The Shots Trust are delighted to announce the launch of their first ever Shirt Auction, designed to raise additional funds for Gary Waddock’s playing budget through the “Boost the Budget” initiative.
Starting today and running to Friday 2nd February at 12 noon, a total of 27 historic and in some cases unique shirts will be listed for auction via a specially created board on the popular fans forum, ShotsWeb. This was all made possible by the generosity of two families who each donated a large batch of shirts to support the work being done this year to increase the funds available for First Team players.
Vice Chairman of the Trust, Robin Carder explains: “It all came about very quickly. I was contacted by Phil Baker on behalf of his son Andrew to see if we could do something beneficial to the club. No sooner than I could pick those shirts up and another fan was in touch offering a similar size batch which he posted to the Trust immediately.”
The Trust have worked with Shots Shirt expert Mike Scott to date, photograph and catalogue the shirts. ShotsWeb was then chosen as a known platform for Aldershot fans and also offered a way of running the auction that meant no money was expended on fees (such as ebay and paypal).
And what for expectations of the auction, Robin added “It’s really hard to say. We haven’t done anything like this before. But we have leaned on Mike for advice. We have a Chris Tomlinson original shirt from the first season of the new club, I am hopeful that alone will raise good money. But also a one off shirt from our Britannia Stadium play-off game, and a home shirt signed by Terry Brown and his team. So there are lots of good items in there but we don’t know what to expect overall. Most of the shirts will start at a £10 minimum.”
The auction can be accessed via: http://www.shotsweb.co.uk/phpbb/viewforum.php?f=3 where all the rules, details and photos are posted.