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The New Era Begins

The close season has already began with a massive announcement and we are pleased to see the club learning from their mistakes 2 years ago and have the new kits on sale straight after the final kick of the season. 

The rumours were doing their rounds for the last couple of weeks but having learnt about the new kit being available after Plymouths game some weeks ago it was always funny listening and reading the outrageous claims that many Salop fans decided to make up.

958790But the look of the new kits surpassed all expectations and seeing the Loggerheads take their place on the new kit is a fantastic achievement for all involved in the Bring Back The Loggerheads campaign. It is obvious the new kit has gone down really well with Salop fans and that was obvious with the masses donning both home and away tops in the Brooklands on Saturday evening.

The promotional video is also a new idea that has gone down a treat with the video being played straight after the final whistle on Saturday. If you haven’t seen it yet then don’t worry you can see it now.

We hope that all Salopians celebrate the start of ‘The New Errea’ and the shirts sell in high numbers.

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Your Support This Saturday

5 wins on the row and the feel good factor has well and truly taken over the Salop fans. With only 5 games left most fans have that feeling it will only take 2 wins to be promoted following Bury dropping points on Monday. Of course we want you, the fans, to make Saturday a party atmosphere and help roar the lads closer to that so called ‘line’.

With that we would like to remind all fans that this Saturday is Retro Day and we urge all supporters to wear their favourite (or least favourite) shirts from the Shrewsbury Town past.

Micky Mellon has backed the idea by saying the following

It is a great idea from the fans and something we fully support as we go into these important games.

So with that we would love to see a ‘bumper crowd’ at Greenhous Meadow on Saturday and lets go and make (quoting Bizzy here) a canny owd racket. These last 5 games will be tense, they will be nervy at most times but at no point do you moan or groan. The players feed off the crowd and it is important they feel relaxed and play the football we can.

So for the last 5 times this season #SingYourHeartsOut 

#SingYourHeartsOut Update

We have let you have your say in response to our #SingYourHeartsOutCampaign and the response has been incredible with the majority backing the campaign so before we continue we must thank you all for getting behind our vision.

Many people have suggested bringing the drum back which is a possibility but unfortunately Alex who is the one who owns the drum has declared that it is broke and hasn’t been able to replace it due to finances!

So we turn to you, our fellow Salopians to help with donations to fund for a brand new drum. We have contacted Salop Music and are pricing up a brand new drum to use at all Salop games and hopefully if things go well we will have the new drum at the Dagenham game.

As well as that we are looking at different ideas for the 3 other home games which we have left in the season and we will have something to announce in the next 48 hours in regards to the Exeter game. Also we are drawing up a few ideas for the Plymouth game which will hopefully be a complete sell out in anticipation for the promotion party (Championship party even). Obviously everything we do will be put to the club first and we will be looking for co-operation from all parties involved to make sure we don’t upset everyone.

As always we are still looking for your ideas as to what you think we could do to improve the atmosphere at Greenhous Meadow. You can send all ideas to salopsbluearmy@gmail.com or tweet us @SalopsBlueArmy and we will take all ideas in to account.

As said before we do thank everyone for all your support so far and we hope to make #SingYourHeartsOut campaign a successful one and make Greenhous Meadow a noisy, hostile stadium.

 

#SingYourHeartsOut

We are now into the most important time of the season and its blatant to see supporters are still not backing the team at Greenhous Meadow and we are taking it upon ourselves to get this changed!

Depsite a fantastic season with Mickey Mellon masterminding what seems to be a swift return to League One, the crowds are still down and the atmosphere at Greenhous Meadow is woeful and we and many are questioning what could be done to change this.

This campaign is going to be a permanent feature for us until we believe the Meadow is a noisy and hostile stadium. Hopefully with the backing of all Supporter Groups, the club and local press we could make this campaign a success and get the meadow “rocking”

Thinking caps are officially glued to several members of SBA and from now until the next home game we will be posting some ideas up on here so keep your eyes glue and if you have any ideas to help us with this campaign then feel free to send them in either on Twitter @SalopsBlueArmy or email us at salopsbluearmy@gmail.com and we will respond to every email.

