Club History - Part 8 - 2011-12 Season

2011-12 was a season of ups and downs. A fantastic giant-killing run in the Carling Cup was followed by a wretched November, December and first half of January, which was characterised by a goal drought-ridden run of defeats. Just four defeats in the remaining 21 games saw Dean Holdsworth's men finish 11th, with the momentum they had worked up leaving the fans disappointed the upturn in for hadn't come sooner.

The games referred to in this diary are League 2 fixtures unless otherwise stated.

May to July

Clayton Fortune, Ben Harding (subsequently joined Wycombe Wanderers), Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz (Hemel Hempstead Town), Marvin Morgan (Shrewsbury Town), Jack Randall, Tim Sills (Basingstoke Town), Wade Small (Lewes) and Damian Spencer (Grimsby Town) are all released.

John Halls joins Wycombe Wanderers on a free transfer.

Jordan Clement and Max Worsfold join Maidenhead United on six-month loans.

Aaron Morris and Jamie Young sign one-year contract extensions.

Aaron Brown (from Leyton Orient), Bradley Bubb (Farnborough), Jamie Collins (Newport County), Michael Rankine (York City) and Ross Worner (Charlton Athletic) all join on free transfers.

Bradley Bubb and Anthony Straker appear for Grenada in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the USA, but are eliminated at the first round (group) stage.

Aldershot Town beat Farnborough 4-0 to win the Mayor of Rushmoor Charity Shield.

Doug Bergqvist and Reece Connolly join Farnborough on six-month loans.

EBB are announced as the new club sponsors for the next two seasons.

August

Attacking midfielder Jake Taylor joins on a one-month loan from Reading.

Midfielder/winger Graeme Montgomery plus defender/midfielder Anthony Pulis join from Dagenham and Redbridge and Southampton respectively following successful pre-season trials.

Ben Herd named as team captain; Darren Jones named as club captain.

Bradford City 1 Shots 2. Jamie Collins and Michael Rankine make their debuts. Darren Jones makes his 100th Football League appearance.

West Ham United P Shots P (Carling Cup first round). This game was postponed due to a wave of rioting and looting that swept through London and other major cities.

Shots 0 Northampton Town 1. Bradley Bubb and Jake Taylor make their debuts.

Shots 0 Torquay United 1. A Massimo Taibi-type mistake by keeper Jamie Young in the first half condemns the Shots to a second successive home defeat.

Morecambe 2 Shots 0. Darren Jones made his 50th start for the club. Luke Guttridge reached a half-century of appearances for the Shots.

Henrik Breimyr joins Eastleigh on a two-month loan.

West Ham United 1 Shots 2 (Carling Cup first round). Having gone 1-0 behind to their Championship hosts after quarter-of-an-hour, goals by Luke Guttridge and Danny Hylton in the final 12 minutes sealed the Shots’ first-ever victory over a team from the top two tiers of English football; it was also the first time that the Shots had progressed to round two of this competition. At the time of the match, West Ham United were in 7th place in the Championship, whilst Aldershot Town were 20th in League 2. 2140 Shots fans contributed to the attendance figure of 19879. Anthony Pulis makes his debut as a last-minute substitute.

Oxford United 1 Shots 1. Anthony Straker sees red after just 12 minutes, before 10-man Shots snatch a draw courtesy of Luke Guttridge midway through the second half.

Shots 2 Carlisle United 0 (Carling Cup second round). Goals from Michael Rankine and Danny Livesey (own goal) give the Shots a second giant-killing in a week in this competition; it is also the first time the club have reached the third round of this competition. Keeper Ross Worner makes his debut in place of Jamie Young, who pulled-up in the warm-up. Danny Hylton played the 150th game of his career, whilst Jermaine McGlashan made his 50th appearance for the Shots.

Teenage left back Jordan Brown joins on a one-month loan from West Ham United on transfer deadline day.

Danny Hylton wins the “Player of the Month” award.

September

Shots 1 Cheltenham Town 0. This was both the Shots’ first home league victory and their first home clean sheet.

