2008–09 Aldershot Town F.C. season

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Aldershot Town
2008–09 season
Manager Gary Waddock
Football League Two 15th
FA Cup Second round
League Cup First round
League Trophy First round
Hampshire Senior Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Scott Davies (8)
All: Scott Davies and Kirk Hudson (9)
Highest home attendance 5,023 (18 October vs Brentford)
Lowest home attendance 2,090 (10 March vs Shrewsbury Town)
Average home league attendance 3,232 (26 senior squad league and cup matches)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2008–09 season of Aldershot Town Football Club was the 17th year of football played by the club and the first season in Football League Two, the highest level achieved by the club up to that time.

Team kit[edit]

The team kit for the 2008-09 season is produced by Carbrini Sportswear. The home shirt will be primarily Red with blue panels with the away shirt being yellow. On 6 December 2008 the blue third kit was launched.

Match results[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
5 July 2008 Alton Town Away Won 1–0 809 Pasquale Abiuso
12 July 2008 Chelsea XI Home Drew 2–2 1,954 Kirk Hudson, Marvin Morgan
17 July 2008 Crystal Palace Home Lost 3–4 1,436 John Grant (2), Marvin Morgan
19 July 2008 Staines Town Away Won 2–0 N/A Marvin Morgan, Danny Hylton
22 July 2008 Maidenhead United Away Won 5–1 N/A Marvin Morgan, Kirk Hudson(2), Junior Mendes, Scott Donnelly
26 July 2008 Leyton Orient Home Lost 0–1 950 -
29 July 2008 Tottenham Hotspur Home Lost 1–3 1,830 Danny Hylton
2 August 2008 Charlton Athletic Home Won 2–0 875 Anthony Charles, John Grant

Football League Two[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
9 August 2008 Accrington Stanley Away Won 1–0 1,805 Scott Donnelly
16 August 2008 Bournemouth Home Draw 1–1 4,564 Louis Soares
23 August 2008 Shrewsbury Town Away Lost 0–1 5,422 -
30 August 2008 Bradford City Home Won 3–2 3,805 Ben Harding, Marvin Morgan, Scott Davies
6 September 2008 Darlington Home Won 2–1 3,460 Marvin Morgan, Louie Soares
13 September 2008 Luton Town Away Lost 1–3 6,462 John Grant
20 September 2008 Gillingham Home Won 2–1 4,198 Kirk Hudson, Scott Davies
27 September 2008 Notts County Away Lost 1–2 6,033 Anthony Charles
4 October 2008 Bury Home Draw 3–3 3,621 Rob Elvins, Scott Davies, Danny Hylton
11 October 2008 Macclesfield Town Away Lost 2–4 1,857 Kirk Hudson, Danny Hylton
18 October 2008 Brentford Home Draw 1–1 5,023 Scott Davies (pen)
22 October 2008 Chesterfield Away Lost 1–5 3,079 Kirk Hudson
25 October 2008 Rochdale Away Lost 1–3 2,750 Marvin Morgan
28 October 2008 Port Vale Home Won 1–0 3,049 Louis Soares
1 November 2008 Morecambe Away Lost 0–2 1,897 -
15 November 2008 Exeter City Home Won 1–0 3,784 John Grant
22 November 2008 Chester City Away Won 1–0 1,693 Marvin Morgan
26 November 2008 Lincoln City Home Won 2–0 2,625 Andy Sandell, Scott Davies
6 December 2008 Wycombe Wanderers Home Won 3–2 3,915 Kirk Hudson (2), Danny Hylton
20 December 2008 Grimsby Town Home Draw 2–2 3,605 Scott Davies (2) (2 pens)
26 December 2008 Barnet Away Won 3–0 2,729 Danny Hylton, Anthony Charles, Scott Davies
28 December 2008 Dagenham & Redbridge Home Lost 1–2 3,697 Kirk Hudson
17 January 2009 Macclesfield Town Home Draw 1–1 3,108 Kirk Hudson
20 January 2009 Notts County Home Draw 2–2 2,491 Ben Harding, Scott Davies
24 January 2009 Bury Away Lost 1–2 2,558 Scott Davies
27 January 2009 Brentford Away Lost 0–3 5,111
31 January 2009 Rochdale Home Lost 2–4 3,018 Marvin Morgan, Scott Davies
14 February 2009 Exeter City Away Lost 2–3 4,840 Jake Robinson, Ben Harding
17 February 2009 Gillingham Away Draw 4–4 5,974 Andy Lindegaard, Dave Winfield, OG, Andy Sandell
21 February 2009 Morecambe Home Lost 0–2 2,872
28 February 2009 Accrington Stanley Home Won 3–1 2,604 Kirk Hudson, Jake Robinson (2)
3 March 2009 Bournemouth Away Lost 0–2 4,556
7 March 2009 Bradford City Away Lost 0–5 12,465
10 March 2009 Shrewsbury Town Home Draw 0–0 2,090
14 March 2009 Luton Town Home Won 2–1 3,098 Scott Davies, Kirk Hudson
17 March 2009 Rotherham United Away Won 2–1 2,769 John Grant (2)
21 March 2009 Darlington Away Lost 0–2 2,532
28 March 2009 Grimsby Town Away Lost 0–1 7,095
31 March 2009 Chesterfield Home Draw 1–1 2,482 Jake Robinson
4 April 2009 Rotherham United Home Lost 0–1 2,643
7 April 2009 Port Vale Home Draw 0–0 4,140
11 April 2009 Dagenham & Redbridge Away Lost 1–3 1,586 Danny Hylton
13 April 2009 Barnet Home Draw 1–1 2,597 Lewis Chalmers
18 April 2009 Wycombe Wanderers Away Lost 0–3 5,440
25 April 2009 Chester City Home Draw 2–2 3,100 Kirk Hudson (2)
2 May 2009 Lincoln City Away Won 2–0 3,910 John Grant, Scott Davies

