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Match Preview: Plymouth Argyle (H)

20 August 2021

Take a closer look at the latest stats and facts in our match preview ahead of Salop’s Sky Bet League One fixture against Plymouth Argyle.

Salop welcome Plymouth Argyle to the Montgomery Waters Meadow on Saturday, in their second league game at home this season. The visitors have had a relatively mixed start to the season, and despite their loss on the opening day to Rotherham, the south-coast outfit have since taken four points from two games – as well as an emphatic 4-0 vs Peterborough in the Carabao Cup.


The Pilgrims run in to the end of last season was poor, losing four of their final five fixtures. Finishing just one place and points below Steve Cotterill’s Shrewsbury, they will inevitably look to eclipse their finish from last season. They currently sit 16th in the table, but with it being early days, a win on Saturday could lead to them rising well up the table come 5pm.


In order to do this though, they’ll have to get past a Shrewsbury side who are starting to find their feet. Town displayed a strong performance against table toppers Portsmouth on Tuesday night, being unlucky to leave Fratton Park with a draw or more. A goal in the second minute was all that separated the two sides, and Saturday will hopefully bring an even stronger performance from the home side, as they look to secure their first points of the season. The last encounter between the Shrews and the Pilgrims ended 3-0 to Cotterill’s men, with a Shaun Whalley brace and delightful finish from Nathanael Ogbeta being the difference.


Pilgrims boss Ryan Lowe shares history with Salop, playing for them 194 times in five years, scoring 37 goals. The former striker is well remembered by Town fans, being part of the side that gained promotion back into the Football League in 2004. Lowe has looked to bolster his squad this summer, signing nine players so far, his most recent arrival being Swansea loanee Jordon Garrick. Salop have also dipped their toe into the loan market this week, with Khanya Leshabela’s arrival from Leicester on Thursday also being Steve Cotterill’s ninth signing of the summer. The addition of the highly rated youngster will hopefully give Town the creativity they’ve been needing when transitioning into the final third, as they look to finally get on the scoreboard in the league this season.


Tomorrow’s game has the makings to be a good fixture, a win for Cotterill’s side will hopefully give them the confidence they need to recapture the confidence and sights of good form that lifted Town’s season last year. The home advantage should hopefully give the hosts the motivation they need to end Saturday’s game with all three points and spur them on to lift themselves out of their current run of form. The visitors will be looking to prove a point and continue their unbeaten run since the opening day loss, it will be no easy feat, but Town’s revived performance on Tuesday shows their quality across the pitch, something that will hopefully be the difference going into tomorrow.


Name: Plymouth Argyle


Founded: 1886 (135 years ago)


Chairman/Owner: Simon Hallett/ Simon Hallett (97%)


Joint biggest win: 1-8


  • Millwall, Second Division, 16th January 1932.
  • Hartlepool United, Second Division, 7th May 1994.


Biggest defeat: 0-9 vs. Stoke City, Second Division, 17th December 1960.


Highest League finish: 4th, Second Division, 1952/53




Goalkeeper: Michael Cooper


A product of the Argyle academy, Cooper made his first-team debut aged just 17, replacing the injured Kyle Letheren against Blackburn Rovers in 2017. A regular within the Pilgrim’s EFL trophy side, the ‘keeper was regarded as an integral part to the Argyle’s memorable FA Youth Cup run in 2017, in which they were knocked out in the fifth round.


Still only 21, the youngster has had a remarkable rise to the first team. A strong shot-stopper, Cooper’s impressive debut season as number one last season led to him being awarded the club’s ‘Young Player of the Year’ award, further solidifying his sport as the Pilgrims’ No.1. Despite his young age and Argyle’s impressive pool of ‘keepers, including long-standing veteran Luke McCormick and Salop academy graduate Callum Burton, Cooper has become an ever-present name in Ryan Lowe’s side.



Defender: Joe Edwards


Defender and club captain Joe Edwards, arrived at Home Park in 2019, and was the first ever signing under current manager Ryan Lowe. Known for his versatility, Edwards has shown his ability to play across as both right-wing back and as holding midfielder for Lowe’s side.


The defender has been praised for his consistency during his time playing for the Pilgrim’s and is capable of contributing at both ends of the pitch – scoring nine goals in 48 appearances last season. His efforts out on the field earned him the club’s ‘Player of the Year’ award, a reflection of Edwards quick rise to popularity amongst the Argyle faithful.


