Shrewsbury Town v Southend United
Taming Of The Shrews...bury
Shrewsbury Town v Southend United
Blues travel to Shrewsbury on Saturday to end their unbeaten league record at home.
Shrewsbury are yet to lose at home in the league this season, with Chelsea being the only team to win there, in the Capital One Cup.
Shrewsbury go into the game on the back of a late victory against Newport County. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro’s goal in the 77th minute won the game for tomorrow’s hosts. Southend also go into this one on the back of a 1-0 victory, they beat York City at home last week, with Shaquile Coulthirst scoring the only goal from the penalty spot. (Which of course, you knew as you will have read my report!)
The two sides have met 58 times in total, with Blues having won ten more games than Shrewsbury. Tomorrow’s hosts have won 17 of those 58 meetings, while Blues have won 27. There have been 14 draws. In more recent games between these two sides, the results have been fairly mixed.
The most recent meeting was back in September, when Blues beat Shrewsbury 1-0. Shaquile Coulthirst’s looping header early on won it for Blues.
Blues first met Shrewsbury in 1951, when we beat them at 1-0 Gay Meadow, (Shrewsbury’s then ground) before both sides played out a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture.
Shrewsbury Wins: 17
Southend Wins: 27
Who are Shrewsbury Town?
Full Name: Shrewsbury Town Football Club
Nicknames: Salop, The Blues, The Town, The Shrews
Ground: Greenhous Meadow – (Not spelt incorrectly – “Greenhous” is the name of a company) – 9,875 Capacity
Manager: Micky Mellon
2013-14 Season: SkyBet League One – 23rd - Relegated
Most Recent Line-Ups:
Shrewsbury: Leutwiler, Gayle (Grandison – 87’), Knight-Percival, Ellis, Goldson, Demetriou, Woods, Lawrence, Grant (Southern – 87’), Collins, Mandron (Akpa-Akpro – 75’)
outhend United: Bentley, White, Thompson, Binnom-Williams, Coker, Worrall (Hurst – 62’’), Leonard, Timlin, Atkinson (Weston – 58’), Pigott, Cassidy (Coulthirst – 75’)
Last Time We Met:
Southend: Bentley, White, Thompson, Prosser, Binnom-Williams, Deegan, Clifford, Payne (Corr – 74’), Coulthirst, Weston (Bolger – 95’), Hurst (Atkinson – 63’)
Shrewsbury:Leutwiler, Grandison, Goldson, Knight-Percival, Demetriou, Woods, Wesolowski, Gayle (Clarke – 56’), Lawrence (Mangan – 56’), Akpa-Akpro, Collins (Vincent – 71’)
Shrewsbury’s Last 5 Results
Newport County (A) – W 0-1
Stevenage FC (H) – W 3-2
Hartlepool United (H) – W 3-0
Luton Town (A) – D 0-0
Burton Albion (A) – L 1-0
What Could Happen?
A win for Shrewsbury, who are currently top of the league, would of course, keep them top unless Burton Albion win by ten goals or more and Shrewsbury lose by ten goals or more.
A win for Blues would put them up to 4th, but only if Luton Town lose. Blues are currently three points behind Wycombe in third, but due to their superior goal difference, seeing Blues go third after tomorrow’s game would be very unlikely...as nice as it would be!
For Travelling Blues Fans
Where Can I Drink?
Based on my research, there are a few pubs within walking distance of the ground. I also hear the Shrewsbury fans are quite nice, so I am sure they will be happy to direct you.
Where Can I Eat?
Unless you stop at the services on the motorway, there are some fast food outlets within a Retail Park close to the stadium.
Where Can I Park?
There is a nearby park & ride site, which is situated within a 10-15 minute walk from the ground. However, due to obvious reasons, you will have to actually use the park & ride and not just park there and walk to the ground. You may also be able to park in the Retail Park but I am unsure of this as I haven’t been there before and unfortunately will not be attending tomorrow.