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2015/16 preview - introducing Shrewsbury Town FC

6 August 2015

Meet Millwall's League One opponents


Founded: 1886

Stadium: Greenhous Meadow

Nickname: The Shrews, Blues, Town

Position: Runner-up in League Two

Manager: Shrews' boss Micky Mellon wrote himself into the history books as the man who guided former club Fleetwood Town into the Football League for the very first time in April 2012.

Having enjoyed a fruitful playing career at West Brom, Tranmere (twice), Burnley and Kidderminster, Mellon's first taste of coaching came at Lancaster City and then former club Burnley.

Mellon was handed the managerial reigns at Fleetwood in September 2008 and the following season The Cod were promoted into the Conference. Just two years later Mellon had achieved the unthinkable and steered Fleetwood into the Football League - an incredible achievement considering that Town had only been founded just 15 years previously.

He was on the move to south Yorkshire in January 2012 as assistant to caretaker boss David Flitcroft, who was then handed the role on a permanent basis, and the duo secured The Tykes Championship status on the final day of the campaign.

However by March 2014 Mellon's contract, along with that of goalkeeping coach Ian Willcock, had been cancelled. It didn't take long for another employment opportunity to come his way and the 43-year-old was installed at relegated Shrewsbury chief just two months later.

He wasted no time making his mark, bringing in 16 players over the close season and the move paid off handsomely. Under Mellon's guidance The Shrews bounced straight back to League One at the first attempt with a win return of 57.41 per cent.

Key player: Double Player of the Year Connor Goldson has simply gone from strength to strength since making his debut as a substitute in Shrewsbury's 5-1 away win at Lincoln City in February 2011.

Born in Wolverhampton, the former youth team player had to bide his time for regular senior football but when former manager Graham Turner handed him a first team chance he grabbed it with both hands and hasn't looked back.

A composed centre half who can also operate equally well at right back and on occasion in midfield, Goldson was a mainstay in Town's team during their successful promotion-winning 2014/15 campaign.

He made 51 appearances and weighed in with an impressive seven goals, earning both the Player of the Year and Player's Player of the Year awards at the club's end-of-season dinner.

Top scorer: James Collins (17 goals)

Head-to-head: If the history books started in 1966 and not 1951, Millwall's record against Shrewsbury would be virtually unblemished.

Of the previous 12 meetings, The Lions have tasted defeat just once, in February 1976, winning seven and drawing four of the other games played during this period.

Overall Shrewsbury have nine wins to Millwall's 15 in all competitions with the remaining nine encounters finishing all square.

Last time we met: He may not have scored many goals, but the 90th-minute stunner thumped home by Maurice Doyle was right up there with his best as Millwall grabbed a 1-1 draw at Gay Meadow on 22nd February 1997.

A Shrews team, including former Lion Steve Anthrobus in their starting line-up, took the lead just before half-time courtesy of 'The Bus'.

But Millwall, who welcomed back Alan Mcleary to the team after he had re-signed for The Lions for a second time, kept plugging away and got their rewards right at the death with Doyle's long-range thunderbolt.

"If that had been on Match of the Day they would have been showing for weeks and weeks afterwards," purred manager John Docherty. "I bet he only did that because all his family were down from Liverpool to watch the game!"

Shrewsbury: Gall, Spink, Walton, Taylor, Wrack (Scott, 85mins), Evans, Brown (ward, 78mins), Anthrobus, Currie, Dempsey, Whiston. Subs not used: Nielsen.
Scorer: Anthrobus (40mins)

Millwall: Carter, McLeary, Neill, Crawford, Witter, McRobert, Hartley, Newman, Savage (Doyle, 67mins), Cadette, Berry. Subs not used: Forbes, Bircham.
Scorer: Doyle (90mins)

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