 Midfielder: Jordan Houghton


Houghton is a familiar face at Home Park, despite arriving earlier this summer. He played for the Pilgrims’ back in 2016, joining on-loan from Chelsea when he was 20 years old. However, the midfielder’s time down south interrupted due to a knee injury. Despite regaining fitness, the midfielder didn’t feature for the Pilgrim’s side that lost out on promotion to League One against AFC Wimbledon, and he finished his first spell at the club with one goal in 10 matches.


In between his first and second spell, Houghton spent two consecutive seasons on-loan at Doncaster Rovers, making a total of 76 appearances. Developing into a holding midfielder role, Houghton earned promotion with Doncaster in his first season at Keepmoat impressing throughout. However, despite his successes, injury continued to trouble the midfielder, and his time at Chelsea eventually came to an end – joining Milton Keynes Dons in 2019. After making over 100 appearances, wining promotion yet again in his first season at Stadium MK.


Houghton re-joined Plymouth this summer, with manager Ryan Lowe looking to integrate the midfielder as a mainstay in his starting XI. After an impressive display against Gillingham recently, he was awarded man of the match for the Pilgrim’s, a reflection of his quality within the Argyle squad.



Striker: Luke Jephcott


Striker Luke Jephcott is yet another example of Argyle’s academy success, and their ability to become key figures within the first team. Making his debut against Burton Albion in 2018, the Welshman eventually broke into regular first-team football in January 2020, a month he ended as League Two’s ‘Player of the Month’ and the EFL’s ‘Young Player of the Month, after he scored five goals in just four starts.


Jephcott ended that season with seven goals in 14 games, impressing manager Ryan Lowe enough to keep him in the first team. The Welshman also earned a call-up for the Welsh under-21 side, where he has since made five appearances. Jephcott’s formed continued into the following season, ending as Argyle’s top scorer with 18 goals in 46 appearances. The striker has since attracted interest from a number of Championship sides; however, manager Ryan Lowe expressed his desire to keep him at Home Park, with Jephcott putting pen-to-paper on a deal that will keep him on the south-coast until 2023. With 3 goals and one assist in four games this season, Jephcott will be a great threat to any side he faces.








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Match Reports

Match report: Shrewsbury Town 0 Plymouth Argyle 3

21 August 2021

Shrewsbury Town lose out 3-0 against Plymouth Argyle at home.

Tuesday’s performance against table-toppers Portsmouth showed signs of promise for Salop, and they started today’s game brightly, pressing well and looking eager to take control of play. Taking the lions-share of possession, Cotterill’s side were free-flowing in their passing. Town came close to an opener in the 12th minute, with Sam Cosgrove’s effort being dragged a few yards wide of the goal, in the striker’s first game at the Montgomery Waters Meadow.

It took five minutes for Town to test the Argyle defence again, with Sam Cosgrove at the centre of it all once more. The striker cut inside onto his right foot, striking a low driven effort that glided inches wide of ‘keeper Michael Cooper’s far post. Just a minute after, it was Dan Udoh who tested the gloves of Cooper, his strike being hit straight down the middle of the goal and comfortably held by the Argyle shot-stopper.

Despite Salop’s lively start to the game, it was the Pilgrims who took the lead, arguably against the run of play. A passage of play saw the Argyle strike force of Luke Jephcott and Ryan Hardie collaborate, the latter taking a touch inside that gave him ample space and time to strike the ball home and give the visitors the lead.

Following Argyle’s opener, the momentum of the game started to equal out, with both sides battling to take a hold of the game. A pass across the edge of the Argyle area in the 37th minute fell to Cosgrove, whose powerful left-footed effort towards the top corner struck the stanchion of Cooper’s goal. 

The second-half kicked off with both sides searching for a goal, and it was the visitors who found the net first. Just five minutes on from kick-off, striker Luke Jephcott found the net to double Argyle’s lead, his fourth goal of the league campaign. Despite Matthew Pennington’s sliding block that prevented first-half goalscorer Hardie from taking his chance, the striker squared it to his partner Jephcott, who rolled the ball into the back of the Salop net – evading the outstretched leg of ‘keeper Marko Marosi.

Despite Town’s best efforts of attacking play, it was Argyle who found the net again. Calls for a handball in the visitor’s area were waved away by referee Ryan Howards, and the Pilgrims broke away on the counter. An incisive pass-through to Ryan Hardie left him with a clear chance on goal, and despite Elliott Bennett’s attempts to thwart the striker’s approach on goal, the number nine calmly chipped the ball over Marko Marosi, giving him his second of the game.

