Shrewsbury Town Club Profile
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Shrewsbury Town : Club Background
Although football was played in the town earlier the current Shrewsbury Town was formed in 1886 and turned (semi-)professional ten years later. Matches in the early years were played at several different locations. In 1909 Shrewsbury Corporation bought the Gay Meadow site for £1,365 and this was leased to club in 1910. The location may have been rather idyllic, situated close to the banks of the River Severn. However, whilst the media delighted in showing annual shots of people paddling across the pitch in small boats each time it burst its banks, that wasn't quite so good for those trying to maintain what was becoming a slightly dishevelled old-fashioned ground. Thus we now have the New Meadow - officially known as the Greenhous Meadow - opened in 2007, a little further out from the town centre, and a little more geared to supporting football in the 21st Century.
Despite more than half the club's existence having been spent in Non-league the club and its supporters seem to prefer not to acknowledge those days, and information is scarce. They played in the Shropshire & District Birmingham League and the Midland League. They were also regular entrants into the Welsh Senior Cup, first won in 1938. What their standing and aspirations were is less than clear, but by 1935 the Shrews felt ambitious enough to make their first application for election to the Football League (Division Three North). Thereafter they applied every year up until the Second World War, gradually increasing their vote each time from an initial six up to twenty-two in 1939, which left them only six short of Accrington Stanley on that occasion.
The Main (Centre) Stand at the old Gay Meadow ground.
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace
All that hard work seem to be for naught when, in the first time a proper election process was held after the War in 1948, their vote fell back to eight. The following season it was down again, to five. League status seemed rather a distant dream. However in 1950 the Football League decided to expand Divisions Three North and South to twenty-four clubs each, and with two places up for grabs in the Northern Section Shrewsbury sailed through in the first ballot. After one season they were transferred to the Southern Section, and there they remained until taking a place in Division Four on its creation in 1958, requiring re-election on one occasion, the only time they were to suffer this ignominy.
Only that one season in Division Four was required before they gained promotion to Division Three from fourth place. The achievement was celebrated with the installation of floodlights at Gay Meadow. Thereafter promotion and relegation places were reduced to two until the mid-Seventies, but it mattered little as Shrewsbury were generally mid-table, rarely troubling either end. There were a couple of trips to the Fifth Round of the F.A. Cup in the mid-Sixties, eventually losing out to Leeds United and Chelsea. The highpoint (er, maybe not) of this period of their history was the one and only competitive meeting with Yeovil Town at Huish. Shrewsbury won the First Round F.A. Cup tie 3-2.
In 1974 the Shrews were relegated, but bounced straight back the following season. In 1978-79 Shrewsbury Town achieved their first ever Football League Championship, and would stay in Division Two for a decade though never troubling the higher reaches. They were relegated twice in four seasons at the end of the Eighties / beginning of the Ninties, though the second coincided with the creation of the Premier League so in name they remained a Division Three side. 1993-94 saw their second (and to date final) Championship, but three years of struggle saw them back down again.
The old Riverside Terrace at Gay Meadow which was the main location for the vocal amongst the local fans.
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace
The Shrews became pretty much mid-table fodder in Division Three, although they did need a last day win to retain League status in 1999-2000, until achieving fame by beating a Premiership club, Everton, live on TV in the F.A. Cup on 4th of January 2003. The money might have seen Shrewsbury kick-on, but instead, after going out to Chelsea in the next round,their league season collapsed completely and they went down in 24th place. Yeovil Town replaced them.
Manager Kevin Ratcliffe paid the price at the end of the season, to be replaced by Jimmy Quinn. In their first Non-league season since 1950 Shrewsbury finished in third, a mile behind the top two, but play-offs are no respecter of how many points you are adrift, and it was the Shrews who joined Champions Chester City in promotion, disposing of Barnet and Aldershot on the way. The Shrews thus met up with Yeovil Town again after much water had passed under the bridge for both clubs since 1969. In what would turn out to be a title winning season for the Glovers Shrewsbury did their bit by contributing six points. Ciderspace predicted Quinn would need to be sacked for the Shrews to survive in 22nd. For once we were uncannily accurate. The Shrewsbury board saw things the same way, brought in Gary Peters and stayed up in 21st.
The Away (Station) End as it used to exist at the old Gay Meadow ground - supposedly 2,000 capacity although we never came close to filling it to test that out.
