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Hot Aldershot Flying High

11 October 2009 by gavh

Not many people take note of the football league especially League 2, however I take note of the Football League and all I can say is that, League 2 could be as closer than ever this season. One club though has stood out for me so far this season, it’s not Notts County, its not leaders Bournemouth but it is Aldershot Town.

Aldershot went out of business in March 1992; however that didn’t stop them making a new club called Aldershot Town. Aldershot Town have been through a rocky ride to get this far into the Football league, after surpassing the Isthmian League, and all of the Conference leagues. Last season though was Aldershot’s year as they were promoted into the Football League. In 08/09 The Shots finished in a mid-table 15th place. This season has been a whole lot different; they have started League 2 with a flourish, as they currently sit in 5th place in the League 2 ladder. The Aldershot Town fans will be surely packing the Recreation Ground, as their club is on hot form and looking in good shape as they come up to the busy December period.

Aldershot Town manager Gary Waddock is the real one to thank, for all this success with The Shots so far this season. Waddock started out with Aldershot in 2007, as he was the manager which guided the club to promotion into The Football League. Waddock also managed the club last season to a decent 15th place. In 09/10 he has taken the club on a massive run, a massive lift into the play-off places of the fourth tier of English Football. Everybody at Aldershot Town will surely be happy with what Gary Waddock is doing with the club.

Focusing on the impressive results which have made Aldershot Town one of the forces in League 2 this season, only yesterday Aldershot demolished Morecombe 4-1 as an impressive Marvin Morgan guided them to victory. Thinking back to the first day of the season, like in 08/09 The Shots got themselves off to a perfect start, as they overcame Darlington 3-1.

Aldershot also added an impressive away win this season, as they defeated Grimsby Town 2-1 thanks to a double from Scott Donnelly. Two other impressive results came against two relegated teams, who fell from League 1 at the end of last season. Firstly Aldershot defeated Crewe 2-1 away from home thanks to goals from, Scott Donnelly and Kirk Hudson. Also a week after the Crewe win they thrashed Cheltenham Town 4-1. Marvin Morgan and defender Anthony Charles were among the goalscorers that day. The only problem for Aldershot Town seems to be their consistency as they seem to draw quite a few games. Also their away form hasn’t been the best aswell.


If you don’t know much about Aldershot Town here is their squad list for the 09/10 season…

Goalkeepers – Clark Masters, Mikhael Jaimez – Ruiz

Defenders – Ben Herd, Anthony Straker, Chris Blackburn, Adam Hinshelwood, Anthony Charles, Dean Howell, Dave Winfield

Midfielders – Louie Soares, Lewis Chalmers, John Halls, Scott Donnelly(below), Dean Parrett, Kirk Hudson, Ben Harding, Andy Sandell

Strikers – John Grant, Marvin Morgan, Danny Hylton, Antonio German, Reece Connolly


  • mattio13 said:

    also pay attention to chesterfield, they started poor away from home but won away at league leaders bournemouth, they are unbeatable at home and have a real chance of promotion!

  • gavh (author) said:

    Alright mattio. Yes it was a good result for your Chesterfield yesterday, however I picked out Aldershot because they are in a good position in 5th/6th depends on Notts County. Plus it is just fascinating about their clubs past.

    Chesterfield are doing well and could well be up around the play off places this season. You have brought in some good players, like Mark Allott, Wade Small and David Perkins(impressed me last season when I went to see Leicester v Colchester)

    Good luck though mattio with your Chesterfield side

  • e whitaker said:

    good article it reflects most of what i have been thinking myself over the past couple of years. The Shots deserve all the success they get as they and the management team have worked so hard for it. Glad Chesterfield and Notts C were mentioned as these are the two games im looking forward to seeing. wishing you all the success in the world Aldershot.

  • Nigel Aspden said:


    Thanks for the blog. I’ve been watching the Shots since 1973 and this team is shaping up to be one of the best. It was a sad day for us all in 1992 when the club went out of business. But the journey since then has been fantastic and Gary Waddock, and before him, Terry Brown, have done an amazing job. The year we went up from the Conference we broke all records – goals scored, points scored etc. and that’s testament to the attacking style of play that Gary Waddock and Martin Kuhl have brought to the club. And a special mention to the late John McGinty who put so much into the club.

    This season I’d love for us to reach the play-offs and play at Wembley – but a long stay in League 2 (a la Rochdale) would do just as well, punctuated by the odd Cup run of course.

    Watch out for more high-scoring games this season – and a message to other clubs – hands off Waddock!

  • liam said:

    You are doin well hopefull kettering ton can do as well as you have,currently we are 3rd in the blue sq prem UP THE POPPIES!

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