Shrewsbury Town

Greenhous Meadow

Capacity: 9,875 (all seated)
Address: Oteley Road, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ST
Telephone: 01743 289177
Fax: 01743 246942
Ticket Office: 01743 273943
Pitch Size: 115 x 77 yards
Club Nickname: Shrews, Salop, Town or Blues
Year Ground Opened: 2007
Shirt Sponsors: Greenhous
Kit Manufacturer: Errea
Home Kit: Blue, Amber and White
Away Kit: Red and Black Stripes

External View
External View
Ron Wycherley Stand
Ron Wycherley Stand
West Stand
West Stand
North Stand
North Stand
South Stand
South Stand
North Stand External View
North Stand External View

After 97 years at playing at their Gay Meadow ground, the Shrews have moved to a new stadium on the outskirts of the town. The Greenhous Meadow as it is currently called, has a capacity of 9,875 seats. It is comprised of four separate stands and at first glance looks similar in design to some other new stadiums that have been recently built. Yes it is smart looking, functional and tidy, but lacks that certain something to make it stand out from the others.

Each of the stands are simple single tiered stands, that are covered. Below the roof at the back of the stands is a sizeable strip of perspex that runs along the length of the stands. This is to allow more light into the stadium to facilitate pitch growth. Each of the stands are 18 rows high, with the Roland Wycherley Stand (named after the Club Chairman) on one side, being the 'Main Stand'. This stand has a slightly different layout to the others with a press area and eight corporate boxes at its rear, the type of which that you can sit outside of. The Pro-Vision CCTV Stand at one end of the stadium where the away fans are located also houses a prominent looking Police Control Box. Four small floodlights pylons are present on the roofs of the side stands. An unusual feature of the stadium is that the areas for disabled fans are high up at the very back of the stands and are accessed by lifts. There is also a small electric scoreboard next to the away end.

The stadium has been built in such a way that the corners of the stadium can later be filled with seating, which would raise capacity to around 12,500. However the Club have not announced as to when this will take place.

Away fans are located in the Pro-Vision CCTC Stand at one end of the ground. Leg room is good and the stands are quite steep keeping the fans close to the action and there is good height between rows. The concourses are quite well laid out, although the swing doors at the entrances to the toilets were met with a bit of trepidation. Although they were clearly marked one for entrance and one for exit, the inevitable occurs with fans piling out of each. The catering has a selection of pies made by Wright's, including; Steak and Ale, Chicken Balti and a 'Pie of the Day' (all £3). There are also Cornish Pasties (£2.50), Cheese and Onion Pasties (£2.50) and Sausage Rolls (£2). Plus Hot Dogs (£3) and Burgers (£3). The club provide plastic forks to tackle those hot pies, which come in handy. I have to say that my steak and ale pie was very tasty, one of the better that I have had on my recent travels. Alcohol is also available in the form of plastic bottles of Carling Lager or Cider (Both £3), or Wine (£3). There are also large plasma screens on the concourses showing Sky Sports throughout the afternoon.

I had a pleasant visit to the Greenhous Stadium and was surprised by the reasonable atmosphere inside. This is boosted by a drummer in the home end, whilst most of the Shrewsbury singers tend to congregate close to the right of the away supporters in the West Stand. Even though I was at a local derby, the atmosphere was not hostile and I encountered no problems around the stadium.

David Matthias informs me; 'There are a couple of pubs within walking distance of the stadium. Firstly there is the 'Brooklands Hotel', just off Meole Brace Island, about five minutes walk away. It also has about 100 car parking spaces costing £5 each. Big screens & catering on matchdays. Also handily located just up from the BP Garage across the road is the 'Flippin Fish' Fish & Chip Shop. The Brooklands Hotel is situated on Mill Street. From the stadium turn left along the B4380 Oteley Road. Head around the large roundabout towards Shrewsbury Town Centre. Then turn left into Roman Road and then left again into Mill Street. The hotel is down on the right. Please note though that for certain high profile games the Brooklands reverts to a home fans only pub..

The other pub (and in the opposite direction) is the Charles Darwin; which is around a ten minute walk away. It has a car park (70 spaces) which is free as long as you patronise the pub. It is family friendly shows Sky Sports, as well as offering cask ales and food. To find this pub; then from the stadium entrance turn right along the B4380 Oteley Road. Take the second left into Sutton Road and the pub is down on the right. Opposite the pub is the Tasty Plaice fish & chip shop.

James Bradbury a visiting Sheffield Wednesday fan informs me; 'After being unable to gain access to the Brooklands Hotel we were directed to the Grove pub on Belle Vue Road. Inside it had a mix of home and away fans, but there were no problems'. The pub is located just over a mile away from the stadium and is about a 20 minute walk. Next door to the pub is the 'Cod Father' fish and chip shop.

