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Shrewsbury Town as we know it today, was formed in 1886 following a meeting at the Turf Hotel, Claremont Hill. The origins for Shrewsbury Town can be traced back to 1879 when an early version of Shrewsbury entered the Shropshire Challenge Cup; however, they were unable to raise a team for a game against Newport and disappeared from the scene.
Town began playing at the Racecourse Ground at Monkmoor, but moved to Ambler’s field in 1889, Sutton Lan in 1893 and the Copthorne Barracks Ground in 1895. Town later moved to Gay Meadow in 1910 and it would remain their home until 2007, when the brand new 10,00 all-seater New Meadow became their new home of football till today. Get the latest Shrewsbury Town news from New Meadow here!
Town’s most famous side is that of 1979, managed by Graham Turner, Town were promoted to the second division for the first time in their history thanks to a 4-1 victory over Exeter City. They remained a consistent team between Division Two and Three for a number of years; however, they dropped out of the football league in 2002-03 after being relegated to the Conference.
The club finished in last place but bounced straight back into League Two (was Division Three) after clinching automatic promotion by finishing in third place. Again, Town made their way back up to the third flight of English football after finishing second in League Two in 2011-12. They managed to stay in League One for just two seasons before facing relegation once more to the lower division, despite this they made their way back up the following season through finishing second once again.
Town have now been in League One for five seasons, including the current, and they narrowly missed out on automatic promotion to the Championship in 2018 after finishing in third place and losing out in the play-off finals. In late December 2018, former footballer Sam Ricketts was appointed manager of Shrewsbury after leaving his role at Wrexham.
In the summer of 2019, Ricketts made notable signings to strengthen his squad for the upcoming season, bringing in players such as Jason Cummings, Sean Goss and Donald Love. His side made it to the fourth round of the FA Cup where they would force a replay at Anfield with European champions, Liverpool. Town fell short however, and the cup run brought repercussions as the club went ten league games without a win between December and February.
Shrewsbury Town currently sit in the bottom half of the League One table, the play-offs are a little out of their reach due to their poor form, and they must pick up their winning ways in order to remain away from the relegation zone. Get the latest Shrewsbury Town news from League One here!