Shots 1 AFC Wimbledon 1. A goal by Danny Hylton in the fifth minute of stoppage time salvaged a point for the Shots. Winger Adam Mekki made his first start of the season.

Hereford United 0 Shots 2. Michael Rankine scores his first league goal for the club, whilst Peter Vincenti nets his first of the campaign to secure a first-ever win over the Bulls. Luke Guttridge makes his 50th start for the Shots.

Graeme Montgomery joins Eastleigh on a three-month loan.

Bristol Rovers 0 Shots 1. Alex Rodman scores his first goal of the season.

Shots 2 Rochdale 1 (Carling Cup third round). An overhead kick from Michael Rankine and a superb Danny Hylton strike secure another cup shock for the Shots. Ben Herd makes his 100th appearance for the club.

Shots 0 Crawley Town 1. This defeat ended Aldershot’s run of eight games unbeaten. Ben Herd makes his 100th start for the Shots. Ross Worner makes the 100th appearance of his career.

Jordan Brown’s loan from West Ham United is extended for a further month.

Teenage midfielder/winger Bruno Andrade joins on a one-month loan from Queen’s Park Rangers; this loan was later cut short due to a family bereavement.

Ross Worner wins the “Player of the Month” award.

October

Accrington Stanley 3 Shots 2. The Shots are beaten by a last-minute goal by Charlie Barnett. A brace from Danny Hylton can’t prevent the Shots from losing a game in which they took the lead for the first time this season. Loanee Bruno Andrade makes his debut as a second half substitute.

Shots 1 Oxford United 2 (Johnstone’s Paint Trophy second round). Danny Hylton scores again.

Winger Adam Smith joins on a one-month loan from Mansfield Town, whilst Adam Mekki goes out on the same arrangement to Dorchester Town.

Shots 1 Macclesfield Town 2. A 25-yard cracker from Danny Hylton can’t prevent the Shots suffering a third straight league defeat.

Barnet 2 Shots 1. Danny Hylton scored first before the hosts scored twice to condemn the Shots to a club record-equalling fourth consecutive league loss (and their fifth in all competitions). Darren Jones made the 350th appearance of his career.

The aforementioned game finished on a sour note as both sets of players were involved in a mass confrontation, which resulted in both clubs being found guilty of "failing to ensure that its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour" and fined £1000. Danny Hylton was later found guilty on two counts of racial abuse, which resulted in him receiving an eight-match ban and a £1,000 fine.

Dagenham and Redbridge 2 Shots 5. Goals from Jermaine McGlashan and Peter Vincenti in the opening six minutes set the Shots on the way to their first league win in five games, with further strikes from Michael Rankine and Luke Guttridge plus a second from McGlashan sealing the points. This was the first time that the Shots had scored five goals since winning by the same score, against the same opposition at the same venue in December 2009.

Shots 0 Manchester United 3 (Carling Cup fourth round). Goals from Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Owen and Antonio Valencia end the Shots’ best-ever run in the competition in front of a bumper crowd of 7044.

Ex-Reading midfielder Scott Davies joins the Shots for a third loan spell, this time from Crawley Town.

Shots 3 Crewe Alexandra 1.

Danny Hylton wins the “Player of the Month” award.

Danny Hylton wins the “npower League 2 Player of the Month” award.

November

Shots 2 Burton Albion 0. Anthony Straker makes his 200th career appearance.

Rotherham United 2 Shots 0. Keeper Ross Worner sent off early in the second half. Danny Hylton makes his 100th Football League appearance, but was substituted immediately after the aforementioned dismissal and replaced by Jamie Collins, who took over in goal. Bradley Bubb makes his 200th career appearance.

Manny Panther joins Grimsby Town on a two-month loan.

Ex-Maldon and Tiptree goalkeeper Tony Tucker joins on a non-contract basis to act as cover for Jamie Young whilst Ross Worner is suspended.

Maidenhead United 1 Shots 1 (FA Cup first round). Michael Rankine salvaged a draw thirteen minutes from time after the Shots had trailed to their Conference South opponents since the seventh minute.

Midfielder Jamie Day joins on loan from Crawley Town.

