Shrewsbury Town

Montgomery Waters 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
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: Shrews, Salop, Town or Blues
Year Ground Opened: 2007
Undersoil Heating: No
Shirt Sponsors: Energy Check
Away Shirt Sponsors: Shropshire Homes
Kit Manufacturer: Errea
Home Kit: Blue and Amber Stripes
Away Kit: Orange with White Trim

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

Shrewsbury Town have created history this season by becoming the first League Club in England to install rail seating, at their Montgomery Waters Meadow Stadium, thus creating a safe standing area. Six rows containing 550 rail seats have been installed at the back of the South Stand and can be switched between standing and seating. It is hoped that this will help boost the atmosphere at the stadium and attract more fans. I am sure this will be the first of many safe standing areas to come at other clubs in the coming years.

The stadium which is located on the outskirts of Shrewsbury has four separate stands, which 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 located beneath the roof of the away end.

In 2017 the stadium was renamed the Montgomery Waters Meadow Stadium in a corporate sponsorship deal. Montgomery Waters are a leading bottled water supplier.

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 North 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 the 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 £3.40). The club also provides 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. There are also large plasma screens on the concourses showing Sky Sports throughout the afternoon.

I had a pleasant visit to the Montgomery Waters Meadow 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. Hopefully, this will be boosted more by the home safe standing area in the South End. Even though I was at a local derby, the atmosphere was not hostile and I encountered no problems.

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David Matthias informs me; 'There are a couple of pubs within walking distance of the stadium. Firstly there is the 'Wild Pig (known before as 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 and catering on matchdays, plus real ale from the Salopian Brewery. Also handily located just up from the BP Garage across the road is the 'Flippin Fish' Fish & Chip Shop. The Wild Pig 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 Wild Pig 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 Wild Pig 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.

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 £3 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 is located 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 Wild Pig 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 Greenhous Meadow 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 railway 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 £1.60. It doesn't run though in the evenings. There is a Football Special Bus Service that runs from the Town Centre Bus Station up to the stadium, which costs £2.50, In addition bus service numbers 8, 16, 23, 25 and 544/546 all stop near to the stadium (but are rather sparse or non-existent in the late evening after midweek games). The Football Special Bus Service promptly departs from behind the South Stand, ten minutes after the final whistle back to the town centre. 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 Montgomery Waters Meadow Stadium:
10,210* v Chelsea
League Cup 4th Round, 28th October 2014.

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

Average Attendance

2017-2018: 6,249 (League One)
2016-2017: 5,507 (League One)
2015-2016: 5,481 (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.

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Shrewsbury Town v Plymouth Argyle
League One
Saturday 10th February 2018, 3pm
Bryan Davis (Plymouth Argyle fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Montgomery Waters Meadow?

With both teams in good form it promised to be an interesting game and as a bonus Montgomery Waters Meadow is one of the closest grounds for us.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We had an easy journey and the ground is easy to find just off the A5. I had done some research on parking and decided to park in the Toys R Us carpark on the Meole Brace Retail Park which is about a 10-minute walk from the ground.  When arrived there was no attendant but there were signs up to allow you to pay for parking by mobile phone, which is what I did.  Notwithstanding this I received a parking charge notice in the post a few days later which I obviously challenged, and it has now been waived (note waived not cancelled!).  The Toys R Us store is closing so the parking arrangements in this area may change. There seemed to be a lot of traffic using the park and ride car park although it does say it’s not for match day parking, the rest of the retail park had restrictions – so all a bit confusing really. If I was going again I think I’d pay £5 and use the Percy Thrower’s Garden Centre carpark, also only a few minutes’ walk. The traffic around the retail park was very busy at 12:30pm.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We got some lunch at one of the food outlets on the retail park, there’s a reasonable choice of chain coffee shops & fast food, before heading to the ground at about 2pm. There were plenty of folks in colours from both teams about and there were no issues that I saw either before or after the game.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Montgomery Waters Meadow Stadium?
 
