As part of our celebrations to commemorate the Club’s 25th anniversary this summer, we are inviting fans to select their all-time Shots XI from 1992-2017.
The team will be announced on Tuesday 1 August, exactly 25 years to the day since The Shots played their first ever game, in the Simpsonair Trophy tournament at Camberley Town’s Krooner Park.
Having already selected our goalkeeper, right-back and centre-backs, this week we complete our defence by looking at the left-backs who have graced the team over a quarter of a century. Please choose your favourite of these stellar candidates – or make a nomination of your own – and email their name to email@example.com with SHOTS XI in the subject line. Alternatively, send a tweet to @OfficialShots using #ShotsXI.
Chris Barker (2013-16, 89 apps): Two-time Shots Player of the Year, in 2014 and 2015, Chris’s vast experience – gained from over 500 Football League appearances – proved an invaluable influence on The Shots’ back four as we overcame a ten-point deduction to retain our Conference status in 2013-14. Barks was named Club Captain and then Caretaker Manager in 2014-15, before becoming Barry Smith’s Assistant in April 2015.
Darren Barnard (2004-07, 126 apps, 23 goals): Barney brought Premier League and international quality to the position – not to mention a string of spectacular free-kicks – when reunited with his former Wokingham Town boss Terry Brown in the summer of 2004. Darren helped us reach the 2004 Conference National Play-Off semi-final for the second consecutive year, as well as the FA Cup third round, and made his last appearances for The Shots in winning the 2007 Hampshire Cup Final.
Jason Chewins (1994-2004, 489 apps, 15 goals): Nobody has played more Shots games – or probably won more Man of the Match awards – than Chewy! The only Shots player to be granted a testimonial, Jason won 12 honours at the Club, including Isthmian Division One and Premier Division championships, the Isthmian League Cup and four Hampshire Cups, and was twice named the Club’s Player of the Year. Thankfully, that loan move to Bognor Regis never happened…!
Andy Nunn (1992-99, 121 apps, 8 goals): The Flying Postman who became an award-winning groundsman was a fine and loyal servant of The Shots, and our first-choice left-back over four seasons, including consecutive promotions in 1993 and 1994, plus our run to the FA Vase quarter-finals. Injury forced him into semi-retirement, but also allowed Andy to manage both our youth and reserve sides.
Andy Sandell (2008-10, 63 apps, 7 goals): Swashbuckling, attacking wing-back who scored several spectacular free-kicks and long-range goals! Part of the team which reached the League Two Play-Off semi-final against Rotherham United in 2010 and a strong contender for 2009-10 Player of the Season, Sandell’s ferocious tackling made him a fans’ favourite.
Anthony Straker (2007-12, 2016-17, 266 apps, 7 goals): Fourth in our all-time appearance list, Straker joined The Shots as a 19 year-old and immediately won the Blue Square Premier championship and Setanta Shield double in 2008. Winner of 10 international caps for Grenada, Straker played in the 2010 League Two Play-Off semi-final as well as in our Carling Cup games against West Ham United and Manchester United. Returning in the summer of 2016, Anthony also made 37 appearances as we reached the National League Play-Offs.