League Two Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Brentford (C) (P) 46 23 16 7 65 36 +29 85 Promotion to League One
2 Exeter City (P) 46 22 13 11 65 50 +15 79
3 Wycombe Wanderers (P) 46 20 18 8 54 33 +21 78
4 Bury 46 21 15 10 63 43 +20 78 Qualification to League Two playoffs
5 Gillingham (O) (P) 46 21 12 13 58 55 +3 75
6 Rochdale 46 19 13 14 70 59 +11 70
7 Shrewsbury Town 46 17 18 11 61 44 +17 69
8 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 19 11 16 77 53 +24 68
9 Bradford City 46 18 13 15 66 55 +11 67
10 Chesterfield 46 16 15 15 62 57 +5 63
11 Morecambe 46 15 18 13 53 56 −3 63
12 Darlington 46 20 12 14 61 44 +17 062*
13 Lincoln City 46 14 17 15 53 52 +1 59
14 Rotherham United 46 21 12 13 60 46 +14 058*
15 Aldershot Town 46 14 12 20 59 80 −21 54
16 Accrington Stanley 46 13 11 22 42 59 −17 50
17 Barnet 46 11 15 20 56 74 −18 48
18 Port Vale 46 13 9 24 44 66 −22 48
19 Notts County 46 11 14 21 49 69 −20 47
20 Macclesfield Town 46 13 8 25 45 77 −32 47
21 Bournemouth 46 17 12 17 59 51 +8 046*
22 Grimsby Town 46 9 14 23 51 69 −18 41
23 Chester (R) 46 8 13 25 43 81 −38 37 Relegation to Conference National
24 Luton Town (R) 46 13 17 16 58 65 −7 026*

Updated to games played on 2 May 2009.
Source: The Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
* Darlington deducted 10 points;[1] Bournemouth deducted 17 points;[2] Rotherham United deducted 17 points;[3] Luton Town deducted 30 points[4]
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

FA Cup[edit]

For information on this season's FA Cup, see 2008–09 FA Cup.
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
1st Round 8 November 2008 Rotherham United Home 1–1 2,632 John Grant
1st Round Replay 18 November 2008 Rotherham United Away Won 3–0 2,431 (174 away fans) Kirk Hudson (2), Marvin Morgan
2nd Round 29 November 2008 Millwall Away Lost 0–3 6,159 (1,590 away fans)

Football League Cup[edit]

For information on this season's Football League Cup, see 2008–09 Football League Cup.
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
1st Round 13 August 2008 Coventry City Away Lost 1–3 9,392 (869 away fans) Marvin Morgan

Football League Trophy[edit]

For information on this season's Football League Trophy, see 2008–09 Football League Trophy.
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
1st Round 2 September 2008 Swindon Town Home 2–2* 1,814 Rob Elvins, Scott Davies(pen)
  • *Swindon Town won 7–6 on penalties.

Hampshire Senior Cup[edit]

The Hampshire Senior Cup squad from Aldershot Town was composed of reserve team players.

Round Date Opponent Result Attendance Scorers
2nd Round 7 October 2008 Alresford Town Won 3–2 N/A John Grant, Marvin Morgan (2)
3rd Round 9 December 2008 Basingstoke Town Lost 1–2 285 Adam Mekki

Events[edit]

This is a list of the significant events to occur at the club during the 2008–09 season, presented in chronological order. This list does not include match results, which are in the results section.

May 2008[edit]

  • 13 May: Aldershot Town's first signing since winning promotion to the Football League is Dean Howell from Conference National side Rushden & Diamonds.
  • 15 May: Gary Waddock signs 25 year old defender Chris Blackburn from Football League One side Swindon Town.
  • 19 May: Aldershot Town's third signing since promotion is Woking F.C. striker Marvin Morgan.
  • 27 May: Goalkeeper Nikki Bull signed a new two-year deal to stay with the club. However this was a surprise to many as it came just four days after the Chairman John McGinty released an official statement informing supporters of his departure after six years with the club. The Shots also confirmed on the official website that Captain Rhys Day had signed a one-year contract with the club and that Junior Mendes was committing until the end of the year (2008).

