HOW WAS THE GAME BIZZY LAD?

We asked the Salopian super fan, Bizzy for his thoughts on our away League 1 draw with MK Dons and the today’s sacking of Sam Ricketts.

“Writing this fresh on the announcement of Ricketts’ sacking , even the staunchest ‘Sams the Man’ preachers must have realised his time was up and the only place we were heading under his tenure ship was League 2 football.”

“Been a largely uninspiring two years in charge sprinkled with some good cup memories, but on the whole the football was dull and lifeless. I lost the enjoyment and spark of going to games while he was here, the same could be said for Askey too. Yes we were spoilt in a once in a generation season under Hursty, but the last two appointments have left a lot to be desired, the next one is a huge one but leaving it as late as November has dwindled the options a bit.”

“I’ve felt for Sam with the injury issues, but there was a definite problem fitness wise under him, not just with the players out but with Salop wilting in the dying embers of games as you could see last night as soon as MK scored the first their heads just dropped . We were devoid of energy as the game went on, no leadership on or off the field, no battle at all and players looking for inspiration that was sadly nowhere to be seen.”

“You can’t argue Salop have had a fair bit of bad luck this season with injuries mounting up, decisions going against us, difference of formation against Boro and Pompey early doors looked encouraging but once the mistakes started the mentality of us not repeating them sadly never went away. The bizarre omission of Goss and Love from the league squad was another bitter pill to take, countless midfielders signed but looking as poor as we’ve ever been in the middle, random loan signings, desperate 30 plus players signed on non contracts, the whole situation is a bloody mess. Sadly Sam has not got the experience at this level to change it, its not his fault in a way, he was thrown into a job he didn’t have the know how and tactical nouse of doing.”

“Where do we go from here?? Despite the doom and gloom the quality of players at the next managers disposal ain’t that bad at all, overall recruitment wise Sam didnt do too badly at all. We need a much stricter manager at the helm, someone who can grab the club by the bollocks and tell players whats what and fitness levels must be improved. I know Hursty wont return and I don’t think it would be right for him too but we need a character just like him to move us forward. Whoever takes over will have a arguably better squad than Hurst had at his disposal in 2017/18.”

“The Cowley brothers if finances allow will be my choice, they remind me of Hurst and Doig, no nonsense leaders who have the ability to make average lower league players a lot better than they were, Cowleys and Hurst at Salop both gave belief to their respective clubs, both ultimatley failed at higher league sides but the Cowleys will have learned alot from there adventure at Huddersfield, have experience in our division and would be ideal appointments.”

“A huge call for the club this is?? Please don’t fook it up like you have the last two times. Good luck for the future Sam but your lack of experience was your downfall and to be honest you should never have been manager at Town. At least now I can look forward and start to enjoy watching Salop again now you’ve gone.”

“Love and jollops Biz”

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HOW WAS THE GAME BIZZY LAD?

We asked the Salopian super fan, Bizzy for his thoughts on our away League 1 loss against Ipswich Town.

“Alert the hounds and fetch the ropes, twenty minutes in lightly salted water for my love spuds are a boiling.”

“Another heartbreaking defeat for Salop against the Tractor Boys Saturday, the pattern all seems to frequent now, will the board act sooner rather than later??”

“Again Town enjoyed a very positive opening, going at Ipswich early doors and a disputed penalty gave Salop the lead. How Sam thought we should have had three stonewall penalties god only knows but we were fully deserving of our early lead, the Tractor Boys were there for the taking if only we could have got a second goal. I’m sure we could have left Suffolk with a much needed win, Ipswich were very slow and sluggish, a team that sums up the averageness of the divison this year.”

“Mistakes apart you couldn’t really ask much more from Salop, everybody put a shift in and we looked decent on the counter attack. We defended very well on the whole, Mark Millar yet again outstanding for me and hopefully a permanant deal can be sorted. The midfield of Norbs and Edwards although lacking in any style or guile worked very hard, tidying up all the scraps, despite the volume of numbers there we are still missing a playmaker though. Gossy would and could have been ideal for that but sadly not to be.”

