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Shrewsbury Town odds, like the betting odds on all League One sides, have become more prevalent in betting circles in recent years. League One is well known amongst even the most seasoned of bettors as being a difficult league to predict, with teams often fighting against the drop one season and challenging for promotion the next. As such, odds on Shrewsbury Town to get promoted are just as common as Shrewsbury Town relegation odds.

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History

Shrewsbury Town are a professional football club located in the town of Shrewsbury in the county of Shropshire. Joining the Football League in 1950, Shrewsbury Town have never played in the top flight of the English football system. The club currently play in the country’s third tier, League One.

The history of Shrewsbury Town begins in 1886. Following a meeting at the Turf Hotel in Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury Town were formed as the newest club in the town. Shropshire Wanderers and Castle Blues were two previous teams in Shrewsbury but both had folded and a need for a new football team in the town was addressed.

Shrewsbury Town entered a variety of regional cup competitions before becoming founding members in 1890 of the Shropshire & District League. Five years later, following a successful time in the SDL, the club joined the Birmingham & District League. 

Shrewsbury Town had played at a variety of grounds in their early years, include a spell at Copthorne Barracks. In 1920, the club moved to a new stadium, Gay Meadow, which would remain the home of Shrewsbury Town for the next 97 years.

In the 1922/1923 season, Shrewsbury Town won their first league title, topping the Birmingham & District League title. In 1937, the club moved to the Midland League and achieved instant success. Shrewsbury Town won the Midland League title, the Welsh Cup and the Shropshire Senior Cup.

After the Second World War, Shrewsbury Town won the Midland League another two times, in the 1945/19946 and 1947/1948 campaigns. In 1950, the club were given entrance to the Football League, and joined the Third Division North.

After one season, the club moved to the Third Division South, where they remained for the next seven seasons. In 1958, the Football League divisions were reorganised with the Third Division North and Third Division South becoming a Third Division and Fourth Division not dependant on a club’s location. Because Shrewsbury Town finished in the bottom half of the Third Division South table the season previously, the club were given a place in the Fourth Division.

Shrewsbury Town were immediately successful. They won promotion in their first season in the fourth tier, and became a Third Division club for the 1959/1960 season.

Shrewsbury Town challenged for, but failed in, getting promoted again in the first Third Division season. After this near miss, the club spent the following thirteen seasons in the third tier, mostly finishing in mid table positions.

In the 1973/1974 season, Shrewsbury Town were relegated. However, the club bounced back immediately, with a second place finish enough for the club to return to the Third Division at the first time of asking.

Four seasons later, the club reached the Second Division for the first time in Shrewsbury Town history. Shrewsbury Town won the Third Division title to seal their promotion, and the 1979/1980 was the first of ten consecutive seasons spent in the second tier.

Shrewsbury Town achieved mid table finishes for much of their time in the Second Division. However, from the 1986/1987 the club began to struggle. Shrewsbury Town had to sell a number of their best players to keep the club afloat, but this led to the club’s relegation in the 1988/1989 campaign.

Three seasons later and Shrewsbury Town were relegated to the bottom tier. Following the introduction of the Premier League, the Football League divisions were renamed. The Second Division became Division One, the Third Division Division Two and the Fourth Division Division Three. As such, Shrewsbury Town found themselves in Division Three for the 1992/1993 season.

The following season, Shrewsbury Town won the Division Three title. Returning to the third tier, the club struggled and after just three seasons in Division Two, the club were relegated once more.

The club’s league situation became worse when in the 2002/2003 season the club finished bottom of the Division Three table and lost their Football League status. Shrewsbury Town achieved an immediate promotion back, though, after finishing third in the Conference table.

Returning to the Fourth tier, now called League Two,the club struggled to adapt but managed to save their League Two place. In 2007, the club left Gay Meadow, their home for almost 100 years, and moved into the newly built New Meadow.

The club were promoted to League One after finishing second in the League Two table in the 2011/2012 season. Shrewsbury Town were relegated two seasons later, but bounced back immediately with another runners up spot.

Since the 2015/2016 campaign, Shrewsbury Town have remained a League One club.

Crest

The first Shrewsbury Town crest was the town of Shrewsbury’s coat of arms. This Shrewsbury Town football badge featured three lion heads, known as loggerheads.

This was replaced in 1986 by the simple image of a shrew, but Shrewsbury Town supporters launched a campaign to bring back the loggerheads badge. 

In 1993, the club did bring back the loggerheads Shrewsbury Town football crest, featuring the motto Floreat Salopia.

In 2007, after moving to their new stadium New Meadow, the club introduced a new Shrewsbury Town crest. This replaced the three loggerheads with a single lion head, in a circle crest that featured the club name and year of formation around the circumference. 

Again, the Shrewsbury Town supporters campaigned to bring back the three loggerheads, and in 2015 the club reintroduced the three lion heads. 

The current Shrewsbury Town badge is a circle crest featuring the three loggerheads with the club’s year of formation on the inside of the circle, with the club name and Shrewsbury Town club motto printed around the outside.

Colours

The Shrewsbury Town colours are blue and amber. These Shrewsbury Town kit colours have been used regularly since 1973, though amber had been used on occasion before this date.

In the early years of Shrewsbury Town kit history, the team wore blue and white kits. A mixture of half blue half white shirts, blue and white chequered shirts and blue and white striped shirts were worn until 1931, before the club changed the design to an all blue shirt worn with white shorts and blue socks.

These became the usual Shrewsbury Town kit colours until 1973, although the colour of the kit socks had alternated between blue, white and a mixture of the two.

