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Match Preview - Crewe Alexandra

11 September 2021

Take a closer look at the stats and facts ahead of Salop’s Sky Bet League One fixture against Crewe Alexandra.

Salop welcome Crewe to the Montgomery Waters Meadow this afternoon having lost their previous league fixture, a one nil loss to high-flyers Accrington Stanley. Their nervy start to the season has left them at the bottom-end of the table, with only Doncaster and today’s opponents Crewe below them.


The Railwaymen have had a difficult start to the league season, having won none of their six league games: their only point coming through a one-all draw with newly promoted Cheltenham Town on the opening day, a game that also produced their only goal of the league season. The two sides have already met this season, in what was the Alex’s last fixture before the international break, with David Artell’s men coming out of the Papa John’s EFL Trophy fixture as one nil victors – a Ben Knight’s winner at the death proving to be the difference. The deadline day tie brought a victory and a loss for Artell’s side, with key player Owen Dale being snapped up by Championship side Blackpool, the young forward being one of the brighter sparks in a so far dim season for the Railwaymen.


Town's last league outing in front of a home crowd presented Salop with their first three points of the season, a revitalised second half performance against Gillingham leaving Salop 2-1 victors. Despite their loss away at Accrington last weekend, a home crowd and upper hand on their opponent should give Salop all the materials to build their second win of the league season. With that being said, it will come with a challenge, with Crewe much like Shrewsbury in need of both a goal and a win to lift their season and propel them into a positive direction.



Name: Crewe Alexandra


Founded: 1877 (144 years ago)


Chairman/Owner: Charles Grant


Biggest win: 8–0 vs Rotherham United (Division 3 North, 1 October 1932)


Biggest defeat: 2–13 vs Tottenham Hotspur (FA Cup 4th Rd Replay, 3 February 1960)


Highest League finish: 11th, Football League First Division, 1997/98



Goalkeeper: Will Jaaskelainen


Son of former Premier League ‘keeper Jussi, Will Jaaskelainen started off his senior career with the Railwaymen. A product of the Bolton Wanderers academy, Jaaskelainen was quick to make his mark and prove his worth at such a young age - making just four appearances before being given the number one shirt. Loan spells at Buxton, Chester and Nantwich gave the shot-stopper the experience he needed to break into the first-team squad, and was a large part of the Alex side who achieved promotion in what would’ve been his debut season as number one and has since gone on to amass over eighty appearances for David Artell’s side – solidifying his place as resident first choice.


Defender: Terell Thomas


A new arrival to Gresty Road, Terell Thomas joined today’s visitors from fellow League One outfit AFC Wimbledon, putting pen-to-paper on a 12-month deal following the end of his contract with the Dons. Born in Rainham, the defender played out his youth career with both Arsenal and Charlton Athletic, signing his first professional contract with the latter side in 2014. A series of loan spells offered the defender first-team experience, but not enough to prove he was capable of breaking into the Addicks first team – later moving to Wigan Athletic for the 2017/18 season.


The same story played out at the DW, and Thomas returned to London the following summer, joining AFC Wimbledon. His time with the Dons is where the defender finally got his chance, making a total of 90 appearances before his arrival in Cheshire, where he’ll look to prove himself as a valuable first-team player.


Midfielder: Luke Murphy


A graduate of the much-revered Alex academy, midfielder Luke Murphy returned to Gresty Road last year following his release from Bolton Wanderers. Starting his professional career with the Alex, he broke into the first team in 2008 and would go on to be a key part of a Crewe side that were promoted to League One in 2012. He was awarded the captain’s armband the following year, a season that proved to be one of his most productive, scoring 9 and assisting 12 following the club’s return to the third tier; a season that also brought them silverware – Murphy scoring the opener in their 2-0 EFL Trophy final win against Southend United.


His efforts were rewarded with a move to Leeds United, a transfer that commanded a fee of just over £1 million. Five years at Elland Road saw the midfielder make 111 appearances, as well as a loan spell to Burton Albion, before he eventually made the move across the Peak District to Bolton. Two years and 45 appearances later, and Murphy made his return to Crewe, where he has become a key component in the Artell’s side – again being made captain ahead of this season.





