The FA Trophy – First Round Draw

Aldershot Town will play Torquay United away  in the FA Trophy on 14th December. North section Solihull v Darlington Stourbridge or South Shields v Southport Bradford PA v Halesowen Harrogate v Hartlepool Stockport v Blyth or Alfreton Chesterfield v Notts County Hednesford v Chester FC Halifax v Wrexham AFC Telford v Leamington Farsley Celtic v Altrincham Matlock v Chorley FC United of Manchester v Kettering … Continue reading The FA Trophy – First Round Draw

In Focus: Chesterfield FC

Contributors: Sky Is Blue and The Beautful History, The Guardian and iNews From glimpsing Championship football to staring non-league full in the face, Chesterfield’s decline has been eye-watering. Three years of failure on the pitch is bad enough, but for all the defeats, it is off-field scandal, gaffes and poor decisions that have compounded supporters’ misery. In May 2015, Paul Cook led a Chesterfield team that included Premier League … Continue reading In Focus: Chesterfield FC

Plain English: The life and times of a comedy legend

Arthur English is quite probably Aldershot Football Club’s most well-known celebrity fan. And as a fan of the sitcom Are You Being Served and with his passing being almost a quarter of a century ago, I wanted to find out more about the comedy legend and publish it here on Calling The Shots for fellow fans to read. Because while he may be best known … Continue reading Plain English: The life and times of a comedy legend

The Cumbrian Weekender

This post will timeline my weekend in Barrow-in-Furness, taking in of course the glamourous appeal of a football match between top-of-the-table Barrow AFC and sixth-bottom Aldershot Town. I will update it (including the match report on Saturday) so that it will be a scroll down job top to bottom for readers. To add, Barrow fans reading this that are miffed about the slagging on ShotsWeb, … Continue reading The Cumbrian Weekender

On the road again: Maidenhead

By the early twentieth century, Maidenhead was a convenient resort for anyone who couldn’t be bothered to travel as far west from Paddington as Bath. A long-demolished riverfront hotel called Skindles was the haunt of royalty, politicians, actors, and writers — and a place for “illicit liaisons”. It hasn’t enjoyed the label of ‘fashionable’ since Edwardian times, when its waterfront made it a trendy resort … Continue reading On the road again: Maidenhead