“The less said about the two goals the better, what was Landell trying to do for the first?? He just seems to switch off at vital moments, Burgoyne sadly at fault for the second as you’ve got to parry the ball out of danger. Why are there so many individual mistakes??”

“I had some sympathy for Sam on Saturday it really is hard to blame him, players must start to take responsibility and still feel we are lacking leadership on the field, too many nice characters perhaps?? Ricketts can’t be held responsible for individual errors but he can be held into account of a record of 1 win in 12 and only 3 wins in 26 streching back to the beginning of the calendar year. He’s had one of the biggest budgets of any Salop manager in history, what I see is a squad that is unfit, very unbalanced and ageing which goes totally against Ricketts long term B team plan. We are four points adrift in relegation and it will get worse with the fixtures if Sam remains in charge. The board must hold there hands up and realise they’ve dropped a bollock with the last two appointments, maybe if Sam served his apprenticeship lower down a bit longer he may become a decent League 1 gaffer but its not working and its damaging Salop the longer he stays in charge, Askey was relieved of his duties for a lot less.”

“Ricketts OUT and keep the faith”

“Love and jollops Biz”

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MATCH PREVIEW

Sam Northwood previews today’s League 1 away game against Ipswich Town.

Venue: Portman Road

Competition: League One

Time: 15:00

Head to Head record: Played 25, 3 Shrewsbury Town wins , 8 Draws, 14 Ipswich Town wins

After the disappointing draw last week it gets no easier as Shrewsbury Town make the long trip to Ipswich. After bottling a pair of 2 goal leads against Swindon, Sam Ricketts needs a quick response to relieve some of the pressure. Josh Vela will be available again after his suspension is now over.

Ipswich Town currently sit 3rd in League One with a game in hand over top of the league Peterborough. They have won every home league game so far this season. Former Shrewsbury duo Jon Nolan and Toto Nsiala will most likely feature for Ipswich.

Key Players:

Ipswich Town – Gwion Edwards

Shrewsbury Town – Aaron Pierre

Predicted XI’s

Ipswich Town:

Holy

Chambers

Nsiala

Mcguiness

Ward

Bishop

Huws

Edwards

Judge

Jackson

Lankester

Shrewsbury Town:

Burgoyne

Millar

Williams

Ebanks Landell

Pierre

Daniels

Walker

Norburn

Pugh

Tracey

Barnett

Score prediction: Ipswich Town 3-1 Shrewsbury Town

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HOW WAS THE GAME BIZZY LAD?

We asked the Salopian super fan, Bizzy for his thoughts on our home League 1 draw with Swindon Town.

“I thought she had elephantitus , but she just farted in her tights.”

“Another agonising afternoon at the Meadow when will we learn, saying that though the last two Salop games have been the most entertaining I’ve seen in a long time for the right and wrong reasons.”

“Despite the doom and gloom of being a Town fan at the moment, there’s still some positives to be taken, we are sure are a lot more pleasing on the eye recently and quite refreshing to see us going at teams. Our wing backs are wanting to go forward, the lad Millar looks a good find as he can take a player on and possesses bags of strength, Charlie Daniels’ distribution was top notch too but we need to utilise it more. Another full of energy performance from Shilow, if fans were allowed to be in the ground they would definitley take to him but the best player on the field for Salop was Pughy as near enough everything went through him, the cross for Millar’s header was top notch and his fitness levels seem to be creeping up alot too.”

In midfield we struggled at times yet again, Anthony Grant would walk into Salop’s team at the moment and I thought he was outstanding Saturday, spreading the ball out wide all the time. I wish we had someone like that, Norbs looks lost and although Edwards tidies up well and not forgetting his brilliantly taken goal he offers little else, maybe Edwards would be more influential with a quality middle man with him but Norbs is sadly not that player for the fee we paid overall hes been a bit of a dissapointment to Salop.”

“The fact that Cummings can’t get in the side with all our injury problems uptop shows what another dissapointing signing he’s been too, but its great goals are coming from other areas though.”

