Aldershot Town are delighted to welcome family and friends of lifelong Shots fan Steve Wilding to the EBB Stadium on Saturday, as the Club honours his memory with a minute’s applause before kick-off.
Steve passed away at the age of 49 last month, as he made his way to our game against Ebbsfleet United, and now his three children, Megan, Evie and Alex, will be our matchday mascots against Macclesfield Town, as wife Paula and close family are invited into the EBB Lounge as guests of Chairman Shahid Azeem.
In addition to the minute’s applause, a selection of Steve’s favourite music will be played before kick-off and at half-time.
A group of 50 friends are also attending the match, along with pupils from several schools with which Steve and Paula were associated, including Bentley Primary School, Binsted Primary School, Wootey Junior School and St. Edmund’s Hindhead, in the Community Stand.
Steve was a committed supporter of both The Shots and West Ham United, and played a huge role in his community as manager and coach of several local teams. As a child, he played for Manor Colts in Alton, and then as an adult for Medstead FC and the NatWest Bank team and coached Alton United Boys.
More recently, he was a coach for Bentley FC – for whom daughter Megan played – and was Assistant Manager of Alton United Ladies FC, where Paula played. He was also a keen supporter of Reading University Ladies FC, whilst Paula studied and played there. Truly, he loved “The Beautiful Game”.
We again send our condolences to his friends and family, and hope that they enjoy their day with us in celebrating Steve’s life. He is and will continue to be missed.