Loggerheads?

The debate continues as to wether the club should revert back to the old Loggerheads badge, rather then the badge that replaced the Loggerheads in 2007 when we moved from the hallowed turf of the Gay Meadow to the ground which is quick becoming a fortress the Greenhous Meadow.

So as the controversy goes on I took it upon myself to design a badge which takes into account the modern approach of the clipart badge with the inclusion of the Loggerheads. With that in mind I hope my design will appeal to people of all ages.

The design makes the name and vital information of the club clearly visable, and will make the club recognisable to outsiders, but at the same time includes the old badge, and favourite amongst fans, the Loggerheads.

My design for the town badge, which includes the Loggerheads.
My design for the town badge, which includes the Loggerheads.

I hope that the readers of this blog like this design, and please feel free to comment at the bottom of this page, or on Twitter and Facebook, to tell me what you think!

Breathe on ’em Salop

Fletch

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Salop Vs Tranmere

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Well, the days do fly by between matches! And after getting of the mark with a great 1-0 win over Preston on Tuesday night, Turner and the lads will be looking to get one over on the pacesetters of this campaign, Tranmere Rovers.

The arrival of Tranmere brings our second home game of the season, and another chance to extend our unbeaten home run, this time to 34 competitive matches. However, the visitors will come into this game with the uptmost of confidence after convincing wins over Leyton Orient on the opening day, and most recently Carlisle. Rovers midfielder Andy Robinson will be a man to watch carfully after scoring his first hat-trick on on Tuesday.

No matter how strong Tranmere have looked in their opening fixtures, I believe that Town have the capability to get a result from this game, and add yet more eyecatching results to the history books at the fortress that is the Greenhous Meadow!!

Breathe on ’em Salop!

Fletch

Salop 1-0 PNE

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A stunning strike by Paul Parry secured town their first win of the campaign and extended their unbeaten home record to 33 games!

Going into this game not many people expected a home win and to be fair we were living in hope that our unbeaten home record wouldn’t be ruined in the return of a new season.

But those of you who were anxious needn’t have worried when Paul Parry smashed a shot into the top corner to get town off and running.

There has been many people trying to explain the goal but the best tweet goes to the Official Shrewsbury Town Twitter Page @shrewsweb

@shrewsweb: GOAL! Town 1-0 PNE. Parry, 4. Paul unleashes an absolute thunderbolt from all of 20 yards after only four minutes!

The rest of the first half was end to end with really interesting football being played but both sides couldn’t find the next goal.

Half time arrived and the fans got to experience the cues and the delights of Jennies catering before taking their seats 5 minutes into the second half after enjoying a chicken balti pie and a pint.

Second half started how it finished. Some brilliant football being played but Preston had no luck down either wings with Purdie and Grandison being in top form.

It wasn’t long until town came close to a second after Purdie headed just wide after a great corner from Wright.

Apart from that, the second half was end to end and very entertaining. And just over 5000 town fans went home happy yet again.

Overall Attendance
6444 (1016 from PNE)

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Atmosphere

Well what a night. Great atmosphere with Turner even commenting on how loud we were. Some decent new songs being trialled as well and hopefully in a few weeks they will be heard all around the fortress.

Players Reaction

@markwright1982: Great result tonight good to get are first 3 points on the board and still undefeated at home roll on Saturday #salop

@JermaineG_2: Great team performance tonight and great 1-0 victory. The lads worked hard for it. Roll on Saturday now! Another 3 points needed. #Salop

@LukeSummers25: A great win for us tonight! Great effort from all the boys and what a hit from PP! #tekkers bring on saturday! #salop

@Big_Hec35: Great result tonight good to get a clean sheet #BOOM good to get a tough 90 minutes #GoodTimes

Fans Reaction

@tim_woodhouse: Lose 1-0 on Sat to 4th minute goal, score in 4th minute tonight and win 1-0. Going to be one of those seasons in #league1 #Salop #saloppne

@Ten2ndSplat: hecs (Michael Hector) made a big change from sat and was getting his boot and head on everything he could MOM for me

@jason2salop: Was very impressed by Purdie tonight but still a big fan of Parry especially after that strike! #WelshWizard

@Tiptontheref13: grandison MOM, Purdie was also solid and played well in my view and Jones put in some crucial blocks/challenges

@shrewsTRUST2010: #salop Best moment was PNE player falling over after Grandison beat him for pace

@tom_shrews: Great performance from all the players tonight especially @markwright1982 #MOTM

@ConnorQuentin: Great match, Great goal and Great atmosphere. Well played Shrewsbury. SALOP!

