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#SingYourHeartsOut Update 2

What a performance from both the squad and supporters at Portsmouth this weekend and we must admit we were surprised to hear lots of supporters that travelled down to Fratton Park talking about the campaign. 

As well as being a big talking point with the fans that travelled down but we are seeing #SingYourHeartsOut appearing on more tweets and both Shrewsbury Today and Shropshire Star have also published articles regarding the campaign. Now we are proud that we have people talking about the campaign and the fact it has grabbed peoples attention but we now need to start implementing plans to improve or enhance the atmosphere for the remaining games and with that we can now announce a couple of ideas that we have for the remaining 3 of the 4 home games.

Dagenham – The Drum Will Be Back that is about all we can do in terms of time scales.

Retro DayExeter – We are happy to announce the return of “Retro Day” and we would love to see as many people come and join us in the West Stand. If we can #AllGoWest then we are confident that we will have more people to carry the sound along the and help get all 3 sides rocking for a massive game.

York – Blue And Amber day is another idea in the pipeline. This is pretty self explanatory, we want every single Salopian to wear their colours with pride. We are also looking at purchasing up to 1000 balloons for fans to blow up and make it feel like a right old party atmosphere.

As well as that we want to speak to the owner of the Arthur Rowley flag as we would love to see it before the season ends. If this is you then we would love to speak to you so get in touch via our email or tweet us @salopsbluearmy

Plans for Plymouth (h), Bury and Cheltenham (a) will be released in due course but obviously we will be going through the appropriate channels to make sure we don’t step on anyones toes.

As always we would like to thank you all for supporting the campaign and we hope with your support the Meadow will be rocking from now to the end of the season

#SingYourHeartsOut #Salop

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#SingYourHeartsOut Supporters Parliament Statement

We have just been sent this from Mike Davies on behalf of Supporters Parliament.

Shrewsbury Town Supporters Parliament, Super Blues and Supporters Trust Statement

The importance of the last 8 games of this season can’t be underestimated.  As supporters groups today we unite and put out a call to arms for all supporters though out the county to get behind the club and back the lads onto glory.

Our club has come such a long way since our relegation last season by bringing in Micky and Matt Williams who with the full backing of our chairman have stuck to their word and provided a team we can be proud of on the field and a club who once again are moving in the right direction.

Promotion is not just achieved on the field, there are other areas that contribute to it, non more so than the supporters and the atmosphere inside the stadium. So It’s now our turn to do our part.
We encourage everyone to back the ‘sing your hearts out campaign’ and create an atmosphere within the ground to spur the lads on.  We want a sea of blue and amber, so why not bring a friend along ? Let’s fill the stadium, let’s hear those drums and get the Meadow rocking for the season’s run in.

These last few games are going to be tense but we as fans must now step up, like the team has this season. Let’s unite to achieve our goal (or goals !!).

As a club we win together, we lose together so let’s get promoted together and let’s celebrate         together.

Floreat Salopia

Mike Davis – on behalf of the Supporters Parliament
Chris Smith – on behalf of the Super Blues
Roger Groves – On behalf of the Supporters Trust

We would like to thank Mike, Chris and Roger for their support for #SingYourHeartsOut. Don’t forget if you have any ideas for our campaign then tweet us @SalopsBlueArmy or email us salopsbluearmy@gmail.com

Get Behind Them

The thing about writing a football blog is that when everything is going well for your team there’s absolutely nothing to write about… so there’s some positives to be taken from the past three home games – I finally have something to write about again!

There’s been a lot of comment coming out the club over the past few days about the importance of the fans in the final few games of the season, which in turn has sparked the #SingYourHeartsOut campaign, that you will hopefully be seeing a lot of over the next few weeks. So how have we got into this position?

The simplest answer is, Salopians love to moan (and I am as big a culprit as anybody when it comes to this). We’re 2nd in the league, have the best goal difference in the league, almost took Chelsea to penalties in the cup, and stand a great chance of automatic promotion. Put a dead ball straight out of play twice in a half, however, and all that is soon forgotten…

It would be foolish to say that this is the sole cause of the decline in atmosphere though. Part of it has to be put down to the nervousness that the players are obviously starting to feel as the chasing pack aren’t letting up, and this is transferring into frustration in the crowd. We know how well this team can play, so when they start making unforced errors a lot of fans react in a natural (but pretty unhelpful) way.