The Montgomery Waters Meadow Stadium is a relatively new ground, built on a green field site so it has space around it.  There are four separate stands, as the corners are open, all of a uniform design. The Main (East) Stand has the offices, shop etc. bolted on the back.  As you would expect views of the action are good, the seats comfortable enough and there are no supporting pillars to get in the way.  Floodlights are only mounted on the East and West Stands, four pylons on each roof. The away end is at the North side of the ground with the away fans having the whole of the stand allocated to them. On our visit it was on a “sit where you like” basis. The stands are quite steeply banked and reasonably close to the touch/bye lines. There is an electronic score board at the back of the North Stand.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.
 
Argyle had beaten Blackburn Rovers the previous Saturday and Shrewsbury had only lost at home once all season in the league, so an interesting game was in prospect.
Shrewsbury started well on a pitch that was rather bobbly and with what seemed like their first attack got the ball in the net – right in front of us.  It was a good bit of play to be fair and livened up the home fans.  About 10 minutes later Argyle were awarded a penalty – which was saved.  Was it to be “one of those afternoons”? The answer was no, Argyle really found their rhythm and just on the half hour Jamie Ness found himself in loads of space with just the ‘keeper to beat and finished well to tie the game up.
 
The second half was all Argyle really, on the hour Zac Vyner bundled in from a Graham Carey corner in front of the 995 travelling fans to put the Greens in the lead.  It’s not to say Shrewsbury didn’t create anything but they didn’t have any really good chances. The Shrewsbury fans were quite vocal until Argyle scored and they got quieter as the game progressed, meanwhile the away end was rocking.  At the final whistle, three sides of the ground emptied quickly while the away end was still cheering the players who had come over to celebrate a great win and performance.
 
The stewards were fine, they may have been a bit wary of the “banter” between the two sets of fans in the North East corner.  The one steward I spoke to was actually from Plymouth!  I can’t comment on the food as we didn’t have any.  As with many grounds, it was a bit cramped in the concourse with a decent away crowd.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
There seemed to be lots of Police keeping an eye on things between the ground and the retail park. By the time we got back to the car it took about 15 minutes to get on to the A49.  
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A cracking game and a good day out. The only downside was the amount of traffic in the area.

Shrewsbury Town v Plymouth Argyle
League One
Saturday 10th February 2018, 3pm
Neil Boughton (Plymouth Argyle fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Montgomery Waters Meadow?
 
We were planning a lads weekend away in Birmingham and thought we'd plan around an Argyle game. Shrewsbury is only an hour away from Birmingham so it made sense to take in this game.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We took the train to Birmingham and then from Birmingham to Shrewsbury. A minor hiccup was that the line was shut between Plymouth and Exeter, and the coach that was booked to take us to Tiverton decided to leave early! We were put into taxis up to Tiverton, however we did miss our original train. Not a problem for us, just meant we got the one an hour later. Once we got to Shrewsbury we got a cab from right outside the station to The Wild Pig pub. I'd highly recommend booking a cab though as the ones outside the station are extortionate! Cost us the best part of £20
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We got to The Wild Pig around 1.30pm and managed to fit a few pints in before taking the 10 minute walk to the stadium. The pub itself was brilliant, as they had a bar at the back designated to away fans, with sky sports showing as well.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Montgomery Waters Meadow Stadium?
 
The ground is what you'd expect from any new ground. It was clean, tidy, impressive that it consisted of 4 separate stands rather than the standard bowl designs you see these days.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game itself was brilliant for Argyle. Going 1-0 down to end up winning 2-1 against a side that had only lost once at home all season is something. I barely saw the stewards doing anything, which is a good thing as it meant there was no trouble, and they weren't being over the top. The hot dogs and cider inside the ground were decent, bit annoying that cider in a bottle is the same price as a pint of beer given the difference in size!
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
We booked a cab back to the station which arrived dead on time, and early enough to miss most of the traffic. The cab only cost £7, a complete contrast to the £20 it cost the other way! If you're going by train I'd highly recommend pre-booking a cab to and from the ground, it saves time and money, and is the easiest way of making it from the station to the ground.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A fantastic away day trip with the lads, great fun and laughter on the way up, fantastic game and a great night in Birmingham. I would highly recommend it!