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace
With Yeovil Town rising up to League One in the summer of 2005, that meant for a big gap in terms of League meetings between the two clubs, although we did manage to cross paths twice in the Football League Trophy - one win each, with home territory the advantage on both occasions. We just missed them switching venues and leaving the Gay Meadow ground that they had occupied for a total of 97 years, leaving for the New Meadow in the summer of 2007. The new stadium also gave the club new life, as they reached the League Two play-off final in the 2008-09 season, losing out to Gilligham by a solitary goal, under the management of Paul Simpson. He in turn left at the end of a less successful 2009-10 season that saw them finish 12th.
In came Graham Turner, who before setting up camp at Edgar Street, Hereford as Owner, Chairman, Manager, Teaboy, had also managed a ten year playing career with the Shrews, six of which were spent as their first team manager. His return was successful from the off - Shrewsbury finished 4th in the 2010-11 season, ultimately losing out to Torquay United in the play-off semi-finals. No mucking about with play-offs a year later though, as they finished unbeaten on their home turf, securing an automatic second placed slot behind big-spending Swindon Town. Thus the 2012-13 season now gives them their first taste of third tier football since the 1996–97 season, and with a new stadium giving them a stable base, their clear objective will be to stay there this time round.
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|Shrewsbury Town : We've Met Before|
|Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Shrewsbury Town
|25/09/2004||Away||CCL2||W||2-1||4196||Johnson 69, Tarachulski 72|
|03/01/2005||Home||CCL2||W||4-2||7250||Way 34, Terry 78, Caceres 84, Gall 89|
|23/10/2012||Away||NPL1||W||3-1||4711||Madden 9, 70, Hayter 60|
|06/04/2013||Home||NPL1||W||2-1||4473||Hayter 11, Madden 32|
Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Shrewsbury Town
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Shrewsbury Town : Club Statistics
|01/04/2013||Crawley Town||Home||NPL1||W||3-0||5196||Eaves 48, 67, 85|
|06/04/2013||Yeovil Town||Away||NPL1||L||1-2||4473||McGinn 21|
|23/04/2013||Oldham Athletic||Home||NPL1||W||1-0||5332||Jacobson 49|
|27/04/2013||Portsmouth||Home||NPL1||W||3-2||8021||Goldson 6, Jacobson 37, Asante 56|
Highest League Attendance: 8021, vs Portsmouth, 27/04/2013
Lowest League Attendance: 4711, vs Yeovil Town, 23/10/2012
Average League Attendance: 5736
CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS
|Games Without A Win: ||0
||Games Without A Home Win: ||0
|Games Without An Away Win: ||4
||Games Without Defeat: ||3
|Games Without A Home Defeat: ||2
||Games Without An Away Defeat: ||1
|Games Without A Draw: ||2
||Games Without A Score Draw: ||6
|Games Without A No-Score Draw: ||2
||Games Without Scoring: ||0
|Games Without Conceding: ||0
||Home Results Sequence: ||LLWLWW
|Away Results Sequence: ||LWDDLD
||Overall Results Sequence: ||WLLDWW
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Shrewsbury Town : Club Information
Address : Greenhous Meadow
(click for map)
Telephone Number : 01743 360111
Fax : 01743 236384
Clubcall : 0891 888611 (calls charged at premium rate)
Chairman : Rowland Wycherley
Club Secretary : Jayne Bebb
Press Officer : Ian Whitfield
Manager : Graham Turner
Capacity : 9,875
Seated : 9,875
Terrace : None.
Record Attendance : 18,917 v Walsall, Division Three, 26th April 1961 (Gay Meadow).
Record Attendance : 9,441 v Dagenham and Redbridge, League Two, 28rd April 2012 (New Meadow).
Nickname : The Shrews or Salop
Colours : shirt - blue and amber; shorts - blue; socks - blue with amber trim
Ticket Prices : Advance tickets for this game are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office, up to a certain cut-off period when they will stop handling them.
Tickets for this 2012-13 fixture are as follows:
Adults: £19.00; Over-65s/Students/Disabled: £14.00; Age 12-16: £11.00; Age 11 and Under: £5.00
There are also Family Tickets available as follows:
1 Adult plus 1 Child (11 and Under): £20.00
1 Adult plus 1 Child (12 to 16): £22.00
1 Additional Child under 11: FREE
1 Additional Child aged 12 to 16: £5.00.
Supporters should not that there is a £2.00 increase on all prices for tickets bought on the matchday itself.
