Club History - Part 7 - 2010-11 Season

The club and fans were hopeful of a good campaign as a result of reaching the play-offs last season. However, by Christmas that hope had long since disappeared.

Over the course of summer 2010, Aaron Brown (to Leyton Orient), Scott Donnelly (Swansea City), Kirk Hudson (Brentford), Andy Sandell (Wycombe Wanderers), Louie Soares (Southend United) and Dave Winfield (Wycombe Wanderers [£25000]) all turn down contract offers and left the EBB Stadium.

In addition to those departures, Chris Blackburn (later joined Wrexham), Lewis Chalmers (Macclesfield Town), John Grant (Barrow), Dean Howell (Crawley Town), Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz (Yaracuyanos [Venezuela]) and Ömer Riza (Histon) were all released by boss Kevin Dillon.

Clayton Fortune (from Weston-Super-Mare), Luke Guttridge (Northampton Town), Darren Jones (Hereford United), Ross Kitteridge (Basingstoke Town), Glen Little (Sheffield United), Jermaine McGlashan (Ashford Town [Middx]), Aaron Morris (Cardiff City), Manny Panther (York City), Jack Randall (Crystal Palace), Wade Small (Chesterfield), ex-loanee Damian Spencer (Kettering Town) and Jamie Vincent (Walsall) all join on free transfers.

August

Accrington Stanley 0 Shots 0.

Shots 0 Watford 3 (Carling Cup first round).

Shots 1 Southend United 0. Marvin Morgan scores his 100th career goal.

Shrewsbury Town 1 Shots 1.

Shots 1 Stevenage 1. Glen Little made his 300th Football League appearance. Marvin Morgan missed a penalty.

Shots 2 Oxford United 0 (Johnstone’s Paint Trophy first round).

Jamie Young wins “Player of the Month”.

September

Marlon Jackson rejoins on loan from Bristol City.

Shots 1 Northampton Town 1. Last minute equaliser by Ben Harding.

Port Vale 1 Shots 0.

Shots 0 Wycombe Wanderers 0. Gary Waddock’s first return to the EBB Stadium along with Scott Davies, Andy Sandell and Dave Winfield.

Stockport County 2 Shots 2. Shots led 2-0 with 17 minutes left.

Torquay United 0 Shots 1. Goal in 86th minute by Marvin Morgan.

Darren Jones wins “Player of the Month”.

October

Shots 0 Cheltenham Town 2. First home league defeat of the season.

Bristol Rovers 1 Shots 0 (Johnstone’s Paint Trophy second round). Goal came in 90th minute. Luke Guttridge missed a penalty (Shots have missed both penalties this season).

Oxford United 0 Shots 1. Jamie Vincent sent off just before half time. 25-yarder from Marvin Morgan just before the hour.

Shots 2 Morecambe 1. Another wonderful 25-yarder by Marvin Morgan. This was the Shots’ first home league win in five attempts.

Marlon Jackson extends loan for a second month.

Crewe Alexandra 3 Shots 1. Anthony Charles made his 200th appearance for the club. Anthony Straker scored on his 150th appearance for the club.

Damian Spencer sustains a posterior cruciate ligament injury in training.

Shots 1 Bury 3. Darren Jones and Marvin Morgan sent off. Kevin Dillon sent to the stands. Jamie Young saved a penalty on his 100th career appearance.

Ben Herd wins “Player of the Month”.

November

Hereford United 2 Shots 2. Jermaine McGlashan scores his first-ever Football League goal. Wade Small scores his first Shots goal four minutes from time. Luke Guttridge made his 300th Football League appearance in this game.

Brentford 1 Shots 1 (FA Cup first round). Wade Small scores for the second consecutive game. Darren Jones makes his 300th career appearance.

Macclesfield Town 2 Shots 0.

Shots 1 Brentford 0 (FA Cup first round replay). Wade Small scores early winner to take his tally to three in four.

Shots 0 Chesterfield 2. Marvin Morgan made his 100th appearance for club, whilst Anthony Straker made his 150th Shots start. Five league games without victory.

Burton Albion 1 Shots 2. Wade Small scored twice to bring his tally for the month to five goals in six games. First win in six games.

Dover Athletic 2 Shots 0 (FA Cup second round). Knocked out by a team two divisions below us. This was the first time since being to promoted to the Football League that Aldershot Town had been beaten by a non-league side in the FA Cup. It was also the first time the club had been beaten by a lower league side in the competition. This game also contributed to Dover later receiving the “ESPN Cup Run of the Year” award.

Glen Little and Wade Small jointly win “Player of the Month”.

