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Grimsby v Shrewsbury Preview

By: Marc Reed
Date: 05/03/2010

THIS Saturday promotion chasing Shrewsbury visit Blundell Park for what we all hope will be three points for The Mariners and finally ending their appalling 25 game run without a win.

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Who are they?

Their History

Shrewsbury Town who are currently lead by Paul Simpson, were formed in May 1886. The club was promoted back to the Football League in 2004 at the first attempt, when they won the Conference play-off final. They had been relegated into the conference national from what was then the Third Division (fourth tier) in 2003. In 2007, Shrewsbury left their Gay Meadow ground which was their home for the previous 97 years to the newly built Prostar Stadium.

Last Season.

Last season was a good season for The Shrews in comparison to our own. With a 7th placed finish, they eventually made it to the play-off final, which they were beaten by Gillingham 1-0, with the goal coming from Simeon Jackson on 50 minutes.

This Season.

This season the club are currently on course to achieve the same. Being 6th in the table, they are in the play-off places once again. Scoring more goal than they have conceded they have a plus 10 goal difference as opposed to our minus 24. On loan Town winger Jamie Devitt spent a brief period on loan at Shrewsbury earlier on in this league campaign.

Biggest Hero Is…

According to the 2004 BBC Cult Heroes poll, their biggest hero is Dean Spink, who played for the club from 1990-1997 and also a brief spell in 1999.

Most Famous Player to Wear the Shirt.

The most famous players to represent the club include Neville Southall, Mickey Thomas, David Moyes and in more recent times England goalkeeping contender Joe Hart

Key Player...

Key player for Shrewsbury has to be their leading goal scorer Dave Hibbert, who has scored 13 league goals already this season. Other players to look out for is solid centre half Graham Coughlan, who has previously turned out for the likes of Burnley and Sheffield Wednesday. Another player I personally rate is Australian born Shane Cansdell-Sheriff who has impressed me every time I have seen him play.

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Currently 23rd in League Two.
Currently 6th in League Two.

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Team News


  • Olly Lancashire has recovered from a bruised foot.

  • Strikers Tommy Wright and Ashley Chambers are slight doubts with ankle knocks.

  • Nathan Jarman is still suspended,

  • Just Adrian Forbes (leg) and Robbie Stockdale (hernia) on the treatment table.
  • Full-back Dean Holden starts a two-match ban for his 10th caution of the campaign. Midfielder Shane Cansdell-Sherriff is also suspended.

  • 'Keeper David Button, or loan from Spurs, has extended his stay on loan.

  • long-term injury victim Craig Disley is also out of consideration.
  • Squads

    1GKNick Colgan
    2DFRobbie Stockdale
    3DFJoe Widdowson
    4MFDean Sinclair (on loan from Charlton)
    5MFOliver Lancashire
    6MFPeter Sweeney
    7MFAdrian Forbes
    8FWNathan Jarman
    9FWAdam Proudlock
    10FWBarry Conlon
    13MFNick Hegarty
    14MFPeter Bore
    15DFMatthew Bird
    16DFPaul Linwood
    19MFMichael Leary
    20MFJammal Shahin
    21FWMichael Coulson (on loan from Barnsley)
    22MFMark Gray
    24DFJamie Devitt (on loan from Hull City)
    25DFRob Atkinson
    26FWJean-Louis Akpa Akpro
    28FWJosh Fuller
    29FWBradley Wood
    31FWMark Oxley (on loan from Hull City)
    32MFMark Hudson
    33FWAshley Chambers (on loan from Leicester City)
    34FWParis Cowan-Hall (on loan from Portsmouth)
    35GKLeigh Overton
    36FWTommy Wright
    37FWLee Peacock
    2 DF Dean Holden
    3 DF Joe Skarz (on loan from Huddersfield Town)
    5 DF Graham Coughlan (captain)
    6 MF Terry Dunfield
    7 MF Craig Disley
    8 DF Kelvin Langmead (vice-captain)
    9 FW David Hibbert
    10 FW Jamie Cureton (on loan from Norwich City)
    11 FW Jake Robinson
    14 FW Kris Bright
    15 MF Paul Murray
    17 MF Benjamin van den Broek
    18 MF Steven Leslie
    19 DF Harry Hooman
    20 FW Andre Gray
    21 MF Jake Simpson
    22 GK Andreas Arestidou
    23 MF Lewis Neal
    24 DF Shane Cansdell-Sherriff
    28 MF Kevin McIntyre
    29 GK David Button (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
    30 GK Chris Neal
    31 MF Will Richards
    32 DF Danny Taylor
    33 MF Jon Taylor
    34 MF Tom Bradshaw
    42 MF Virag Patel

    Head to Head

    Town have a good record against the Shrews. They have lost just 2 of the last 12.

    P53 W23 D14 L16 F 77 A 69

    Head-to-Head (19th The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    Shrewsbury 0 Grimsby 0 (Sat 12th Dec 2009)

    Both sides missed the chances they needed to win the game.



    The Fishy Prediction

    I never bet against The Mariners and never presume they will lose, bearing that in mind I will have to say a 1-1 draw.

    Grimsby 1-1 Shrewsbury

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