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Aldershot’s Chelsea Deal + FL Friends Help Make Rebound from -10 Possible

Aldershot have enlisted from Torquay Utd, Southend, Reading FC, Portsmouth FC, Orient, Millwall FC, Exeter City, Burton Albion and Chelsea, who will have the cream of their youth and reserve players there next year will no doubt fill Andy Scott’s remaining three loan slots.  With just two strikers, albeit quality new front-men, on the books, it could be an entertaining bounce back to boot.

Thank-you for reading part of STMI’s Skrill Premier Guide by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs


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Manager Andy Scott
Formation 4-4-2
Position 2012/13 24th L2 (Relegated)
STMI Forecast  Playoff Fringes 
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Away following 260

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When Chelsea agreed a ‘lucrative’ deal to use the Shots’  EBB Stadium, for 25 youth games over the next two seasons (including prestigious European ones as the U19’s will play in Europe), it not only helped to save the club but also ushered in the opportunity for Scott to blood blues youngsters as part of their learning curve .  Funds generated from aforementioned deal with the generous London Giants will go towards helping the Shots to service their CVA which has swallowed the £250k parachute payment in one.

A consortium led by 4 former directors and assisted by an outpouring by fans finally agreed a takeover on Aug 1st allowing boss Andy Scott to rush the paperwork round to his new recruits who had been waiting patiently and faithfully in the wings. Peter Jackson did the same thing at Huddersfield and went up via the play-offs a decade ago, so the 10 point deduction may not be such a handicap given the talent coming through the door in the last 5 days. Andy is a terrific manager and began the rebuild and achieved the intial League 2 championship success that has turned Brentford into the force they are today.

England U19 defender Webster and full-back-cum-centre-half Goodman from Millwall are two fantastic loans until January. One would have expected more but Scott is clearly waiting to see what Chelsea free-bies he can get as he sticks to a strict CVA budget. Brett Williams (Reading) and Matt Paterson (Burton) will get goals in this league.  The new midfield duo of Mark Molesley (Exeter) and Martin Rowland (Orient) will complement the remaining 6 middlemen, including Captain Craig Stanley, from the Football league days.

IN Player From Pos Fee
8th Aug Glenn Morris Re-signed GK  
8th Aug Joe Oastler Torquay Def  
8th Aug Martin Rowlands Orient Mid  
8th Aug Matt Paterson Burton For  
8th Aug Brett Williams Reading For  
7th Aug Mark Molesley Exeter Mid
Loans IN Player From Pos Fee 
January Adam Webster Portsmouth Def wages
January  Jake Goodman Millwall Def wages
OUT Player To Pos Fee
18th June Danny Hylton Rotherham For Free
21st June Troy Brown  Cheltenham Def Free
21st June Ross Wormer Wimbledon Keeper Free
29th June Doug Bergqvist Exeter Def Free
6th Aug Craig Reid Southend For Free
16th May 13 made redundant

Having worked as an international  component commodity trader for a former Shots sponsor I will always have a soft spot for the Shots, even if the Imp in me is tinged with a little jealousy, These are exciting times fuelled by that extra spring that always comes from a second lease of life.  So good luck, especially at the Mariners on Saturday, it will still be be down to the ability of a quality side, on paper, being able to blend, but those three remaining loan slots could make for some fabulous football in your season of rebirth.

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Shots 2013/14 Squad

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21 Jamie Young, Glenn Morris,

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2 Ben Herd, 3 Anthony Tonlin, 4 Aaron Morris, Adam Webster, Jake Goodman, Joe Oastler,

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Martin Rowlands, Mark Molesley, 13 Oliver Risse, 17 Adam Mekki, 18 Craig Stanley, 28 Kieron Cadogan,30 Harry Cooksley, 33 Jordan Roberts,

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Matt Paterson, Brett Williams