Neil Le Milliere a visiting Exeter City fan recommends; 'The Prince of Wales Hotel on Bynner Street. Although near the town centre (albeit on the new stadium side), in the Belle Vue area, this CAMRA Good Beer Guide listed pub was an excellent find. Good ale, food and a friendly welcome. The pub also runs a coach to the  stadium for each home game, which away supporters can use for £2.50 (if there is space)'. More information can be found on the Prince of Wales Hotel website.

Gareth Hopkins informs me; 'There are some other pubs and some off street parking to be had along the Hereford Road  (A5191) going towards Shrewsbury Town Centre'. Otherwise alcohol is available to away fans within the stadium before the game but the bars close 15 minutes before the kick off, before opening again at half time.

There is a Retail Park nearby to the stadium, which has some eating outlets such as a McDonalds, Pizza Hut and a supermarket cafe.

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At the end of the M54 continue onto the A5. After about seven miles, there is a traffic island which is at the junction with the A49. Bear left at this island still following the A5. At the next roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the B4380 (Thieves Lane). Continue along Thieves Lane going straight over two roundabouts and this will lead you into Oteley Road. You will reach the stadium down further down Oteley Road on the left.

There is a large car park at the stadium, holding almost 700 cars, however, this is for permit holders only (although I have received reports of fans turning up early and being admitted for £7). Parking is prohibited in the nearby Retail Park and nearby streets, so to find some street parking you may have to drive a bit further away. Check though for any parking restrictions detailed on posts, before parking up. Otherwise there is a car park at the Meole Brace Bowling Club, which also offers parking at £5 per car and has a bar on site too. It can be found at Meole Rise (Off Upper Road, SY3 9JF).

Tony Morris a visiting Portsmouth fan informs me; ''At the top of Oteley Road which leads to the ground, there is the Meole Brace Roundabout. Around the roads leading onto the roundabout there are a number of private car parks providing match day parking, each of which charges £5. One islocated  behind the petrol station on the corner of Roman Road which is where we parked. We got there about an hour before kick off and there was plenty of room – I’m guessing at a capacity of around 200-300 cars. On the roundabout itself is the Brooklands Hotel and Pub, which also offers parking".

Alternatively you can use the Park & Ride scheme operated by the Club. This costs £2 per person and commences at 12.30pm on Saturdays & 5.30pm for evening matches. It operates from Shire Hall (but not the nearby Meole Brace which is a park & ride for the town centre). It is located off the A5 (just take the A5064 towards the town centre) and at the roundabout with Lord Hill's Column, take the 3rd exit and then first right into the car park. I have heard though of delays in getting back to you car after the match (in some cases up to 40 minutes) so bear this in mind.

For any fans wanting to make a full day of a Saturday at Shrewsbury, I would recommend the use of the Meole Brace Park & Ride site. It is only a 10-15 minute walk from the ground and is well signposted from the A5. For £1.60 per passenger (return ticket), people can park at the site, catch a bus into Shrewsbury town centre, find plenty of food and drink outlets, and then catch a return bus back to the site. Journey time between 10-15 minutes depending on traffic volumes. Please note that parking is provided for those using the Park & Ride and not for matchday parking.

Post Code for SAT NAV: SY2 6ST

Shrewsbury railway station is just over two miles away from the stadium, so if you do decide to walk it is going to take around 40 minutes. Otherwise you can grab a taxi up to the ground (although I have heard that taxis at the station can sometimes be scarce, so you may wish to find the number of a local firm before you go). Alternatively you can catch the Meole Brace Park & Ride service (operated by Arriva) from the station which takes you to the Meole Brace Retail Park, which is close to the stadium. Services on Saturday afternoons run every ten minutes and the cost of a ticket is £1. It doesn't run in the evenings, so for late kick offs, you would need to take a bus from the town centre bus station (service numbers 8, 16, 23, 25 & 544/546 all stop near to the stadium). Shrewsbury train station is served by trains from Birmingham New Street, Manchester Piccadilly, Crewe and Newport (Gwent).

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The Club operate a category policy (A & B) for the pricing of matchday tickets. This means that the more popular games (Category A) cost more to watch. Category A prices are shown below with Category B prices in brackets:

All areas of the stadium (excluding Family Stand)

Adults £22 (B £20)
Over 65's £17 (B £15)
Students/Under 22's £17 (B £15)
Under 19's £12 (B £8)
Under 12's £10 (B £6)
Under 8's Free*

* Under 8's can gain free admission, providing that they are accompanied by a paying adult.

Official Programme £3

Shrewsbury Town FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Wrexham, Walsall, Port Vale and Crewe.

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the  Level Playing Field website.

Record Attendance

At the Greenhous Meadow Stadium: 10,210* v Chelsea League Cup 4th Round, October 28th, 2014.

At The Gay Meadow Ground: 18,917 v Walsall, Division 3, April 26th, 1961.

Average Attendance

2015-2016: 5,481 (League One)
2014-2015: 5,343 (League Two)
2013-2014: 5,581 (League One)

* This record attendance is higher than the quoted ground capacity, as additional temporary seating was brought in for this game to fill the corners on either side of the Salop Leisure (South) Stand.