Away fans are housed in the North Stand which is a covered seated stand with 1,796 available seats. We're not sure why, but for Walsall's recent visit, they only put 1,434 of those on sale for the game. Either figure though will be more than enough for a long midweek trip.
Disabled Info : With this being a new stadium, purpose-built disabled facilities have been built into this ground in three sides, including the away North Stand.
Reserved wheelchair spaces, each adjacent to a fixed seat for an assistant, occupy the upper tier viewing areas. The open platform positions provide what Shrewbury describe as "excellent views" of the pitch. The platforms also have access to a wheelchair and an ambulant disabled toilet cubicle.
Further wheelchair spaces are provided at the front row of each stand for those supporters who would prefer not to use the lift that takes you to the upper viewing platform. Each space is provided with fold down seats to assist use by non-wheelchair users. For ambulant disabled supporters, access to the first four rows in each stand is supplemented by hand grips to help you up those steps. For those travelling by car, disabled supporters can reserve one of 32 designated disabled parking spaces, of which six are aimed at away supporters. You'll enter the ground via steward controlled doorways that should be marked clearly.
If you have any special advance requests, then Shrewsbury's main telephone number is 01743 289177 whilst their ticket office is on 01743 273943. Or you can email them at
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Shrewsbury Town : Directions To The Ground
A reasonable journey this one. Shrewsbury is not quite sat on a motorway, but good as. Don't forget that you are now going to the New Meadow (sponsored as the Greenhous Meadow) and not Gay Meadow. As it happens, the two grounds are not too far apart - the new one is further to the south and on the edge of town.
The easiest way to get to Shrewsbury is via the M54 which runs from the M6 near Wolverhampton all the way to Shrewsbury. Well to be accurate it turns into the A5 just past Telford, but as the M54 is two lane and the A5 is dual carriageway you'll hardly notice.
We'll give you directions to the ground, although should warn you that unless you've prebooked a place, you are unlikely to be able to park there.
Whilst on the A5, you'll reach the junction with the A49. Bear left, continuing to follow the A5. At the next roundabout take the third exit onto the B4380, which is Thieves Lane. Continue along Thieves Lane going straight over two roundabouts and you'll find that this same road has become Oteley Road. The stadium will be towards the end of this road on the left.
There are 670 parking places at the stadium ... and you won't get any of them - not without advance booking anyway. You have two choices, the first of which is localish spots that will cost you £5.00 to park. Examples are The Brooklands Hotel in Mill Road, Pritchard's Garage in Hereford Road or Meole Brace Bowling Club in Meole Rise. In theory you're far enough outside the town centre to get street parking, but in practice you'll struggle as there is a controlled parking zone specific to match days on Oteley Road, Sutton Road and Sutton Estate, as well as on the nearby Retail Park. Hence if you do try street parking, keep a close eye on what the signage says - even if it may look at first glance to be legal, the matchday regulations may mean that it's not - there are a lot of complaints regarding supporters getting ticketed.
Your second option is that Shrewsbury offer a number of park and ride schemes. These are situated at The Shirehall (Abbey Foregate); The Shirehall Overflow Car Park, and Harlescott Park and Ride Site. However you should note that the last option is only being used for higher profile matches, and so in reality the Shirehall options may be better for you. Pick-ups are around once every 15 minutes from 1.00p.m. (weekend matches) and 6.15p.m. (midweek matches) with the Shirehall being around 2.7 miles from the stadium. Parking is free but you pay £3.00 from the town centre and £2.50 from The Shirehall for the return bus journey. Children accompanied by adults will be charged £1.00.
Shrewsbury is connected by railway lines from all directions. Both Arriva Trains Wales and Central Trains provide services. For fans from the North there are trains from Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Picadilly, or get to Crewe. For fans from the South get to Birmingham New Street and take a local service, though there is a more round and about scenic route via Chepstow. Shrewsbury Station can be contacted on 01743 64041. Note that you're around two miles from the football ground at this stage, so expect a healthy walk, bus or taxi to get to the ground. The bus station is around 300 yards away.
