To continue our countdown to the new season, which starts in 4 days, RoversChat will be looking at the teams that Rovers will be facing in the 2017/18 season. The second of two teams we will look at today is Shrewsbury Town…
Name: Shrewsbury Town
Manager: Paul Hurst
Ground Name: New Meadow
Nickname: Salop, The Blues, The Town, The Shrews
Star Player: Louis Dodds
Players In: James Bolton, Zak Jules, Craig MacGillivray, Jon Nolan
Players Out: Callum Burton, Adam El-Abd, Callum Grogon, Mark Halstead, Ethan Jones, Olly Lancashire, Jim O’Brien
The club was formed in 1886 and was elected to the Football League in 1950. The club has since competed in each of the lower three tiers of the Football League, in addition to one season spent in the Conference Premier in 2003–04. It has also competed in the Welsh Cup, winning it six times, a record for an English team.
Shrewsbury just about avoided the drop last season, finishing 18th just above Bury on 51 points. They will need to look to improve on last season’s performance in arguably a much tougher division than last year. With promoted teams Portsmouth and Plymouth providing some real challenges from the off, along with Blackburn, Wigan and Rotherham who were relegated – League One is a more difficult division than it has been for many a year.
Adam El-Abd could prove to be a big loss at the back for The Shrews, as the experienced defender has been there and done it in this league for many a season, and his replacement – 20 year old Zak Jules, may not be the man to fill his boots. It’s going to be a tough season for them, and many tip them as one of the favourites to struggle, with more players having left an already dwindling side from last season, than they have replaced with transfers in this summer.
However Shrewsbury’s pre-season form has been spectacular, with wins against Aston Villa, Wolves, Cardiff and Burton proving that maybe they could prove myself, and other doubters, wrong when it comes to the 2017/18 season.
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