Shrewsbury Town v Plymouth Argyle
League One
Saturday 10th February 2018, 3pm
Les Herbert (Plymouth Argyle fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Montgomery Waters Meadow?
 
The previous weekend we had ended Blackburn Rovers long unbeaten run so I was hoping we could do the same to the home sides record of only one home defeat all season. Also this looked a nice ground to visit with the luxury of an 8am coach departure from Plymouth.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I was on one of the supporters clubs official coaches so this was never going to be an issue.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Upon arrival, two hours before kick off I headed straight for the club shop to buy a programme and a scarf as a momento of my visit (as per normal). I then took time walking around the outside of the ground to get a feel for the place an briefly met some of the home supporters who seemed very friendly.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Montgomery Waters Meadow Stadium?
 
This is a modern looking stadium with built up all seater stands affording good views of the pitch from all sides with nothing getting in the way of the view. Although we had a wet coach journey up it didn't rain the whole time we were there so were able to enjoy the match dry and not too cold considering the recent weather. The pitch however appeared to be heavily sanded in places and patchy. The subsequent match review highlighted the lack of watering done on the playing surface which was probably down to the recent heavy rain and possible risk of further precipitations which fortunately did not transpire.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was a League One fixture with both sides on a good run of form. On paper with Shrewsbury's excellent home form (only one defeat all season) and our climb off the bottom of the table in December to 11th now we would have settled for a draw. How wrong we were .... After six minutes we were a goal down to a piece of neat passing and a cool finish. Shortly afterwards we won a penalty which was saved. This was not looking too good. Despite this heads did not drop and with the loud constant singing support of the Argyle faithful we equalised scored by Ness one of our midfield players. His first goal in three years! 1 - 1 at half time. The draw was on. 
 
In the second half we were very much on the front foot then from a corner young Vyner, a loanee defender, poked home his first goal in senior football sending the near 1000 Argyle fans into ecstatic celebrations which never ended up to the final whistle. Needless to say the atmosphere from us was brilliant and easily muted the home supporters efforts in cheering on their side throughout a pulsating game. The stewards all seemed friendly but serious looking and not to be messed about. Although I didn't have one I understand the pies were good value.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
After the game, the car park looked congested to get out of but we were given a police escort away from the ground which enabled us to get out of town quickly and easily. Otherwise, I think it could have taken some time.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A nice ground to visit and easy to find if you were driving there yourself as it is situated on the outskirts of town with plenty of parking on site. The day as such was brilliant with us continuing to climb the table with yet another away day victory which was unexpected in view of Shrewsbury's home form this season.

Shrewsbury Town v West Ham United
FA Cup 3rd Round
Sunday 7th January 2018, 2pm
Boysie (West Ham United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Montgomery Waters Meadow?
 
My first Visit to the Montgomery Waters Meadow and away in the FA Cup.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Journeyed by train from London Euston on the Virgin West Coast line, which was comfortable and speedy. However then changing to take a train from Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury was a nightmare. The train was packed out. The train stopped at every station along the route and just did not get into second gear. As it was a Sunday there were very few buses available to take the 2,000 West Ham United fans up to the ground. Luckily I had took the precaution of pre-booking a taxi to and from ground. I used www.shrewsburytaxiservice.co.uk. A great firm that met me at the station and after at the ground as planned.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
As it was a 2pm kick off I went straight to the ground and entered the Fan zone and had some local brewed Shrewsbury Ale at a very reasonable price. Mixed with Shrewsbury fans who were very pleasant and up for the game.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Montgomery Waters Meadow?
 
It looked alright. The design is a fair standard for the lower leagues where they have re-sited from an old ground. The away end gave a reasonable view but the elevation was poor with a lack of depth of perception. Seat Numbers were 1-30 for each section and fans were constantly moving from one section to another before settling down. The surroundings to the ground were very picturesque.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The atmosphere from both sides very sporadic. The stewards were okay and toilets clean. Shrewsbury who are second in League One, dominated for large parts of the game but were unable to find the winner. Joe Hart in the West Ham goal made two smart stops, whilst the West Ham team could only register two shots on target during the whole match. The Shrewsbury team gave everything, whilst West Ham just coasted along without any real threat. The game ended 0-0.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
The taxi as booked turned up on time and a smooth ride back to the railway station. Then the train home including a stop over in Birmingham to refill at the Shakespeare pub in Lower Temple Street, which always has great ales available.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A poor day for West Ham Fans.