Amber was first introduced as a dominant kit colour in 1973. Between 1973 and 1978, the Shrewsbury Town players wore blue shirts with an amber trim, with amber shorts and amber socks.

Between 1978 and 1982, the team wore blue and amber striped shirts with blue shorts and amber socks, before returning to their mid 1970’s kit for the 1982/1983 campaign.

In 1983, the Shrewsbury Town players wore blue shirts with amber sleeves, amber shorts and blue socks. These Shrewsbury Town kit colours were completely reversed in 1985.

From 1987 to 1991, the club wore a white strip. White shirts with a blue trim, blue shorts and blue socks were worn, although white shorts and white socks had been used too.

The club returned to blue and amber stripes in 1991, before changing their home shirt to an amber jersey with blue patches.

In 2001, the club reintroduced an all blue kit that featured a heavy amber trim. The striped shirt returned in 2011, before changing to a blue shirt with a horizontal amber stripe.

For the 2018/2019 season, the Shrewsbury Town kit colours featured a blue and amber striped shirt, worn with blue shorts and blue socks topped with an amber hoop.

Shrewsbury Town Stadium

The Shrewsbury Town stadium is New Meadow. Also known as Greenhous Meadow for sponsorship reasons, the Shrewsbury Town stadium capacity is currently 10,361.

The Shrewsbury Town stadium layout features four main stands. These are the East Stand, known as the Roland Wycherley Stand; the West Stand, also called the Bandera Stand; the South Stand, or the Salop Leisure Stand; and the North Stand, or DM Recruitment Stand.

Shrewsbury Town had played at five stadiums previous to moving into New Meadow. These stadiums were the Racecourse Ground, Ambler’s Field, Sutton Lane, Barrack’s Ground and Gay Meadow, home to the club for almost 100 years.

Supporters

The majority of Shrewsbury Town supporters hail from the town of Shrewsbury and other parts of the county of Shropshire. There are a number of Shrewsbury Town supporters clubs up and down the country, including the Shrewsbury Town supporters trust, ShrewsTrust.

Shrewsbury Town supporters enjoy a rivalry with Walsall and Wolverhampton Wanderers. The club’s biggest rivals were Hereford United, before Hereford went out of business and reformed as Hereford FC.

Other rivals include Chester City and more recently with Port Vale.

Ownership

The Shrewsbury Town owner is Roland Wycherley. Wycherley is also the chairman of the club and recently celebrated 20 years of chairmanship.

Roland Wycherley had become chairman of Shrewsbury Town in 1996, previously holding the positions of Vice Chairman and Associate Director.

Wycherley has invested a great deal of money in the club, although financial worries are still an issue for Shrewsbury Town Football Club. The chairman invested in the move to the club’s new stadium, New Meadow.

Stats

The list of Shrewsbury Town stats begins with the club’s leading league appearance maker. That honour goes to Mickey Brown, who played in 418 league matches for Shrewsbury Town across three spells at the club - from 1986 to 1991, 1992 to 1994 and 1996 to 2001.

The club’s all time leading goalscorer is Arthur Rowley. Rowley scored 152 league goals for Shrewsbury Town between 1958 and 1965. Rowley also holds the record for most league goals scored in a single season for the club, netting 38 times in the 1958/1959 season.

Alf Wood scored five goals when Shrewsbury Town beat Blackburn Rovers 7-1 in 1971, and became the first player to score four headers in the same game since Dixie Dean.

The club’s all time record victory is 21-0. The club achieved this incredible scoreline against Mold Alyn Stars in the Welsh FA Cup in 1894. Shrewsbury Town’s record league victory is 12-1, a scoreline achieved against Hereford City in the Shropshire & District League in 1894.

The club’s record defeat came at the hands of Small Heath in the Birmingham League in 1895, with Small Heath winning 13-0.

The highest home attendance a Shrewsbury Town side has played in front of is 18,917. This number of spectators watched Shrewsbury Town play Walsall in the Third Division in 1961. The highest attendance at New Meadow is 10,210, a crowd figure achieved when the team played Chelsea in the League Cup in 2014.

Shrewsbury Town Players

The current Shrewsbury Town players list consists of 24 members of the first team squad.

Notable ex Shrewsbury Town players include Joe Hart, Gary Megson, John McGinlay, Jimmy Quinn and David Edwards.

Dean Spink was named as the all time Shrewsbury Town cult hero, with Steve Anthrobus and Austin Berkley close behind.

Mickey Brown, Paul Edwards, Mark Taylor, Dean Spink, Darren Moss, Tommy Lynch, Kelvin Langmead, Norman Hobson, Chic Bates, Jim Bannister and Ian Atkins have all surpassed 200 appearances for Shrewsbury Town.

Shrewsbury Town Manager

The current Shrewsbury Town manager is John Askey. Askey took over from Paul Hurst in 2018.

When Askey took over the managerial reins at Shrewsbury Town, he became the 37 man to take the Shrewsbury Town manager’s job in the club’s history.

The longest serving man in Shrewsbury Town manager history is S. Wilcox. Wilcox was in charge of Shrewsbury Town for 22 years, from 1912 to 1934.

The club’s second longest serving manager is Shrewsbury Town’s first ever manager. Sir Trevor Brian Evans became the club manager in 1886, and was in charge until 1905.

Honours

The Shrewsbury Town honours list includes one third tier title (1979); one fourth tier title (1994); three Midlands League titles (1938, 1946 and 1948); one Birmingham & District League title (1923); 66 Shropshire Senior Cup wins; three Herefordshire Senior Cup wins (1951, 1986 and 1998); three Walsall Senior Cup wins (1924, 1925 and 1926); and six Welsh Cup wins (1891, 1938, 1977, 1979, 1984 and 1985).

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