SHREWSBURY Town are the latest team to be our focus in our ’23 in 23’ series.
WHEN DO WE PLAY THEM?
Home: Saturday 8 December
Away: Saturday 16 February
Founded in 1886, Shrewsbury Town joined the Football League in 1950. The Shrews won Division Three in 1979 and Division Four in 1994. Shrewsbury have been promoted from Division Four/League Two a further three times (1974-75, 2011-12, 2014-15).
After spending much of the 2017-18 season competing for automatic promotion from League One, a play-off final defeat to Rotherham United provided a sour end.
The Shrews had finished third in the league and had made it to the Checkatrade Trophy final, where they were beaten by League Two Lincoln City.
Shrewsbury won 25 of their 46 league games but scored just 60 goals, the second-lowest amount in the top-six. Their defence provided the basis for their success, they conceded just 39 goals, which was only bettered by League One champions Wigan Athletic.
The Montgomery Waters Meadows Stadium has a capacity of 9,875. It was opened in 2007 and around 60 miles separate it from the Pirelli Stadium.
John Askey will be in-charge of Shrewsbury this season, after Paul Hurst departed for Ipswich Town.
The former Macclesfield Town manager guided the Silkmen back to the Football League, after winning the National League with 92 points last season.
Askey won 106 of his 235 National League matches with Macclesfield.
Centre-back Kieran Kennedy has followed Askey from Macclesfield, while Ryan Haynes has joined from Coventry City.
The 22-year-old left back will be joined by Feriji Okenabirhie. The left winger has signed from National League side Dagenham and Redbridge.