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PREVIEW: Sky Blues Travel To New Meadow

City face their final away game of 2018...

21 December 2018

Factfile

Founded: 1886
Stadium: New Meadow
Capacity: 9,875
Address: Oteley Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6ST
Pitch Size: 110 x 72 yards
Club Nickname: The Shrews
Year Ground Opened: 2007
Kit Colour – White

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Famous Game- Third Round FA Cup 2003

On 4th January 2003 Shrewsbury Town faced Everton in the third round of the FA Cup at Gay Meadow.

The tightly fought contest was kept goalless by Everton keeper Richard Wright until the 39th when Shrews forward Nigel Jemson broke the deadlock, giving Shrewsbury a 1-0 lead going into the break.

The FA Cup upset looked less likely though, when Everton sub Niclas Alexandersson brought the visitors level with 30 minutes to play.

Everton were now on the front foot with another chance from Alexandersson nearly giving the Toffee’s the lead and Rooney constantly looking threatening.

Shrewsbury were given a free kick with a minute left on the clock, which led to the biggest upset of the third round falling to the Shrews, when Jemson headed Woan’s free kick past Wright to give the 2-1 lead to the home side.

Club Legend - Graham Turner

Turner joined Shrewsbury as a player in 1973 when transferred from Chester and Turner would go on to play five years for The Shrews as a player, before in 1978, he became player manager.

The same season Shrewsbury became champions of the Third Division. As well as leading the team to a league title, Shrewsbury got to the FA Cup quarter finals twice under Turner’s management.

After making 355 appearances for the club, Turner would retire from playing in 1983 and then would go on to leave Shrewsbury in 1984 to take up management at Aston Villa.

In 2011 Turner became one of the first ten players to be put into Shrewsbury’s Hall of Fame.

Last Six

Lost- Wycombe Wanderers 3-2 Shrewsbury
Won- Shrewsbury Town 2-0 Plymouth Argyle
Won- Shrewsbury Town 1-0 Scunthorpe United
Won- Shrewsbury Town 2-1 Walsall
Lost- Burton Albion 2-1 Shrewsbury Town
Draw - Shrewsbury Town 2-2 Peterborough United

Head to Head

Sky Blues (W) - 10
Draw - 11
Shrewsbury(W) - 12

Opposition

It has been a mixed season for the Shrews this campaign, following an eventful period at the club over the last few months.

Following their defeat in the League One Play-Off final, Manager Paul Hurst departed for Ipswich Town and Shrewsbury appointed Macclesfield manager John Askey as his successor.

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However, Askey was dealt a tough hand with a majority of the 2017/18 squad departing and never winning round the supporters.

Askey was sacked in November and would eventually be replaced by former Sky Blues defender, Sam Ricketts.

Last Time We Met

The last time the two clubs met was in August 2017 in the Checkatrade Trophy group game at the Ricoh Arena.

Shrewsbury would take the lead on the night in 30th minute when Stefan Payne found the back of the net. The Sky Blues would be put in a really up hill battle when Shrewsbury doubled their lead three minutes later through Arthur Gnahoua. 

However, Coventry came out fighting shown when Tony Andreu halved the lead in the 51st minute and then the comeback would then be complete in the 63rd minute when Marc McNulty equalised from the penalty spot.

With the game closing out and looking like to be a draw, one last twist was to come when 73rd minute sub Joe Riley scored a last minute winner for Shrewsbury, giving the Shrews a 3-2 victory. 

Sky Bet Odds

The Sky Blues head into tomorrow's fixture as the underdogs with the bookies, pricing City at 23/10 to come away with three points.

Sam Ricketts Shrewsbury are available at 23/10, whilst the draw can be backed at 9/4.

City's last win at Shrewsbury came back in 1958, when the Sky Blues won 3-1 and the odds of a similar scoreline at 28/1.

 

 


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