Date: 20th July 2009 at 3:10pm
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Is anyone else strangley looking forward to the new season?

As a young’un, I only started watching The Shots in 1998 so have always enjoyed watching a relativley successful side, with high hopes and expectations. Often these expectations were met with disappointment, but I’m lucky enough to have enjoyed two promotion campaigns in my time as a supporter. Upon entering the Football League we were suddenly surrounded by much larger clubs and promotion was an unrealistic prospect, for the first time for me. However, as it was our first season there was a buzz around the place and it had the feeling that we were just happy to be ‘back’. We had some great moments last season and I was pleased with the season overall.

Fast forward 12 months and there are stories of board-room squabbling, players leaving, lack of funds and a feeling of disillusion around the place. There is very little expectation going into the new season and from what I’ve seen of us so far in pre-season, we have very little to be optimistic about. Then tonight, one of our best players leaves. Not only does he leave, but it appears that we wont recieve a fee. The reasons behind his departure, or what the future holds for Bull or The Shots are still a mystery and we can only speculate. Again, people are unhappy with the way the club have handled the situation and we’re all gutted about the loss of such a player.

Now that I’ve had a day to ponder my thoughts, as well as watching Kappadeano’s videos and I’ve started to feel about the club as I haven’t previously had to.

It appears that our off-field situation isn’t great, none of us are sure what the future holds or where the club is heading. I’d think it’s fair to say that the majority of people connected to Aldershot Town FC are looking backwards, rather than forward. So, this brings me to the original point I was trying to make.

It seems the club and the team needs the fans to get behind them and pull in the same direction like never before. We’re going into the season with no expectations and almost no pressure, I get the feeling that we have nothing to lose. No one’s expecting great things and if we do manage a good finish in the league it’ll be a great achievement. We’ve got a good manager and it seems as if we need all hands on deck for our club to pull through what could be the stickiest situation it’s been in since it’s re-incarnation 17 years ago.

Bully’s departure marks the end of an era for this club, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t look forward to a bright future.

Roll on August 8th!