New Meadow: Shrewsbury Town

Oteley Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, SY2 6ST

New Meadow was built as a replacement for Gay Meadow, the club’s home from 1910 until 2007. During both the building phase and the club’s first season at the new ground it was known as both Oteley Road Stadium and New Meadow. In 2008 the ground was named after the club’s new kit manufacturer, Prostar. The naming deal was supposed to last four years but in the end was abandoned after just two, with the fans asked to vote on the new name of the ground. The stipulation from the club’s new sponsor was that the name must include the word ‘Greenhous’, so the majority of the fans opted for Montgomery Waters Meadow as it had a reference to their previous stadium Gay Meadow. However, this sponsorship ended at the back end of 2017 with Montgomery Waters taking over the naming rights, and as such, the ground is currently known as Montgomery Waters Meadow.

The reasons for choosing to move from Gay Meadow were numerous. Access to the ground was poor, for starters. The stadium was also located on the banks of the River Severn so it was quite prone to flooding, most notably in 1998 and 2000 when several matches were postponed after the pitch, the dressing rooms and the club’s offices were flooded. It was also felt by many fans that a new ground offered the club their best chance of staying in the Football League. It wasn’t without controversy, however, with some fans feeling it was an abandonment of the club’s history.

Stats

New Meadow Stats
Year Opened2007
Capacity9,875
Average Attendance6,327
Record Attendance10,210 (Shrewsbury v Chelsea (2014))
Pitch Size110 x 75 (8250)
NicknameNew Meadow
Former NameGreenhous Meadow, New Meadow, Oteley Road Stadium, Prostar Stadium
OwnerShrewsbury Town FC
SponsorMontgomery Waters
Clubs HostedShrewsbury Town
First FixtureShrewsbury Town v A-Line All Stars (14/07/2007)
Shrewsbury Town Stats
Year Founded1886
NicknameSalop, The Blues, The Town, The Shrews
Club MascotLenny the Lion
RivalsWalsall, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Hereford United, Chester City, Port Vale
Previous StadiumsRacecourse Ground, Ambler's Field, Sutton Lane, Barrack's Ground, Gay Meadow
KitBlue and Yellow Stripes (Home) / Orange (Away)
Training GroundSundorne Castle Training Ground
Shirt SponsorThe Energy Check
Team OwnerRoland Wycherley
Record GoalscorerArthur Rowley (152)
Record AppearancesMickey Brown (482)

New Meadow Photos

New Meadow Seating Plan & Where to Sit

By SalopianTank01 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

All four of the stands at Montgomery Waters Meadow are fully seated and covered and they stand apart from each other. The Roland Wycherley East Stand, named after the current chairman, houses the hospitality suites, changing rooms and the club offices and runs along the side of the pitch. Opposite it is The County Group West Stand which is the biggest of the four. Behind one goal is The Salop Leisure Stand, which is named after a local business, whilst behind the other goal is The Pro-Vision CCTV Stand that houses the away supporters.

Shrewsbury Town Ticket Prices

Shrewsbury Town categorise their matches, so you’ll pay more for some games than you will for others. You don’t pay more to sit in different sections of the ground, however, unless you want to sit in hospitality sections. That means that the only other thing that will alter the amount of money you have to pay for your ticket will be your age. Handy hint if you are currently serving or ex forces – there are free tickets available for you.

Here are the cheapest and the most expensive ticket prices for adults and concessions at Montgomery Waters Meadow with the cheaper prices being Cat B matches:

  • Adult: £20 - £22
  • Concession: £15 - £17

How To Get Shrewsbury Town Tickets

You can buy Shrewsbury Town tickets online, over the phone or in person from the ticket office at the stadium.

Where to Buy

Getting To New Meadow

Located in Shropshire, Shrewsbury is a lovely town that is reasonably easy to get to from most places in England. Here are some of the more typical methods you’ll probably consider for your journey:

Train - Shrewsbury Railway Station is about two miles from the ground, so it would take about half an hour or so to walk if that’s what you fancied. It’s around two to three hours away from London with at least one change, normally at Birmingham International.

Bus - There are loads of buses that run from the surrounding regions to the ground, with services 24, 25, 26, 544 and 546 all calling reasonably close to the stadium. There are also Express Bus Services that run on match days.

Car - Get yourself on the A54 and stay on it until you end up on the A5. From there you’ll want to get onto the B4380, also known as Thieves Lane. That leads to Oteley Road, so you’ll see signs for the ground well before that.

By Air - Birmingham International is the biggest airport near to the stadium, with trains to Shrewsbury running regularly from the airport and likely to take about an hour and a quarter or so.

Taxi - A taxi from the train station to the ground will take roughly ten minutes and should cost you just under £15.

