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Come On You Blues: Recollections of Shrewsbury Town's First Season in Division 2

Andrew Predhous

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From the publisher:

Although well-known as the birthplace of Charles Darwin and for its idyllic location on the River Severn, in footballing terms Shrewsbury was still a backwater in the late 1970s. But Town's promotion for the first time in their history to Football League Division Two in 1979 changed all that. The 'Spirit of 79' propelled them into the limelight with a famous FA Cup run and an unlikely Third Division title triumph.

Chelsea, Newcastle and West Ham would now be heading to Gay Meadow, and predictably Shrewsbury were the pundits' favourites for relegation. Come On You Blues is a vivid, first-hand account of Town's inaugural campaign in Division Two in 1979/80, as seen through the eyes of a 15-year-old fan and proud owner of a GBP12 junior season ticket. The book recalls the thrills and anguish of following a small team from Shropshire battling for survival in the second tier, and defying the odds by trouncing footballing giants, upstaging local rivals and scrubbing up well against exciting, up-and-coming sides.

The author:

Andrew Preshous first went to Gay Meadow in 1973. Shrewsbury lost 1-0 to Chesterfield. Town were relegated that season but he has supported them ever since. Andrew is the co-author of IELTS Foundation, has penned numerous articles on English language teaching and contributed to publications such as Backpass and Record Collector. As an exiled Shrew living in Warwickshire, he tries to get to Town games as often as he can.


Pitch Publishing
22 x 14 cm
256 pages
November 2021