We continue to look at the teams that will make up the National League next season, with Gary Waddock's Aldershot Town looking to improve on an excellent fifth position finish last term.
Aldershot FC folded on March 25th 1992 which saw a phoenix club formed by the name of Aldershot Town on April 22nd. This newly formed team began their life in the Isthmian League Division 3, playing their first game of the 1992-93 season against Clapton at the Recreation Ground.
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Aldershot FC became the first Football League team to fold during the season since Accrington Stanley in 1962.
Gary Waddock’s men had an excellent start to the season, and for much of the season were in touching distance of the summit of the league but a defeat to eventual winners Macclesfield Town in February saw them go on a run where they only won once of their next five matches, including a 7-1 thrashing by AFC Fylde and essentially ending their automatic promotion hopes before a penalty shootout defeat to Ebbsfleet in the play-offs ended their season in heartbreaking fashion.
Orient welcomed Aldershot to The Breyer Group Stadium on January 27 and slipped to a 2-3 defeat. Macauley Bonne scored inside 20 seconds to put the O’s in front, only for goals from Shamir Fenelon and Will Evans either side of half-time which gave the visitors a 2-1 lead. George Elokobi’s spectacular bicycle kick levelled the scores on 52 minutes, before Adam McDonnell struck a winner for the Shots fifteen minutes from time.
Gary Waddock began his managerial career at Queens Park Rangers before leading Aldershot to the Football League in 2008 by winning the Blue Square Premier title with 101 points, a record at the time. In 2009, he left to take charge at Wycombe Wanderers before spells at Milton Keynes Dons, Oxford United, Portsmouth and Barnet culminated in his return to Aldershot in May 2016.
One to Watch
Having lost classy midfielder Manny Oyeleke to Football League side Port Vale this summer, and Jim Kellerman to St Mirren, Adam McDonnell is going to play a key part in Aldershot’s fortunes next term. The former-Ipswich loanee made his stay at The Recreation Ground a permanent one in January.
The Recreation Ground opened in 1926 and has a capacity of 7,100 of which 2,136 are seated. In August 2015, it was renamed the EBB Stadium after a corporate sponsorship deal was agreed.