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Ten and a half things you never knew about..... SHREWSBURY

All a bit depressing on here at the mo, so lets kick this one off:

1. Shrewbury's most famous celebrity fan is former TV personality Lloyd Grossman, who since retiring from the business now runs a small tea room in the shadows of Shrewsbury Castle called 'Shrew the Keyhole'

2. Shrewsbury were forced to move from their previous home Gay Meadow following continuous complaints from other clubs to the Football League with regards to its sticky surface.

3. Evolution expert Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury in 1809, and in 1826 won Shrewsburys coveted Most Stylish Resident of the Year award, thanks largely to his renowned designer genes.

4. Shrewsbury has always been situated 7 miles east of the Welsh border, but in 2006, an ill-fated curry week coinciding with an easterly wind led the town to be situated 9 miles east of the Welsh border. English Nationalists on the council have been furiously campaigning for a curry month to no avail.

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  • Its a well known fact that '70's Teddy Boy pop group Shrewaddywaddy still live in the town centre.
  • edited June 2010
    "The Taming of the Shrew" was an article written by William Shakespeare, a fabled internet blogger, about his team's 7-0 drubbing against fierce rivals Hereford in the early 80s.
  • My mate Vikki was so drunk after the 2007 rugby world cup final, we had to borrow a wheelchair from the railway station- master at Shrewsbury to get her to the cab rank...
  • No matter how old you are, the name of thier old ground (Gay Meadow) will always be a little bit funny.
  • It is unlucky in Shrewsbury to get in your car from the drivers side all car parks have extra wide spaces to allow easier use of the passanger side door for getting in and out of your car..... an easy way for Shrews to spot tourists and opposition fans....take note
  • The original ground was named Gay Meadow as it was the local homosexual pick up point, their version of Hampstead Heath.
  • LOL yea true dan. Should be interesting and would like to go but Tuesday or Wednesday night looks unlikely sadly :-(
  • Though Gay Meadow is sadly no more, the town remains fiercely proud of its other green-belt area, Feltching Fields.
  • [cite]Posted By: AFKABartram[/cite]Though Gay Meadow is sadly no more, the town remains fiercely proud of its other green-belt area, Feltching Fields.

    And their nearest coastal resort, Rimming on Sea
  • Just as Scouse scallies would ask suspected visiting London fans 'got the time there la ' the ne'er do wells of Shropshire used to ask potential foes ' Shrew are you?' Other opposition fans took up this challenge and can often be heard chanting Shrew are you, Shrew are you! to visiting fans and players
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  • The new Shrewsbury ground is built on a field where rodents were buried.
  • In the early days of football at Shrewsbury, their nickname was " The Vermin".

    But rat-arsed supporters shouting, "Come on you Vermin", didn't have the right ring to it, so their nickname was soon changed to "The Shrews".
  • Did you know that The Shrews are "twinned" with Mousehole, who play in the West Cornwall League?
  • Mousehole - fnnaar fnnaar...
  • edited June 2010
    The most famous Shrewsbury fan is or at least was murdered rap start Biggie Smalls.

    He inherited his allegiance to the Town and his musical talent from his father Derek Smalls, bass player in the rock band Spinal Tap.

    The "shrew" in "Shrewsbury" is not pronounced to rhyme with "true" or "throw" but Shove.

    The Ancient name of the town is Salop. This came from the taunting of Welsh raiders. When the taffy's attacked the locals would hide behind their city walls and shout "kam o'er ear and we'll give you a Sa-lap".
  • The sight of braces on one's trousers is seen as rude to the good people of Shrewsbury and frowned upon by old folk and giggled at by children.
  • [cite]Posted By: Henry Irving[/cite]The most famous Shrewsbury fan is or at least was murdered rap start Biggie Smalls.

    He inherited his allegiance to the Town and his musical talent from his father Derek Smalls, bass player in the rock band Spinal Tap.

    The "shrew" in "Shrewsbury" is not pronounced to rhyme with "true" or "throw" but Shove.

