick End was a sea of red and blue and it was fantastic to see it erupt in celebration for our deserved goal in the dying minutes.”

“Another thanks must go to the members of the Shots Away Travel Group, the Aldershot Town Supporters Club and further individuals who did such a tremendous job organising the coaches and travel of a large number of our supporters.”

“It felt only right to offer something back for the fantastic support the club has received and, therefore, our board of directors unanimously agreed to subsidising the cost of these coaches.”

“Thank you, also, to our office staff who during an already busy festive period, ensured an unprecedented demand for tickets was met and fulfilled, whilst keeping on track with their other responsibilities within the club in a time that included our two clashes with Stockport County and Woking.”

“Thanks must also go to our sponsors and partners, whose support of the club is never taken for granted and greatly appreciated.”

“And lastly, a thank you to Tommy Widdrington and his staff and to all of the players whose performances allowed us all to enjoy such a special run.”

“From Lorent Tolaj’s hat-trick against Lewes in the Fourth Qualifying Round, to creating competition history by becoming the first non-league side to score seven against Football league opposition, to Olly Scott’s last-minute winner in front of the BBC Two cameras in the Second Round replay, it’s fair to say the magic of the FA Cup has truly hit Aldershot this season.”

“Thank you,