As mentioned above, the ground is around a two mile walk from the town centre. If you want to do this, then this is the route to take. From Shrewsbury Town Centre, proceed to the English Bridge and at the first set of traffic lights, turn right into Coleham Head. Continue on the main road which is Belle Vue Road and Hereford Road, until you reach the BP Garage on your left, which is close to Meole Brace Roundabout. From Meole Brace Roundabout or Old Potts Way you have a choice of either using the footpaths on either side of Oteley Road or the public right of way from the underpass at the back of Meole Brace Retail Park which gives access to the stadium at the rear of the west stand. From the Sutton area use the footpath to the traffic signal controlled access road to the stadium.
Services 20, 24, 25, 26, 544 and 546 all pass through Shrewsbury Bus Station (300 yards from the railway station) and head via Meole Brace, Meole Village, Old Potts Way or the BP Garage - depending on the route - that will give you a short walk to the stadium. Or there's no reason why you can't use the above park and ride facility given that it's based on individual passengers rather than car owners.
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Shrewsbury Town : Food & Drink
Shrewsbury is an old-fashioned market town, and seems to have mostly escaped the planning vandalism of the 1960's and 1970's that ripped the guts out of so many places across Britain. The downside of the new ground is that you're now having to leave the town centre for the football - if you do spend the full day here though, we'd recommend
the town centre haunts as there's a lot of good ones - jump on one of the local buses and it shouldn't be too much of a problem to get between the two.
Club Bar :
There are concourse facilities serving alcohol before the match, although be warned that they stop sales 15 minutes before kick-off. They do reopen for half time sales though. In addition there's the usual football stadium non-alcoholic drinks and hot food.
Local Pubs :
|Albion Vaults: First pub you'll see when exiting Shrewsbury train station, across the road and almost underneath the railway bridge.|
Albion Vaults, 12, Castle Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 2DJ. Tel: 01743 354906. Map: Click Here.
Armoury: Huge high quality pub just off a nice park down by the river. The food is tremendous - voted Dining Pub of the Year 2004 - but not cheap. Starters are around a fiver, main courses from £7.50 upwards (with potatoes and vegetables extra on top of that), puddings £4-£5; but worth every penny (of my Dad's money!) when we ate there ahead of the play-off semi v Barnet. Food is available 12.00 - 9.30 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays (12.00 - 9.00 p.m. Sundays). Opening is 12.00 - 11.00 p.m. There are up to eight real ales on, including a house badged bitter. The lager is Hoegaarden. Children are allowed up to 9.00 p.m. providing they are well behaved and stay away from the bar area. There's a no smoking zone, and the place is wheelchair friendly though you need to use an entrance to the rear as the front one has steps. The other side of the town centre, so about three-quarters of a mile from the ground.
Quality food, but take a credit card - preferably someone else's
© Hugh Gleave
Armoury, Victoria Quay, Victoria Avenue, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1HH. Tel: 01743 340525. Fax: 01743 340526. Email: email@example.com. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Brooklands Hotel: One of the pubs close to the New Meadow stadium. Offers car parking as well at a £5.00 charge for spectators.|
Brooklands Hotel, Mill Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY3 9JT. Tel: 01743-344270. Map: Click Here.
|Bull's Head: Right by the castle, as the address suggests, two minutes from the railway station up the hill on the left. Does ales from Banks's Brewery out of Wolverhampton and Dudley, Britain's largest remaining independent regional brewers.|
Bull's Head, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 2AB. Tel: 01743 344148. Map: Click Here.
|Charles Darwin: Marstons pub, ten minutes walk from the New Meadow. Unverified reports that they charge £5.00 to park a car on matchdays, but that you get a pint in return. So an expensive first pint, but cheaper parking - other reports suggest you may get parking for free there, so this may be a more recent addition. They show live sports in the pub and have a limited number of real ales, plus food. General opinion is that this one is decent, if unspectacular.|
Charles Darwin, Sutton Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6HN. Tel: 01743-356827. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Coach & Horses: Victorian back street pub, with two bars. Up to eight ales are available, mostly guests, with the excellent Phoenix Arizona and local Salopian brews appearing frequently. Lagers were Hoegaarden, Stella and Carling. Addlestone's Cloudy cider is usually available. Food is served up until 2.30 p.m. and in the evenings, with reasonably priced bar snacks and fuller meals. Under ten minutes walk to Gay Meadow. Children welcome. Opening is 11.30 a.m. - midnight (12.30 a.m. Friday and Saturday).|
Coach & Horses, Swan Hill, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1NP. Tel: 01743 365661. Map: Click Here.
|Crown Inn: Almost opposite the Abbey. A 'traditional boozer' style, and was very football fan friendly when it used to be the haunt of a lot of home Shrews fans during their Gay Meadow days.|
Crown Inn, 28, Abbey Foregate,, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6BT. Map: Click Here.