December

Home match against Bradford City postponed due to combination of frozen pitch and snow.

Rotherham United 1 Shots 0. Wade Small missed a penalty. Jamie Vincent sent off late on for second time this season.

Home match against Lincoln City postponed due to health and safety concerns pertaining to icy condition of terraces, walkways and surrounding areas.

Speculation linking Danny Hylton with a move to AFC Wimbledon, Marvin Morgan with moves to AFC Bournemouth and Crawley Town. Manny Panther also linked with latter club.

Boxing Day match against Gillingham postponed due to frozen pitch at the EBB Stadium.

Match at Morecambe postponed due to a frozen pitch.

January

Barnet 1 Shots 2. First half goals from Ben Harding and Wade Small secure New Year’s Day win.

Shots 1 Hereford United 2. First game at EBB Stadium since November 20th. Fans called for Kevin Dillon to be sacked during and after loss to bottom-placed side. The supporters also jeered Marvin Morgan, which led to him making offensive comments towards them on the social networking site Twitter. As a consequence, Morgan was fined two weeks wages and ordered to stay away from the club. He was also placed on the transfer list and, shortly after, joined League 1 side Dagenham and Redbridge on loan until the end of the season.

Striker Liam Henderson joins on loan from Watford for the remainder of the season.

Shots 1 Oxford United 2. Fans again called for Kevin Dillon to be sacked. This result also set a new club record for consecutive home league defeats (4).

The fans got their wish two days later (on January 10th) when, along with assistant Gary Owers, Kevin Dillon was dismissed. The Shots’ home record under Kevin was a primary reason for his departure as, during his reign, just 10 victories were attained in 33 league games (of which just two came in 2010-11, with the last one being in mid-October) and his overall record being just a dozen wins from 39 games in all competitions.

Dean Holdsworth leaves his position as manager of Blue Square Premier side Newport County to become boss at the EBB Stadium (on January 12th). He brings with him Matt Bishop, his assistant from Newport.

Midfielder Peter Vincenti joins on a free transfer from Stevenage.

Bury 1 Shots 1. Luke Guttridge scored for the third successive league game as the Shots give new boss Dean Holdsworth a point from his first game in charge.

Striker Tim Sills returns to Aldershot Town having had his Stevenage contract cancelled by mutual consent.

Shots 1 Bradford City 0. This was the Shots’ first home league win since October 16th.

Wesley Ngo Baheng released and joined Hereford United shortly after.

Liam Henderson has his loan terminated and returns to Watford.

Defender Simon Grand joins on loan from Fleetwood Town until the end of the season.

Shots 3 Crewe Alexandra 2. Shots come from behind twice and win thanks to a 20-yard free kick by Luke Guttridge in the fifth minute of injury time. This was the first time that the Shots had scored more than two goals this season.

Midfielder Alex Rodman joins from Tamworth.

Glen Little leaves by mutual consent.

Damian Spencer joins Eastbourne Borough on a one-month loan to aid his recovery from the posterior cruciate ligament injury that he sustained in training three months ago.

Gillingham 2 Shots 1. Alex Rodman scores a late long-range debut goal after coming on as a second half substitute. First defeat under Dean Holdsworth.

Anthony Straker joins ex-Shots boss Gary Waddock at Wycombe Wanderers on a
month-long loan on final day of transfer window.

Luke Guttridge won the December/January “Player of the Month”.

February

Shots 1 Barnet 1. Match abandoned at half time due to fog.

Jack Randall joins Didcot Town on a month’s loan.

Chesterfield 2 Shots 2. Tim Sills opens his second-time-around scoring account, by netting the first equaliser. Alex Rodman missed a penalty (Shots have missed all four penalties that they have been awarded this season), but Anthony Charles scored from the subsequent scramble. This game also saw the return to action of referee’s assistant Sian Massey, after a two-week sabbatical that had been imposed by the Professional Game Match Officials Board. The reason for the PGMOB’s action was in order to take her out of the glare of media attention after she was the innocent victim of sexist remarks that had been made by Sky Sports broadcasters Andy Burton, Andy Gray and Richard Keys. Those remarks led to Burton being suspended, Gray being dismissed and Keys resigning.

Morecambe 1 Shots 1. Alex Rodman scored another goal, again from the bench.
Former Shots keeper Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz rejoins from Venezuelan side Yaracuyanos on a non-contract basis.

Shots 0 Macclesfield Town 0.

Shots 2 Lincoln City 2. Anthony Charles opened the scoring with a penalty: the first time in five attempts that the Shots have scored from such an award this season. This result equalled the club record for consecutive league draws (4).