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at: duncan@footballgrounds.net and I'll update the guide.

Shrewsbury Town v MK Dons
Football League One
Saturday 6th August 2016, 3pm
John Scott (Doing the 92)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Greenhous Stadium?

It was the first day of new English football season and a new ground to me. Plus I had heard that Shrewsbury itself was an interesting town with allegedly good pubs!

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I'll elaborate in course, but first walked to the Prince of Wales pub in Bynner Street. Had a pint there, and then jumped on the supporters bus that goes from the pub to and from ground. The bus cost £2.50. This was good but it is also feasible to have halfway pint there and then walk to ground rather than catching the bus. All in all the Greenhous Stadium is located about two miles from the town centre. The walk was very pleasant in the sunshine. I had spotted the Nags Head in the town centre and planned a visit after the match which I did. I really enjoyed it. Real ales, beer garden, quaint, and very friendly service.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I had a pint before and after game at Prince of Wales above. There's also food available and I counted six real ales on tap. Service was excellent and everyone I spoke to was friendly and helpful. It was a very pleasant pub indeed.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Greenhous Stadium?

Clean, plenty of space around it , lots of people sunbathing on grass areas. I could tell I wasn't in Scotland! Everything was very fresh looking.Underneath the stands plenty of space, decent football food, and usual beers available as well as local Shropshire Lad bitter which I quite liked.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

As a neutral I'm afraid to say game was very relaxing. I'd expected a bit more passion and aggression for first game of season but, given sunny conditions it was more like a pre-season game. Both sets of fans did try to get things going but didn't work. One goal was going to decide it....and it did, giving the visitors an away win.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Pub bus right outside, I was back in the pub having another pint at 5.10pm. Very efficient.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I was myself and I had a lovely relaxing, friendly day out. The football wasn't the highlight, though, the pubs were. I'll certainly go back though, although I've seen Shrewsbury twice now and no goals!

Shrewsbury Town v Bradford City
Football League One
Saturday 16th April 2016, 3pm
Nick (Bradford City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Greenhous Meadow Stadium?

As it was nearing the end of the season, it was an important game as Bradford were going for a play off spot and Shrewsbury were just one place above the drop zone.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I took the opportunity to visit a friend in Welshpool, who drove us to the game. We parked at Meole Brace Park and Ride facility for free. The club website advises you not to park there, but it seemed that quite a number of supporters were doing so, with no problem. It was then about a 10 to 15 minute walk to the Greenhous Stadium.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We got there at about 2.30pm so no time to go drinking. Plus we didn't see any pubs nearby. As the away end was sold out, we had bought tickets online for the Family Stand to sit with the home fans. Although one of our party had dropped out, we managed to get a refund on the ticket from the nice lady at the ticket office kiosk.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Greenhous Stadium?

The Greenhous Stadium is nice and modern. Inside the atmosphere was good, with the Bradford fans in full voice as were the Shrewsbury fans, especially those closest to the away support, lots of noise coming from that end and corner. 

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.. 

A good game with Bradford attacking and delivering cross after cross into the box which always got cleared by the defenders. Eventually on 71 minutes, Bradford went ahead and I somehow managed to refrain from celebrating! I thought we were home and dry, except with six minutes remaining a freak back header from a free kick, and a keeper mess up meant we had to settle for a draw, after dominating for long periods.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was very slow getting out of the car park. It took about 20 minutes to get back out onto the main road, as we were queuing with both shoppers as well as match goers.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A very pleasant day out and would definitely make the trip again. Other results did not go too badly for both teams, so it keeps the season alive for both.

Shrewsbury Town v Wigan Athletic
Football League One
Saturday 2nd April 2016, 3pm
Daniel Norkus (Wigan Athletic fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Greenhous Meadow Stadium?

I have previously visited Shrewsbury on two occasions and it's a lovely historic town. So I was delighted with the prospect to follow my team to there when we dropped into League One.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We travelled by supporters coach and were delivered to within yards of the turnstiles. Great organisation.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We had a beer and a pie inside the ground prior to the game. Decent service and not too expensive. The staff I encountered were very helpful and friendly.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Greenhous Meadow Stadium?

On arriving at the ground it looked modern and well situated for access by coach. Not sure how much parking there is if you travel by car however.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.. 

We won 5-1 so everything was hunky dory! We brought lots of away support so it was a great atmosphere. The stewards were fine and it was a very comfortable afternoon.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Fantastic arrangements to get the away fans' coaches away speedily by the Police. First class organisation which has to be commended.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A great day out. The big win and moving to the top of League One certainly helped, but it's a good friendly club with decent facilities.

Shrewsbury Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Pre-Season Friendly
Saturday 25th July 2015, 3pm
Aimee Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the Greenhous Meadow?

After my first match for months away at Burton, I only had to wait another week for my next one. As is often the case, Wolves were staying fairly local for their friendlies, this time making the short trip across the county border into Shropshire, to face League One new boys Shrewsbury Town. The game was made all ticket, and fairly priced at £10. 