    The Ancient name of the town is Salop. This came from the taunting of Welsh raiders. When the taffy's attacked the locals would hide behind their city walls and shout "kam o'er ear and we'll give you a Sa-lap".

    So Biggie had a box thee did he? I am guessing then that Spinal tap are from the area or at leasr he was?
  • Oggy Red
    Both Shewsbury and Mousehole have great pubs. When in Mousehole always pay my repects up at The Lifeboat Station.
  • The river Severn ran close round one side of Gay Meadow and the tiny stand on the side was no barrier to high balls which often ended in the drink. The club employed someone to paddle the river in a famous coracle to retrieve lost balls. In a nod to tradition, the coracle was buried six feet under the centre circle at the new Prostar Stadium.
  • [cite]Posted By: Cardinal Sin[/cite]The river Severn ran close round one side of Gay Meadow and the tiny stand on the side was no barrier to high balls which often ended in the drink. The club employed someone to paddle the river in a famous coracle to retrieve lost balls. In a nod to tradition, the coracle was buried six feet under the centre circle at the new Prostar Stadium.

    I thought the New Gay Meadow was now called The Greenhouse ..... not The Prostate Stadium.
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  • [cite]Posted By: Lewis Coaches[/cite]Oggy Red
    Both Shewsbury and Mousehole have great pubs. When in Mousehole always pay my repects up at The Lifeboat Station.

    Can't remember where we drank in Shrewsbury - but last time I was in Mouz'all, we drank in The Ship.
    A few years ago now, Lewis.
  • [cite]Posted By: Cardinal Sin[/cite]The club employed someone to paddle the river in a famous coracle to retrieve lost balls.

    Ah, even though that Coracle story was really true, did you know....... Shrewsbury are the only Football League club without an Official club website?

    Even in the 21st Century and with a New Gay Meadow, they rely on traditional methods of information services, including
    Page the Coracle.
  • [cite]Posted By: Cardinal Sin[/cite] The club employed someone to paddle the river in a famous coracle to retrieve lost balls.

    And did you know, that same man with lost balls now sells strawberries outside New Eltham station ....?

    He's the one who says he's never got any testicles.
  • edited June 2010
    The only park in Shrewsbury has been relocated to the top of Shootershill.
  • Beards are compulsory in Shrewsbury. Every male over the age of 16 must sport a beard, non-residents are required to register at the local tourist office upon entering the town perimeter where they will be provided with a false beard for the duration of the stay. The return of these false beards is required, failure to return the beard results in a £50 charge to your credit card.
  • edited June 2010
    The Holy Grail can be found in a pub in Shrewsbury called 'The Loggerheads' it must be true because, a) it says so on the label and b) it was confirmed on the OS.

    The battle of Shrewsbury is famous for the Welsh not turning up as promised (theres a moral in there somewhere).

    Anyone asking nievely is it shrewsbury or shroesbury is instantly put in the stocks or deported to Telford.

    Chants guaranteed to annoy shrewsbury supporters include, simply baaing in a sheeplike manner, your welsh and you know you are, and just a small club in Telford and wheres your gay ground gone ?

    Noone argues with the town crier all 7 foot 2 of him.

    Baldrick from Black Adder is a frequent sight stumbling in and out of the pubs of Shrewsbruy.
  • [cite]Posted By: Shrew[/cite]Chants guaranteed to annoy shrewsbury supporters include, simply baaing in a sheeplike manner, your welsh and you know you are, and just a small club in Telford and wheres your gay ground gone ?


    Thanks for that Mr Shrew. That'll help if we go a goal down.

    That's the time when we forget about getting behind our own team.
    And our core away support of 14 year olds is more intent in taking the p!ss out of opponents.

    :o)
  • edited June 2010
    Apparently even proper locals are divided over their pronunciation,

    You'll occasionally find towns where nobody can agree. Shrewsbury divides the locals into three camps, 'shroze-bree', 'shrooz-bree' and even 'shooz-bree'.
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