June 2008[edit]

  • 13 June: Aldershot Town are drawn against Coventry City in the Carling Cup First Round draw.
  • 16 June: The fixtures for the Football League Two season are released. The Shots will travel to Accrington Stanley on the opening day of the season. It will be exactly five years to the weekend when the two sides were paired together in the opening Conference season of 2003/2004.
  • 24 June: Manager Gary Waddock and Coach Martin Kuhl both sign new three-year deals with the club.
  • 25 June: Joel Grant joins Crewe Alexandra for a fee of £130,000, a club record sale.

July 2008[edit]

  • 15 July: It is announced that Jim Joyce has left Yeovil Town Football Club to join the Shots to take over from Sue Bowen as Club Physio.
  • 23 July: The Shots sign 21-year-old Sheffield United Academy product Ben Starosta on a one-month loan deal, with a view to securing a permanent deal. They also boosted their squad by securing the services of Scott Davies on a second season-long loan from Reading FC.

November 2008[edit]

  • 18 November: Godalming Town defeated Aldershot Town XI 3-0 in a testimonial held for Paul 'Paddy' Hampshire who is battling against the incurable Motor Neurone Disease and proceeds from the game were shared out between the Hampshire family’s chosen charities; Woking Hospice and the M.N.D. charity.
  • 29 November: Nikki Bull makes his 300th appearance for the Shots in the FA Cup defeat at Millwall Football Club.

December 2008[edit]

  • 6 December: New third kit launched.
  • 13 December: Following an 11.30am pitch inspection Aldershot's League Two fixture against Rotherham United at the Don Valley Stadium was called off because of a waterlogged pitch.
  • 18 December: The 9th Annual ATFC Christmas Carol Service was conducted by Chaplain, Rev Mike Pusey at Holy Trinity Church, Aldershot with players in attendance.
  • 22 December: Football League clubs voted to introduce a 'Home Grown Players' rule, as proposed by The Football League Board, at a specially arranged EGM of clubs at Derby County. The new rule will come into effect from the beginning of next season. The 'Home Grown Players' rule will require at least four players from clubs' sixteen man matchday squads to be registered domestically, for a minimum of three seasons, prior to their 21st birthday.
  • 28 December: Dagenham & Redbridge become the first side to beat Aldershot at the Recreation Ground in the Football League and snap an eleven month unbeaten streak that lasted 20 league games. The previous home league defeat came back in January 2008 when Forest Green Rovers won 1-0.

January 2009[edit]

  • 2 January: Andy Sandell joins in a permanent move following a successful loan spell from Salisbury City while Shots defender Dave Winfield moves in the opposite direction on a month-long loan deal.
  • 3 January: Aldershot's home league game against Notts County was postponed at 1.20pm when referee Chris Sarginson deemed the pitch unplayable.

February 2009[edit]

March 2009[edit]

April 2009[edit]

  • 21 April: Aldershot Town announce they will release Rhys Day, Rob Elvins and Junior Mendes at the end of the season.

Head To Head[edit]

Team Miles [One Way] Home Result Fans Brought Away Result Fans Took Points Gained
Accrington Stanley 250 3-1 81 1-0 606 6
Barnet 56 1-1 327 3-0 728 4
Bournemouth 77 1-1 1047 0-2 611 1
Bradford City 229 3-2 647 0-5 294 3
Brentford 36 1-1 1066 0-3 894 1
Bury 232 3-3 354 1-2 225 1
Chester City 231 2-2 226 1-0 286 4
Chesterfield 173 1-1 225 1-5 222 1
Dagenham & Redbridge 70 1-2 173 1-3 291 0
Darlington 272 2-1 296 0-2 250* 3
Exeter City 145 1-0 785 2-3 332 3
Gillingham 75 2-1 960 4-4 399 4
Grimsby Town 244 2-2 343 0-1 340 1
Lincoln City 177 2-0 209 2-0 359 6
Luton Town 58 2-1 783 1-3 810 3
Macclesfield Town 204 1-1 131 2-4 353 1
Morecambe 266 0-2 80 0-2 204 0
Notts County 150 2-2 171 1-2 511 1
Port Vale 181 1-0 242 0-0 128 4
Rochdale 237 2-4 292 1-3 256 0
Rotherham United 187 0-1 250 2-1 81 3
Shrewsbury Town 178 0-0 218 0-1 381 1
Wycombe Wanderers 45 3-2 842 0-3 600* 3
  • *Approximate figure, exact attendances are not known.

Goalscorers[edit]

  • All Competitions
Name League FA Cup League Cup Football League Trophy Hampshire Senior Cup Total
Scott Davies 8 - - 1 - 9
Kirk Hudson 7 2 - - - 9
Marvin Morgan 3 1 1 - 2 7
Danny Hylton 4 - - - - 4
John Grant 2 1 - - 1 4
Louis Soares 3 - - - - 3
Anthony Charles 2 - - - - 2
Rob Elvins 1 - - 1 - 2
Scott Donnelly 1 - - - - 1
Ben Harding 1 - - - - 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Darlington in administration". The Football League. 2009-02-25. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
  2. ^ "Bournemouth face 17-point penalty". BBC Sport. 2008-08-07. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  3. ^ "Rotherham set to lose 17 points". BBC Sport. 2008-08-06. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  4. ^ "Luton to face 30-point deduction". BBC Sport. 2008-07-10. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 

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