Former groundsman has passed away
Shrewsbury Town is saddened to hear of the passing of former groundsman Brian Perry.
Brian was groundsman at the Gay Meadow for many years and was a very popular figure around the club. He held the role for 26 years before the club moved to the new stadium at Oteley Road.
Brain had experience of preparing cricket pitches before being approached by a Shrewsbury Town director about taking the job at Gay Meadow. He initially took the job as a stopgap but enjoyed it so much that he stayed on.
The job was a challenge with the conditions brought on by the Gay Meadow’s proximity to the River Severn.
He was also a well-known figure on the Shropshire cricket scene, representing the county for many years, as well as the local football scene.
Brian continued to attend games at the Montgomery Waters Meadow and was one of the gate staff.
Shrewsbury Town chairman Roland Wycherley spoke on behalf of the club.
“Our thoughts and condolences go out to Brian’s family and friends at this sad time.
“Brian was a big part of Shrewsbury Town’s history and a familiar face at the Gay Meadow for many years.
“The conditions at the Gay Meadow meant the pitch was a challenge, but Brian’s hard work and dedication meant that games would go ahead despite those challenges.
“He continued to work on match day at the new stadium and he will be greatly missed.”