Shrewsbury Town kick off their 2022/2023 Sky Bet League One campaign with a trip to Morecambe this Saturday.
Impressively, Town has sold out their full allocation at the Mazuma Stadium, with Morecambe sending 200 additional tickets for part of the terrace and the Beyond Radio stand.
Salop come into the game after a testing pre-season camp and a set of fixtures that ended in a 0-0 draw against Championship side Cardiff City.
Meanwhile, Morecambe rounded off their pre-season with a 0-0 draw too when they faced League Two outlet Carlisle United at the Mazuma Stadium last Saturday. Now that pre-season is over, Derek Adams will be preparing his side for just their second ever season at this level after guiding them to safety in their final game last season; the Shrimps finished 19th.
In recent meetings, Salop have faired better, winning six of the previous seven encounters. Morecambe won the home fixture 2-0 last season, courtesy of goals from Adam Phillips and Cole Stockton.
However, the last fixture between the sides ended in a 5-0 drubbing in Salop's favour. A brace each from Daniel Udoh and Luke Leahy, along with a goal from Ryan Bowman helped secure a memorable win at Montgomery Waters Meadow.
The Shrimps now have retired heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, as a sponsor for their shorts, with his brand 'Gypsy King' featuring on both the home and away kit for the upcoming campaign.
Stadium: Mazuma Stadium
Founded: 7 May 1920 (102 years ago)
Co-chairmen: Graham Howse & Rod Taylor
Manager: Derek Adams
Record win: (H) 6-0 vs Crawley Town September 10th 2011 (League Two)
Record defeat: (A) 7-0 vs Cambridge United April 19th 2016 (League Two)
Highest League Finish: 19th Sky Bet League One, 2021/2022
One to watch: Cole Stockton
Prolific striker Cole Stockton managed 26 goals and four assists for his team in their first League One venture. The 28-year-old has been with the club since 2016, joining on loan initially before signing a permanent deal in 2019. Stockton was on the scoresheet in their victory over Salop in August last year.