Reckless Guide to Aldershot

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Reckless Guide to Aldershot

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The Reckless Guide to
National League Premier
Saturday 5th February 2022
Kick off 3.00pm

The EBB Stadium (Recreation Ground)High Street, Aldershot, Hampshire GU11 1TW
Club Colours
Red and Blue
The Shots

Key Personnel
The current Gaffer at the Rec is Mark Moseley. Hillingdon born Mark made over 500 appearances mainly in the lower and non leagues notably for Hayes and Bournemouth. He managed at Weymouth and Southend before The Shots and was also England C Manager 2005-2008.

Brief Directions by Road
M25 junction 12 and onto the M3 and onto Junction 4. Take the A331, signposted Aldershot. After around 4/5 miles look out for the A323 signposted Aldershot and take the slip road onto a roundabout. Turn right onto the A323 signposted Aldershot South and Town Centre. Straight over a set of traffic lights and you will pass Manor Park open space on your left. Pass under the railway bridge and you will find the ground just past this bridge on the right. Thanks to Aldershot FC for assistance with these directions.

Car Parking

There is a limited space car parking area at the ground and you will have no chance of a space unless you arrive at least an hour before kick off. Follow the directions as above and after the railway bridge turn right at the next roundabout into Ordinance Road. Turn first right for the car park (£5.00 I believe). Alternatively there are numerous inexpensive ‘pay and displays’ 15 minutes walk away (up hill to get to the ground) in the Town Centre.
Directions by Train
A late morning train from London Waterloo will take an hour and may involve a change at Woking. (I know its a bit posh there but don't worry there is a bar on the platform). The ground is a 10 minute walk away from the station.

Eating and Drinking Locally

My favourite pub in the area is The Royal Staff37A Mount Pleasant Road, Aldershot GU12 4NW. It has never failed to serve a great pint and very good football food. It is only a 10 minute walk to the ground too and a warm welcome awaits. The social club is normally out of bounds to visiting supporters but it is worth a visit just to see! Its a fair walk to the “away” turnstiles from here however. If you are not rushed then the White Lion in Lower Farnham Road, which is a 20 minute walk from the ground is very nice too.

Ground Description
The ground is situated in a public park and what appear to be park shelters transform into turnstiles on match-days. The Main North Stand built in 1932, which is a converted terrace, occupies the whole of one side. The South stand opposite dating from 1929 was the original main stand until control was relinquished when seating was installed in the North Stand and new dressing rooms and offices added behind it in 1970. It straddles the half way line and includes the clubs corporate facilities. To the left is the very imposing East Bank which has a vast old fashioned barrel roof over terracing. Every ground should have an end like this! We will be allocated the South East Corner of this terrace and a selection of seats situated in the South Stand. To the right is the new Community Stand recently added to comply with the seating requirements in the Football League. This end had been a simple tarmac path for years.

Our Last Meeting & Memories

Our last visit was in February 2021 when a Mike Petrasso goals was not enough in a 2-1 defeat
Our visit to the Rec on Boxing Day 2014 for our Championship winning season. A John Akinde hatrick in a 3-1 win made for an exciting day out away from the in-laws and the cold Turkey sandwiches.
A rare but spectacular goal from the late Carl Hoddle grabbed the Bees a 1-0 victory at the Recreation Ground in New Year 1992 and stopped us all getting hypothermia.
The visit to the Rec in November 2004 featured a simply wonderful volley from Simon King which won the game for the Bees 3-2.

Celebrity Watch
The ex wife of Beatle Paul McCartney, Heather Mills was born here as was Record producer Mickie Most (who lived in Barnet for years). Comedy actor Arthur (Are You Being Served) English, The Duke Of Wellington, the author of Vanity Fair William Thackery and Fred Dineage from TV’s ‘How’ were all associated with Aldershot.
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