England C To Head To Aldershot For Historic Friendly

By Sam Elliott

Aldershot Town will host England C early this summer as they welcome Nepal in an historic fixture.

The EBB Stadium is staging its first full international on May 6, just days after the Vanarama National League Promotion Final at Wembley.

Paul Fairclough will take the team to Hampshire and the club are thrilled after the Shots have worked closely with town’s large Nepalese community for a decade.

It comes as the Three Lions prepare to face Wales where they will be taking the team to Llanelli Town’s Stebonheath Park on Tuesday March 19.

There’s another fixture to come and Aldershot Town chairman Shahid Azeem said: “We’re really excited to welcome international football to Aldershot and the EBB Stadium. It will be a historic and fantastic occasion for the club and the town as a whole, and I’d like to thank all of those who have helped to arrange the game.

“The town is widely known as the home of the British Army and where the Gurkha Regiment has been stationed for over 100 years. With our work in the community, this is a tremendous opportunity for the club to galvanise our local community and allow Aldershot Town to continue to be seen as a fully inclusive club.”

The club raised more than £30,000 to help build two schools in Nepal after a 2015 earthquake, and an academy team visited Nepal with club director John Leppard for the Everest Cup.

Laurence Jones, Head of National League System at The FA said: “We are delighted to be welcoming the All Nepal Football Association to England as part of our friendship visit in May.

“Football has the unique power to bring communities together and it will be fantastic to engage with the large Nepalese community that live in the area, as well as the Gurkha Regiments based at the Aldershot Garrison. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the community events and football matches, in what promises to be a great occasion for all.”

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