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Shrewsbury Town
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Full name Shrewsbury Town Football Club
Nickname(s) Salop, The Shrews, The Blues, Town
Founded 1886
Ground New Meadow
(Capacity: 9,875)
Chairman Flag of England Roland Wycherley
Manager Flag of England Steve Cotterill
Current League League One 
2020–21 League One, 17th
Website Club home page
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Shrewsbury Town Football Club is an English association football club based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. The club participates in League One, the third tier of English football. The club was formed in 1886 and has played in all the bottom three divisions in various guises since being elected into the Football League in 1950. Since 2007, they have been located at the New Meadow (known for sponsorship purposes as the Montgomery Waters Meadow) – a UEFA Category four stadium with a capacity of 9,875.

History

Early history

Shrewsbury Town were formed in 1886, following the demise of first Shropshire Wanderers and later indirectly Castle Blues. The Blues were a rough team, leading to their demise after several games were marred by violence. The new team hoped to be as successful but without the notoriety. Press reports differ as to the date the new club was formed, The Eddowes Shropshire Journal of 26 May 1886 reported the birth of the club at The Lion Hotel, Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury. The Shrewsbury Chronicle reported the club's being formed at the Turf Hotel, Claremont Hill, Shrewsbury. It may be both accounts are true, with a get-together at The Lion being finalised at the Turf.

After friendlies and regional cup competitions for the first few seasons, Shrewsbury were founder members of the Shropshire & District League in 1890–91, later admitted to the Birmingham & District League in 1895–96. Many of the teams Town faced in the early days have vanished, however Shrewsbury met many of today's Football League and Conference teams, including Crewe Alexandra, Coventry City, Stoke City, Kidderminster Harriers and Stafford Rangers.

In 1910, Shrewsbury looked to move to a new ground, having spent early years at locations across the town, notably at Copthorne Barracks west of the town. The club moved to Gay Meadow on the edge of the town centre, within sight of Shrewsbury Abbey, and stayed 97 years.

Shrewsbury's Birmingham League days were mostly mid-table, with a few seasons challenging near the top, the club being league champions in 1922–23.

A move to the Midland Champions League in 1937–38 saw the club enjoy one of its most successful seasons, winning a league and cup treble. Shrewsbury were league champions, scoring 111 goals. In addition, the Welsh Cup was won following a replay, the team enjoyed a run in the FA Cup, and won the Shropshire Senior Cup.

After a run of good seasons in post-war years, Shrewsbury were admitted, alongside Scunthorpe United to the old Division 3 (North) of the Football League in 1950, after being Midland League champions in 1949–50, following the decision to expand from 88 to 92 clubs.

Players

Current squad

As of 7 January 2022
No. Position Player
1 Flag of Slovakia GK Marko Maroši
3 Flag of England DF Luke Leahy
4 Flag of England DF Ethan Ebanks-Landell (captain)
5 Flag of England DF Matthew Pennington
6 Flag of Grenada DF Aaron Pierre
7 Flag of England MF Shaun Whalley
9 Flag of England FW Sam Cosgrove (on loan from Birmingham City)
10 Flag of England MF Josh Vela
11 Flag of Nigeria FW Daniel Udoh
12 Flag of England FW Ryan Bowman
13 Flag of England GK Harry Burgoyne
14 Flag of England DF Nathanael Ogbeta
15 Flag of England FW Rekeil Pyke
No. Position Player
16 Flag of England MF David Davis
17 Flag of Jamaica MF Elliott Bennett
18 Flag of England FW Tom Bloxham
19 Flag of Wales FW Charlie Caton
20 Flag of Wales FW Louis Lloyd
21 Flag of England GK Cameron Gregory
22 Flag of Republic of Ireland FW Josh Daniels
23 Flag of England DF George Nurse
24 Flag of South Africa MF Khanya Leshabela (on loan from Leicester City)
25 Flag of England DF Callum Wilson
31 Flag of England GK Jaden Bevan
- Flag of Gambia FW Saikou Janneh (on loan from Bristol City)

Stadiums

Racecourse Ground, Monkmoor 1886–1889

Town's first ground hosted 51 matches over 3 years. The majority of these were friendlies as Town were not members of any league. Their first game was a 5–2 victory over Wellington Town on 16 October 1886 at the Racecourse Ground.

Ambler's Field, Copthorne 1889–1893

Town spent 4 seasons here and they were founder members of the Shropshire and District League started in 1890. 22 February 1890 saw town's record victory which was 18–0 against Wellington Town (Bowdler 8, Phasey 3, Rowlands 2 Gosson 3 Aston and Murphy). Town played 44 times at this ground.

Sutton Lane, Sutton Farm 1893–1895

Town played 47 times in 2 seasons at this ground and when they moved from here, they also moved up to the Birmingham League. This ground is now allotments.

Barrack's Ground, Copthorne 1895–1910

Town played here for 15 years over 300 matches against more classier opposition of reserve teams like Aston Villa and Wolves. In 1909–10 they reached the first round of the FA Cup.