Shrewsbury Town v Oldham Athletic
League One
Monday 1st January 2018, 3pm
Dom Weiss (Oldham Athletic fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Montgomery Waters Meadow?
 
It was a new ground for me to tick off so was looking forward to visiting a new ground.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Well, considering it was New Years Day, I was suffering from a bad hangover and the minibus, I was a passenger on, took the A roads through Nantwich and Whitchurch, the journey wasn't pleasant. Saying that it's an easy ground to get to. We were dropped off on the main road next to the stadium and picked up from the entrance to the car park to parking wasn't an issue.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We stopped en route at a pub called the Two Henry's on the A49, about ten minutes drive away. Standard chain pub at a service area so was pretty quiet.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Montgomery Waters Meadow Stadium?
 
Although it looks similar to most new small stadiums it is a nice ground. I had bought a ticket in advance but a mate of mine paid on day at the away ticket office. He made it to his seat just in time for kick off to tell me that they had to run round to the main ticket office as they had ran out of tickets.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was dull. A lack of passion from Oldham in the first half and a goal gifted to Shrewsbury. We had two attempts saved on the line and a typical last 10 minute battle to save a point. I didn't bother with a pie as I had eaten earlier at a Burger King that was next to the pub. But I had a coffee at half time, which helped with the hangover and to defrost me a little. Facilities were generally good.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away was very easy. Our minibus was pulled up at the entrance to the main car park with all the taxi's and hit no traffic.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
It was an average away day. A dull game and very hungover. That's as much as I can say on that.

Shrewsbury Town v Blackburn Rovers
Football League One
Saturday 23rd September 2017, 3pm
Christian Lyth (Blackburn Rovers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Montgomery Waters Meadow Stadium?
 
Another new ground for me in this division coupled with Shrewsbury being top of the league meant I was definitely looking forward to this game.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
It was an easy journey to Shrewsbury on a direct train, taking just over an hour from Manchester. It would have been helpful if they'd put more than two carriages on this service.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We had a couple of pints in the Loggerheads pub in the town centre which I'd recommend but we wanted some food so moved to the Cromwell around the corner. It was very nice, probably not your typical pre-match pub but friendly staff, nice food and they even called us a taxi, to get up to the ground.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Montgomery Waters Meadow Stadium?
 
Annoyingly the taxi didn't turn up, or if it did was well late by the time we left but we got lucky as the bus that goes from the station was passing as were waiting and the friendly driver was most kind in letting us on as we'd have missed a fair chunk of the match otherwise.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Blackburn Rovers had sold out our 1500 allocation so I was expecting a decent noise but rather like the team we were a little flat on the whole. The stadium itself is nice in a new ground kind of way but a rubbish location and the stewards were on the whole pretty unhelpful and seemed to be much more aggressive than seemed necessary. One thing that was confusing was the seat numbers just ran per block so like 1-30 rather than the length of the stand and as the block numbers weren't the clearest so there were lots of people in the wrong places. Overall we played poorly and didn't start playing until going 1 down. I felt on the whole though the 1-1 was a fair reflection.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
We'd managed to blag a lift back into town off a friend parked on the Toys'R'Us car park which would have been fine but stupidly the stewards wouldn't let us out of the gate literally right outside the back corner of the away end, insisting we had to walk the full way around. I get that when they want to direct large groups away in a certain direction but this was half a dozen guys that actually had to then walk through miles more fans going the other way, very petty and pointless.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Shrewsbury was a lovely location and had a couple of pints in town before the train home, spoilt for choice and locals all friendly. The ground is too far out for me and not enough facilities to get to easily, but overall definitely a decent day.

Shrewsbury Town v Bolton Wanderers
Football League One
Saturday 25th March 2017, 3pm
Anthony (Bolton Wanderers fan)

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

While I go to every Bolton game that I am able to attend, the Greenhous Meadow was a new ground for me (54 of 92 done now), and another important game in Wanderers' promotion push.

