Well done Shots
Really pleased for Aldershot tonight
. Back in the early 1970's before my Dad finally buckled into taking me to The Valley, a highlight of a weekend staying with some family friends in Camberley was a trip to their local ground, The Recreation
in Aldershot to see my first ever football match.
We sat in a rickety old stand in a ground surrounded by trees as high as the floodlights, which cast shadows over the pitch. I am sure the final score was 2-2, and the opposition was either Southport or Stockport, or was it Chesterfield? Or Workington. Ah, never mind but I remember The Rec well. I've never seen Charlton there, although according to Soccerbase
we have lost in all four visits, but I did see another game there in later life.
Not helped by a 19-year old fantasist called Spencer Trethewy, who I remember being on Wogan
, Aldershot FC went bust in 1992. Trethewy ended up in prison but is now owner and manager of Chertsey Town
! A ground swell of local support from fans and honourable businessmen helped recreate the club as Aldershot Town just a few months later. They dropped 5 divisions and started again.
One of those in the thick of the Shots rebirth was an old work mate of mine called Graham Brookland, who I'm glad to see from their website
is still working at the club. I used to love talking to him about football because, well he got it didn't he? And he is still living his dream.
Congratulations to everyone involved with Aldershot tonight. There is a 1,000 of them winding their way back from Exeter and I bet one of them is Graham. Back in the football league after 16 years, enjoy the Scrumpy!