Gay Meadow, Abbey Foregate 1910–2007

For many years, Shrewsbury coracle maker Fred Davies achieved some notability amongst football fans, by a unique service he and his coracle provided. He would sit in his coracle during Shrewsbury Town home matches, and retrieve any stray footballs that went into the River Severn. Although Davies died long ago, his legend is still associated with the club.

New Meadow, Oteley Road, Meole Brace 2007–present

A new stadium opened 17 July 2007, it features a 9,875 all-seater capacity in four separate stands for football.

Stands of The Montgomery Waters Meadow
Name Capacity
Roland Wycherley Stand (East) 2,741
Assist Group Stand (West) 3,300
Salop Leisure Stand (South) 1,955
DM Recruitment Stand (North)
(visiting supporters)
1,796

Capacity for concerts at the stadium is 17,000.

The ground has conference facilities, a function area, snack bars, licensed bars, a club shop and a restaurant. Within the stadium confines are training facilities for the club and a 5-a-side football complex which is run by Powerleague.

The first match at the stadium was 4–0 win against A-line Allstars featuring Gianfranco Zola. The first league match was against Bradford City.

Shrewsbury's record victory at this ground is 7–0 against Gillingham on 13 September 2008 in League Two play.

13 September 2008
15:00
Shrewsbury Town 7–0 Gillingham New Meadow, Shrewsbury
Attendance: 5,319 (364 away)
Referee: C Sarginson (Staffordshire)
Mike Jackson
David Hibbert
Benjamin Davies (2)
Graham Coughlan
Grant Holt
Shane Cansdell-Sherriff
Report


The record attendance at the New Meadow is 10,210 v Chelsea in the 2014–15 Football League Cup.

28 October 2014
19:45
Shrewsbury Town 1–2 Chelsea New Meadow, Shrewsbury
Attendance: 10,210 (1,720 away)
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Andrew Mangan 77' Report Didier Drogba 48'
Jermaine Grandison 81' (og)

England under 17's, 19's 20's, 21's and the full England Women's team have all played at the stadium. Other notable teams to have played there include Premier League sides Manchester City, West Bromwich Albion, Fulham and Stoke City. A Manchester United XI appeared in a pre-season friendly against Shrewsbury Town on 17 July 2011

Concerts On Sunday 12 June 2011 one of the world's most internationally recognised musical artists Elton John took to the stage at the stadium in front of an audience of 17,000 to mark the first concert at the New Meadow.

Rivals

The club maintains rivalries with various clubs. The club's most fierce rivalry used to be the A49 derby with Hereford United, however, United went out of business in 2014 and the new club, Hereford FC, and Shrewsbury are yet to meet in any competition meaning the rivalry is now not competed. This is similar to the old rivalry with Chester City, now also defunct. The new club, Chester FC and Shrewsbury are also yet to meet.

They also maintain a fierce cross-border rivalry with Wrexham, based in North Wales, as well as the Shropshire derby with A.F.C. Telford United. Other rivalries exist with Walsall, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Port Vale.

External links

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History: Seasons

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Shrewsbury Town F.C. squad - 2022–23

1 Maroši · 3 Leahy · 5 Pennington · 10 Vela · 11 Udoh · 12 Bowman · 13 Burgoyne · 17 Bennett · 18 Bloxham · 19 Caton · 20 Lloyd · 23 Nurse · 25 Wilson · 27 Craig · 31 Bevan · 33 Flanagan ·  Shipley ·

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Shrewsbury Town F.C. seasons

2015-16 · 2016-17 · 2017-18 · 2018-19 · 2019-20 · 2020-21 · 2021-22 · 2022-23 ·

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Shrewsbury Town F.C. squad seasons

2014-15 · 2015-16 · 2016-17 · 2017-18 · 2018-19 · 2019-20 ·

Shrewsbury Town Football Club - Managers

Adams (1905–12) · Wilcox (1912–34) · Roscamp (1934–35) · Ramsay (1935–36) · Bousted (1936–40) · Knighton (1945–49) · Chapman (1949–50) · Crooks (1950–54) · W. Rowley (1955–57) · Spuhler (1958) · A. Rowley (1958–68) · Gregg (1968–72) · Evans (1972–74) · Durban (1974–78) · Barker (1978) · Turner (1978–84) · Bates (1984–87) · Brown (1987) · McNeill (1987–90) · Hartford (1990–91) · Bond (1991–93) · Davies (1993–97) · King (1997–99) · Bates (1999) · Ratcliffe (1999–2003) · Atkins (2003) · Quinn (2003–04) · Bates (2004) · Peters (2004–08) · Simpson (2008–10) · Bates (1984–87) · Turner (2010–14) · Jackson (2014) · Mellon (2014–16) · Coyne (2016) · Hurst (2016–18) · Askey (2018) · Ricketts (2018–2020) · Cotterill (2020–)

EFL League One 2022–23

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