This week in history

Mon 20 Mar 2017
Author: ShrewsWeb

A look back at what happened in years gone by

Club Statistician Kevin Davies has had a look through the archives and found some of the stories which have made the headlines between the 20th March and the 26th March.

20.03.1979. Town go down heavily 5-0 at Blackpool in 1979, in what was only their third league defeat that term. They would recover to lift the division three title in May.

21.03.1891. Town’s home league fixture with Ironbridge in postponed for the second time in 1891 so the club head to play Birmingham based Langley Green for a friendly which they win 3-1 after goals by Bliss, Gosson and an own goal by Hill.

22.03.1980. A first half goal by John Dungworth gives Town a 1-0 win at Watford in 1980, the last of just five wins in fifteen attempts on this date between 1902 and 2008.

Dungworth himself made 86 league appearances for Town scoring 17 goals before joining Mansfield Town.

23.03.1951. Goals by Bob Barker and Frank Griffin give Town a 2-1 win at Crewe in 1951, a match that marked the first ever Football League fixture played on a Friday by Shrewsbury.

Since then Town have played 145 times on a Friday winning 56 times – 38 at home and 18 away.

24.03.1900. Town lose 1-0 at home to Aston Villa reserves in 1900 meaning they had failed to score a single goal in the whole month of March playing away to Bristol Rovers reserves 0-0, Halesowen at home 0-0 and away to Walsall reserves 4-0.

Town also failed to score in their first game in April against Kidderminster Harriers.

25.03. Mark Rutherford (1972) Thomas Neilson (1972) and Jamie Proctor (1992) were all born today.

Rutherford made 17 Football League appearances for Town, Neilson 23 and Proctor just two.

26.03.1904. Bill Wynne’s single strike earns Town a 1-0 win over Ruabon Druids in 1904, claiming their fourth consecutive clean sheet.

The previous three clean sheets came against Walsall, Stafford Rangers and Brierley Hill Alliance.

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