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