This hasn’t been helped by the fact that teams have actually found us out at home. It’s Northampton’s fault really, they had the audacity to pressure and press us all over the pitch and force mistakes. Cambridge and Oxford obviously did their homework (or university equivalent) because they came to The Meadow and did exactly the same. This in turn got the crowd on the players backs, which made them look even more nervous and so on and so forth.

So what’s the answer then? Well the simplest answer is get behind the lads and #SingYourHeartsOut. Put down your phones, your pies, your sweets and drinks and clap your hands, stamp your feet, sing a song. Whoever came up with the phrase “the silent majority” had obviously seen a Salop home game this season.

The only time the crowd got an atmosphere going from kick-off this season (Chelsea excluded as we had a few extra followers in that day) was against Stevenage, and that was mostly down to that absolute moron they call a manager. Imagine how much more confidence we could generate on the pitch if the fans actually got behind them from teh first whistle!

Now obviously there’s the argument that the play on the pitch needs to be good enough to get the fans going, and I can see that point of view. But answer me this simple question, if there was something you could do to improve your teams chances of winning a game… WHY WOULDN’T YOU DO IT?

But then again, that would leave us Salopians with nothing to moan about, and we do like a moan…

#SingYourHeartsOut

Keith the Shrew

Reports from far away… and Tamworth

The problem with writing a blog when your team is playing well is that it leaves you very little to write about, so I’ve had to get a bit inventive. Not too inventive, but inventive enough to come up with the idea of providing an update on our players that have been out on loan over the past few months.

The beauty of this idea is a) it gives you all an update on players that may have dropped off your radar a bit, and b) I can get other people to write portions of it for me.:

Dave McAllister

“For my money, he’s been the pick of a number of loanees we’ve had in this season. We’ve had an inconsistent season so far but since coming into the team Dave has been everything we’d been missing in central midfield. Strong, commanding, tough tackling and determined.

His partnership with Dean Parrott has been a revelation and our recent upturn in form is in large part down to their performances. Please can we keep him?”

Mark Hollis – Stevenage Supporters Association

As Dave is now back at Shrewsbury it started to look like Mark wasn’t going to get his wish, but the re-signing of Bobby Grant for the rest of the season plus the positive impact that has been made with Stevenage makes me wonder if there is the chance of a deal being done in the current transfer window.

If not, it’s good to know that he’s still capable of making an impact at this level should we need him.

Callum Burton

“Callum had a very difficult debut behind one of the worst defences in the league with weather conditions that deteriorated as the game progressed. He could have done better with the first goal, but the Telford striker hit the ball firmly and across him into the net. There was also a question mark regarding the third goal, but by then conditions were very tricky. It was a good sign for the lad’s future that he put that game behind him and gave a man of the match performance against Altrincham, pulling off several fine saves and setting up Boro for their first away win of the season.”

John Hobson – Nuneaton Supporters Club

Since this update from John, Callum played a third game for Nuneaton and pretty much single-handedly gained them a point in a 0-0 draw with our near-neighbours up the M54, gaining him a second man-of-the-match award.

I don’t think it will come as a surprise to any fan of the club that Callum gained a lot of praise during his short emergency loan spell, and it’s good to see him continue to get senior games under his belt at higher and higher levels. As soon as he starts referring to himself in the third person he’ll be ready for first team (only joking Jason).

Dom Smith

“In the eleven league games he’s played, our record is won 7 drawn 3 lost 1. I’m aware he’s not the sole reason for this but he’s a seriously good defender and long term he’ll play higher than this division. The longer we can keep him the better in my opinion.”

Pricey2 – Tamworthfans Forum

(I didn’t receive a response from Tamworth Supporters Club, so I hope Pricey2 won’t mind me borrowing his opinion)

As well as impressing in his loan spell, Dom has been away with the Wales Under 19 squad several times, including to tournaments where he captained on at least one occasion.

So there it is, three loanees, three impressive pieces of feedback.I guess sometimes everything comes up smelling of Blue & Amber… let’s hope Sky Sports on Thursday night doesn’t bring with it anything less fragrant!

Keith the Shrew

Now the Dust has Settled

So, were you there last night? I don’t mean ‘there’ as in sat in your seat taking photos of Chelsea players, I mean ‘there’ as in you woke up this morning hoarse from the singing and with sore hands from the clapping and general festivities that marked one of the best atmospheres and wildest celebrations that the Greenhous Meadow has seen (right up there with beating Southend with 10 men in Collo’s first stint with the Shrews).