“The obvious problem area is at the back and I’m at a loss to explain whats gone wrong, maybe the presence of O’Leary between the sticks last season was more influential than we thought. Do they feel the same confidence with Burgoyne? Not having ago at Harry at all I think hes a cracking keeper in the making. Lack of leadership at the back maybe a problem too? They look like individuals rather than a unit. Ro-Shaun looks like a rabbit in the headlights everytime the ball is near him, Ebanks positioning is terrible at times, we also look slow and sluggish defensively too. Ricketts and to a degree Whitehead were defensive type players at a very high level surely they can see whats going on, I’m still shaking my head at Millar’s substitution Saturday though, it fooked up our entire shape and was a definite contributing factor to Swindon grabbing a point.”

“I know its all past but do miss the togetherness that Hursty brought us, just dont get that feeling with this current crop of managment and players.”

“Sadly its a case of when and not if Ricketts is gone, it may take another heavy defeat to tilt Roland but surely its only a matter of time before he goes. Unless he risks keeping him till the summer and the inevitable prospect of basement division football awaits.”

“Man Of The Match – Marc Pugh”

“I’m now off for my second course of HLT (herbal laxative therapy), runny nostrils and ringpieces await.”

“Love and jollops Biz”

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MATCH PREVIEW

Sam Northwood previews today’s League 1 home game against Swindon Town.

Venue: Montgomery Waters Meadow

Competition: League One

Time: 15:00

Head to Head record: Played 62, 16 Shrewsbury Town wins, 16 Draws, 30 Swindon Town wins.

After some signs of a recent change of form, Shrewsbury Town will hope to continue it and hope they can prove that they are turning a corner. Josh Daniels won’t be playing this week as he picked up a knock during last weeks game. The good news is that Dave Edwards and Matt Millar have now returned and Shaun Whalley is progressing well.

Swindon Town are currently managerless as ex Shrewsbury player Richie Wellens recently left for League Two Salford. Swindon currently sit 20th in League One. A win for Shrewsbury would see us leapfrog Swindon and hopefully out of the relegation zone. Former Shrews player Anthony Grant will most likely feature for Swindon.

Key Players:

Shrewsbury Town – Ollie Norburn

Swindon Town – Anthony Grant

Predicted XI’s

Shrewsbury Town:

Burgoyne

Millar

Williams

Ebanks Landell

Daniels

High

Walker

Norburn

Pugh

Tracey

Barnett

Swindon Town:

Kovar

Caddis

Odimayo

Grounds

Donohue

Grant

Smith

Payne

Smith

Grant

Hope

Score prediction: Shrewsbury Town 2-2 Swindon Town

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HOW WAS THE GAME BIZZY LAD?

We asked the Salopian super fan, Bizzy for his thoughts on our EFL Trophy away win against Crewe Alexandra.

“He had the choice of eight sprouts but ends up pumping his own Mum, British sprouts mon best in the world.”

“After the shambles of the Burton game, that dubious Udoh equaliser in the 99th minute may well be the springboard for better things to come this season.”

“After a composed if unspectacular performance against Cambridge our thoughts moved to the dead rubber game with Crewe in the awfully named Papa Johns Trophy, could this now embarrasing competition get any lower/comical.”

“Both sides made a plethora of alterations their normal line ups, Salop playing without a recognised striker but the formation worked to be fair. The pressure was off both sides and with a lot of squad players wanting to prove themselves, it culminated in one of the most open entertaining games I’ve seen in a long time.”

“Salop were pressing forward at every opportunity, Ryan Barnett and the new hero Shilow “the lunchbox” Tracey causing havoc out wide, it was great to see these young uns playing without fear. Barnetts cross for Alf Stewart’s opener was top notch, but it was Shilows hatrick which understandably took the plaudits. He’s still very raw but his pace was utterly frightening, potentially quicker than owd lightning knickers himself Chris Humphrey and the way he took took his second goal was so composed surely he’s in line for a start Saturday???”

“The game ebbed and flowed, my biggest concern mind is that how fragile we look at the back now, what on earth has happened there?? They look so unsure of each other all of them a shadow of there former selfs. Crewe’s pressing play totally unsettled us it’s a definite worry for us.”

