Aldershot Town match preview





West Ham United and Aldershot Town meet for the first time since The Shots were reformed in 1992. Previously, the two met in the FA Cup third round in 1990/91, when a goalless draw was followed by a 6-1 Hammers victory, with both matches taking place at the Boleyn Ground.

The tie was originally due to take place on Tuesday 9 August but was postponed after a police request, due to the civil unrest in London.

This is only the fifth time West Ham United have entered at the first-round stage, with the Hammers having won all four previous first-round ties.

The winners of the tie will face Carlisle United in the second round. If the Hammers are successful against The Shots, the Carlisle match will be held at 7.45pm on Wednesday 31 August - transfer deadline day - at the Boleyn Ground.

The third-round draw will be held from 12.15pm this coming Saturday.

Tonight's tie has to be settled on the night. If the scores are level after 90 minutes, then 30 minutes of extra time will be played. Should the scores still be level, then a penalty shoot-out will take place.

• The Hammers have never won this trophy, having lost the 1966 and 1981 finals. The team were eleven minutes from last season's final before ultimately being eliminated by Birmingham City in the semi-finals.

• The record win in this competition was achieved by the Hammers with a 10-0 success against Bury in the second round, second-leg match on 25 October 1983. Liverpool also won by this margin against Fulham in second round, first-leg match in the same season on 23 September 1983.

Robert Green made his 200th appearance in goal for the club against Leeds on Sunday.

Sam Allardyce reached the 2004 League Cup final with Bolton, with Kevin Nolan in the team. Wanderers lost 2-1 to Steve McClaren's Middlesbrough at the Millennium Stadium. Coincidentally, the two managers will meet again when the Hammers go to Nottingham Forest in the npower Championship this Sunday.

John Carew played in the 2010 League Cup final for Aston Villa, appearing as an 80th-minute substitute in the 2-1 defeat by Manchester United at Wembley.

• Aldershot Town have not won a League Cup tie since their reformation in 1992.

Aldershot Town are seeking to end a run of three straight defeats - the club's worst sequence of results since manager Dean Holdsworth took charge in January 2011. Indeed, the Shots have not scored a goal in that run.

Aldershot manager Dean Holdsworth, a boyhood Hammers fan, spent six seasons at Bolton Wanderers, where he played under West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce.

Team news

West Ham United

Sam Allardyce, who may rest some of his established names, is definitely without Abdoulaye Faye (groin) and it is not thought he will return until after the international break.

• Peter Kurucz (knee) and Gary O'Neil (ankle) are both definitely out with long-term injuries.

• New recruits George McCartney and John Carew are pushing hard for their first starts. Jordan Brown has been back in light training after his ankle injury in pre-season.

• Jordan Spence is on a season-long loan at Bristol City while Olly Lee and Cristian Montano are on month-long stays at Dagenham & Redbridge and Notts County respectively.

Aldershot Town have a full squad to choose from with no injury problems.

Last time out

Sunday 21 August 2011
npower Championship
West Ham United 2-2 Leeds United
West Ham United: Green, O'Brien, Tomkins, Reid, Ilunga, Collison (Faubert 58), Noble (Piquionne 82), Parker, Nolan, Taylor, Cole (Carew 66)
Subs not used: Boffin, Barrera
Goals: Cole 6, Kisnorbo 61 (own-goal)

Saturday 20 August 2011
Morecambe 2-0 Aldershot Town
Aldershot Town: Young, Herd, Straker, Jones, Brown. Rodman (Mekki 87), Vincenti, Bubb, Guttridge, Collins (Taylor 81), Rankine, Hylton
Subs not used: Morris, Pulis

Previous meetings

The first meeting between West Ham United and Aldershot took place in the wartime London League on 4 October 1941. The Hammers ran out 3-0 winners in front of an estimated 5,500-strong crowd, with Alec George Foreman scoring two goals and Jim Barrett the other.

There were an amazing 38 goals in the six wartime league fixtures contested by the two clubs between 1941 and 1945. West Ham United scored 3-0, 5-1, 6-3, 3-2 and 8-1 victories, while Aldershot notched a 5-1 success of their own in October 1942.

West Ham United's biggest-ever win over Aldershot occurred on 20 January 1945, when a 4,000-strong crowd saw the Hammers score an 8-1 home War League South victory. Alec George Foreman netted four times, Len Goulden scored a hat-trick and Richard Dunn was also on target.

Aldershot's sole victory over West Ham United took place on 17 October 1942. Sam Small scored the Hammers' consolation in a 5-1 War League South success for the Shots in front of a crowd of around 7,500.

Overall record v Aldershot Town (all competitions) W 1 D 1 L 0

Ten-year records

West Ham United

2010/11 Premier League 20th (33 points)
2009/10 Premier League 17th (35 points)
2008/09 Premier League 9th (51 points)
2007/08 Premier League 10th (49 points)
2006/07 Premier League 15th (41 points)
2005/06 Premier League 9th (55 points)
2004/05 Championship 6th (73 points - promoted to Premier League via play-offs)
2003/04 Championship 4th (74 points)
2002/03 Premier League 18th (42 points - relegated to Championship)
2001/02 Premier League 7th (53 points)

Aldershot Town

2010/11 League Two 14th
2009/10 League Two 6th
2008/09 League Two 15th
2007/08 Conference National, 1st (promoted to League Two)
2006/07 Conference National 9th
2005/06 Conference National 13th
2004/05 Conference National 4th
2003/04 Conference National 5th
2002/03 Ryman League Premier Division 1st
2001/02 Ryman Leage Premier Division 3rd


• Wednesday's referee will be Graham Scott.

Old boys

• No West Ham United player has made his competitive first-team debut against Aldershot.

Dale Banton, Bobby Barnes, Alan Dickie, Neil Finn, George 'Terry' Matthews and Alan Wooler have worn the colours of both West Ham United and Aldershot/Aldershot Town.

Next up

• West Ham United travel to Nottingham Forest in the npower Championship on Sunday afternoon looking for a third straight away win. Aldershot will travel to Oxford United on Saturday afternoon.

General information

• For ticket information, click here. Cash turnstiles will be in operation on the day, with tickets just £5 for kids and £10 for adults.

• Wednesday night's forecast in east London is for a cloudy evening with temperatures peaking around the 16C mark.