Ground Name: Recreation Ground
Capacity: 7,500 (Seated 1,885)
High St, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 1TW
Main Telephone No: 01252-320-211
Fax No: 01252-324-347
Team Nickname: The Shots
Year Ground Opened: 1926
Pitch Size: 117 x 76 yards
Home Kit Colours: Red & Blue
Official Web Site:
Unofficial Web Sites :
What are the grounds like?
The interior of the ground hasn’t changed a great deal since the days of Aldershot FC who alas went out of business in 1992. A new Club was born shortly after named Aldershot Town, who took over the Recreation Ground and have successfully risen through the lower leagues and now find themselves, just one step away from the Football League.
The ground itself is set in a pleasant setting with plenty of trees visible around its perimeter. This is particularly so at the High Street End of the ground which is an open end. Some of the trees there are almost as tall as the floodlight pylons of the ground. This end doesn’t have any terracing as such, but merely a narrow path that runs along behind the advertising hoardings. Opposite is the East Bank. This is a covered terrace that has a barrel shaped roof and a number of supporting pillars running across the front of it. On one side is the North (Main) Stand, which was built in the late 1930’s. This partly covered (to the rear), is slightly raised having small sets of steps in front of it, so fans can access it. It once was all terrace, but a number of seats have now been added to the middle portion of the stand, with terrace still present on either side. Opposite is the South Stand, which is another covered seated stand, which looks a lot more modern than its age suggests (it was built in 1929). This stand only runs for around the half the length of the pitch, sitting astride the halfway line. The ground benefits from an impressive set of floodlights. It is also used by the Chelsea reserve team for their matches.
What is it like for visiting supporters?
Away fans are normally housed on one side of the South Stand, where there are 243 covered seated places available and space for a further 500 on the uncovered terrace. For those clubs with a larger following then the seated allocation remains the same, but for standing a fans a portion of the East Bank covered terrace at one end of the ground, is allocated instead. Around 2,000 fans can be accommodated in this area. This stand is shared with home supporters. There are a number of supporting pillars in this stand, which could obstruct your view. Although the stand is showing its age, at least it does allow a good atmosphere to be created.
Where to drink?
Away fans are treated to their own bar underneath the South Stand called ‘Walley’s Bar’ (I am sure this was not meant to be an insult to away fans!). Otherwise the ground is located only five minutes walk away from Aldershot Town Centre where there are plenty of pubs to be found. ‘The Beehive’ & ‘Crimea’ are the closest pubs to the ground. Otherwise you may want to try the CAMRA listed Royal Staff pub on Mount Pleasant Road. Although located on top of a hill, it does look down onto the football ground and serves a good pint of Fullers Pride. For a map showing the location of this pub click here (to take you to the Streetmap website).
How to get there and where to park?
Leave the M3 at Junction 4 and take the A331 towards Farnborough/Aldershot. Continue towards Aldershot passing the North Camp turn off. At the next junction (Aldershot South) turn right at the roundabout towards Aldershot Town Centre (A323). Keep straight on this road and after going under a railway bridge, the ground is visible on your right.
There is little parking available at the ground itself. Most fans tend to park in one of the many pay & display car parks, located around the town centre.
For a map showing the location of the ground click here (to take you to the Street Map website).
To go to a simplified page, containing the directions and pub info, which you can print out click here.
Aldershot station is less than a ten minute walk away from the ground. Upon leaving the train station, go down the station approach and turn right into Windsor Way. Continue down Windsor Way passing a Peugeot garage on your right and the Holy Trinity Church on your left. The road bends to the left and leads into Victoria Road. Turn right along Victoria Road and at the bottom of the road you will see floodlights of the Recreation Ground in front of you.
Adults £16, Concessions** £10, Under 16’s £9, Disabled £7 (Carer – Free)
Adults £13, Concessions** £9, Under 16’s £8.
* A supplement on the terrace admission price is paid within the ground to transfer to the seated areas.
** Concessions apply to; OAP’s, Members Of The Armed Forces, Students, Unemployed. Proof of concessionary status needs to be provided.
Farnborough, Woking and from Football League days; Reading.
For the Aldershot fixture list click here (to take you to the BBC Sports Website)
Record and Average attendance
For Aldershot Town
7,500 v Brighton,
FA Cup 1st Round, November, 18th 2000
19,138 v Carlisle United,
FA Cup 4th Round Replay, January 28th 1970.
2006-2007: 2,360 (Conference National)
2005-2006: 2,294 (Conference National)
2004-2005: 3,043 (Conference National)