The Award For Most Controversial Tweet Goes To

@Robmartindale91: @nickywroe and @Shane10112 on that bus home could of been in bed now with 3 points. On the #m6 #pointless . #itsnotaboutthepricetag #SALOP

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Town Vs PNE

So, another big day on the Shrewsbury Town Calendar! The first home game back in League One, not only that but this is the first time we have faced Preston since 1997.

After a good performance on the opening day at Bramal Lane, the Gaffer (Graham Turner) will be looking to turn a good performance into points on the board as Town continue their campaign. But it’s not just bragging rights at stake for the lads, this is the chance to extend our unbeaten home record (in competitive games) to 540 days.

Tonights game also marks the return of Nicky Wroe and Shane Cansdell-Sherriff, who both joined North End after their contracts expired. Lets give them a warm welcome back, but we won’t let them leave with a smile on their faces!!

 

Breathe on ’em Salop

Fletch

Salop v Preston Head-To-Head

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So with town due to play Preston in the league for the first time since 1997, Alex has been given the task of finding out the head-to-head between the 2 teams.

Head to Head

Games Played – 25
Won – 7
Draw– 4
Lost – 14

So looking back at the history of this tie, it seems Preston have been a lot more successful playing against us and the last time Salop managed to beat Preston was in the Worthington Cup in 2000. Unfortunately this was a 2 leg tie and we lost 5-2 on aggregate.

In the league the last time Salop beat Preston dates back to 1994 where we beat them 1-0 in front of just over 5000 fans at the Gay Meadow.

But a little trivia for you:

Who Scored the winning goal?

The first time we played Preston was in 1970 when we lost 1-0 in the old division 3.

Biggest Win v Preston – 3-0 on the 21st February 1981
Biggest Loss v Preston – 1-6 on the 28th August 1993.

Adrian Plimmer was in a reflective mood on Facebook

Interesting that Preston was our last League One home game back in 1997. Can vividly remember their fans banter on where they were going and on our downwards direction. Looking forward to it.

So with all this in mind, and the players Preston have brought in, it’s hard to see where a win will come from but we have every confidence.

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Sheffield United 1-0 Salop

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So the first game of our return to the third tier of the football league ended in a defeat after David McAlister scored to give the Blades their first 3 points of the season and Salops second defeat in Yorkshire in 7 days.

But don’t be disheartened by the scoreline because Salop deserved at least a point. There were plenty of opportunities as sky sports iPhone app shows below.

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The closest we got to scoring was when Terry Gornell had a goal disallowed. We believe this was a close call.
Also Paul Parry came close just before half time when a cracking chip hit the post.

Second half and town came out but continued to shoot blanks. With Wright coming close as well as substitutes Wildig, Hall, and Bradshaw all having shots but failing to grab the equaliser.

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But the main talking point has to be the fans.

Captain Matt Richards said on twitter “@Richo03: Thanks 4 the amazing support yesterday shrewsbury fans,the team thought it was tremendous! Disappointing result,we’ll put it right Tuesday!”

We don’t know how many people woke up with voices today but we think not many. Singing for 90 minutes. Great colour and were a credit to the club.

We out sang the Sheffield United fans and even the Blades fans mentioned on their message board how good we were.

Also Jermaine Grandison mentioned the fans when he tweeted:

@JermaineG_2: Disappointing result today. We deserved to get a result tho. I wanna give a shout out to the shrews fans that travelled. You were excellent!

So we want to thank you for getting behind the lads and lets continue this great vocal support at home games, as well as the brilliant numbers away from home.

