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Shrewsbury Town Football Club
Gay Meadow
Shrewsbury
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Shropshire
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Shrewsbury Town F.C. was formed in 1886. Its formation followed, though not directly, the demise of the Castle Blues a successful local team. Castle Blues were known for their success on the field but had something of a rough reputation, known for violence both on and off the field. This led to the demise of the Blues and paved the way for the new club, hoping to emulate the success without the negative points. The team played in the Shropshire and District League before joining the Birmingham League. In the late thirties the team took the step up to the more competitive Midland League winning the Midland League title on two occasions and joining the Football League Third Division (North) in 1950. It took the team until the late 1970s to progress to the second tier. Manager Graham Turner took the team to the Third Division Championship and promotion to the Second Division in his first season in charge in 1978-79. This was followed by a successful FA Cup run two years later, when Shrewsbury reached the quarter finals. Since then fortunes have waned, and the team even spent 2003-04 season out of the Football League, in the Conference. The club recently moved from its traditional home 'Gay Meadow' to its new stadium 'New Meadow'.


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