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Me and my dad made the trip, leaving Wolverhampton train station just after 11am. The journey itself took around half an hour, but was a rather pleasant journey, taking in Wolverhampton’s leafy suburbs (yes they do exist!) Bilbrook, Codsall, passing the RAF Museum at Cosford, before some lovely views of Wenlock Edge and the Wrekin. Without wishing to turn this into a travel log, it is probably one of the more enjoyable train journeys I’ve had to a ground. And then you have Shrewsbury itself, which is a rather quaint, picturesque and really quite stunning town. 

Greenhous Meadow Shrewsbury Main Entrance

The ground itself is some way out of town, at the back of a retail park. To get there, we found the easiest way was to use the Park and Ride service. When you leave the train station, turn left, and follow the road up the hill, past the Castle. The bus stop is a short way up that road, and buses run regularly on Saturdays. It takes all of 5 minutes, and drops you off at a car park only 5 minutes’ walk from the ground itself. As for tickets, a return costs £1.60, but you can only buy returns from the car park, not the town. What you can do though is ask for a day saver for £2.10, which will save you £1.10. Unlike Walsall’s ground, the Greenhous Meadow isn’t accessible from the retail park, instead leave the retail park, and follow the road round, bearing right onto the dual carriageway. Eventually the main entrance will be on your right. This was made far easier by following a Shrewsbury fan. Using the mantra “follow the home fan, they’ll know where they’re going” doesn’t always work, but on this occasion it did. 

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Having been out the night before and got, in his words, “a bit kaylied”, my dad and I decided to skip a pre-match drink. The nearest pub that we saw though was the Brooklands, a short walk from the ground, on the other side of the roundabout. Speaking to some fans, it was pretty good. Instead we had a brief walk round the ground, greeted the players off the coach (they’ll be getting sick of the sight of me at this rate!), and went into the ground. 

East Stand Greenhous Meadow

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

Grounds like Shrewsbury’s often divide opinion, and the division line tends to be based largely on age. Speak to someone like my dad, or my uncles, or anyone who travelled to grounds in the 70s/80s, and the best thing about football back then was terracing, ramshackle away ends, getting soaked in the rain, that sort of thing. From my (relatively) young view, having been born a year before the Premier League, I actually enjoy the comforts of modern stadia. I think what they lack in ‘character’ or ‘charm’, they try to make up for in ‘comfort’ and ‘convenience’. With the awful events at Hillsborough still quite rightly in people’s minds, modern all seater stadia are a reminder of how far football has come since that tragic day. 

Shrewsbury Town South Stand

In terms of location, the fact that it is ‘out of town’ has its pros and cons. Shrewsbury itself is a gorgeous town, and a metal and glass football stadium would look slightly out of place amongst the Medieval and Tudor splendor. That said, it could possibly be a bit of a trek to get to it. 

The ground itself consists of four equally sized stands, all one tiered. The away end is at the far end of the ground, with the main stand to your left. One nice touch is a collection of banners adorning the home ends, including such monikers as ‘Floreat Salopia’ (May Shrewsbury Fluorish), and the rather bizarre ‘Breathe on ‘em Salop’. I felt this toed the line between passion and plain old creepiness. It also reminded me of an ex-boyfriend, but that’s another tale…

Floreat Salopia

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Shrewsbury had the first chance of the game, Tyrone Barnett hitting the side netting with a snapshot. Wolves took the lead with practically our first foray into the home side’s territory. Scott Golbourne earned a corner on the left hand side, which he took himself. His short pass found Kevin McDonald on the edge of the box, who clipped a lovely ball into the six yard area, where Nouha Dicko leapt highest to nod the ball past Jason Leutweiler and into the net. 

The game never really threatened to explode into life, and although Shrewsbury had chances through Mat Sadler and Liam McAlinden, on loan to Salop from Wolves, their equaliser was pretty much the only other chance of the half. A corner was whipped in, and Barnett stole a march on Wolves skipper Richard Stearman, and headed the ball past Carl Ikeme and into the far corner.

Kenny Jackett opted to change the entire side at half time, sending out a side containing a few first team players (Dominic Iorfa, Matt Doherty, James Henry), but plenty of the club’s younger players, such as Aaron Hayden, Donovan Wilson and much hyped winger Jordan Graham. It was Graham who provided Wolves’ best moments of the second half, twice floating in delicious crosses from the left which were crying out for a finishing touch which never came. Dave Edwards, captaining the side second half against his old side, did rattle the crossbar with an acrobatic volley, but that was it. At the other end, Aaron McCarey made a great point blank save to deny James Collins, and Ryan Woods’ thunderous 30 yard volley cracked the crossbar, which seemed to rattle for at least 5 minutes after. 

In the end, a lacklustre 1-1 draw didn’t constitute the best use of a pre-season friendly, something a rather frustrated Kenny Jackett echoed in his post-match comments. On balance of play, Shrewsbury edged the game, but not with enough conviction to suggest they deserved to win. 

