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LEAGUE ONE INSIGHT: Shrewsbury Town

7 July 2015

In this feature, we take an in-depth look at the 23 other teams in Sky Bet League One this season.

Shrewsbury Town

Nickname: 
The Shrews

Founded: 
1886

Ground: 
Greenhous Meadow

Capacity: 
9,875

League position last season: 
2nd - Sky Bet League Two 

2014/15 top goalscorer: 
James Collins (17)

Manager: 
Micky Mellon - The 43-year-old took over the Shrews at the start of the 2014/15 season. 

After a relatively successful playing career with Burnely, Blackpool and West Brom, Mellon made the move into management in 2008 with Fleetwood Town.

The manager led his side to the Conference North title in 2009 before guiding Fleetwood to League Two in 2012. 

With the club in the top half of the division, Mellon was sacked from the Cod Army after three defeats in a row saw them being knocked out of the FA Cup. 

Following his sacking, Mellon joined Barnsley as assistant manager to David Flitcroft. 

He left the Tykes in March 2014 and joined Shrewsbury in 2014 as their manager.

Mellon strengthened his squad during that summer with the signings of experience player Liam Lawrence, top goalscorer James Collins and former Latics midfielder James Wesolowski.

He guided the club to promotion back to Sky Bet League One at the first time of asking and is expected to push for the play-off places this season.

Key player:
James Collins - The former Aston Villa youngster finished Shrewsbury Town's top goalscorer last season scoring 17 goals.

The 24-year-old had a previous spell with the Shrews in 2011, scoring 22 goals in 65 appearances. 

After spells with Swindon Town and Hibernian, Collins rejoined the club last season and fired the goals to gain them promotion. 

The striker will look to continue that form into this season and help fire the Shrews into the play-off positions this season. 

Head-to-head:
The history books show that Latics have faced Sheffield United 49 times in all competitions, winning 18 and losing 20.

Latics faced Shrewsbury twice in the 2013/14 season winning the away tie 2-1 but losing the home game 2-1. 

Sky Bet League One odds:
Win outright: 16/1
Promotion: 11/2
Relegation: 7/1

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