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Opposition Profile: Shrewsbury Town

18 June 2017

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Shrewsbury Town

Founded: 1886
Nickname: The Shrews

Formed in 1886, the club was elected into the Football League in 1950 and has since competed in each of the three lower leagues, in addition to one season (2003-04) spent in the Conference Premier.

The Manager: Paul Hurst

A Rotherham United legend, Paul Hurst spent virtually his entire 15-year playing career with the Millers, making just shy of 500 appearances.

The left-back was part of the team that won the Football League Trophy at Wembley in 1996 courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Shrewsbury Town, the team he now manages.

He ended his playing days on loan at Conference National side Burton Albion in 2008.

In January 2009, Hurst and former Rotherham team-mate Rob Scott were appointed joint-managers of Northern Premier League side Ilkeston Town and the pair led the club to promotion to the Conference North via the play-offs.

At the end of the season, the duo were appointed joint-managers of Boston United and they gained a second successive promotion to the Conference North, again via the play-offs. This completed a trophy treble, as they had already won the Northern Premier League Challenge Cup and Lincolnshire Senior Cup.

In March 2011, Hurst and Scott were announced as the new management team of Grimsby Town. They reached the Wembley final of the FA Trophy in 2012-13, but lost on penalties to Wrexham, and later lost in the play-offs to Newport County following a fourth-place finish in the Conference National.

Hurst was placed in sole charge in September 2013 and he led the Mariners to third place, but lost 4-2 on aggregate to Gateshead in the play-offs. As he had pledged to do earlier in his reign, Hurst did secure promotion to the Football League in 2016 when Grimsby beat Forest Green Rovers 3-1 in the National League play-off final at Wembley.

In October 2016, Hurst was appointed manager of Shrewsbury Town and he secured their League One status last season.  

The Ground: New Meadow

Between 1910 and 2007, Shrewsbury played its home games at Gay Meadow, on the banks of the River Severn, before moving to New Meadow.

A UEFA Category 4 all-seater stadium, New Meadow opened in July 2007 and has a capacity of 9,875.

It is situated on the outskirts of Shrewsbury and has been known as Greenhous Meadow, for sponsorship purposes, since May 2010.

Last Season: 18th, League One

Shrewsbury started the season with Micky Mellon in charge, but he was relieved of his duties in October after claiming just two victories from their opening 10 league games.

Following four subsequent successive defeats under caretaker boss Danny Coyne and with the club bottom of League One, Paul Hurst was appointed and charged with keeping the club up.

It would prove to be a successful appointment, as Hurst steered the Shrews to safety, finishing in 18th place – three places and two points clear of local rivals Port Vale, who occupied the final relegation position.

In the cup competitions, Shrewsbury pulled off a shock 1-0 victory over Premier League-bound Huddersfield Town in the first round of the EFL Cup, before losing to Sunderland.

In the FA Cup, the Shrews defeated Barnet 3-0 in the first round, before being knocked out by Fleetwood Town after a replay.  

Last Meeting: August 11th 2015

Rovers suffered an embarrassing early exit from the Capital One Cup, losing 2-1 at home to League One side Shrewsbury Town.

James Collins opened the scoring for the visitors, before Nathan Delfouneso equalised for Rovers, but Tyrone Barnett won it for Shrewsbury moments later.

  • Don't forget, there's just three days to go until the 2017-18 EFL fixtures are released – at 9am on Wednesday morning.

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