Record goalscorer and all-round club legend Mark Butler is back playing a key role at Aldershot Town FC – as the club’s new commercial manager.
Aldershot-born Butler, who scored 155 goals in 303 appearances for the Shots between 1992 and 1998, has been brought in to replace the departing Nicky Banger and brings with him a wealth of sales experience from a 20-year career in sports and leisure marketing, including managing accounts worth more than £1m each.
Unveiled by the club at a special launch on Wednesday, the 49-year-old, who worked as a radio pundit covering Shots’ games on BBC Surrey last season, said: “I’m very proud of what I achieved on the pitch, but alongside the football I’ve always been involved in sales.
"I hope I can repay the faith that the board of directors have shown in me and have a long and successful career with the club I love.
“It’s all gone rather quickly,” he revealed of his appointment.
“But I’m hoping to start as soon as possible. A few wheels have already been set in motion, and once you’ve made your mind up to do something new you can’t wait to get started.”
Of existing and potential sponsors, Butler continued: “Hopefully we’ve all got a common goal, which means that we are all fans – I genuinely feel that the sponsors are also fans.
"The board are working very hard to make our club sustainable. My job is to generate extra income for Aldershot Town, and I will approach it with the same passion I have for this club.”
Chairman Shahid Azeem said: “Mark is a legend at the club for the goals he scored, but he was also the outstanding candidate for this role.
“We are delighted to have him on board and excited at the opportunities for growth that he will bring.
"This is an important job and I am certain that Mark will play a big part in a successful future for Aldershot Town.”