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Marcus on Monday

28 August 2017

Marcus Braddock looks back and forward with his Monday round up...

We heard the sad news of Alan Boswell's passing last week, Mr Boswell played for town as a goalkeeper for five years in the 1960's and is still talked about by older fans I know.

There was important news that Shrewsbury Town has added £20,000 the safe standing fund. The donation has given the campaign a vital boost in its quest to be the first club in the English leagues to introduce safe standing. The demonisation of standing areas of football stadiums along with it's fans is a past wrong that has long needed to be put right and although I prefer to sit these days, I will be making a contribution and I can only encourage you to do the same.

In other off the pitch news, we signed another couple of promising young players this week. Defender Omar Beckles from Accrington Stanley is a very cultured looking player, I didn't know much about him when he signed but Youtube has an excellent show-reel. A very deft and unhurried player who played particularly well against Premiership Burnley in the EFL Cup last season.

Midfielder Ben Godfrey is our second player to come from Norwich on loan this season and he looks like a good one. There is less of him in action online but there is a video of him scoring in the closing minutes for Norwich against Coventry last season.

Town's loan Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has been called up to the England under 21 team, he's certainly not the first Town keeper to play for England and I'm sure he wont be the last!

On the pitch, the men's first team shared the points with Oxford United but both had decisions gone our way, we could have been sitting in 2nd place rather than 3rd.  

Following the game Shaun Whalley said the referee denied his penalty claim because there was no intent from the defender. On the plus side, it's good that we have officials that can tell what people are thinking like that.

Having re-watched the highlights a few times I'm convinced that Carlton Morris scored when his looping effort appeared to cross the line.

It's quite an exciting time to be a Shrewsbury fan and I'm in agreement with Paul Hurst when he says that pushing a fancied team like Oxford all the way, shows how far we have come in a short period.

The only real negative is that we didn't take enough of an advantage when we were dominant meaning there was always some hope for Oxford. But we've a relatively young team, still finding their feet together and we're in third place after four games, a genuinely incredible start from a team who fought against relegation last season.  

Man of the match for me was Stefan Payne who again came off the bench to win us important points.
Shrewsbury Town Ladies have now completed their pre-season programme and are looking forward to their first game of the season against Wolverhampton Sporting Community. The F.A. Cup game will be played at Shrewsbury College on 3rd September.

Towns under 18 team kept their unbeaten start to the season by beating Rochdale 1-0 at home and drawing 0-0 at home to Walsall. Their next fixture is against Wrexham this coming Saturday at Shrewsbury sports village at 11 a.m.

This week sees the men's first team head to Coventry City for  their Checkatrade Trophy game. It's odd to think of Coventry as a lower division club to us, not so long ago they were a top flight team!

The weekend sees us play Gillingham in our third away game in a row. The Gills have yet to win a game this season but did score their first three goals of the season at home to Southend this weekend. The goalscorer was Tom Eaves who had a hand in keeping us in League One a few seasons ago, he scored a hat-trick for us too, against Crawley.

As if to make up for a shortage of first team football, we have an England under18 game on Friday. The opponents are Brazil and having watched a Brazil youth team in the Olympics, we should be in for a treat. Tickets are available at the stadium and online and are very reasonably priced, £13 for an evenings entertainment for a family of four is a bargain(£5 for adults and £1.50 each for the kids!).


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