“Saturday’s fixture is absolutely massive for me, a positive result/performance could be a real game changer for us and our feelings on Sam’s future. I know it’s only one game but you feel a win will boost everyone and maybe start everyone pulling in the right direction. Yes I still standby on thinking Ricketts is not the long term man for the job, but we all want Salop to do well and I want to be proved wrong, too many thrive on the negativity and almost enjoy us losing at times I think. I’m as guilty as the next man for being a critic but always want the Town to do well, lets stick together and get these three points Saturday.”

“Man Of The Match was Shilow Tracey, honourable mentions to Ryan Barnett and a returning Sean Goss too who sadly we wont see in any league games. I’m still baffled by this, a midfielder that offers something a bit different and has a touch of class about him but our esteemed leader knows best. Three points Saturday please and Shilow to start.”

“Love and jollops Biz”

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MATCH PREVIEW

Sam Northwood previews today’s FA Cup First Round away game against Cambridge United.

Venue: Abbey Stadium

Competition: FA Cup

Time: 1500

Head to Head record: Played 32, 14 Cambridge United wins, 9 Shrewsbury Town wins, Draws 9.

After last year’s successful cup run, Shrewsbury Town will hope to have another similar but first will have to get a past an impressive Cambridge side. Shrews and Sam Ricketts are in desperate need of a win to bring some confidence back in the team. Dan Udoh’s last minute equaliser on Saturday could have saved Ricketts job for another game so this game is huge for both the team and manager.

Cambridge United manager Mark Bonner has got Cambridge playing some really good football and has got them sitting 2nd in League 2. They are currently unbeaten at home in all competitions so it’s destined to be a very very tough game for Shrewsbury. Striker Paul Mullin has scored 12 goals already this season.

Key Players:

Cambridge United – Paul Mullin

Shrewsbury Town – Ollie Norburn

Predicted XI’s

Cambridge United:

Mitov

Knoyle

Darling

Cundy

Dunk

Hannant

Boateng

Taylor

Hoolahan

Mullin

Ironside

Shrewsbury Town:

Burgoyne

Millar

Pierre

Ebanks Landell

Williams

Daniels

Walker

Norburn

High

Udoh

Cummings

Score prediction: Cambridge United 1-1 Shrewsbury Town. Cambridge win on penalties

Daz Carding

“Going Down The Oteley Road”

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MATCH PREVIEW

Daz Carding previews today’s League 1 home game against Burton Albion.

Venue: Montgomery Waters Meadow

Competition: League One

Time: 1800

Head to Head record: Played: 14, 5 Shrewsbury Town wins, 4 Burton Albion wins, 5 draws

Shrewsbury Town really do need a result this evening to stop the losing streak they currently find themselves on. Saturday’s game has been and gone, a game against a team on a similar run gives the team a chance to get a result.

Burton Albion have not taken all three points in their last six games and come to Shropshire on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Blackpool.

Key Players:

Shrewsbury Town : Charlie Daniels

Burton Albion : Kane Hemmings

Predicted XI’s

Shrewsbury Town:

Burgoyne

Fossey

Pierre

Ebanks Landell

Daniels

Walker

Norburn

High

Daniels

Udoh

Pugh

Burton Albion:

O’Hara

Daniel

Hughes

Brayford

Eardley

Lawless

Quinn

Edwards

Vernam

Hemmings

Akins

Score prediction: Shrewsbury Town 1 V 0 Burton Albion

Daz Carding

“Going Down The Oteley Road”

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HOW WAS THE GAME BIZZY LAD?

We asked the Salopian super fan, Bizzy for his thoughts on our League 1 away loss to Peterborough United.

“Beside which Bizzylad want’s to get his owd octopus like paws on some Senorita’s, do they have the plumper spanish sprout??”

“Dear dear me what a depressing time to be a fan of Shrewsbury Town, an utterly bizarre 90 minutes at Posh has set fans opinions on Ricketts at a all time low, it’s fair to say the vast majority 75-80% I would say want a new manager in charge.”