All thats left to say for now is #SingYourHearsOut

#Salop #MMBA

Fans Views Post Yeovil

This is where you can have your say. If you tweet us with your views after each match you will stand a good chance of featuring on our blog at some point this season. We pick our top 10 tweets and will put them on a page like this after every game.

And finally we believe the next 2 tweets from Joe Jacobson says it all about how the players believe it went tonight

Remember you can have your say by tweeting us. If you don’t know already our twitter name is @Salopsbluearmy

Salop v Yeovil Preview

Yeovil make their first visit to the Meadow since Salop have moved from the old Gay Meadow. Yeovil did get off to a flying start but a poor September which resulted in The Glovers losing 5 in a row meant they soon lost track of the top and plummeted towards the relegation zone.

A win on Saturday against a struggling Bury side means they have been lifted to 14th. But even though they have struggled to find points in the last month, they haven’t been short of goals failing to score only 3 times so far this season.

As for Salop it seems to be the same story again. We need to find a win to move away from the relegation places and with Marvin Morgan banned for 2 games it will be a good time for one of the other strikers to prove they should be kept in the team.

Also with Turner having only Marvin unavailable, we believe there may be a few changes to try and get back to winning ways.

We are going to focus on today’s opponents Yeovil Town. Here are some interesting things you might want to know before tonight.

Key Player

Edward Upson has 6 assists to his name and 2 goals so far this season which makes him the player to watch out for. He is not afraid to shoot neither having the most amount of shots in the team and has 19 shots so far with 9 of them being on target.

Bad Boy

Edward Upson aslo has to take the accolade as Yeovil’s bad boy as he has already picked up 1 red card 4 yellows whilst conceding 21 fouls.

Manager

Gary Johnson is currently in his second stint at Yeovil Town after leaving the Glovers in 2005 to join Bristol City. He first managed Newmarket Town back in 1986. He then went to manage Cambridge United in 1992 before moving to Kettering Town in 95. When he was released from his duties he found himself out of a job for 2 years until Latvia approached him in 1999. But after 2 years of frustrating results he was sacked with the final straw being a 1-1 draw against Lichtenstein. But what followed was the tipping point for the Latvian authorities.

In his post match interview he attacked a journalist and Latvian officials were left with no option other than sacking Johnson. 

In 2002, Johnson took charge of then non league Yeovil Town. In his first year The Golvers won the FA Trophy at Villa Park after beating Stevenage 2-0 and he also led Yeovil to third in the Conference.

The following season he led Yeovil to the Conference Championship with a record 17 point lead which meant Yeovil would be playing in Division 3. In their first season in Division 3 (League 2), Yeovil were pipped to the play offs by goal difference. But the next season the won the championship and went into Division 2 (League 1) where they have remained ever since.

Chirs Weale played a big part in Johnson’s side in his first stint so Weale should get a good reception.

In 2005 Johnson went to Bristol City where his greatest achievement was leading Bristol City to the play-off final, only for Hull City to beat them 1-0.  He then went on to Peterbrough for a year but both manager and chairman couldn’t agree future policies so he soon left to join Northampton. After saving Northampton he left by mutual agreement and went to join Yeovil for a second time.

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Cambridge United England 22 October 1992 1 April 1995 135 41 37 57 30.37
Kettering Town England 1995 1997 46 22 19 5 47.83
Latvia Latvia 5 September 1999 26 April 2001 14 4 8 2 28.57
Yeovil Town England 19 June 2001 23 September 2005 221 116 46 59 52.49
Bristol City England 26 September 2005 18 March 2010 239 96 69 74 40.17
Peterborough United England 6 April 2010 10 January 2011 33 15 4 14 45.45
Northampton Town England 4 March 2011 14 November 2011 34 7 10 17 20.59
Yeovil Town England 9 January 2012 Present 39 17 5 17 43.59
Total 702 294 173 235 41.88

 

Salop v Yeovil Head-To-Head

Salop have only played twice in the league with Yeovil winning both those games back in 2004/05.

