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Introducing Shrewsbury Town

22 June 2015

The Shrews bounced straight back to League One

Name: Shrewsbury Town Football Club
Founded: 1886
Stadium: Greenhous Meadow
Capacity: 9,875
Manager: Micky Mellon
Last season: Second in League Two (promoted)

Shrewsbury Town returned to the third-tier at the first attempt last term, as the Salop finished runners-up behind Burton Albion in League Two.

Managed by former Cod Army boss Micky Mellon, the Shropshire outfit have been busy in the transfer market including the signing of Crewe’s highly rated defender Matt Tootle. 

Paisley-born Mellon began his career with Bristol City in 1989, spending four-years at Ashton Gate, as well as a loan stay at Cork City, during his time at City.

Mellon enjoyed prolonged spells at West Bromwich Albion, Blackpool, Burnley, and three spells at Tranmere Rovers – amongst others, in a career that spanned 17 years, which ended at Lancaster City in 2006.

The 43-year-old took his first managerial appointment with Fleetwood Town in September 2008, leading the Cod Army to Play-Off triumph in the Conference North in May 2009, and promotion to the Football League as Champions of the Conference Premier in 2012.

After leaving Highbury in the December of 2012, Mellon immediately got back into the game with Barnsley – becoming David Flitcroft’s Assistant manager.

Mellon left his position at Oakwell in March 2014, and he was soon to be appointed Shrewsbury manager, in the May of last year.

He led the club to promotion in his first season at the Shrews.

Tootle will be one of the Salop’s men to watch next season, after completing his move from Crewe Alexandra.

Born in Knowsley, on Merseyside, Tootle began his football education in the famed youth set up at Crewe Alexandra.

The 24-year-old defender would go onto progress through the ranks at the Railwaymen, and signed professional forms at Gresty Road in 2009.

The full-back helped Crewe to promotion from League Two via the Play-Off final in May 2012, which was followed up by a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win in 2013.

Tootle featured 199 times in all competitions whilst at Alexandra, captaining the club for his final two-seasons.

He signed for Shrewsbury on a free-transfer earlier this month – as Mellon looks to build for the future.

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