“For parts of Saturday it was very encouraging as we really took it to Peterborough early doors getting the ball forward as often as we could, the bright spot of the day Josh Daniels was a constant menace, why Ricketts sees him as a central player god knows as he’s far more suited out wide and cutting in. Daniel Udoh again with bags of effort although at times he reminds me a little of Fejiri and just lacks that physical presence. Salop were holding their own until individual moments of madness let us down, did Burgoyne call for the ball leading to the penalty?? Shocking defending from our normally realiable back line, Ebanks and Pierre shadows of there former selfs whats gone on?? Are they struggling with just four at the back, I’m unsure but they looked dreadfully weak and lacking in confidence which is a bit of a worry when Aaron is the leader on the field.”

“Salop heads never dropped and equalised almost straight away, Pughy rolling back the years with a delicous ball to Josh Daniels who headed wonderfully into the bottom corner. Would say Salop were on top again pressing forward as we had oppurtunites to add to our total, but bloody basics reared there ugly head again. As another simple punt up the field wasn’t dealt with, Ro-Shaun like his other counterparts at the back in a world of his own allowing the eyecatching Dembele to run through and tuck away unchallenged, utterly criminal defending.”

“The less said about Josh Vela’s challenge the better, two footed and high there was only one outcome and his lack of discipline was nothing short of disgraceful. Apart from flashes of quality from Scotty High the midfield as a whole was short of quality and effectiveness considering the numbers we have in that position its utterly alarming. All far too similar is young Sean Goss that bad a player?? At least he can use the ball and has a bit of style about him, we are far to static and workmanlike there.”

“Second half come and to give Salop their dues we still looked slightly the better side against a Posh side who looked like Fleetwood previously never really got out of first gear. As we pressed forward it was always going to leave gaps but the way we gifted them the goals were unforgivable, Ro-Shaun’s distribution shocking again , what on earth was Burgoyne doing for the 4th?? Inexperience maybe?? But to Harrys credit he kept the score down. Salop heads have totally dropped, Posh were picking at us at will.”

“Luckily it was only 5 at the end still our heaviest defeat in four years plus mind. We are our own worst enemies though all our positive play blown away by unforgivable defensive madness, we were so solid at times last season where’s it gone wrong??”

“As said previously Sam is on borrowed time, I think Salop will scrape a win tomorrow to give him some breathing space, long term as I keep saying its not going to improve sadly while he’s in charge. The one thing we are missing most on and off the field is LEADERSHIP, players looking far to comfortable with what’s happening, doesn’t seem to be a Doig, Hurst or Ogogo figure to kick some arses and raise the spirits when things are going against us. I’m not for one moment saying Hurst should come back thats all past, but god we miss the spirit and togetherness he brought us, as a club we seem to be drifting nowhere at the moment. We need someone to grab the club by the bo####ks and give it a damn good shake, relegation is unthinkable but a huge reality if things stay as they are.”

“Really hope we will be allowed to be back at the Meddah in the spring, the one thing I miss most during a boring 0-0 draw is a game of “spot the udders” usually won by a large buxom blonde sprout in block 14 who will remain nameless.”

“Keep ya heads up and keep supporting the Town during these utterly nonsensical times.”

“Man Of The Match – Josh Daniels”

“Love and jollops Biz”

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MATCH PREVIEW

Daz Carding previews today’s League 1 away game against Peterborough United.

Venue: Weston Homes Stadium

Competition: League One

Time: 1500

Head to Head record: Played: 56, 19 Shrewsbury Town wins, 19 Peterborough United wins, 18 draws

Shrewsbury Town will be hoping to bounce back from three successive defeats and get back on track today, but will face a tough test against a Peterborough side who have had a good start and only lost twice, currently sitting in fourth place with 19 points.

Key Players:

Peterborough United – Jonson Clarke-Harris

Shrewsbury Town- Charlie Daniels

Predicted XI’s

Peterborough United :

Pym

Thompson

Kent

Beevers

Butler

Brown

Taylor

Ward

Szmodics

Dembele

Clarke-Harris

Shrewsbury Town:

Burgoyne

Fossey

Pierre

Ebanks Landell

Daniels

Walker

Norburn

High

Barnett

Clarke

Pugh

Score prediction: Peterborough United 2-1 Shrewsbury Town

Daz Carding

“Going Down The Oteley Road”

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