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Aldershot Town: 10 Things

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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Mon 5 May 2014
Posted in First Team

1)    Finances

Aldershot Town were formed just 24 years ago, in 1992, after Aldershot FC folded due to a financial crisis and heavy debts. The new club entered administration 11 years later, in 2013.

2)    Football League

The club competed in Football League Two between 2008 and 2013, but suffered relegation and exited the Football League, leading to their subsequent entering administration.

3)    Appearance Record

Jason Chewins is the club’s all-time appearance record holder. The left-back played for the club for 10 years, between 1994 and 2004. He is the only player at the club to ever be given a testimonial match, played against Portsmouth in 2004.

4)    Top Goalscorer

Mark Butler, playing from 1992 – 1998, is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, with 155 goals. The club were fortunate that their second-highest all-time goalscorer – Gary Abbott, with 120 – arrived in 1998, the year his predecessor left.

5)    FA Cup Fourth Round

In the 2012/13 season, the Shots reached the Fourth Round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history. They were drawn away to Championship side Middlesbrough, and went out, suffering a narrow 2-1 defeat.

6)    League Cup Fourth Round

Aldershot Town’s best-ever League Cup run in the 2011/12 season saw them face Manchester United at home in the fourth round of the competition. They lost the tie 3-0.

7)    Promotion to the Football League

Gary Waddock’s appointment for the start of the 2007/08 season saw Aldershot Town win the Conference Premier with a record 101 points. The club went on an unbeaten run in the last 18 games of the season.

8)    Conference League Cup

The 2007/08 season also saw the Shots lift the Conference League Cup. A 4-3 penalty shootout win over Woking in the semi-final gave them a place against Rushden & Diamonds in the final. The score was tied at 1-1 at the end of regulation time, and 3-3 after extra-time. Another 4-3 penalty shootout victory won them the cup.

9)    League Two Playoffs

During the 2009/10 season, despite the club going through a turbulent time behind the scenes with managers, they finished in sixth, and qualified for the playoffs. However, they lost the semi-final 3-0 on aggregate to Rotherham United.

10) Chelsea Academy Deal

With the club struggling financially, they agreed a lucrative deal with Chelsea to host some of the matches played by their academy and reserve teams.

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