Forward: Chris Porter


Joining Crewe from Colchester, Porter has led the frontline for David Artell’s side since 2017. Starting his career with Bury in 2002, the striker scored 20 in 78 before making the move to nearby Oldham. Seen as a target-man, the striker was no stranger to goal in his time at Boundary Park, scoring 31 in 75 before moving north of the border to Motherwell.


Two seasons at Fir Park saw the striker notch 27 goals, impressing enough to earn a £400,000 move to then Championship side Derby County. The striker struggled during his time in Derbyshire, only scoring nine in 50, an underwhelming return by his standards. A move three seasons later to Sheffield United led the striker back towards his youthful form, a spell in which brought him to Shrewsbury on loan – scoring one goal in five appearances. However, it was at Colchester where the striker would find his feet again, and despite a nervy start, Porter’s 2016/17 season saw him return to his best - ending the season with 16 goals in 39 appearances. An impressive season saw him move to Crewe, where he’d eclipse double figures for goals in his first three seasons, his third season with the Railwaymen handing him his first promotion medal. 

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Match Reports

Match report: Shrewsbury Town 1 Crewe Alexandra 1

11 September 2021

Shrewsbury Town earn a point at Montgomery Waters Meadow following a 1-1 draw with Crewe Alexandra.

Steve Cotterill made two changes from last week’s 1-0 loss against high-flying Accrington Stanley, with Dan Udoh and George Nurse being replaced by Shaun Whalley and David Davis, the latter returning from the suspension he was handed during Salop’s 2-1 win against Gillingham – their last league game at home. The visitors' previous run-out came at the Meadow, snatching a late 1-0 victory in the Papa John’s Trophy.

With both sets of fans in good voice, the game’s atmosphere was matched on the pitch inside the first two minutes. Crewe duo Rio Adebisi and J’Neil Bennett played off each other well, with Bennett playing Adebisi into space on the left wing. His cross found Scott Kashkett who forced a good save from Salop ‘keeper Marko Marosi. It was not long after when Adebisi was at the centre of action again, this time being the recipient of referee Samuel Barrott’s first booking – the defender’s wreckless challenge on Elliott Bennett fully deserving of a booking.

As the first-half continued to unfold, the game continued to stay open, but Town looked more and more confident which each pass they won. Eventually, after twenty minutes, the deadlock was broken. A brilliant challenge from Ebanks-Landell on the halfway line gave Salop the chance to respond, Josh Vela driving forward and playing a sharp ball that cut straight past the Crewe backline and to Luke Leahy, his low cross finding the foot of Sam Cosgrove who – at the second time of asking – found the net to give Salop the lead in front of the home crowd.

Seven minutes on from their opener, Steve Cotterill’s side were keen to double their lead, with Elliott Bennett’s long-range effort forcing a good save from Jaaskelainen. The game continued to stay lively, with both teams equally matched, and it took until the 35th and 36th minute for referee Barrott to award his second and third card in quick succession, Matthew Pennington and Luke Murphy at the receiving end of the referee’s book.

As half-time approached, both Cotterill and Artell’s men continued their pursuit of a goal, Salop sending a few searching balls towards the Crewe backline to force play away from the Salop goal. But, despite their best attempts, they couldn’t hold on until half-time after Mikael Mandron found the net in the 44th; his effort tucked around Marosi to give the visitors the equaliser and ending their barren league spell.

Both teams were unchanged going into the second-half, the game continuing to be an equally matched affair. With the visitors in possession of the ball, J’Neil Bennett’s effort just past the 50-minute mark came off a Shrewsbury body and was diverted away from goal, the resulting corner amounting to nothing. A cross from Scott Robertson shortly after also amounted to nothing, failing to meet the head of a Crewe player and bouncing out for a goal-kick. Barrott then awarded his fourth yellow of the game, and Salop’s second following Ebanks-Landell challenge on Kashkett in his approach towards goal.