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

Came on the train, and got a bus from the town centre to the ground. Shrewsbury is a lovely town but the traffic was not so.

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

Went to the Brooklands pub which about a 15 minute walk from the Greenhous Meadow ground. The away fans had their own function room bar which they were directed to, but as it was nice everyone was outside. Didn't speak to any home fans, but we were all outside the pub and all was well.

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

The Greenhous Meadow is a tidy, functional, modern ground, there's little else you can say about it really.

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

We won 2-0 after a hard fought first half. A sell out Bolton following were brilliant. The stewarding was reasonable, can't vouch for the food as I didn't have any.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Rubbish really, again poor traffic and ended up missing my booked train. I ended up having a pint in the town centre before finally leaving.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Good - just wish the ground was closer to a train station!

Shrewsbury Town v Bolton Wanderers
Football League One
Saturday 25th March 2017, 3pm
Ian (Doing the 92)

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

We travelled by train, first from Wigan to Crewe and then from Crewe to Shrewsbury. Pretty straightforward journey with the total travelling time just over an hour. The ground is approx.two to three miles from the town centre. We caught the Park and Ride bus, which cost £1.60 single journey.

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

We had breakfast in "The Old Post Office" pub. A full English breakfast cost £4.99 including toast, tea, or coffee. Well worth it and they serve it till 11am. We also had a beer in the Three Fishes, The Anchor Inn and also the local Wetherspoons pub. The Anchor had a lovely little beer garden at the rear which came in useful as it was a lovely sunny day.

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

You could walk past the ground and not know it was there! It is set back off the main road behind trees, shrubs, bushes etc.The ground is a very tidy little place with a picturesque view from the away end. We had a very good view of the match.

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

The game was nothing special but it was another important win for Bolton. I think it was their fifth in a row. There was a decent atmosphere considering there were only just over 7,000 spectators and also there are large gaps in the corners which will, in my opinion, reduce the atmosphere. The stewards were very friendly the facilities were good although the concourse under the stand was on the narrow side. At half time the stewards opened an exit and erected a steel fence so if you wanted to go outside the ground for a smoke you could. I thought that was a nice gesture Shrewsbury Town must be applauded for that.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was a bit of a nightmare in my case! I came out the game early and could not see a bus or taxi so I decided to walk back to town. It took me almost an hour. However, I followed the main road into town, but apparently, I learned later there is a shortcut as my friends found it and the did the walk in half the time.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was a good day out. Shrewsbury is a lovely town and well worth visiting. We never saw a hint of trouble and the locals must also be applauded for their hospitality. The only negative point is that the ground is a long way out of town so allow yourself plenty of time in order to get there. It took me 10 minutes to reach it after getting off the bus. You have to travel up a main road and then turn right and double back on yourself. In my opinion, access could be improved by constructing a path/road off the main road. This would considerably reduce travelling time for spectators travelling via bus and on foot.

Shrewsbury Town v Oxford United
Football League One
Saturday 12th November 2016, 3pm
Ioan Griffith (Doing the 92)

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

I had never been to Greenhous Meadow before, and this was a relatively local one to me (although living in Mid Wales your options are limited), as I am fairly new to the 'groundhopping' lark, I am keen to get the closest grounds out of the way first before the more costly further away ones.

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

I took the train with my mother (not a football enthusiast whatsoever!) along the 'Heart of Wales' line cutting through the beautiful Welsh countryside. The journey took two and a half hours so we were glad when we finally made it to Shropshire. Upon arrival we walked to the 'Prince of Wales pub on Bynner Street (which was packed with home and away fans), 20 minutes walk out of town; we found out that we could get transport from the pub [to the ground] as advised on this website. Rather than having food in the pub we walked to the Nando's a five minute walk away from the 'Prince of Wales' and then returned after eating to try and catch their own bus to the ground, which was sold out on our arrival; but the pub kindly arranged a car journey for us and a few other late arrivals.

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

As mentioned before we walked to the Shrewsbury Nando's, which was quick and delicious pre-match food. The home fans were very friendly, no problems with them.