The last time the 2 teams met was back in 2007 when Yeovil run out 1-0 winners in the JPT at Yeovil.

Here are the overall figures.

SHREWSBURY WINS DRAWS YEOVIL WINS
Cup 1 0 1
League 0 0 2
FA Cup 1 0 0
Total 2 0 3

Keep your eyes out on our twitter for updates from the game and pictures. Also have your say by tweeting us or writing on our facebook. We will also have a vote for the #BlueArmyMOM after the game.

Hope you enjoy the match. Keep The Faith!!

Disappointed But Not Disheartened

Salop lost 3-1 in a spirited performance against a decent Portsmouth side.

After all the pre match excitement it was down to business for the boys in white to find our first away win of the season. The 2 teams were;

SalopChris Weale, Jermaine Grandison, Luke Summerfield, Michael Hector, Lee Collins, Matt Richards, Asa Hall, Marvin Morgan, Paul Parry, Aaron Wildig (Terry Gornell 65), Jon Taylor (Sam Winnall 65)

Subs: Gavin Ward (Goal-Keeping Coach), Joe Jacobson, Rob Purdie, Mark Wright, Darren Jones, Sam Winnall, Terry Gornell

PompeyMikkel Andersen, Mustapha Dumbuya, Jon Harley (Ashley Harris 75), Lee Williamson, Brian Howard (c ), Izale McLeod, Wes Thomas, Gabor Gyepes, Akos Buzsaky (Jack Compton 84), Johnny Ertl, Lubomir Michalik
Subs: Simon Eastwood, Josh Thompson, Liam Walker, Luke Rodgers, Adam Webster
The lads started off very bright and saw a lot of the ball and nearly had a early goal if it wasn’t for Pompey’s keeper Andersen smartly saving from a Parry shot, This seemed to wake Portsmouth up a bit and could have had a goal soon if the goal was inches wider.
Towards the end of the half, Parry had 2 great chances. First of all he managed to hit the roof of the Fratton End from 2 yards out after Morgan was strong and slid in a lovely ball across the face of goal. The second was a sweetly struck free kick but yet again Andersen made a great save to keep the scoreline at nil nil.
The away fans we loving the performance and gave the team a great send off at the end of the first half then it was off to the buffet bar for a drink and a bite to eat before spending another 45 minutes singing their hearts out.
This is what greets you as you walk to the Ticket Office
The second half kicked off and straight from the off Portsmouth seemed more up for it and were soon ahead after a mistake from Hector let ex Barnet boy Mcleod get through and round the keeper. We believe Hector could have done better on the line as well but seemed to get his feet twisted.
5 minutes later Wes Thomas fired home to make it 2-0 and it seemed the flood barriers had been opened.But Morgan fired in after Summerfield had a great shot parried away by Andersen. But Morgan reacted first and fired the ball away to make it 2-1.
Unfortunately 30 seconds later he was sent off. Firstly he gave away a foul to pick up a yellow card but he decided to say something which earnt him a straight red. Since then we have found out that he will serve a 2 match ban.
Even with 10 men Salop would not lie down and nearly grabbed a 2nd goal when a goalmouth scramble ended up with Grandison having a shot cleared off the line. Gornell and Winnall were running the front line really well but just couldn’t find that all important equal.
6 minutes were added on (don’t know where from) and salop kept pushing forward but with all the pressure they couldn’t capitalize and Portsmouth yet again caught the defense asleep and Mcleod punished us again and wrapped up the 3 points for Portsmouth by lifting the ball into the net to make it 3-1.
The final whistle went and all 617 Salop fans stayed behind to applaud the team off the pitch. You could see how gutted certain players were with Matt Richards spending the longest time to clap the travelling supporters.
There are plenty of positives to take from Saturday and the main one is we are creating ourselves more chances and coming closer to scoring goals. The likes of Hall and Summerfield are now taking on the challenge and are having a go from outside the box. If it wasn’t for the fact we were up against a decent goalkeeper then it would have been a totally different story.
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