Historical Football Kits

 

Aldershot

Formed 1926

Elected to Division Three (South) 1932. Resigned 1992

Kit History

1926-1939 a e

1944-1948 a

1948-1952 a

1952-1954 a

1954-1956 a

1956-1960 a

1960-1961 a d

1961-1962 a

1962-1963 a

1963-1970 a

1970-1972 a h

1972-1976 a

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1976-1977 a

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Admiral

1977-1981 a f

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aldershot fc 1981

1981-1983 f

Umbro

1983-1984 a

Umbro

1984-1985 a c d

1985-1986 a

1986-1987 a c f

aldershot fc 1987

1987-1988 f

1988-1989 a c f

Ribero
aldershot fc 1989

Aug-Dec 1989 g

Ribero
aldershot fc 1990

Jan-May 1990 g

Ribero

1990-1991 a b d f

Ribero

1991-Jan 1992 a c

Ribero
aldershot fc 1991

Feb-March 1992 g

 

Background

aldershot fc 1932-33 team groupAldershot were formed when Jack White, a sports journalist working for a national newspaper who had moved into the area, persuaded council officials that the garrison town needed a professional football club. The chosen colours were red and blue, to reflect the garrison town's association with the Army.

The following season (1927-28) Aldershot were admitted to the Southern League (East Section) and began their campaign for admittance to the Football League. In 1930, they won the Southern League Championship and two years later they were admitted to the Football League. During the war the team benefited from numerous guest players who were stationed at Aldershot Barracks.aldershot fc crest 1954

Further success was, however, elusive to say the least and "The Shots" languished in Division Three (South). After the war there was no improvement and it was not until 1973 that the club won promotion for the first time, finishing fourth in Division Four. In 1954 the crest of the borough of Aldershot appeared on their shirts.

In 1981 the club commissioned a new badge, a modern design based on the truncated icosahedron that was the most common design for footballs at the time.

aldershot fc crest 1981During the 1980s, the Shots came close to promotion several times before beating Wolves in the first play-off finals, introduced in the 1986-87 season. After struggling to retain their place in the Third Division, they were relegated back to the Fourth in 1989, rock bottom and 17 points adrift. With debts mounting, the club's priority became survival and, after going into administration, they finished 22nd (out of 24). On 31 July, 1990, the club was actually wound up in the High Court, where the administrator described them as "hopelessly insolvent" with debts of £495,000 (comparatively trivial by today's standards) but were given a reprieve when 19 year-old property developer, Spencer Trethewy, bought the club for £200,000 and Aldershot were able to start the new season. It soon became apparent that Trethewy did not have the funds to keep the club running and he was removed in November 1990. (Trethewy later served a two-year sentence for fraud.) Aldershot struggled on to the end of the season (finishing next to last).

aldershot fc crest 1990With the club continuing to struggle at the bottom of the league and debts spiraling out of control, the directors finally admitted defeat and on 25 March, 1992, Aldershot FC was wound up in the High Court for the second time. As a result they became the first club since Accrington Stanley to resign from the League during the course of a season. Ironically their shirt sponsor had gone bankrupt a couple of months earlier and the team played out their remaining fixtures in unsponsored shirts.

Within a few months a new club, Aldershot Town FC was formed. Playing in the traditional red and blue of their predecessors, Town joined the Isthmian League Third Division. By the new millennium they had climbed into the National Conference and in April 2008 they were promoted to the Football League as Conference champions.

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Sources

  • (a) aldershotfc.has.it An exceptional site that features rare team and action photographs of Aldershot created by Mark Elliott.
  • (b) David King
  • (c) jumpers4goalposts.com
  • (d) Keith Ellis (HFK Research Associate)
  • (e) Tim Hewlett
  • (f) Christopher Worrall
  • (g) Martin Gooday
  • (h) Gary Austin