Lion & Pheasant Hotel: Hotel/ pub just across the bridge on the East side of the town centre. Very close to the old Gay Meadow ground.
Hotel/pub close to the old Gay Meadow ground spot
© Hugh Gleave
Lion & Pheasant Hotel, 49-50, Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1XJ. Tel: 01743 236288. Map: Click Here.
|Loggerheads: Old fashioned town centre pub full of passageways, serving hatches and four separate rooms. A notice at the entrance states 'no colours', but we had no problem. Food is 'pub grub' style, served lunchtimes (not Sundays). Beers are Bank's Original and Bitter, Mansfield Cask, Bass, Marston's Pedigree and a guest. Lagers are Hoegaarden, Carling and Harp. Opening 11-11 (midnight Thursday - Saturday). Around five minutes walk from the stadium.|
Loggerheads, 1, Church Street, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1UG. Tel: 01743 355457. Map: Click Here.
|Shrewsbury Hotel: Large hotel / pub in the centre of town on the edge of the one series of open "squares" and car parks. The bar is the Wetherspoon outlet in town, so cheap beer, some real ales, and a standard value-for-money but unexciting food range. Children allowed during the day.|
Shrewsbury Hotel, Bridge Place, Mardol, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1PU. Tel: 01743 236203. Map: Click Here.
|The Boat House: On a meander in the River Severn the beer garden goes right down to the water. Lovely on a nice day. Not far from the Armoury (above) on the northern edge of the central part of town, one can get to it by road or across the park via a footbridge over the river.|
The Boat House, New Street, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY3 8JQ. Tel: 01743 231658. Map: Click Here.
|The Dun Cow Steak Bar: A little further along Abbey Foregate than the Crown Inn (above) and so in the part of town where the old Gay Meadow ground was. Obviously red meat dominates the menu in the no-smoking restaurant, though there is some concession to vegetarians, but there are also all-day-breakfasts, curry, pasta dishes and lighter snacks in the bar. Breakfast is served from 10.30 a.m., with the rest of the menu kicking in from 11.30 a.m. - 2.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m. Beers are mainly a pretty standard range of keg, but does include Abbot. Carries Sky Sports.|
The Dun Cow Steak Bar, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6AW. Tel: 1743 356408. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|The Old Lion Tap: On the south side of the town centre, and easy to miss as it's through an arch down a narrow alley.|
The Old Lion Tap, Barracks Passage, Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1XA. Tel: 01743 245522. Map: Click Here.
|The Prince Of Wales: About midway between the town centre and the New Meadow, so just about walkable. However, you may not need to walk - the pub runs its own transport to the ground for £2.00, leaving half an hour before kick-off. It's aimed at their Supporters Trust people but hopefully they won't turn down money from away fans. CAMRA Good Beer Guide entry for 2012, including St Austell Tribute and M&B Mild as regulars, plus other guests. No mention of food on their website though.|
The Prince Of Wales, 30 Bynner Street, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY3 7NZ. Tel: 01743-343301. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Three Fishes: Just off the other side of the High Street a few yards from Loggerheads (above). It carries up to six real ales: Deuchars IPA, Taylor Landlord and guests, always including one from the local area. Food is freshly cooked to order and served lunchtimes and early evenings (except Sunday evening). Opening is 11.30 a.m. - 3.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. - 11.00 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, and 11.30 a.m. - 11.30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.|
Three Fishes, Fish Street, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1UR. Tel: 01743 344793. Map: Click Here.
Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :
Dangerously close to Wales.
A big advantage for us - Shrewsbury don't like the Bull******s at all, so all together now: "We hate Hereford and we hate Hereford ...".
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Shrewsbury Town : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels
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Other Points Of Interest
Shrewsbury has a castle, an abbey and lots of that old half-timbered stuff from Tudor times that takes a nice photograph. Brother Cadfael lived here - well he didn't because he was invented by Ellis Peters, who is really Edith Pargeter, but you know what we mean. Charles Darwin was born here, and Robert Clive (of India fame) was mayor and M.P. There's a museum dedicated to him to prove it.
[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]
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