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John Askey Pre Bradford City

2 August 2018

Gaffer looks ahead to Saturday's season opener against Bradford City

Shrewsbury Town kick of the Sky Bet League One campaign with the visit of Bradford City to the Montgomery Waters Meadow.

The visit of the Bantams will mark the first game of John Askey’s tenure at Shrewsbury Town.

Askey is excited about his first game at the Meadow and is looking forward to the challenge brought to his team by Bradford City.

“I think the first day of the season every season is exciting,” Askey told Shrewsweb. “We talked earlier about pre-season and it hasn’t got that feel of the first game of the season.

“This is when it matters and I’m really looking forward to it. I have a mixture of feelings: trepidation, excitement and everything. We just want to get that first win.”

Askey’s first game in charge will be with only the second Club he has worked with as a manager and feels the occasion will be special.

“It will be different in some ways because it is a different Club but it’s still the same feeling at that first game,” the Gaffer said.  It will probably be a little bit more special with it being a new Club.

“Bradford have changed a little bit from last season. They have a new manager; Bradford is always a tough game. They’re a big Club for the League that we are in.

“They’re not the biggest of teams so I presume they’re a team who are looking to try and play football. We are well aware of their strengths and their weaknesses.

“I think it will be a great atmosphere. On the back of last season the interest in Shrewsbury Town is going to be big so I will be surprise if the Town don’t get behind the Club.

“If you’re a supporter you support the Football Club and it’s important that’s what you’re doing. You support them no matter whether you are winning or losing because it can make a difference.

“If they encourage the players, it can make a massive difference and they can be the extra man.”

Town’s Safe Standing section will be in full operation for the Bradford game and a small number of tickets remain.


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