Sierra Leonean international winger Albert Jarrett signs on one-month loan from Lincoln City.

Northampton Town 1 Shots 1. This result set a new club record for consecutive league draws (5). Jamie Young made his 100th Football League appearance.

Young striker Reece Connolly joins Conference South side Dorchester Town on a
one-month loan.

Youngsters Jermaine McGlashan (two years), Danny Hylton and Aaron Morris (both one year) sign contract extensions.

Shots 1 Port Vale 2. Anthony Charles missed a penalty (Shots have now missed five out of six penalties this season). First home defeat under Dean Holdsworth.

Young striker Luke Medley joins on a one-month loan from Mansfield Town.

Alex Rodman won the February “Player of the Month”.

March

Shots 1 Gillingham 1.

Wycombe Wanderers 2 Shots 2. John Halls scored the Shots’ second goal - not only was it his first goal for the club, but it was also his first goal since September 2007, when he netted for Reading against Liverpool in a League Cup third round tie.

Shots 1 Torquay United 0. Second half goal from Luke Guttridge gives the Shots their first win in ten games.

Cheltenham Town 1 Shots 2. Goals from Anthony Charles and Peter Vincenti give the Shots their first away victory in five games.

Shots 1 Stockport County 0. An injury time goal from substitute Damian Spencer, who had not played for the Shots since late October due to injury, secured all three points.

Left back Jamie Vincent released.

Shots 1 Barnet 0.

Shots 1 Accrington Stanley 1. Darren Jones scored his first goal for the club.

Luke Guttridge won the March “Player of the Month”.

Dean Holdsworth won the “npower League 2 Manager of the Month”.

April

Southend United 0 Shots 0.

Shots 3 Shrewsbury Town 0. Two goals (one from the penalty spot) by Danny Hylton either side of Ben Herd’s first goal for the club. In fact, that was Herd’s first goal since October 2006 and came against his former employers.

Stevenage 2 Shots 2. Alex Rodman scored two glorious long-range goals to claim a share of the points in an ill-tempered encounter.

Shots 1 Burton Albion 2. Damian Spencer scored the 50th goal of his career. This result ended a 10-match unbeaten run for the Shots.

Bradford City 2 Shots 1. A last-minute own goal by Anthony Charles denies the Shots victory and subjects Dean Holdsworth’s men to back-to-back defeats for the first time under his tenure.

Scholars Doug Bergqvist, Henrik Breimyr and Adam Mekki all sign two-year pro contracts.

Shots 2 Rotherham United 2. Despite leading through goals from Anthony Charles and Peter Vincenti inside the opening 11 minutes, the Shots’ final home game ended
all-square. This was the Shots’ 19th draw of the season, which is both a club record and seen as many as the main reason that the play-offs were not reached.

Luke Guttridge voted supporters’ “Player of the Year”.

Ben Herd voted “Players’ Player of the Year” for the second successive season.

May

Lincoln City 0 Shots 3. A penalty from Danny Hylton plus a brace from Luke Guttridge complemented by one of the away performances of the season condemns Lincoln to relegation out of the Football League. Teenage centre half Doug Bergqvist makes his senior debut as a late substitute in the Shots’ biggest away victory of the season.

The Shots finish their League 2 campaign in 14th place.

Clayton Fortune, Ben Harding, Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz, Marvin Morgan, Jack Randall, Tim Sills and Wade Small are released.

Picture Gallery

Andy Sandell, who moved to Wycombe Wanderers
Dave Winfiled joined ex-boss Gary Waddock at Wycombe Wanderers
Lewis Chalmers was allowed to leave the EBB Stadium
Fan favourite John Grant moved on
Pacy winger Jermaine McGlashan brings excitement to the Shots fans
Gary Waddock's Wycombe Wanderers come to the EBB Stadium
Jamie Young saves a penalty v Bury on his 100th career appearance
The snow and freezing conditions caused several postponements
Head Groundsman Andy Nunn - superb pitch!
Marvin Morgan
Deano and Bish arrive!
Tim Sills came home
Luke Guttridge's superb last-minute goal secured the points v Crewe
Alex Rodman soon adapted to playing in the Football League
The fog wins!
The spotlight was on assistant referee Sian Massey at Chesterfield
Danny scores twice v Shrewsbury Town
Ben Herd scores his first goal for the Shots against former club Shrewsbury Town
New pros Henrik Breimyr (left), Doug Bergqvist (centre) and Adam Mekki (right) with boss Dean Holdsworth