Greenhous Meadow Stadium
Shrewsbury Town v Crewe Alexandra
Saturday, August 20th 2011, 3pm
By Paul Dickinson
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
Shrewbury 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!
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