Cotterill made his first change of the game in the 64th minute, with youngster Tom Bloxham being replaced for Dan Udoh after an energetic performance on the wing. Aaron Pierre was booked shortly after the first change of the game, following his foul on Kashkett in the 67th minute. With the momentum of the game shifting in the visitor’s favour, David Artell’s men had a number of chances close to goal – Mikael Mandron’s effort in the 70th firing against the side netting. Salop’s second change came not long after the former Salop man’s miss, with Ryan Bowman replacing Sam Cosgrove as Town looked to take the reins of the game off the visiting Railwaymen.

Crewe continued to have a hold on the game and came close again just after Bowman’s entrance onto the field. Calls for a penalty from the away end and dugout were waved away by Barrott, with Marosi doing well to close down Kashkett and block his effort from goal, the resulting ball in finding Mandron who headed against the side netting. Cotterill then made his third change of the game, with the injured Aaron Pierre being replaced by George Nurse, the Salop boss still electing to use a 4-3-3. Salop eventually started to tip the game in their favour, and came close inside the last ten minutes, Bowman’s header forcing a sublime save from Jaaskelainen as Salop built-up pressure on the Alex backline.

Artell then made their first change of the game, looking to recapture their earlier bright spells and take all three points back to Cheshire, replacing Kashkett with Chris Porter with just three minutes left. A minute later, space opened up to surely hand Mandron his second of the game but was denied by Pennington with a goal-saving challenge. A stoppage earlier in the second half meant come 90 minutes, fourth official Simon Mather indicated for nine minutes of added time – giving both team ample opportunity to snatch a late winner. Town had a late penalty call waved away by Barrott, despite an eruption of opposition from the Salop stands and dugout. Artell then made his final two changes, a double swap replacing Adebisi and Bennet with McFadzen and Finney, hoping to revitalise his squad and push for a winner.

The remainder of added time offered little for both sides, with chances for both sides coming to no avail, sharing the points as the referee blew for full-time. Salop can take positives away from the game, displaying an improved performance compared to last weeks game against Accrington, something they can hopefully build on going into next weekend’s trip to Sheffield Wednesday.

The teams:

Salop: Marko Marosi, Luke Leahy, Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Matthew Pennington, Aaron Pierre (George Nurse 76’), Shaun Whalley, Sam Cosgrove (Ryan Bowman 70’), Josh Vela, David Davis, Elliott Bennett, Tom Bloxham (Daniel Udoh 64’).

Subs not used: Cameron Gregory, Nathanael Ogbeta, Rekeil Pyke, Joshua Daniels.

The Alex: Will Jaaskelainen, Kayne Ramsey, Rio Adebisi (Callum McFadzen 90’), Terell Thomas (Oli Finney 90’), Luke Offord, Mikael Mandron, Luke Murphy, Donervon Daniels, Scott Robertson, Scott Kashkett (Chris Porter 67’), J’Neil Bennett.

Subs not used: David Richards, Callum Ainley, Josh Lundstram, Billy Saiss-Davies.

Attendance: 5,867 (1,071)


Referee: Samuel Barrott

Assistants: Peter Gooch, Kevin Morris

Fourth Official: Simon Mather


Rio Adebisi was shown a yellow card in the third minute, following his wreckless challenge on Salop’s Elliott Bennett.

Matthew Pennington was shown a yellow card in the 35th minute, following his tackle on Crewe defender Terell Thomas.

Crewe captain Luke Murphy was shown a yellow card in the 36th minute following a foul on a Shrewsbury player.

Ethan Ebanks-Landell was awarded a yellow card in the 56th minute, following a foul on Crewe’s Scott Kashkett.

Aaron Pierre was awarded a yellow card in the 67th minute, following his foul on Scott Kashkett.

Kayne Ramsey was handed a yellow card in the 87th after a late challenge on Shaun Whalley.

Donervon Daniels was awarded a yellow card in the 97th minute, following his foul on Shaun Whalley.


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Ticket News

AFC Wimbledon ticket details

31 August 2021

Ticket details are now available for our Sky Bet League One home game with AFC Wimbledon.

Shrewsbury Town v AFC Wimbledon
Saturday 25th September 2021 – 3pm Kick-Off
Montgomery Waters Meadow
Sky Bet League One

Ticket Information

Tickets are now on sale for our home game with AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, September 25th 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 in to 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 10am – Kick Off on a Match Day Saturday.

Ticket prices for a 2021/22 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.

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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