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Very straightforward, out of the exit and back onto the main road. After a quick walk back to the park and ride, we only waited for around 5 minutes before a bus came to take us back into Shrewsbury. It does drop you off in a different place though, but the railway station is well signposted. 

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I always enjoy visiting Shropshire, and Shrewsbury in particular. Although the game was pretty drab, I can certainly think of worse ways to spend a Saturday afternoon. The Greenhous Meadow is certainly a nice ground, and provided Shrewsbury with a nice place to play football, but I’m sure the traditionalists out there will still bemoan the loss of Gay Meadow.

Shrewsbury Town v Plymouth Argyle
League Two
Saturday 5th February 2015, 3pm
John Bonney (Plymouth Argyle)

Why you were looking forward to going to the Greenhous Meadow Stadium?
We needed a point to make sure we got into the play-offs, so this was a vital game and one not to be missed. Plus I has not visited the Greenhous Stadium before.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
I decided to drive to the stadium and then travel into the town centre to meet friends. Although the stadium was easy to find, you could see that it was right on the edge of town with not much around it. I parked at the 'park and ride' in the nearby retail park and took a bus into the town centre.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
Met my friends at the Hole in the Wall pub. With the stadium being out of town, it seemed a good idea to meet up at a pub in the town centre, before the game. However, we probably made the wrong choice of pub, as service at the bar was very slow and the facilities not great. We then caught the 'Football Special Bus' from the town centre bus station. However it seemed to take an eternity to travel the two miles to the ground. I thought at times that t would have been quicker to walk.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?    
Greenhous Meadow is a fairly new and is a decent ground. There was a good atmosphere inside, with Shrewsbury fans celebrating their promotion. Although it was a sell out crowd, there were a number of empty seats at the start of the game, I guess to fans experiencing travel problems.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    
Although a victory for Shrewsbury meant that they could still win the League Title, Plymouth wanted it more dominated most of the game. Two goals in the first half were enough to see the Pilgrims run out worthy winners and secure that play off spot. The facilities inside the stadium were good.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Although I hadn't parked at the stadium, it still took ages to get away due to the amount of traffic in the area. 

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
I'm glad we won but I'm not thinking of visiting the Greenhous Meadow again. Poor local transport links make the day too much hassle and that's after a 250 mile trip just to get there!

Shrewsbury Town v Notts County
League One
Saturday, November 23rd 2013, 3pm
Sam Hodgson (Doing the 92)

It was the next ground of our 92 so it was another one to tick off the list and it wasn't too far for us to travel. Also it was a big game in the division, with Notts County rock-bottom of the league and Shrewsbury perilously close to the drop zone.
 
It was about an hour by train to Shrewsbury Castle Forgate Street but that wasn't a problem. What was the problem was the 50 minute walk to the stadium. Since we had no idea where the bus station was we relied on my friends' phone to guide us to the ground. It was too far to walk  and there was not a single sign post until you reached the island that was directly next to the stadium.
 
We just got our tickets (for an extortionate price as we paid on the day - I did try to book in advance but I had trouble with the ticket shop online) and went in, got a drink and a pie, and found our seat. I did feel that it was a generally friendly atmosphere and I had no worries that there would be any trouble.
 
When we entered the ground the first thing I noticed was how simple looking the stadium was. It was rather bland and didn't have the character you would find at other grounds, just four basic, similar-looking stands in a very open setting.
 
The game wasn't very entertaining, although both teams had plenty of chances, however most them were poorly executed. Shrewsbury's striker finished well for the only goal in the 75th minute or so, but it was a nerve-racking end with County having the ball cleared off the line and they also hit the under side of the bar and the post as well, but Shrewsbury took the all-important three points.

The atmosphere was quite poor with the Shrewsbury fans remaining very quiet throughout the game, with the exception of one chant that was repeated occasionally when the moment was with their team. I had a balti pie which was delicious but cost £3.10, the most I have ever spent on a pie at a football match, so yet again I was quite disapointed. The facilities were very modern, and the seats had plenty of leg space, and the stewards were barely noticed all game.
 
We had to leave early to catch the train and we had to run the majority of the route as we had 35 minutes to get to the station, so I did not particularly enjoy that part of the day-out either.
 
If I'm honest I didn't entirely enjoy the day taking in that the everything was over-priced, the journey was very long, the game wasn't much to cheer about and the stadium was rather bland, one that I would unfortunately not look forward to returning too. I hope my remaining ground visits I have left to do of the 92 will be more enjoyable.

Shrewsbury Town v Gillingham
League One
Saturday, October 12th 2013, 3pm
Martyn Beadle (Gillingham fan)

1. Why you wee looking forward to going to the ground?
 
Was looking forward going back to this ground to hopefully erase some bad memories of my last visit here when my team Gillingham lost 7-0. That was a woeful day that day apart from the sun shining! Other than that I have found Shrewsbury to be a brilliant stadium and one of the best I have been too.
 
