The Aldershot Town Phoenix Crest That Has Fans Drawing Parallels With New Scottish Clubs

Aldershot Town FC were established in 1992 following the demise and liquidation of Aldershot. The club plays in the same stadium, wears the same kit and are supported by the same fans as Aldershot, serving as something of a spiritual successor, but recognises that they are a new team. Not only do Aldershot town admit this in their official communications and website, but they have imprinted it on their club badge as a source of pride. Indeed, Aldershot Town have a phoenix on their crest to symbolise rising from the ashes of the old Aldershot.

It’s a magnanimous stance, which has won the club praise. There is even sympathy to the supporters who lost their original club.

If we take a look closer to home, there are a number of new Scottish clubs, who were formed as the successor to a previously liquidated team. Gretna is a perfect example of this. Whilst fans of the new Gretna hold great memories and affinity to the old club, they understand the meaning of liquidation and that the team they used to follow has now gone. As such, the embrace the new institution as the successor and learn from the experience. Gretna has 2008 written on their crest to indicate their new club’s founding:

If we are told that you cannot liquidate a club then why did the above form new teams? Why does anyone bother to live within their means? It’s certainly caused a chuckle on Celtic social media today.

I’m off to don my Third Lanark kit and take a ball down to Cathkin Park. I can then write myself into the Third Lanark history books by forming a new company… or can I?

About Author

Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were/are sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are available on Amazon.

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