Entering into the last ten minutes, the Pilgrim’s continued to defend strongly in search of a clean sheet. Manager Ryan Lowe made his second change of the game, replacing Ryan Broom with Adam Randell in the 83rd minute. Shortly after, it was two-time goalscorer Hardie at the centre of play once again, winning the ball off Salop wing-back Elliott Bennet and hitting a long-ranged effort that forced high diving save from Marosi. With full-time quickly approaching, Lowe made his third change, with goalscorer Jephcott making way for new signing and debutant Jordon Garrick two minutes from time. Despite an additional five minutes past the 90, Salop failed to find a consolation.

The Teams:

Salop: Marko Marosi, Luke Leahy, Matthew Pennington, Aaron Pierre, Sam Cosgrove (Rekeil Pyke 62’), Josh Vela, Daniel Udoh, Nathanael Ogbeta (Shaun Whalley 62’), Elliott Bennett, Tom Bloxham (Khanya Leshabela 71’), George Nurse.

Subs not used: Harry Burgoyne, Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Charlie Caton, Joshua Daniels.

Argyle: Michael Cooper, Macaulay Gillesphey, Jordan Houghton, Dan Scarr, Ryan Broom (Adam Randall 83’), Joe Edwards, Ryan Hardie, Conor Grant (Ryan Law 57’), Brendan Galloway, Panutche Camara, Luke Jephcott (Jordon Garrick 88’).

Subs not used: Callum Burton, George Cooper, Ollie Tomlinson, Rhys Shirley.

Attendance: 5,737 (892)


Referee: Paul Howards

Assistants: Dumitru Cheosiaua, Declan O’Shea

Fourth Official: Danny Gratton


Salop defender Luke Leahy was booked in the 39th minute, following a tussle between Argyle midfielder Ryan Broom.

Argyle midfielder Ryan Broom was also booked in the 39th minute, following his tussle with the booked Leahy.

Josh Vela was awarded a yellow card in the 77th minute, following a mistimed challenge on Argyle midfielder Panutche Camara.


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Ticket News

Plymouth Argyle ticket details

9 August 2021

Ticket details are now available for Town's Sky Bet League One home fixture with Plymouth Argyle.

Shrewsbury Town v Plymouth Argyle
Saturday 21st August 2021 – 3pm Kick-Off
Montgomery Waters Meadow
Sky Bet League One

Ticket Information

Tickets are now on sale for our home game with Plymouth Argyle on Saturday, August 21st, 2021.

This game is valid for Season Ticket holders and they can turn up on the day and scan their card at the turnstiles for stadium entry. 

Match tickets are available before the day of the game and on Match Day. Supporters are encouraged to buy in advance if they can to help beat the queues on matchday. As with the pilot events we ran during the lockdown, tickets will be available to be added to your mobile device as a ‘Digital Ticket’.

Shrewsbury Town encourages the use of mask-wearing in the concourses and in enclosed areas of the stadium.

Social Distancing Seats

For the start of the 2021 season, we understand that some supporters will be nervous about returning to full-capacity venues. For this reason, we will be offering some socially distanced seating should you still want to be socially distanced from other supporters. These seats will be in Block 12 and 13. NB: Season Ticket holders in these areas will not be affected and can continue to use their Season Ticket to access the stadium and sit in their usual seats.

Current Season Ticket holders in other blocks can move into the Socially Distanced area should they wish but they need to inform the Ticket Office first and be issued with a separate physical ticket for that game.

Ticket Office opening hours are 10am – 2pm Monday to Friday and 11am – Kick Off on a Match Day Saturday.

Ticket prices for a 2019/20 Sky Bet League One fixture can be found here

Tickets can be purchased in the following ways: 
•    In-person at the Montgomery Waters Meadow ticket office 
•    By calling 01743 273943 
•    Via our online ticketing site - click here

Tickets bought online can be printed at home and scanned for stadium entry or can be selected as a digital ticket and can be saved in your mobile device wallet for use on matchday.

When buying online the following costs apply-

  • Print at Home/Digital Ticket = Free
  • Collect from STFC = Free
  • Standard post for online booking = £2.60
  • Special Delivery = £9.00
  • Add to FanCard = Free

U12s go free to every home SkyBet League One game during the 2021/22 season.

Supporters can get tickets via the popular FlexiTicket or you can use the new FanCard to save money on every home league game.

If you can't make it to the game you can listen to full match commentary, or watch the game if you are an International fan, on IFollow Shrews or download the app here to listen if you are out and about - IFollow App.

Travel - There are a number of matchday buses from around the county and buses from the town centre, details here Matchday Travel Plan.  There are a number of parking options in and around the stadium, these can be viewed here Matchday Parking Options.


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