2. How easy was your journey/ finding the ground/car parking?
 
Our journey wasn't too bad. We left Orpington at 8:15am and arrived at the ground just after 12pm. This wasn't too bad considering we stopped at a couple of service stations and got caught in a bit of traffic on the M1. The ground was pretty easy to find, as it is well signposted from the outskirts of the town. A special mention to the car parking. I emailed Shrewsbury on the Friday before the game and asked them about the parking and they said only permit holders are allowed to park in the stadium car park itself at £10 a time and sales were on the internet, but we arrived at the ground and spoke to a couple of car park attendants asking where we could park because our driver couldn't walk too far, so they told us to pull over into a space in the car park while their manager came and spoke to us. The manager came over and asked if we had a blue disabled badge, but my uncle said he is waiting for one so the car parking manager told us we could park in a disabled bay just outside the away turnstiles which was very helpful indeed and it didn't cost us a penny. So I must thank the Shrewsbury car parking staff for their generosity.
 
What did you do before the game/home fans friendly?
 
When we got out of our car we saw that there were five-a-side football pitches behind the stadium and a bar right opposite them. So my mate asked if we could go in there to have a few drinks before the game started and they let us in. I dont know if away fans know anything about this bar because we were then only three other Gillingham supporters in the bar and it was reasonably well-priced, The home fans were friendly they came around with a raffle ticket £1 a strip and the winner would receive a signed Bobby Charlton photo from when he made a guess appearance for Shrewsbury in 1980 against Zambia, the fella who sold the tickets came up to me to draw the raffle an number 32 came out and fortunately my Uncle won the prize! Also when we left the pub some Shrewsbury fans shook our hands and wished us all the best for the game.
    
What you thought of the ground/first impressions of away end/ other sides of the ground?
 
From the outside the ground looked brilliant. The away end wasn't too bad as we stood up at the back so had plenty of leg room, the other sides of the ground were pretty much the same. We had a bit of banter with the Shrewsbury fans who were stood to he left of us but it was all friendly.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, Stewards, pies, toilets?
 
The game was pretty poor from a Gillingham point of view, we lost the game 2-0 and apart from a 5 minute spell before half-time and after the break we didn't look like scoring at all. It turned out in the end to be Martin Allens last game in charge of the Mighty Gills. The atmosphere was good from the Gillingham fans who tried making as much noise as we could generate especially at the start of the 2nd half, the stewards were no problem at all didn't have anything to eat at the ground and the toilets were nice and clean and spacious.
 
Comments on getting away from the ground?
 
Getting away from the ground was quite relatively easy, took time getting out the car park but once outside it took us about 4 hours to get home that is with traffic and service station stops.
 
Summary of overall thoughts off the day out?
 
A brilliant day out, apart from the result and the performance, I would recommend Shrewsbury for a day out, friendly stewards and very friendly fans.

Shrewsbury Town v Hereford United
League Two
Saturday, September 10th 2011, 1pm
Patrick Burke (Doing the 92)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Even though I had an awful day out in the away end of Gay Meadow in 2003 (with Everton), I decided to brave Shrewsbury again and see if the new stadium would be a better experience. I am also fed up with the most overrated, money-spinning league in the world - The Premier League. So the chance to go to a local derby, just an hour's drive away persuaded me more than a protest over Bill Kenwright a 30 minute train ride away.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

It was a relatively easy trip down the A5, we left a little late (12pm) as we had forgot the Everton flag, which we have taken to every ground that we have been to. Shrewsbury must be the worst ground for parking; everywhere was either residents only or no parking at all. Maybe we made a mistake, when we followed a sign saying 'Football Stadia'. It took us 15 minutes to find a parking spot, then a pub which was closed and we were a mile away from the stadium. Very annoying! We used the 'follow the fans' technique to find the stadium, which was probably best, as you can't see the ground until 100 yards outside it.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
 
We had no time to do anything before the game. I must comment on how well behaved and helpful the home fans were, particularly for a local derby! We got talking to an Aston Villa fan (who Everton were playing on the day) and had a good discussion over who was going to win Everton's game for much of the second half!

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
 
From the outside, the ground new and tidy. A very well set out stadium! What was particularly noticeable was the attractive Main Stand with a great facade. We choose the Salop Leisure stand and had front row seats (and got ourselves and our flag on tele). There no pillars in any stand so wherever you decide to sit, you are guaranteed a great view of the action.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
 
It was an entertaining derby, ending 3-1 to Shrewsbury. I also saw something I've never seen in my life at a game before. At 2-1, the Shrewsbury goalkeeper came 25 yards out, hit the ball straight into the path of a Hereford player. The Hereford player shot and hit the bar, with the ball bouncing back to the very relieved goalie! The attendance was disappointing however the train line was off apparently. Good banter was created between the fans, as you'd expect for a huge game. The stewards were very friendly, and even let us down the player's tunnel at the end! I didn't have a pie however the toilets looked as though they had been cleaned by someone who wanted it to look good.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
I had no troubles leaving the ground although were held up by a tractor on the way back which was frustrating to say the least.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I thoroughly enjoyed a day out a the football league's family club of the year, which is justified! Great views, friendly stewards and fans, however, don't make the mistake of going by car, you'll regret it!