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

The Greenhous Meadow ground looks fairly modern (not surprising considering the ground opened in 2007), there is a rather small car park outside the stadium which was full. The Oxford away fans had been allocated the whole of the North Stand at one end. The largest stand at the stadium is the West Stand, which is very impressive. A similar looking East Stand, which surrounded the dugout, also had a decent-sized wheelchair platform for home fans; a feature many grounds in the UK lack. The South Stand (where we sat) was similar to the North Stand in its appearance, and was also covered with pro-Shrews flags at it's rear; a nice touch. Overall a nice array of all-seater stands.

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

The game itself was poor, a rather boring first half with sporadic attacks from both teams; although a goal was scored after 20 minutes following a goalmouth scramble. I left to buy some much needed hot drinks on a cold November's evening just before half time. There was only one kiosk with three tills in our stand (South), which meant it was almost second half kick off before I returned with two warm cups of Bovril at £2 each. There were a collection of hot and cold drinks available as well as an array of pies and snacks, as well as a vending machine inside the concourse. I can't say there was anything wrong with the stewards, as they didn't have much to do.

The second half displayed a much more bullish performance from the away team Oxford, who had many attacks, bringing out many good saves from the Shrews keeper. Oxford did not take their chances however and were caught out by a Shrews counter-attack deep into injury time to make the final score 2-0, which would mean a first win in 10 league games for Salop. The atmosphere in the South Stand was mediocre, there were a few chants of 'Salop! Salop!' in a stand which swearing was a rarity. Most of the noise was coming from a group of Shrews fans in the East Stand and the visiting Oxford fans, who were in good number; 900 making the journey from Oxfordshire.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We got back to the 'Prince of Wales' at 5:20pm; walking straight back to the train station to get our train back to Wales at 18:01, with 20 minutes to spare, a nice rarity.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A good, eventful day out with the mother (even she enjoyed!) in a beautiful town with some unique architecture. The match wasn't the best but at least we saw two goals in a nice stadium, with some nice fans. Another ground ticked off the lengthy '92' list.

 

Shrewsbury Town v MK Dons
Football League One
Saturday 6th August 2016, 3pm
David Drysdale (MK Dons fan)

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

It was the first game of the season after MK Dons' relegation back to League One. It would be interesting to see how we fared against League One opposition after a summer of questionable transfer activity. I had never been to Shrewsbury's ground before and was another one to tick off for me.

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

We decided to drive and followed the sat-nav to the Greenhous Meadow Stadium post code to find that the nearest "pay on the day" car park was nearly a mile's walk away. Instead we parked in the Brookland's Hotel/Pub car-park near the roundabout by the stadium, which charged around £5 for the pleasure - lots of fans from both clubs parked here and were enjoying a few drinks in the pub nearby.

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

We were fairly late arriving so walk straight from the pub car park to the ground in search of a our standard "burger van burger." To our disappointment we found that there were no burger/hot food vans outside the ground itself, despite doing a full lap of the stadium. Instead we headed inside and had a beer in the away end.

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

It was a lovely summer's day and baking hot - the stadium looked modern and it situated in a very well kept area. The away end is pretty smart, with some nice views of the Shropshire countryside/hills visible through the gaps in the stadium at the other end. The view of the pitch was very good and it was a very plea sent place to watch football.

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

The game was quite tight for the first half, but MK Dons finally showed their quality and scored mid-second half with a powerful Daniel Powell strike. Home fans were very friendly and good natured, although due to the low attendance the atmosphere wasn't particularly exciting from either set of fans. Food and drink were standard football overpriced fodder, but I enjoyed a very nice "pie of the day" which I believe was 'Cottage Pie'. Stewards were friendly and were no problem at all.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

An very pleasant walk from the stadium back to the roundabout and then to the pub car park. Got away very quickly from the car park and back on to the main roads with minimal traffic.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A very enjoyable, easy-going and pleasant day of football. Shrewsbury fans were a friendly bunch and the atmosphere was relaxed. I am looking forward to returning to the Greenhous Meadow whenever that may be.

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.

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Updated 21st July 2018

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