Aldershot Town

The Electrical Services Stadium

Capacity: 7,100 (Seated 2,136)
Address: High St, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 1TW
Telephone: 01252 320 211
Fax: 01252 324 347
Pitch Size: 117 x 75 yards
Club Nickname: The Shots
Year Ground Opened: 1926
Home Kit: Red & Blue

Main Stand
Main Stand
South Stand
South Stand
East Bank
East Bank
Community Stand
Community Stand

The interior of the ground hasn't changed a great deal since the days of Aldershot FC who alas went out of business in 1992. A new Club was born shortly after named Aldershot Town, who took over the Recreation Ground and have successfully risen through the lower leagues. 

The ground itself is set in a pleasant setting with plenty of trees visible around its perimeter. On one side is the North (Main) Stand, which was built in the late 1930's. This partly covered (to the rear), is slightly raised having small sets of steps in front of it, so fans can access it. It once was all terrace, but a number of seats have now been added to the middle portion of the stand, with terrace still present on either side. Opposite is the South Stand, which is another covered seated stand, which looks a lot more modern than its age suggests (it was built in 1929). This stand only runs for around the half the length of the pitch, sitting astride the halfway line. 

At one end is the East Bank covered terrace. This stand has a classic looking barrel shaped roof and has a number of supporting pillars running across the front of it. Opposite is the High Street End. Until 2013 this area was unused for spectators having just a narrow path and some advertising hoardings. However to help the Club comply with League rules stipulating the number of seats that a ground must have, then a small prefabricated covered area was erected on one side of this end (towards the Main Stand). Called the Community Stand it comprises just four rows of seats and only runs from the corner flag to the goal area. It has a total seating capacity of 250. On the other side of this end is a two storey green portakabin that serves as a Police Control Box, otherwise this end is unused for spectators. The ground benefits from an impressive set of floodlights.

In September 2013 the ground was renamed the Electrical Services Stadium in a three year corporate sponsorship deal.

Away fans are housed in the South East corner of the ground. This comprises 212 covered seated places which are available in the South Stand and space for a further 1,320 standing supporters in the East Bank Terrace and a portion of open terrace extending around to the South Stand. The East Bank is shared with home supporters and there are a number of supporting pillars, which could obstruct your view. Although the East Bank is showing its age, at least it does allow a good atmosphere to be created. Despite the club having done significant work to improve facilities for away supporters, they remain pretty basic.   Robin Carder informs me; 'Travelling fans are also reminded that the Away turnstiles (11 and 12) are not at the front of the ground but via the park entrance accessed off Redan Road (Hill). The walk from the High Street entrance to the Away turnstiles can take 10 minute so allow plenty of time, and factor in potential queues due to there being only two turnstiles (there are plans to increase this to three). The only access to away supporters permitted via the front entrance is for disabled supporters who now have two dedicated wheelchair bays in the away seats. Please enquire with the club for more information'. 

Although there is a Club house at the ground, this is for home supporters only. As the main away supporters entrance to the ground is up the top of a a hill on Redlan Road, then the two pubs in this area are popular with visiting fans. One of these, the La Fontaine pub on Redan Road, is just across the road from the away entrance path. It serves Fillers Beers and from here you can enjoy some pleasant views of the ground located down below. Just down from this pub and around the corner on Mount Pleasant Road is another Fullers pub called the Royal Staff. Elaine Taylor a visiting AFC Wimbledon fan adds; 'The Royal Staff was lovely. Not a huge pub, but good beer and a real fire. It is reasonably close to the away end and had a very friendly landlord'.

Otherwise for fans coming in by train, then the Crimea Inn is only a short walk away from the stadium (on the corner of the High Street and Crimea Road) and is popular with the away support, as well as the  Beehive on the same road. Further down the High Street is the Queen Hotel, which is a new Wetherspoon outlet. Otherwise, the ground is just a short walk away from Aldershot Town Centre where there are plenty of pubs to be found. 

If driving into Aldershot along the A323 and you have a bit of time on your hands, then located nearby is the White Lion pub in Lower Farnham Road. This pub has up to six hand pulled ales (including beers from the Triple fff Brewery) and is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. It is around a 15-20 minute walk away from the football ground.

Leave the M3 at Junction 4 and take the A331 towards Farnborough/Aldershot. Continue towards Aldershot passing the North Camp turn off. At the next junction (Aldershot South) turn right at the roundabout towards Aldershot Town Centre (A323). Keep straight on this road and after going under a railway bridge, the ground is visible on your right. 