Shrewsbury Town v Crewe Alexandra
League Two
Saturday, August 20th 2011, 3pm
Paul Dickinson (Doing the 92)

As I watch Leeds at every home and away match, I don't get much time to attend other games but as our game at West Ham was put back until Sunday, this was an ideal opportunity to do one of my last 8 grounds in the current 92 and Shrewsbury is the nearest of those to my home in West Yorkshire
 
Shrewsbury was a 140 mile trip from home and it was a straightforward two and a half hour trip via the AI, M18,MI,A38,A5 & M54
 
Having read a few of the previous reviews, I parked up in a lay-by at the bottom of Oteley Road and it was an easy 15 minute walk to the ground from there.
 
I got to the ground at 2.15pm and as I was on my own, I just bought a ticket for the Main Stand from the ticket office and went straight inside. The atmosphere outside was very relaxed, with fans of both clubs mingling without any problems
 
The ground is like many other new stadiums, has a fairly bland design with four individual stands but it does provide good viewing from all areas and my seat just to the right of the halfway line provided an excellent view
 
The food and drink I had was above average in quality but probably more expensive than other League Two clubs. I also overheard some home fans specifically commenting on this.
 
The atmosphere was disappointing given this was a derby game, but it probably reflected the poor start, both clubs have made this season.
 
As for the game itself, Shrewsbury should have been comfortably ahead by half time but seemed sluggish at the start of the 2nd half and the result was only confirmed when they scored their 2nd goal in injury time
 
With only 5,000 fans in attendance, it was a straightforward walk back to the car and I was home in West Yorkshire by 7.30pm
 
I always enjoy these trips as a neutral as it allows me to watch games without the usual tension and anxiety that watching Leeds entails!
 
Today was my 124th English league ground and my 218th in total and I'd recommend it to other fans as a good day out in pleasant surroundings
 
I've only got seven of the current 92 to do and with three of these planned for next month, the finishing line is now in sight!

Shrewsbury Town v Plymouth Argyle
League Two
Saturday, August 6th 2011, 3pm
Will McCormack (Plymouth Argyle fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

The initial excitement of going to this ground is the fact of it being the opening day of the Npower League Two season which was a huge milestone to make for a club (Plymouth Argyle) being in so much turmoil over the past months. The fact the ground is fairly new and modern also made it seem to be what would be a comfortable trip.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

After travelling with the official club coach finding the ground was very simple as the coach drivers were guided on nearing Shrewsbury, by a Police escort consisting of two motorbikes. The ground had a substantial car park where the coach was directed to.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

After arriving at 1pm it there was plenty of time to find a local pub. The first pub we went to was the Brooklands Hotel, which was a short 5-10 minute walk from the ground itself and had a good atmosphere as this was where a large contingent of travelling supporters congregated. The pub itself struggled with such a large influx of supporters which lead to a lack of change behind the bar and people being turned away! We decided to leave and go to the the Charles Darwin Pub, which was located on the opposite side of the stadium. This is also had a fair contingent of Argyle fans in attendance. The pub had screens showing Sky Sports and the bar itself provided quick and helpful service. I strongly recommend either of these pubs, as long as the Brooklands has plenty of change!

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

First impressions of the ground were good, a neat tidy looking place and well laid out. The away stand was of a high quality with good views of the pitch from all areas. This was also the case with the concourse although with a large following of 1207 supporters it became overcrowded around the food outlet. The seating itself gave a great and generous amount of leg room and the seats themselves were comfortable. The other sides of the ground all very similar to the away stand gave the only negative point of the ground was that it looked quite basic looking in design.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

The game itself turned out to be a great day for the travelling supporters. The Argyle fans made an amazing atmosphere which was rarely if at all matched by a small contingent of voiceful Shrewsbury supporters in the West Stand. With a 90th minute equalizer for Argyle it made what was turning out to be a disappointing result into a great one. The stewards were present but unobtrusive and when a small contingent of troublemakers started to cause a disturbance they dealt with the situation swiftly and calmly.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground after the game was a very quick and easy process on the travel club coach. The police led a group of coaches and minibus's away from the ground effectively and quickly back onto the main road out of Shrewsbury.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall the trip itself was a great one! A brilliant atmosphere in the away end, a good quality ground with a high quality away stand and 90th minute equalizer from the team captain for a 1-1 result! Definitely a trip worth making and would be well recommended to anyone considering doing so!

Shrewsbury Town v Chesterfield
League Two
Saturday, January 22nd 2011, 3pm
Chris Connolly (Chesterfield fan)

Gay Meadow was one of my favourite grounds, being right next to the river in an interesting and picturesque town, so it's a shame that the new ground is away in the middle of nowhere, meaning there is no longer any need to visit the town of Shrewsbury itself. Having said that, the new place is very easy to reach by car, since it is situated just off the main A5 road to North Wales. Parking for the football is officially not allowed in the nearby Meole Brace Park & Ride but you'd never know, and at the end of the match a slow-motion procession made the road out of the Park &Ride, which looked like a scene from Exodus.
 
