Date: 19th November 2009 at 6:04pm
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Richard Walden, a popular figure in the Aldershot FC team throughout the late 60’s and 1970’s, died on Tuesday after a long battle with leukaemia, aged 61.

Born and raised in Aldershot, he was a Shots supporter before signing on schoolboy terms in the early 60’s. He progressed up the ranks and made his first team debut in March 1965, when Aldershot trounced Oxford United 4-1. By the 66/67 season he was a first team regular and was voted player of the year in 1968.

His most famous moment in a Shots shirt came during a League Cup 2nd Round tie at home to Manchester United in 1970, as he gave the Shots a 41st minute lead. Unfortunatley, Matt Busby’s side won the game 3-1 with goals from George Best, Dennis Law and Brian Kidd.

He also played a key part in the promotion winning side of 1972/73, as he missed just two games in a season which saw Aldershot finish in the 4th and final promotion spot, ahead of Newport County on goal difference.

Overall Richard Walden played 448 for Aldershot, scoring 16 goals and was awarded a testimonial with the club in 1974.

In 1976 he moved to Sheffield Wednesday and made 100 appearances for the Owls before signing for Newport County two years later, where he played in a side that reached the quater finals of the European Cup Winners’ Cup. He retired from professional football in 1980 and played part-time Farnborough Town and Basingstoke Town as he moved back to the local area.

He was the guest of honour at the last home game of the season against Chester City in April 2009 and will be fondly remembered by Aldershot supporters.