So now that the voices are returning and the hangover’s are fading, what can we take from last night?

1. The Meadow sounds great full. Fair play to the singing blocks, you dragged the rest of the ground into creating a wall of noise that must have sounded amazing from the pitch. That’s what being the 12th man is all about.

2. Ryan Woods (Ryan Woods, Ryan Ryan Woods) will go on to bigger and better things sooner rather than later. Whether it was out-muscling Drogba, driving forward with Oscar eating his dust, or chasing back 60 yards to stop Saleh getting a shot in on goal, Woodsy put in one of the best MOTM performances most people at the ground will have ever seen.

3. Wez is a real team player. Think about it, you’re warming up to play in the biggest game of your life when you get a twinge. How many of you would actually ignore it in the hope it goes away? I know I would… To be honest enough to say he couldn’t do a job for us and allow us to bring Lawrence in before kick-off is the sign of a true pro.

4. We have one hell of a team this season. When was the last time you looked at our squad and saw so little weakness? Not one player looked out of place out there last night (apart from maybe Jon Obi-Mikkel, but that’s not our problem), and some of them have upped their value immensely. Now we need to show the rest of League Two how good we are for the rest of the season. A team this good doesn’t belong down here.

5. Chelsea really do only sing when they’re winning, I assume none of them had been to a game before, so didn’t know any of the songs?

So that’s our cup run over, with memories left that will be talked about in pubs all over Salop for many years to come. Now we as a club need to make sure this isn’t the end of exciting football and great results, and I know Dagenham , Exeter, and Mansfield don’t create the same desire to take the day off work and pub crawl your way to the match (you know who you are) but let’s keep supporting, keep singing, and keep believing that the Shrews are going up! You never know, we may have attracted a few new fans along for the ride…

Keith the Shrew

PS    Walsall away? Really??? For f*cks sake…

Dagenham & Walsall Ticket Detail Released

So the hype of the Chelsea game is now dying down focus turns to the next 2 games. Salop have 2 away trips starting on Saturday with a long journey to Dagenham for another important League 2 game. Obviously it is not one of the most fancied away days but it would be brilliant if we could take a large away following to back the lads to another away win!

As we all know the last few weeks have had the club focussing on the build up to the Chelsea game and the ticket details have only been released.

Ticket Prices

Adults – £21
Seniors – £15
Students – £15
10-16 – £10
Under 10 – FREE (With a full paying adult and only when purchased in advanced)
Ambulant Disabled – £15
Carer – FREE

Chris Smith will of course be running a coach or 2 down so don’t forget to give him a ring on 01952 604742!  The coaches will be leaving Wem at 9:15, The Crown in Abbey Forgate at 9:45 and Telford at 10:05! Prices are unavailable at the moment so we will update you on this as soon as possible!

Also Salop have been drawn with Walsall in the FA Cup AGAIN and there is a belief Salop could finally win at the Besot. Tickets this year are a lot cheaper and with the feel good factor being back must mean Salop will take a very good following.

Ticket Prices 

Adults £15
Concessions (U18’s/over 60’s) £10
Family Ticket (adult and child) £20

Once we find out more about coach times and prices we will let you know but it would be great if we could take a load on the trains to Walsall considering it’s easy to get to and always a good laugh with a stop off in Birmingham for pre match drinks.

We have worked out a Off Peak Day Return will come to £14:10 based on 1 adult. We do suggest getting group savers if travelling in groups over 3 people and we will do a article about what to do and where to drink on the Wednesday before the Walsall game.

This is a important couple of weeks for Salop and the lads need your full support so grab your tickets, book your places on the coach or book your train tickets and lets get behind em! #Salop

Twitter Reacts To Salop v Chelsea

The best thing about Salop being on TV is everyone who loves football will be watching it. This could be anyone from big stars to Joe Blogs and his dog. We have compiled a few of our favourite tweets from the night.

https://twitter.com/GaryLineker/status/527205271501029376

Players

@connorgolodson: So proud of the players last night. Tough result to take but got to take the same spirit into every league game we play. Fans were brilliant

We would like to reiterate how proud we are to be part of Shrewsbury Towns fan base and we are even more proud of the players, manager, management team and all associated with the club for the great show they put on last night! Now lets go to Dagenham and focus on gaining promotion #Salop