Date: 31st December 2009 at 11:24pm
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It’s certainly been an eventful decade for Aldershot Town. From the Ryman Premier League to League Two, via Stoke, Carlisle and Torquay and everything else in between.

The decade started with an away match at Walton & Hersham, as a 75th minute goal by Gary Abbott gave the Shots all three points. Aldershot finished 2nd that season, behind Dagenham & Redbridge. The biggest victory in the club’s history was also recorded in 2000, as Aldershot beat Andover 9-1 in the Hampshire Senior Cup final.

The following season saw the Shot finish 4th in the table, but will be remembered for the FA Cup 1st Round visit of Brighton – The first time Football League opponents had played at The Rec since 1992. A record crowd of 7,500 were in attendance, but Albion ran out 6-2 winners.

2001/02 brought a 3rd place finish in the league and a managerial change, as George Borg left and Terry Brown was hired. The Shots reached the FA Cup 1st Round again, but lost a replay against Bristol Rovers. Aldershot had more success in the Hampshire Cup, winning it for a 3rd time as Havant & Waterlooville were beaten 3-1 in the final.

The following season saw Aldershot Town finally win the Ryman Premier, in Terry Brown’s first season in charge. A crucial 1-0 win at title rivals Canvey Island all but secured the title, which was wrapped up with a 1-1 draw away at Sutton United. Aldershot finished the season on 105 points.

Aldershot were playing in a national league for the first time since 1992 and had a fantastic first season in the Conference. 5th place for Brown’s part time side was enough for a play off place, where The Shots faced runners up Hereford United who had racked up 91 points, but missed out on promotion by a single point. After a 1-1 draw at The Rec and a 0-0 draw at Edgar Street, the match was decided on penalties, with Aldershot winning 4-2. The Shots were now 90 minutes away from a return to the Football League, but after a 1-1 draw Shrewsbury Town won a penalty shootout 3-0 at Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium.

The following season saw Aldershot Town become a full time professional outfit and finished 4th, once again qualifying for the play offs. They met Carlisle United in the semi-finals and won the 1st leg 1-0, before a 2-1 defeat at Brunton Park took the tie to penalties, where Carlisle triumphed.

2005/06 never really got going for Terry Brown’s side and, in truth, not a lot happened. The Shots finished 13th in the table, went out of the FA Cup against Scunthorpe and didn’t even get far in the Hampshire Cup. It was certainly a season to be forgotten.

The following season promised so much, but delivered so little. After a promising start Aldershot faultered and eventually finished 9th in the table. In the FA Cup, Aldershot reached the 3rd Round for the first time, but were beaten by Blackpool. John McGinty became chairman and Terry Brown left as manager, following nearly 5 years at the club.

2007/08 was the season it finally happened. Gary Waddock was appointed as manager and his young side stormed to the Conference title, picking up a record 101 points along the way. Promotion was secured with a 1-1 draw away at Exeter City and the town of Aldershot had a Football League team after 16 years in the non-league wilderness.

The first season in League Two for Aldershot was one of two halves. The first half of the campaign saw the Shots in contention for the play offs, with wins against Bradford, Gillingham, Exeter and Wycombe under their belts. But after Christmas the season fell apart and Waddock’s side eventually finished 15th in the table.

This summer saw the departure of long serving goalkeeper Nikki Bull, who left for Brentford and chairman John McGinty passed away in August. Gary Waddock and Martin Kuhl left for Wycombe in October and Kevin Dillon took over as manager. In between all of this Aldershot have had a good start of the season and following Boxing Day’s 4-0 win over Barnet, Dillon’s side finish the decade in 5th place in League Two.