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In focus: Fleetwood Town

27 October 2020

Take a closer look at this evening's Sky Bet League One opposition - Fleetwood Town.

Shrewsbury Town Football Club travel to Fleetwood Town this evening for the Shrews’ latest Sky Bet League One fixture. Town will be looking for a return to winning ways against Joey Barton’s Cod Army after a narrow defeat against Rochdale.

Fleetwood have started the season with a mixed bag of results. Barton’s team currently sits 12th in the Sky Bet League One table having won three games, drawn one and lost 4. They also have a goal difference of +2.

Name: Fleetwood Town Football Club

Founded: 1908

Stadium: Highbury Stadium (5,327 capacity)

Biggest win: 13-0 v Oldham Town, North West Counties League, 5 December 1998.

Biggest loss: 0-7 v Billingham, Town, FA Cup 1st qualifying round, 15 September 2001

Highest league finish: 4th, Sky Bet League One, 2016-17

The Manager – Joey Barton

Former England and Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton is in his first stint in football management. The 38-year-old first took control at Highbury Stadium in 2018 and has since guided his team to an unsuccessful play-off final appearance.

Barton currently boasts a 38.9 win percentage as a manager and is widely admired by the Fleetwood fan base.

As a player, Barton enjoyed a successful career – playing for Manchester City, Newcastle United, Queens Park Rangers, Marseille, Burnley and Rangers. During his 15-year playing career, he has won the Sky Bet Championship on two occasions and one Sky Bet play-off final medal.

Goalkeeper – Jayson Leutwiler

Leutwiler – who has represented the Canadian national team three times – joined the Cod Army after making almost 100 appearances at League One level. The highly-experienced goalkeeper has previously represented Shrewsbury Town and Blackburn Rovers.

The goalkeeper started his career at Swiss side Basel and gained valuable experience at Yverdon-Sport and Wohlen during that time. He then moved to England to Middlesbrough, before joining Shrewsbury Town in 2014 – where he would play over 140 times over three years – earning promotion to League One in that time.

Defender – Charlie Mulgrew

Charlie Mulgrew joined the Cod Army in the 2020 summer transfer window on loan from Blackburn Rovers. The highly experienced 34-year-old has won a number of SPL titles with Celtic as well as promotion from Sky Bet League One with Blackburn.

Mulgrew's career has included spells with Celtic, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aberdeen, as well as short loans at Dundee United and Southend United in the early part of his career. The Glaswegian has also represented Scotland on 44 occasions - scoring 3 times.

Midfielder – Callum Camps

Stockport-born Camps – who is a product of Rochdale’s youth system – made his debut for the club in a 2-2 draw with Port Vale in April 2013. He went on to win Rochdale’s Youth Player of the Year soon after signing his first professional contract.

Camps made 240 appearances for the Dale during his seven years at the club scoring 30 goals along the way. The midfielder signed for the Cod Army in August 2020, and scored on his competitive debut for the club, netting the first of three goals in a 3-1 win over Carlisle United in the EFL Trophy.

Camps also has international football experience after representing Northern Ireland at U21 level.

Forward – Ched Evans

Welsh-born striker Ched Evans began his professional career with Manchester City in 2007 and spent two years with the Cityzens. The forward has enjoyed a lengthy career and has spent time with Norwich City, Sheffield United and Chesterfield - as well as representing Wales on 13 occasions.

The 31-year-old joined the Cod Army in July 2018 and signed a long-term loan deal at Highbury Stadium. However, Evans made the move permanent a year later - joining the club for an undisclosed fee. 

Read Sam Ricketts' thoughts ahead of tonight's fixture... 

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Sam Ricketts previews Fleetwood Town

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