Aldershot Town FC - Recreation Ground

Recreation Ground Guide

Stadium Info

The stadium is just off the main high street and hidden from sight by rows of houses and trees. It has a capacity of 7,100 which is more than enough for this level although only two thousand of which is seated. Any further progression up through the divisions would result in the need for re-development.

Away Fans

Visiting supporters are allocated the open terrace to the south side of the ground running towards the East Bank end and the East Bank end itself which equals 1,000 standing capacity and 250 seated, though if there's a chance of a bigger following, this area will be extended. Views from the East Bank are fairly good although there are a few supporting pillars.

Stadium Layout

Recreation Ground seating plan:

Recreation Ground Seating Plan

Where To Drink

There are a fair few pubs within easy walking distance of the ground. The La Fontaine pub at the top of Redan Hill is generally used by visiting supporters. All others are normally used by home fans (some of which appear a little rough looking!) but some such as The Crimea and the Red Lion also welcome visiting fans, though in all honesty the La Fontaine is as good as any other and about as handy as you could possibly get!

The town centre has all the usual fast-food joints, including KFC and McDonalds on Union Street, as well as a plethora of kebab shops and other take away outlets. If you're looking for food, try High Street, Victoria Road and Station Road.

Parking

There is limited car parking available in the Parsons Barracks car park (next to the Recreation Ground) priced at £1.00 for the whole day, but this is generally full by 1.45pm on Saturdays. For midweek fixtures the parking is usually taken by 6.30pm. The best option is the secure and equally cheaply priced pay and display car-parks less than a five minute walk away.


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Directions

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By Train

The nearest / closest train station to Aldershot's Recreation Ground is surprisingly, Aldershot which is between a five and ten minute walk away and is well connected with trains running to/from London Waterloo (change at Woking or Guildford), Alton and Guildford. From London Waterloo, the journey with one change will take between 50 minutes (if you change at Woking) and just over an hour if you use Guildford and cost around £11.10 for the cheapest available return.

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Fans Reviews

  • Travel: Went on the train and it couldn't be easier. Train to London, underground to Waterloo, £15 return to Aldershot, train took an hour, and I was back at Euston in time to get the 6.30 train home, earlier than I can usually catch getting away from most London grounds in the Prem! And to make things better, Aldershot Station is literally a 5 minute walk from the turnstiles, and the train passes right by the ground!

    Refreshments: Not a lot near the ground. i took a walk down the High Street for something to eat, did pass two pubs, but also four takeaways that were all shut! There was a cafe though that did burgers and things so got a chicken burger from there. Usual stuff inside the ground.

    Impressions: Still feels a little non league, in the sense that all of the home fans enter via one set of turnstiles on the High Street, before getting free reign around the ground behind the stands. It worked out very well for me having a look around and taking pictures though! The High Street end is now unused during the game, the North and South Stands have seating in the centre, with terracing along the wings, and the famous East Bank Terrace is behind the goals.

    Atmosphere: I say the famous East Bank Terrace, because the atmosphere is pretty legendary within travelling fans in the lower and non leagues. And having now sampled it, with good reason. Alright, the only noise from the home fans came from there, but it didn't matter, it was relentless. The banners and the colour beforehand gave it a lot of life as well.

    Enjoy: Aldershot are famous for their atmosphere and rightly so in this instance. Rough around the edges and still retains a lot of ‘non league’ feeling, but it's got so much character, one of my more favourite grounds of this sort of size.

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Ground Name: Recreation Ground
Capacity: 7,100 (2,000 seated)
Address: High St, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 1TW
Main Tel No.: 01252 320211
Team Nickname: The Shots
Year Ground Opened: 1926
Site: www.theshots.co.uk

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