The View Post-Luton & Non-League Weekend

Well a lot has changed since my last post hasn’t it? Actually no, no it hasn’t; Jordan Clark is still looking to be a great signing, James Collins is still an absolute workhorse, League 2 refs can antagonise the calmest of supporters  (I’m looking at you Deadman),  it’s still extremely difficult to decide who to give MOM to, and we’re still unbeaten!

It’s great to our away support growing – over 400 to Northampton and over 1,100 to Leicester shows just how much excitement there is around the club. The fact that this support is being rewarded with good performances should hopefully see them continue through the season. With four away games in September that support is going to be hugely important as we chase our first away win in the league and keep the pressure on at the top.

Another positive off the pitch is the atmosphere being generated at home games. Both the Accrington and Luton matches have had so much more singing and chanting, and much more of it being aimed at boosting our own team rather than just the normal banter with away fans. I really believe little things like that make a difference, so long may it last. (I also believe we’re better than “Show us your passport” and “Bus stop in Baghdad” chants, but that’s just me).

I think the only disappointment this season so far is that Aaron Wildig appears to have been frozen out the team thanks to the great start. I hope he gets an opportunity to show what he can do – maybe starting from a bit of squad rotation for the away trip to Preston in the JPT?

Finally, it’s the first international break of the season next weekend (5-6th September). Salop are away at Hartlepool but for those unable to make the trip it’s also the annual non-league weekend, where supporters of Premier and Championship clubs (as well as those of other clubs who have away days in the worst parts of the North East) are encouraged to visit local non-league teams instead. For those interested the following local non-league teams are at home, and almost all in knock-out competitions (all FA Vase, 6th Sept, 3pm kick-offs unless stated):

Shawbury United vs Coventry Copsewood          

Wellington Amateurs vs Pegasus Juniors            

Ellesmere Rangers vs Stone Old Alleynians       

Shifnal Town vs Racing Club Warwick                 

Guilsfield vs Denbigh Town                    (Cymru Alliance League)

Market Drayton Town vs Brigg Town     (Evo-Stik League – Division One South)

AFC Bridgnorth vs Haughmond              (West Midlands (Regional) League – Premier Division)     19:45 5th Sept

That should give you enough ways to fulfill your footballing fix locally, as well as maybe visiting a few new pubs and getting a bit of peace and quite out the house for a few hours (I’m not judging).

As for me, I’m awaiting the arrival of Carlisle Utd and the hope of another Tuesday night celebrating another top-drawer Shrewsbury performance. 

 

Keith the Shrew

This is better than last season, isn’t it?

Well here we are, back in League 2.

Last season was such a dismal failure that the hangover of relegation was gone almost before it began, being replaced with the optimism of signing of players we’d heard of. Of player who had played at higher levels. Of player who knew how to score goals!

The mood around the club right now is visibly buoyant. I can’t ever remember a time there was so much singing AFTER the final whistle as there was on Tuesday night against Accrington. It’s good to be able to say that The Greenhous Meadow is once again a good place to be on a Saturday afternoon.

So, four games into the season with 7 points on the board and a cheeky second round league cup tie at Leicester to look forward to, what have we learned so far this season?

1. League 2 keepers are rubbish. (Not you Jayson, obviously). So far this season every league game at The Meadow has resulted in the opposition goalkeeper trying to gift us a goal or a man advantage (or in Accrington’s case, both). Long may it last!

2. League 2 refs are worse than League 2 keepers. Ashley Vincent produced a brilliant piece of skill against Accrington to set us up in a 3 on 3 break. What did the ref do? Call play back for a leg injury. A leg is not a head, I checked. I don’t even want to mention the ref in the Tranmere game who told their player to stop messing about after he swung a kick at Goldson.

3. Luton are back in League 2. No, seriously they are. I know you’d assume the media would have covered this momentous occasion, but I’ve seen absolutely nothing so far. Not a single mention of their 30 point deduction or anything, most unusual…

4. Finally, and most importantly, we’ve learned that we have a squad that excites. A squad that can keep possession for over 2 minutes at a time and look comfortable doing it. A squad that has four strikers who have all found the back of the net already. A squad full of creativity and team work…. sorry, got a bit carried away then. Let’s just say it’s nice to have a team worth watching again.

So what about the coming weeks? Now is the time  the truly devoted Salopians step up with trips to Northampton, Leicester, Preston, Hartlepool, and Stevenage all coming up. After all that we’ll have a much better idea of just how good this squad is. 

As for me, I’m waiting for the arrival of Luton and their idiotic fanbase. Did you know they once had 30 points taken off them…?

Keith the Shrew

Summer Madness

Quick Overview

The season is back and that feeling of positivity is back after a season of negativity. Last  season was horrible with 2 poor transfer windows and some god awful displays put on by many who wore Blue & Amber last year. Every game it was a case of struggling to decide who we wanted to play and to be fair we didn’t have many to pick from.

As the season continued the ‘Who shouldn’t play’ list grew larger than the ‘Who should play’ list. The likes of Mkandawire and Winfield were the main scapegoats of the season and it’s easy to see why! Dave Winfield who decided to point fingers and swear at Salop fans and Tamika Mkandawire was somehow named captain and led the team by example – a bloody poor example.

This season all the negativity which had grew throughout the season seems to have been dismantled and replaced by lots of positives. Matt Williams was the first arrival and soon got his feet under the table and was quick to persuade RW to appoint Micky Mellon. Micky soon got to work and released the chuckle brothers (sorry Winfield & Mkandawire) and brought in 16 new players.

The most impressive signing has to be James Collins, the player we had failed to replace. Also the likes of Liam Lawrence and Scott Vernon soon proved to all Salop fans that Micky meant business and from the first pre season game against Chesterfield, the team looked seriously strong.

Now we are into the second week of the league and it is so good to be back. A very impressive draw against Wimbledon in the league and a brilliant win against Blackpool on Tuesday in the cup has given town fans plenty of reasons to feel positive about the rest of the season.

Changes

Not only has the club gone about changing many aspects of the way it functions but we have too! We are after many different people to get involved in 2 projects we have coming up. First of all we need more help with the blog and more different ideas to be pumped in to improve the site currently.

Podcast

Secondly we want to run a podcast at some point this season and we require 3 Salop fans to meet up weekly and talk all things Shrewsbury Town for 30-60 minutes a week. If this is something that could be of interest to you then get in touch with us. You can DM us on Twitter or email us at salopsbluearmy@gmail.com!

Finally

Lets all hope for a quick return to League One and a brilliant season full of memories on & off the pitch. Get behind the lads and lets help them through this long old season #COYB

 

Bloggers Wanted

Hi Salopians

We are on the look out for bloggers to help run this site! It is currently being run by 1 person but we are in need of more with a variety of views. Experience is not necessary but commitment is.

If this would be of interest to you then you can get in touch on Twitter or email us salopsbluearmy@gmail.com