League One Lowdown: Shrewsbury Town

Vital Statistics

Founded: 1886

Chairman: Roland Wycherley

Last Season: League One - 3rd

Nickname: The Shrews, Salop

Rivals: Walsall, Wrexham

Major Honours

None

Scheduled Matches

Portsmouth vs Shrewsbury: Saturday, September 8th (3pm)

Shrewsbury vs Portsmouth: Saturday, March 23rd (3pm)

Shrewsbury Town: A brief history

Shrewsbury were formed in 1886 and played in the Birmingham & District League and Midlands Champions League until their admission to Division Three North in 1950.

Most of the Shrews' league history is unspectacular although they did reach a League up semi-final in the 60's and an FA Cup quarter-final in the 70's under Graham Turner's management where they also won the Third Division and stayed in the second tier of English football for the majority of the 80's.

The 90's and 00's saw the Salop side yo-yo between the third and fourth tiers of the Football League and they even had a spell in the Conference before moving from Gay Meadow to New Meadow. Shrewsbury currently reside in League One but were beaten play-off finalists last year.

The Manager: John Askey

The 53-year-old striker spent his entire professional playing career at Macclesfield Town before retiring in 2003. He then briefly took over as manager before being demoted to assistant manager a year later following a terrible run of results.

Askey took other roles at the club before being given a second chance at the top job at Moss Rose in 2013 and he guided Macclesfield to the National League title last season despite financial problems off the pitch. This achievement led to Shrewsbury naming him as their new manager after Paul Hurst departed in the summer.

The Ground: New Meadow (Capacity: 9,800 - Away: 1,500)

New Meadow (or Greenhous Meadow if you want to call it that) is one of those generic identikit box grounds in the middle of nowhere. The nearest watering hole is a walk to the Brooklands Hotel which is a pretty good place to drink.

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The Roland Wycherley East Stand (named after the chairman) is nothing special. Both Shrews and visiting fans alike miss Gay Meadow for its character, something that can be said for many football clubs that have moved into "plastic" grounds over the years.

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The West Stand is exactly the same as the east.

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Opposite the away end is the Salop Leisure Stand which is virtually the same. It's basic but offers a good view of the pitch due to how steep it is.

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Overall, New Meadow isn't the best ground due to its location and blandness. However, the Shrewsbury fans do their best to give it some character with banners and such and they can create a good atmopshere too for a friendly bunch. Nice pies too.