There is little parking available at the ground itself. But if using the directions above then if you pass the ground on your right and then turn right at the next roundabout there is a small pay and display car park immediately on your right, which costs £2 for four hours. There is street parking available on roads near to the La Fontaine pub off Redan Road, but bear in mind it is a walk up a steep hill back to your car after the game has ended. Otherwise most fans tend to park in one of the many pay & display car parks, located around the town centre.

Post Code for SatNav: GU11 1TW

Aldershot station is less than a ten minute walk away from the ground. Upon leaving the train station, go down the station approach and turn right into Windsor Way. Continue down Windsor Way passing the Holy Trinity Church on your left. The road bends to the left and leads into Victoria Road. Turn right along Victoria Road and at the bottom of the road you will see floodlights of the Recreation Ground in front of you.

Thanks to Ben Smith for providing the directions.

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Seating:
Adults £19, Concessions £15, Under 16's £7, Under 6's Free

Terrace:
Adults £17, Concessions £13, Under 16's £5, Under 6's Free

Concessions apply to; Over 60's, Members Of The Armed Forces & Students who are Under 22 years of age. Proof of concessionary status needs to be provided.

Woking and Farnborough, whilst there has been an historical rivalry with Reading.

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.

Official Programme £3

Record Attendance:
For Aldershot Town
7,500 v Brighton, 
FA Cup 1st Round, November, 18th 2000

For Aldershot:
19,138 v Carlisle United,
FA Cup 4th Round Replay, January 28th 1970.

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 1,947 (Conference Premier)
2012-2013: 2,272 (League Two)
2010-2011: 2,488 (League Two)

 

Aldershot Town FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Special thanks to Oliver Brookland for providing a photo of the Community Stand.

Aldershot Town v Hereford United 
Conference Premier League
Monday, April 26th 2014, 5.30pm
Spencer Preece (Hereford United fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

It was the last game of the season and Hereford needed to win and hope Chester did not won their home game against Salisbury, to secure survival in the division. This especially important as relegation for Hereford might mean that the Club finally goes out of business, after facing numerous winding up orders this season. It was also a new ground to visit for me and I would get to see some friends and people from my hometown that I don’t get to see often, as I’m away at university. The big away attendance also excited me, so I expected a good atmosphere.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking? 

The journey to the ground was easy from the train station. As soon as you get out on to the main road running through the town, you can see the ground at the bottom of the hill, with its large floodlights. The away entrance is up a hill to the right of the stadium’s front (if coming from the town), the walk takes a few minutes, then you have to walk back down for a few minutes through a park, on the left side as you come up the hill, back towards the stadium.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Pre-match we arrived a couple of hours early, so we walked around the town, after getting our tickets and me and my mate grabbed some food. He got a Greggs but I had chips from chip shop, which were nice enough, but quite expensive for the portion size. We then made our way back towards the ground and once we got to the hill, we noticed a couple of Hereford supporters walking towards La Fontaine, which is a pub opposite the entrance to the park for the away end. The bouncer there though said it was full and redirected us to The Royal Staff which was a decent enough pub and was a designated away pub due to large Hereford travelling support.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The Hereford fans were mostly on one side of the East Bank at one end, with some more of our fans in an open terrace to our left along with some covered seating. There were Aldershot fans to our right, across a divide behind the goal. The stadium isn’t bad at all, it definitely has character and there are far worse grounds out there. The only problem for me, was the large amount of supporting pillars in the stand, which were relatively inescapable due to the fact that when we arrived in the stadium, most of the areas that had the best views were already filled, although we moved in the second half towards the front, where the view was better.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Hereford started the game well, with Sam Smith scoring in the first half with the away end going mad, but at this point, news had filtered through that Chester were leading against Salisbury, but after news reaching us that Salisbury had scored and Hereford were (at that point) safe from relegation, with us Hereford supporters going mad. In the second half, Chester scored to make it 2-1, then Aldershot equalised, even though Hereford had been (maybe I’m biased) much the better side. Aldershot were safe themselves, but they still played quite well in parts, and their equaliser was a good finish, which went in off the post, beating Daniel Lloyd-Weston in the Hereford goal. 

