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League 2 Preview 2014-15: Shrewsbury Town

27 June 2014

We take a look at Shrewsbury Town..


After promotion in 2012, Shrewsbury Town found themselves struggling in League 1 last season, finishing 23rd in the end, condemning them to relegation back to the fourth tier. Graham Turner resigned in February and Mike Jackson took over as caretaker. He was unable to turn things around, and relegation was finally confirmed after a 4-2 defeat to Peterborough United.


Micky Mellon was appointed as first-team manager in May 2014. The former Fleetwood Town boss has been quick to make changes at Shrewsbury. After four years with Fleetwood, he had a spell as caretaker manager at Barnsley in 2013. As a player he made over 100 appearances for Blackpool and over 200 for Tranmere Rovers. 


Former Oldham man James Wesolowski will be one of the key players for the Shrews next season. The midfielder spent three years with Oldham but made the decision to drop down into League 2 with Shrewsbury.

Defender Nathaniel Knight-Percival is another to have joined this summer. He helped Peterborough United into the League 1 play-offs last season, but his contract ended this summer.

Former Cheltenham Town and Colchester United striker Ashley Vincent was one of Mellon’s first signings. The 29-year-old can also play as a winger and has plenty of League 2 experience.


A major overhaul has taken place at the Shrews this summer. Chris Weale, Joe Anyon, Asa Hall, Joe Jacobson, Alex McQuade, Paul Parry and Luke Summerfield have been released.

Tom Bradshaw has left to join Walsall while Jon Taylor has left to move on to Peterborough United. Another to have left is Tam Mkandawire, the former Blues loanee.

Scott Vernon, James Wesolowski, Nathaniel Knight-Percival and Ashley Vincent have joined, along with goalkeepers Mark Halstead and Jayson Leutwiler.

Mickey Demetriou and James Collins have also joined the club, along with Mark Ellis.


Blues have met 57 times with Shrewsbury Town previously. The Shrews have won 17, while there have been 14 draws, meaning Blues have won 26 of the previous meetings.

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