Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Shrewsbury Town FC- Gay Meadow

Visits: 1
Shrewsbury Town 2-2 Mansfield Town (League Two, August 5th 2006)
Stands I’ve Been in: Wakeman End
Ticket Price (1st Visit): £13
Attendance (1st Visit): 5,066

Transport

Went via the M6/ M54 on the way there, but found the more scenic A59 way through North Wales and Cheshire a hell of a lot quicker and less boring! Parked up just behind the away end for £2. Lovely stuff.

The Main Stand

Food & Drink

The location of the ground is brilliant, unbelievably picturesque. From the way you can see the church and trees behind the Riverside and Station End, the gothic buildings and the little park alongside the Severn. A ground well and truly in the heart of its community! Which of course, means town centre and pubs! We went in a pub called the Crown just down the street from the ground, had a decent beer garden and both sets of fans mixing pretty well.

Mansfield fans in the Station End

Inside the Ground

The picturesque setting is the main reason Shrewsbury had to move in the end, with the Severn coming right up to the back of the Riverside Stand, and of course causing pitch problems all the time. Classic old school ground, terracing on three sides, uncovered behind both goals, and a fair size seated Main Stand. Classic.

The Riverside Terrace

Atmosphere

Wasn’t brilliant to be honest, having two uncovered ends never helps, as it puts so much emphasis on the covered terrace. The Mansfield fans were excellent though, especially considering they were uncovered but there were a good number of them too and it really helped, as did the fact it was a good end to end game.

The Wakeman End

Anything Else


Another view of the Wakeman End

Overall

Cracking old school ground, but their reasons for needing to move are pretty obvious and it was a necessary evil.

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