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2021/22 NATIONAL LEAGUE OPPOSITION PREVIEW: ALDERSHOT, ALTRINCHAM, BARNET

2 June 2021

A look at who Southend United will come up against next season…

In the build-up to the 2021/22 campaign we will profile all teams in the Vanarama National League.

The 2020/21 National League play-offs begin this weekend with Notts County hosting Chesterfield on Saturday and Hartletpool welcoming Bromley on Sunday, with the winners going on to face either Torquay or Stockport in the semi-finals.

The National League play-off final will take place at Bristol City's Ashton Gate stadium on 20th June for the chance to join Sutton United in Sky Bet League Two next season.

While they are ongoing, we start our look at next season’s opposition in alphabetical order with Aldershot, Altrincham and Barnet.

Aldershot Town

Founded
1992

Manager
Danny Searle – Joined the Shots in May 2019 after spending the second half of the 2018/19 season in charge of Braintree Town.

Stadium
The Recreation Ground – 7,100 (2,000 seated)

Last 3 Meetings
Tuesday 16th April 2013 – Aldershot 0-2 Southend – Corr 70’, Assombalonga 78’ (pen)
Tuesday 23rd October 2012 – Southend 1-2 Aldershot – Phillips 68’; Hylton 1’, Bradley 87’
Tuesday 20th March 2012 – Southend 0-1 Aldershot – Hylton 59’

Their last 3 finishes
2020/21 – 15th in National League
2019/20 – 18th in National League
2018/19 – 21st in National League

3 facts about them
1. In March 1992, the town of Aldershot was without a football club after Aldershot FC became the first Football League team to fold during the football season since Accrington Stanley in 1962. Aldershot Town was born later the same year, and began life competing in the Isthmian League Division Three.

2. Won promotion to the Football League in 2007/08 for the first time.

3. Former Southend managers Steve Wignall and Gary Waddock (caretaker at Blues) have both formerly managed the Shots, while former defender, the late Chris Barker also had a spell in charge at Aldershot for 15 games in 2015.

Distance from Roots Hall
85.5 miles

Highest league finish
2009/10 – 6th in League Two

Altrincham

Founded
1891

Manager
Phil Parkinson – He was appointed on 28 April 2017, the eve of the last game of the 2016/17 season in which Altrincham had been relegated to the Northern Premier League. He joined from Nantwich Town where he had managed since February 2015.

Stadium
Moss Lane – 7,873 capacity (1,323 seated). Currently known as the J. Davidson Stadium for sponsorship purposes.

Last 3 Meetings
Never previously met.

Their last 3 finishes
2020/21 – 17th in National League
2019/20 – 5th in National League North – promoted via the play-offs
2018/19 – 5th in National League North

3 facts about them
1. The club changed its name from Broadheath FC to Altrincham AFC at the 1903 AGM as it believed it was the senior club in the district and fully entitled to the name.

2. Altrincham's biggest fee received was the £50,000 Leicester City paid for Kevin Ellison in 2001. Ellison was a substitute in Monday’s League Two play-off final for Newport County at the age of 42.

3. Nicknamed "The Robins", the club holds the FA Cup giant killing record, being the current non-league club with most Football League "scalps" (17) in the competition. The most recent of these was then League One side Barnsley in 2015/16 as Altrincham won 1-0 in the First Round of the competition.

Distance from Roots Hall
223 miles

Highest league finish
1979/80 & 1980/81 – 1st in the Alliance Premier League (now National League). Club failed in the Football League elections in both years.

Barnet

Founded
1888

Manager
Simon Bassey (currently First Team Coach) - Represented the likes of Aldershot Town, Crawley Town and AFC Wimbledon as a player before stepping into a coaching at the Dons for 14 years. He departed them at the end of the 2018/19 season.

Stadium
The Hive Stadium - 6,500 (5,419 seated)

Last 3 Meetings
Tuesday 26th February 2013 – Barnet 2-0 Southend – Hyde 33’, Davids 84’
Saturday 6th October 2012 – Southend 2-2 Barnet – Eastwood 67’ (pen) Hurst 84’; Holmes 54’, Hyde 65’
Friday 20th April 2012 – Southend 3-0 Barnet – Mohsni 11’, 25’, 32’

Their last 3 finishes
2020/21 – 22nd in National League
2019/20 – 7th in National League
2018/19 – 12th in National League

3 facts about them
1. Barnet were first promoted to the Football League in 1991 after manager Barry Fry led them to the Conference title in 1990/91.

2. They played their home matches at Underhill Stadium from 1907 until 2013, when they moved to the new Hive Stadium in Edgware.

3. Former Dutch international star Edgar Davids joined the club as player-manager, alongside Mark Robson in 2012, before taking sole charge of team matters. Davids scored his first goal for Barnet in February 2013 in a 2–0 home victory over Southend.

Distance from Roots Hall
53.2 miles

Highest league finish
1993/94 – 24th in Division Two (League One)

 


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