At this point, we were staring at relegation, when Michael Rankine scored for Hereford in the 86th minute. We still needed Chester to fail to win, but as we were celebrating the Rankine goal, news came through that it was 2-2 in Chester and with 4 minutes to go, we were safe. Hereford saw the game out and remained in the Skrill Premier and live to fight another day. With regards to atmosphere, it was superb. I hadn’t seen an away Herefordian crowd that large for years and all 772 were vocal before, during and after the match. The Aldershot fans took a while to get going but with their team attacking their most vocal supporters (in the right of the East Bank), they attempted to match our support. When news of Salisbury’s goals and the full time whistle went, we went absolutely mental in the away section, with hordes of people running forwards to the front and Chris Bush, the Hereford full back, running through the East Bank to celebrate with the fans. For about 25 minutes after the game, nobody left the away section as we were too busy celebrating. After a season of problems both on and off the field, I think the UNITED part of our club’s name was definitely applicable. I’d never seen anything like it.

With regards to the facilities, we didn’t have to queue long at half time but as usual, the prices from the burger fan behind the stand were expensive for what they were, with a small bottle of water costing £2. I also heard people grumbling about the price of burgers and chips but I didn’t really notice the prices of the food. There is also a large area for smoking behind the stand. There were plenty of stewards present, particularly in front of our supporters at the end, which some found annoying. But at full time they were fine, with their only concern being not letting us on the pitch, but the players instead ran over to us and ran into our end. They also seemed to smile and said well done on our way out of the ground. Credit to the Aldershot fans who remained to celebrate their side staying up, and that applauded us for our effort.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We hung around in the stadium for a while, post-match, celebrating with our fans and the players, but once we had left, we were out of the ground and back to the train station in about 10-15 minutes and we caught the train back to London.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was an amazing day. “Better than Halifax and Brentford” was shouted by lots of United fans, in reference to promotions to League 2 and League 1, a few years ago, but this felt extra special, as the turbulent season was over and the relief and ecstasy at full time was unbelievable. It was the best atmosphere, particularly from our fans, that I had experienced in years and probably have up to this point, in my 19 year old life. Words can’t describe it. Aldershot is a nice enough town and the ground was a good little stadium, with the pillars being my only complaint of the whole day, and I look forward to going back next season!

Aldershot Town v  Dartford
Conference Premier League
Tuesday, August 13th 2013, 7.45pm
Gideon Birch (Dartford fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

There were numerous reasons for me to be looking forward to this game. It was the first away game of the season, and only my third away game ever with Dartford. I'd missed the home game the previous Saturday, which we'd won, so everyone was hoping to keep the ball rolling against a ex-league side.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I went to the game with my Uncle, who drove. We found the stadium easily enough, but spent about 20 minutes looking for a place to park. We ended up parking in a multi-storey car park which was a 10-15 minute walk from the stadium.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Nothing really, by the time we'd got parked and into the ground, the teams were already coming out of the tunnel.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

From the High Street the ground looked fairly modern and welcoming, however, this was one of the home stands that I was looking at. It seemed quite a hike uphill from the High Street and through a small park to eventually reach the away turnstiles.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Dartford lost the game 3-0. However, the dome shaped roof of the away terrace had good acoustics, which helped create a good atmosphere. I got a burger at half time and this was one of the best tasting that I have had in a long time. A little confusingly the refreshment area and toilets are set away from the terrace and on re-entry to the terrace you are asked by the stewards to show your ticket to gain admittance. This caught a few people out who either had lost their ticket or it was with someone else still inside!

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away wasn't a problem. Of course, there was a bit of traffic on the High Street, like after any football game.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Having not been to many away games, I still found it enjoyable, despite the result. But compared to the few other away matches that I'd been to, it wasn't the best.

Aldershot Town v Crawley Town
League Two
Saturday, September 24th 2011, 3pm
Paul Dickinson (Neutral fan)

As I've now only got five of the current 92 League Grounds left to do, I decided to stay down south after seeing Leeds at Brighton the night before, to take in this game. It was a venue I'd been particularly looking forward to, as I'd missed out on a trip when Aldershot were originally a league club and I'd heard a lot about the atmosphere and character of the ground.  

Having driven from Brighton to Southampton on the Saturday morning, I met up with my brother-in-law, a Saints fan who is always happy to join me on these groundhopping days out. We caught the train up to Woking and spent a lovely couple of hours in the Sovereigns pub - only 5 minutes walk from the station and with 8 real ales on when we were there. A 15 minute train journey saw us arriving at Aldershot at 2.45pm and with the ground only 5 minutes walk from the station, we were comfortably in time for kick off.  