Bradley Bubb joins Basingstoke Town on a six-week loan.

Shots 1 Gillingham 2.

Shots 2 Maidenhead United 0 (FA Cup first round replay). First half goals from Alex Rodman and Luke Guttridge earn the Shots a trip to Sheffield Wednesday in round 2. Anthony Straker makes his 200th appearance for the club, whilst Scott Davies makes the 150th appearance of his career.

Winger Adam Smith rejoins on a six-week loan from Mansfield Town and striker Greg Pearson joins for the same amount of time from Burton Albion. Midfielder-cum-striker Charlie Henry joins on a two-month loan from Luton Town.

Adam Mekki joins Basingstoke Town on a two-month loan.

Swindon Town 2 Shots 0. This was Dean Holdsworth’s 50th game in charge. Danny Hylton made his 100th start for the club, whilst Luke Guttridge made the 400th appearance of his career.

Luke Guttridge wins the “Player of the Month” award.

December

Sheffield Wednesday 1 Shots 0 (FA Cup second round).

Centre half Chris Doig joins on a month-to-month basis following his release from Indonesian Super League side Pelita Jaya.

Shots 1 Shrewsbury Town 0.

Port Vale 4 Shots 0. The game went ahead after snow was cleared from the pitch. Ex-Aldershot trialist Guy Madjo scored a hat-trick for the hosts as the Shots suffered their heaviest league defeat since going down 6-1 at Burton Albion in December 2009. Michael Rankine misses a late penalty, whilst Greg Pearson makes his 250th career appearance.

Winger Graeme Montgomery is released without making an appearance.

The ill-tempered Boxing Day game against Southend United at the EBB Stadium is abandoned at half time due to floodlight failure. By that point, the Shots were already down to 10 men following Darren Jones’ dismissal for violent conduct six minutes before the break.

Tony Tucker joins Grays Athletic.

Shots 0 Plymouth Argyle 0. Centre half Chris Doig makes his debut.

Luke Guttridge wins the “Player of the Month” award.

January

Gillingham 1 Shots 0. Dean Holdsworth’s men lose to 10 men at the Priestfield Stadium. Luke Guttridge makes his 350th Football League appearance. Peter Vincenti makes his 50th appearance for the Shots and puts in a man-of-the-match performance at centre half!

Centre half Sonny Bradley joins on a one-month loan from Hull City. Fellow central defender Troy Brown joins on loan until the end of the season from Rotherham United.

Midfielder Anthony Pulis is released.

Bradley Bubb joins Eastleigh on loan until the end of the season.

Shots 0 Oxford United 3. Three first half goals condemn a depleted Shots side to their
worst-ever home defeat in the Football League; it is also the heaviest home league defeat since August 2007 and equals the club record for consecutive league games without scoring (4). Loanees Sonny Bradley and Troy Brown make their debuts. Loanee Charlie Henry makes the first-ever Football League start of his career. Ben Herd makes his 100th Football League appearance for the club. Aaron Morris makes his 50th appearance for the club.

Henrik Breimyr joins hometown club Viking Stavanger on a (Norwegian) season-long loan.

Midfielder Josh Payne and striker Charlie Collins join on one-month loans from Oxford United and Milton Keynes Dons respectively.

Cheltenham Town 2 Shots 0. This result set a club record for consecutive league games without scoring (5). Loanee Charlie Collins makes his debut. Peter Vincenti makes the 50th Football League appearance of his career.

Jermaine McGlashan joins Cheltenham Town for an undisclosed fee.

Chris Doig’s monthly contract is not renewed, so he departs.

The club announce that the leg injury recently suffered by striker Michael Rankine at Gillingham will keep him sidelined for the rest of the season. It is also announced that Alex Rodman will play no further part in the campaign due to what is later diagnosed as a heart condition.

Cameroonian striker Guy Madjo joins from Stevenage for an undisclosed five-figure sum.

Shots 0 Accrington Stanley 0. This result set a club record for consecutive league games without scoring (6). Guy Madjo and loanee Josh Payne make their debuts. Anthony Straker makes his 200th start for the club. Peter Vincenti makes his 150th career appearance.

