Chairman Shahid Azeem has called for perspective at Aldershot Town, admitting that while he would love to see the team challenging at the top of the league every season it is better to have a financially stable football club, Surrey Live report.

After finishing the play-off positions for the past two seasons running, many have been surprised by the Shots’ indifferent start to the 2018-19 campaign. With poor results, attendances at the EBB Stadium have also fallen but Azeem points to the not-so distance past when the club were at risk from folding.

“The crowds are down; as we know it is a results-based industry,” he said. “There are still the hardcore supporters that are always there, around 1600 or 1700 and hopefully that will pick up.

“The team is beginning to gel and while Saturday’s result [a 3-0 defeat at Gateshead] didn’t go down too well, hopefully the crowds will improve as the results do. I think people need to remember that a few years ago we were minutes away from not having a football club in Aldershot.”

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