The ground itself was everything I hoped it would be and such a pleasant change from all the new soulless stadiums - I particularly liked how all the fans go in the same entrances at the front of the ground, how you can move between different terraces during the game and the atmosphere created by the East Bank.   Special mention must also go to the floodlight that appears to point completely away from the pitch - we even took a photo of it, it was so weird!  

The game itself was fairly tight with not too many clear cut chances and Crawley scoring the only goal in the last 10 minutes. We left as soon as the final whistle went and had time for a quick pint in the pub opposite the train station before arriving back in Southampton by 7pm   In summary, a great ground for all fans who still yearn for the days when stadiums had some character and atmosphere about them!

Aldershot Town v Northampton Town
League Two
Saturday, August 13th 2011, 3pm
Paul Broadhead (Northampton Town Fan)

We (me and my seven year old son) were looking forward to our first league away game of the season. Made even more interesting following the Cobblers knocking Ipswich Town out of the Carling Cup on the preceding Tuesday.

Despite a delay in the traffic on the M25, we arrived at Aldershot about an hour before kick off and parked in the pay and display in the centre and took the ten minute stroll to ground. 

I'd read that it was a bit of a trek from the main road to the away turnstiles and that they were in the park. Otherwise it would have been a struggle to find them.

Prices were about standard for League Two (£26 for the 2 of us in seats). The ground is old and has somewhat of a non-league feel about it, although it did have character. It does though, look a little odd, with no stand or terrace behind one of the goals.

Programme was £3 which wasn't bad value really and similar quality to Cobblers. My son was disappointed that there were no pies which he likes to try at each away ground. Big queues at the toilets at both half time and full time. The Shots fans behind the goal were in good voice and were consistently behind their team and the stewards were reasonable as well.

A great result for Northampton hanging on, literally at times, to a one nil lead from the first minute. A game we would certainly have lost last season!

I didn't encounter many shots fans after the game although one passing in a car as we were walking back shouted 'good luck for the rest of the season except when we play you!' which was a nice touch.

Overall a good traditional football day out.

Aldershot Town v Rochdale
League Two
Tuesday, January 19th 2010, 7.45pm
Steve Hartley (Rochdale fan)

The trip down was a pretty long one due to the roadworks on the M6 and other hold ups on a few of the  the 10 motorways we went on. Yes ten! I couldn’t believe it until I counted. We set off at 2pm and got parked up on a street next to the ground at 7pm then headed for the nearest pub near to the away end to sample the local beer. As soon as we got in the pub you could tell the locals were friendly and very easy to talk to even though we were only in there for 30 mins or so which was nice to see.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Having had a good look at the ground last year in the light of day I felt the stadium is a cross between professional and non league  which in the night time winter gloom seems to reinforce my first thoughts. The ground itself is a compact 3 sided stadium which if you didn’t put the away fans next to the home fans would not create much atmosphere but in doing what they have and having a drummer does create a very good atmosphere with relatively small numbers of away fans (213 as for us tonight). The one thing that lets the away end down is the walk through the park with very little lighting, this caused a few problems with a couple of ladies tripping especially on the steps.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets:

For the first 45 mins we played very well again and had much of the play but only creating a few chances to score which we didn’t manage to do, Aldershot changed their format in the second and started to close our forwards down more thus creating space and chances for themselves. The game really took hold when Chris Dagnall turned just inside the box on 75 mins and chipped the ball over the onrushing keeper to send the 213 hardy fans into raptures, before this the home side had come close to scoring but for our on loan keeper Tom Heaton to produce a superb low left have save.

The game  was end to end and on 86 mins Chris dagnall was through one on one with the keeper only for his last touch to be too strong and the keeper did well to collect, the resulting play went straight to the other end and a cross was well brought down morgan for soares to rifle a shot under the Dale keeper from six yards  To be fair the game was played in very good spirits by both sides and a draw was a fair result with the referee having a good game.

As soon as the goal went in from Aldershot, coins were thrown from the home section at us, which resulted in two older gents sustaining minor injuries to the head. Police went into the home end to apprehend some of  the culprits (and I have heard since that two people were subsequently banned from the club). It was a sad end to a pretty good day again at Aldershot 99% superb fans and great to talk to a few of them ruining their fine club.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was very easy and we were soon on our way up the various motorways back to Daleyland.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall I will not let the 1% spoil what was a very enjoyable long day/night game, up until then it was a pleasure to go to Aldershot. The atmosphere near to the home fans is superb.

Updated 5th February 2015

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