Fans Reaction

@jason2salop: Happy enough just need somebody to take those chances! Collins came good last year, hopefully one of the others will this! Thought Parry was the best player on the pitch!

@IanEStreet: MOTM Parry. We need to replace James Collins. More solid at the back. Jones is the new sharps. JJ & Hall might be in on tues

@edwards1746: good performance and parry was my MOM but do need to bring in a striker to convert the chances we are making #strongmidfield

@Ten2ndSplat: Parry MOM think we’ve got the team, most our shots were hit into the ground making it easy for keeper. Also need to shot more from distance stead of trying 2 pass our way 2 goal.Otherwise I’d say brilliant against a strong team!

@SamG_15: Great performance all that was missing was someone to finish our chances! Parry MOTM also impressed with @dljones83 #salop

@BurrowsAbout: I said we needed a proven goalscorer. This proves we need a proven goalscorer. Had Blades on the wrack. Deserved a point #Salop

@HCaslin: Great performance by the lads yesterday proud to be a shrews fan just need that one out and out goalscorer #salop

@Joelstfc_: Still can’t get over how we did not win yesterday. I recall Sheffield having 3 shots on target compared to our 9/10. We need to be clinical in front of goal. Our fans were phenomenal, let’s just hope for the same Tuesday and we get 3 points! #stfc #salop

@paulboff: Played well against a good solid side, but if we could hit a shot clean, we’d have got a point and maybe more! #salopblades

Next up it’s Preston at home Tuesday night followed by Tranmere at home on Saturday.

If you haven’t got your ticket then get down and get it. Let’s make the fortress a hostile place to come by being loud and getting behind the lads.

We are going to feature fans in our Preston Build up feature over the next couple of days so of you want to tweet about the game then put #saloppne in your tweet and you may feature.

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Preston Build Up

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So for the first bit of our build up to Salop‘s first home game in league one and we have managed to get a Preston fan give us a little preview.

Hello Thank you for taking part.

First of all tell us a bit about yourself:

Name:Jordan

Age:16

First Game you watched: PNE vs Birmingham 2001 Division 1 Play-offs

Best ever game you watched: Leeds 4-6 Preston

Favourite Player: Scott Laird

What do you expect from PNE this season?
Play-offs at least. We have a totally different squad to last season but we still have the quality to be at the top end of the league.

What do you think of all the signings you have made this season?
We have a full new squad and haven’t spent any money, so i would say that i’m happy with the signings that we’ve made. We have signed a lot of leaders and players that have been captains at their previous clubs. Also i thnk the squad is better now than what it was last season.

Star Player?
We’ve only played one league game with the new squad so it’s hard to say but i’d go with John Mousinho or Scott Laird.

From what you have seen so far, what do you think of Nicky Wroe and SCS?
Both look like good players, two of the better signings that we have made. Wroe looks like he has great technical ability and SCS looks solid at the back. Can’t really judge them yet as they’ve only played two competitive games for us.

How would you describe the last few years following PNE?
The last few years have been terrible, just hope that Graham Westley can turn it around.

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Preston fans have has a turbulent few seasons.

Your thoughts on Graham Westley?
Well everyone can see he’s a bit of a nutter but i think he can do good things for PNE. He has received a lot of abuse from PNE fans but i think he’ll turn it around this season.

What type of football are we expected to see PNE play on Tuesday?
Everyone associates Westley with ‘Hoof ball’ but it’s far from that, we pass it around when we need to and get it forward when we need to. Our style of play is quite defensive but it is also effective and i think it will work better for us when we play away from home because teams will attack us more.

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“That Graham Westley, he texts who he wants”

Is there any position you feel you need to add to?
We are in desperate need of a striker, somebody who can score goals.

What are we to expect from Preston fans (famous chant, banter, loud?)
PNE fans are very average, better than most in league one though! A bit of banter with the ‘Oh Graham Westley, he texts when he wants’ chant. I would say about 750 PNE fans will make the journey.

Season Prediction

Shrewsbury: 14th
PNE: 5th

Match Prediction

Shrewsbury 0-1 PNE (Wroe)

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