Chesterfield fans are inevitably going to make comparisons with our own new stadium when we visit other new or newish gounds. I'd say the New Meadow is a decent ground with a good view for away supporters, but it needs to have some buildings around it to provide some atmosphere. Football grounds always benefit from having streets and houses around them in my opinion. The view of the pitch may well be excellent but all is bleak behind and outside, which would be a pity anywhere but particularly so when Shrewsbury is such a nice place.
 
The match itself was forgettable in the extreme but in any case the experience on the away end was affected by the constant stream of foul-mouthed abuse towards the home fans from a section of the visiting support , some of whom were old enough to know much better. It's hard to concentrate when someone is bellowing in your ear all afternoon and this game was not interesting enough to be diverting, although a point for the Spireites was enough to keep us nicely clear at the top of the table.
 
No problem with stewarding nor with the home supporters. The concourse inside the away stand is a home from home for Chesterfield fans as it is exactly like our own ground. Warm water and dryers in the lavvy illustrate that the 21st century has arrived here but being a vegetarian I can't offer any opinion on the pies, I'm afraid. I didn't see any pubs nearby but the usual dismal crop of fast food outlets are all close by. The stadium's close proximity to a retail park does make it a tad reminiscent of Scunthorpe's Glanford Park (which isn't meant as a compliment) but if you like McDonald's burgers then this is the place for you.
 
In summary, pick up the new stadium and pop it into the space vacated on the riverbank by Gay Meadow and you'd have a pretty good place to watch football.

Shrewsbury Town v Southend United
League Two
Saturday, November 20th 2010, 3pm
John Spooner (Southend United fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

New ground not visited before.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Easy to find from A5 and parked at Brooklands pub for £5 by roundabout on A5112. Then a short five minute walk to the stadium.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Watched Arsenal lose 2-3 to Spurs on Sky in away stand. Locals were friendly and as we parked home fans were asking how long the trip was etc.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Ground looks impressive from outside but is plain inside with four matching stands and nothing special about the architecture. The pitch is obviously in good condition being new and the view from the away end is great. Plenty of leg room, although floodlights are blinding if you look up at any high balls.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

The game was lifeless in first half with both teams cautious but Shrewsbury came out early from half time and ran through a series of warm up exercises and it paid off when they took an early lead. Stewards were quick to control fans from both sides after a fracas on the pitch when a Southend defender apparently fouled the goalkeeper going for a loose ball. Southend then took the game to Shrewsbury and deservedly equalised with 4 minutes from time when Grant volleyed home a great goal.
 
I thoroughly enjoyed the cottage pie at half time even if a bit pricey at £2.70p. Toilets were clean and stewards friendly. Allowed fans to sit anywhere in the whole of the away stand and no problems displaying Southend flags.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
No problem leaving the ground but care is needed on crossing road outside the ground as traffic can be heavy and fast moving.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
An enjoyable day out and a good football match.

Attendance: 5,406

Shrewsbury Town v AFC Bournemouth
League Two
Saturday, February 27th 2010, 3pm
Alex Jones (Bournemouth fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

The trip to Shrewsbury represented a new ground for me, and from fellow supporters reviews of last year I new it was a trip I couldn’t afford to miss. Also Bournemouth were in great form, and promotion was looking a certainty for the debt riddled club. I was going hoping that it would conjure up 3 points, and it wasn’t as far as trips to Grimsby and Rotherham!

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The journey from Bournemouth was rather straight forward. It took around 4 hours, which wasn’t as bad as it seemed. The signposting around the ground was very helpful, albeit supplemented with program notes I had on me. However, the ground really is in the middle of nowhere, so leave plenty of time for drinking and getting a bite to eat. The car parking directly outside the ground was for home supporters only, so we found a local car park and I reckon a fiver is pretty much standard.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Before the game we just wandered round the ground, and had a look in the club shop. We then had a bite to eat inside the ground, and I found the food to be extremely good at a reasonable price. The added luxury of watching Sky Sports was great, and the choice of refreshments was also good. I tucked into my usual chicken balti pie, and it didn’t fail to disappoint.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

My first impressions of the ground was that it was fairly modern, but quite bland looking. Like many nowadays, it compromised of four similar one tired affairs. The away end and its facilities were extremely good, and a good noise could be generated.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

The game itself wasn’t great, ending in a one nil win for Shrewsbury. Bournemouth deserved to get something out of the game, but in all fairness if it wasn’t for the wood work it would have been at least three.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

The atmosphere was relatively good, with the home fans who made the noise congregating in the stand to the right of the away end. We had no problems with stewarding, while the pies were quality! The toilets were also fairly standard.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Shrewsbury is definitely a ground I would visit again. Its combination of modern facilities, welcoming fans and good atmosphere makes it a better ground to go to for league two club’s fans.

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Updated 23rd August 2016

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