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The Opposition Guide: Shrewsbury Town

25 September 2015

A Look at Saturday's Opponents

Blackpool face Shrewsbury Town in the league for the first time since April 2001 on Saturday. All you need to know about the opposition can be found below. 

THE MANAGER

Former Blackpool midfielder Micky Mellon re-shaped Shrewsbury Town from top-to-bottom following his appointment as manager in May 2014.

A complete squad overhaul followed the club’s relegation to League Two, with Mellon recruiting players that ultimately achieved promotion back to League One last season.

Mellon’s previous managerial experience came with near neighbours Fleetwood Town, while he also had a brief stint as caretaker boss at Barnsley.

CURRENT FORM

Having taken eight points from their first eight games, Shrewsbury head into this fixture against Blackpool in search of their first points on home soil this season.

Defeat to Crewe Alexandra last weekend ended a three-game winning run in all competitions.

FAMILIAR FACES

A host of ex-Blackpool connections played for Shrewsbury Town last season, however only a few now remain.

Striker Scott Vernon, who spent three seasons at Bloomfield Road, remains on the books of the club, as does former goalkeeper Mark Halstead.

Ex-skipper Michael Jackson, who led Blackpool to promotion from League One in May 2007, is assistant to Micky Mellon at the Greenhous Meadow.

KEY MAN

Now in his second spell with Shrewsbury Town, James Collins hit 17 goals for Micky Mellon’s side en-route to promotion last season.

The 24-year-old striker returned to the Greenhous Meadow after spending time with Swindon Town and Hibernian in Scotland.

Collins is already off the mark for the current campaign and is usually partnered with Tyrone Barnett or Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro in attack.



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