Luke Guttridge leaves the club after his contract is cancelled by mutual consent; he rejoined Northampton Town the following day.

Josh Payne’s loan from Oxford United is extended until the end of the season. Young striker Stefan Payne joins on a deal till the end of the season following his release by Gillingham.

AFC Wimbledon 1 Shots 2. Unlikely goal-getter Anthony Straker scores twice to give the Shots their first win in seven games; it also ended their six-game goal drought plus a run of one goal in nine games. Stefan Payne makes his debut as a late substitute, whilst Manny Panther’s arrival as an 88th minute substitute was his first appearance in a Shots shirt since mid-February last year!

Centre back Aaron Brown is released.

On the last day of the transfer window: Jamie Collins joins Forest Green Rovers for an undisclosed fee and Max Worsfold joins Dorchester Town on loan until the end of the season. Attacking midfielder Ben Smith arrives on a three-month loan from Crawley Town.

Ross Worner wins the “Player of the Month” award.

February

Shots v Bristol Rovers postponed due to frozen pitch.

Young striker Reece Connolly signs a one-year contract extension, which commits him to the club until the end of the 2012-13 season. The contract also includes an option for a further year.

Defensive midfielder Darren Murphy joins on a one-month loan from Stevenage.

Crawley Town v Shots postponed due to frozen pitch.

Sonny Bradley’s loan from Hull City is extended for a further month.

Namibian/German striker Wilko Risser joins on a month-to-month deal.

Shots 1 Hereford United 0. A Guy Madjo goal early in the second half secures a first-ever home win over the Bulls; it was also the first goal the Shots had scored at the EBB Stadium since December 10th. New signings Darren Murphy (started) and Wilko Risser (late substitute) played. Reece Connolly came on as a second half substitute, which was his first appearance for the club since the final game of last season.

Former Aldershot FC player and manager Tommy McAnearney passes away at the age of 79 after a long illness.

Keeper Ross Worner signs a one-year contract extension, which commits him to the club until the end of the 2013-14 season.

Macclesfield Town 0 Shots 1. Aaron Morris’ first-ever senior goal gives the Shots their first-ever victory over Macclesfield. Ben Smith makes his debut from the bench.

Stefan Payne leaves to rejoin Sutton United.

Shots 2 Southend United 0. First goals for the club by Adam Mekki and Josh Payne (penalty) seal the points against the league leaders in the Shots’ best league performance of the season to-date.

18-year-old wide man Jordan Roberts signs a two-and-a-half-year pro deal.

Shots 4 Barnet 1. A brace from Guy Madjo plus goals from birthday boy Danny Hylton and Troy Brown afford the Shots their fifth successive win. Skipper Ben Herd plays his 250th Football League match, whilst Jamie Young (a half time replacement for the injured Ross Worner) makes the 150th appearance of his career. Young winger Jordan Roberts makes his senior debut as an 87th minute substitute.

Aaron Morris wins the “Player of the Month” award.

Ross Worner will be sidelined for up to a month with the back injury that saw him substituted against Barnet.

March

Doug Bergqvist rejoins Farnborough on a one-month loan.

Shots 1 Morecambe 0. A superb header from Guy Madjo gives the Shots their sixth consecutive Football League victory (a club record). Troy Brown is red-carded in second half injury time for a two-footed lunge.

Loanee Josh Payne signs permanently from Oxford United.

Teenage midfielder Michael Doughty joins on a one-month loan from Queen’s Park Rangers.

Torquay United 1 Shots 0. An early goal from Rene Howe gives the Gulls victory. Michael Doughty makes his Shots debut as a second half substitute.

The club announce that the back injury that Ross Worner sustained against Barnet last month will sideline him for the rest of the season.

Sonny Bradley’s loan from Hull City is extended for a further month.

Northampton Town 3 Shots 1. Loanee Ben Smith makes his first start. Danny Hylton scores deep into second half injury time. Skipper Ben Herd goes off injured in the first half, summing up an awful game from the Shots’ point of view.

