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Football club joins campaign against domestic violence

Aldershot Town Football Club and the Safer North Hampshire community safety team are working together to tackle domestic abuse.

Through displaying information and details of where to look for help at the football ground, as well as putting the information in programmes, they hope it will encourage people to report domestic abuse.

Karen Evans, Chair of the North East Hampshire Domestic Abuse Forum said, "Abuse can happen to anyone, and often men are reluctant to report when they are the victims of abuse.

"Working in partnership with the club means that we are able to reach out to people who may not otherwise be aware of what help is available to them."

Nicky Banger from Aldershot Town Football Club said, "It's very important that we openly talk and communicate about domestic abuse, and emphasise that it is not ok or acceptable."

The team are helping to put a stop to domestic abuse Credit: Rushmoor Borough Council

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Aldershot Town FC faces liquidation

The administrators of Aldershot Town Football Club have said that they will be forced to liquidate the club on Thursday 4th July 2013, unless creditors accept the terms of a consortium's bid to buy the club, bringing it out of administration. The club has debts of around one million pounds.

The consortium has raised more than £600,000 to try to save the non-league side.

The administrators and the consortium hoping to buy the club issued a joint statement on the 2nd July 2013 saying that unless a deal is completed this week the prospects of saving the club are slim.

The consortium has raised in excess of £600,000 to settle football and non-football creditors and administrators` expenses. The consortium has also raised additional funding to provide for working capital in order to fund the club next season (and hopefully many seasons to come).

In addition, members of the consortium are prepared to write-off debts owed to them as creditors of the club amounting to a further £400,000.

The consortium has created a prudent business plan with financial provision to enable the club to run on a more sustainable basis.

They understand that they have a responsibility to staff, players and supporters to ensure that they never again find themselves in this position.

There were alternative, less-expensive ways to take the club out of administration, however, these would have involved the club receiving further footballing sanctions including further relegations and with no certainty from the Football Conference that the club would be able to play in their leagues in the future. It is acknowledged this is unacceptable to the loyal fan base.

Working with the administrators, the consortium had believed that they could take the club out of administration this week. However, there are still some major hurdles, which if unresolved, will prevent the (only) bid proceeding.

Primarily these hurdles revolve around Creditors (both Football and non-Football) accepting compromises in order to reduce their debts to match the offer received.

– Joint statement, Aldershot Town FC & Consortium

Boardroom problems at Aldershot Town

The news comes just a day after Aldershot chief executive Andrew Mills resigned merely three months into his post due to the actions of owner Kris Machala, whom he accused of blocking all solutions to secure the long-term future of the financially-stricken club.

Machala used his majority shareholding to vote against a resolution to restructure capital funding at the club's AGM two weeks ago, instead revealing he had secured a new investor who would pump much-needed funds into the EBB Stadium.

Player's fury after hearing of administration on internet

Aldershot Town player Michael Rankine vented his anger on Twitter after learning about the club's administration on the internet.

Club in administration after relegation

Crisis club Aldershot have been placed in administration just five days after being relegated from the Football League.

The Hampshire outfit were founded as Aldershot Town as recently as 1992 after Aldershot Football Club, which had been in existence since 1926, went out of business.

After successive non-league promotions Town returned to the Football League in 2008 but their five-year stay came to an end last weekend as they finished bottom of the npower League Two table.

And with the club's perilous financial state causing growing concern and with players still not paid their April wages, it has this afternoon been announced that Aldershot have entered administration - bringing back dark memories of their past.

Aldershot are yet to release an official statement.

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Aldershot Town FC administration statement

This statement has been issued by Southampton-based Quantuma Restructuring.

"At 10.05am today Carl Stuart Jackson and Paul Anthony Goddard of Quantuma Restructuring were formally appointed as joint administrators of Aldershot Town F.C. (1992) Limited in the High Court.

"Quantuma are currently reviewing the club's financial affairs and will release further details shortly."

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