Midfielder Rob Sinclair joins on a one-month loan deal from Stevenage.

Crawley Town 2 Shots 2. An early Aaron Morris goal plus a second half 20-yarder from Peter Vincenti earn a share of the points in a fiery affair that saw 10 players (a club-record seven of them Shots) booked. Winger Adam Mekki had to be carried from the pitch just before half time and left the ground on crutches. Loanee Rob Sinclair made his debut as a late substitute, whilst Wilko Risser made his first start.

Shots 1 Bradford City 0. A second half close-range header from Wilko Risser gives the Shots all three points. The win also sets a new club record for consecutive home wins in the Football League - 5.

Southend United 0 Shots 1. A thumping Danny Hylton header just before the hour secures all three points in Essex. A fitting result on the 20th anniversary of Aldershot FC’s last-ever competitive match, a 2-0 defeat at Cardiff City.

Former Shots midfielder Mark Molesley returns on loan until the end of the season from AFC Bournemouth.

Shots 1 Bristol Rovers 0. A goal from Peter Vincenti sees the Shots extend the club record for consecutive home Football League wins to six games and create a new one for clean sheets in a season (14). This game was chosen to mark the passing of 20 years since Aldershot FC went out of business, with 27 ex-players returning as special guests for the occasion.

Midfielder Manny Panther is released.

Loanee defender Sonny Bradley is recalled early by Hull City.

Michael Doughty’s loan from Queen’s Park Rangers is extended until the end of the season.

Peter Vincenti signs a one-year contract extension, which commits him to the club until the end of the 2012-13 season.

Shrewsbury Town 1 Shots 1. A Josh Payne penalty gave the Shots the lead, but former Shot Marvin Morgan (on a substitute) equalised.

Darren Jones wins the “Player of the Month” award.

April

Despite only recently extending his loan until the end of the season, Michael Doughty returns to Queen’s Park Rangers.

Adam Mekki signs one-year contract extension.

Shots 1 Port Vale 2. A below par showing sees the Shots equal the club record for home league defeats in a season (7).

Plymouth Argyle 1 Shots 0. A deflected shot from Alex McDonald just before the quarter-hour sees the Shots lose a game they completely dominated. Anthony Straker made his 150th Football League appearance.

Loanee midfielder Ben Smith is recalled early by Crawley Town.

Shots 1 Dagenham and Redbridge 1. A close-range header by Troy Brown four minutes from time salvages a draw in a lacklustre game. Ben Herd makes his 300th career appearance. Young winger Jordan Roberts makes his first start.

Shots 2 Swindon Town 1. Goals from Guy Madjo (making the 50th Football League appearance of his career) and Danny Hylton delay the champions-elect’s promotion celebrations.

Burton Albion 0 Shots 4. A first half Peter Vincenti goal, plus a Wilko Risser header and a Guy Madjo brace after the break secure the points against a poor Burton side. By not conceding, Dean Holdsworth’s men create a new club record for clean sheets in a season (15). Loanee Mark Molesley made his first start for the Shots since April 2007. Doug Bergqvist makes his first appearance of the season as a second half substitute. Adam Mekki makes his 50th career appearance.

Shots 2 Rotherham United 2. A draw in the final home game of the season ends the Shots’ hopes of reaching the play-offs. The Millers finish the game with 10 men as Tom Newey is dismissed eight minutes from time. Young Shots winger Jordan Roberts is red-carded three minutes later. Anthony Straker makes his 150th Football League appearance for the club, whilst Danny Hylton plays his 150th “regular” league game for the club.

Guy Madjo wins the “Player of the Month” award.

Darren Jones wins both the supporters’ and players’ “Player of the Year” awards.

Aaron Morris signs one-year contract extension.

May

Crewe Alexandra 2 Shots 2. A Harry Davis own goal and a fantastic 20-yarder from Mark Molesley (on his 50th appearance for the club) give the Shots a share of the spoils as Crewe get the point they need for play-off qualification. Reece Connolly makes his first-ever Shots start.

The Shots finish the campaign in 11th place.

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