Parking Near New Meadow

There is limited parking at the stadium itself, with a number of park and ride or park and walk options available around and about the place instead.

Useful Resources

New Meadow Hotels

Shrewsbury is a lovely little town with plenty of hidden nooks and crannies that it’s well worth exploring. Here are some of our favourite hotels that you’ll want to consider if you’re going to stay in the Shropshire town before or after you’ve watched a match:

The Coaching Barns - £50+

The White Lion, 1 High Street, Wem, Shrewsbury, SY4 5AA
This no-frills guest house is about twelve miles from the stadium but has five rooms, free Wi-Fi and free parking. More details.

The Stiperstones Inn - £70+

Snailbeach, Shrewsbury, SY5 0LZ
Ten miles from the ground in the wonderfully named area of Snailbeach is this 4-star inn that is above a restaurant/pub and has two rooms and a garden. Included in the price is a free breakfast, free Wi-Fi and free parking. More details.

Holiday Inn Express Shrewsbury - £100+

Sitka Drive Shrewsbury Business Park, Shrewsbury, SY2 6LG
About a mile and a half from Montgomery Waters Meadow is this member of the Holiday Inn Express chain of hotels. It’s got a restaurant, a bar, a free breakfast included in the price of your room and free parking as well as free Wi-Fi. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near New Meadow

Shrewsbury is full of personality and has a number of charming, fun watering holes. Here are some of our favourite pre-match locations. Because the ground itself is essentially in a retail park you need to go slightly further afield to find a decent pub, mind.

The Charles Darwin

Sutton Road, Shrewsbury, SY2 6HN (01743 600140)
Named after one of the town’s most famous former residents, The Charles Darwin serves food, has a good drinks selection and has a number of TVs to show any interesting live sport on.

Belle Vue Tavern

115 Belle Vue Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 7NJ (01743 362 808)
The Belle Vue Tavern offers a great selection of ales, a friendly welcome and a good laugh for supporters of both home and away teams.

Albion Vaults

12 Castle Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY1 2DJ (01743 241 571)
Located right next to Shrewsbury Railway Station is this pub with one of the most welcoming land ladies around. They serve food, good ales and show sport if there’s anything worth watching on.

Facilities

There are food and drink kiosks in all stands at Montgomery Waters Meadow, with nice clean concourses available for your use as well as places you can stick a bet on before a ball has even been kicked.

Prices

  • Programme: 3.00
  • Pie: 3.00
  • Cup of tea: 1.80

Hospitality

Matt Churchill / Flickr.com

Montgomery Waters Meadow boasts five function rooms and seven executive boxes, so there are a number of hospitality options available to you on a match day. The club promises packages that will suite both private individuals and businesses alike, with a warm welcome followed up with a three-course meal and half-time refreshments, depending on the package you choose. There is also an option to go on a stadium tour and see all of the areas not usually available to the public if you’re feeling nosy.

Private Hire

Venue 1886 is the name of the club’s separate arm for private hire purposes. They have a dedicated team that can cope with most demands, whether you’re hoping to host a small business meeting with breakout rooms, an exhibition or even a wedding. They even do 3 course Sunday lunch’s every week, on Sunday, obviously.

Stadium Tours & Museum

As things currently stand you can’t actually do a tour of Montgomery Waters Meadow Stadium (unless you buy the right hospitality package, more below), but obviously if anything changes on that front then you’ll be the first to know. After us, of course. And the people at the club who decided to do a tour. And presumably the tour guides. And maybe the commercial department that need to announce it and things. Other than all of those people, you’ll be the first to know.

About Shrewsbury Town

By Shrewsbury Town Football Club (Shrewsbury Town Football Club) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Shrews were formed in 1886, though they didn’t get elected to the Football League until 1950. Apart from the 2003-2004 season, when the club played their football in the Conference, Shrewsbury have spent every season since 1950 in the bottom three divisions of the Football League. They club was originally formed after the demise of local teams Shropshire Wanderers and Castle Blues. The Blues particularly were a somewhat notorious team, being disbanded after several matches were spoiled because of violent incidents. It was hoped the new team in Shrewsbury could have success without similar notoriety.

The club has enjoyed a modicum of success during its history, perhaps most notably because of the bizarre claim to fame of having won The Welsh Cup more than any other English team - six times. They reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in both 1979 and 1982 as well as the semi-finals of the League Cup in 1961. They have never won the Football League Trophy, though they were runners-up in 1996. Their promotion from the third tier of English football in 1979 came as league champions, as did their promotion from the fourth tier in 1994.

New Meadow History

Last ever league game May 5th, 2007 at the Gay Meadow - Peter Evans [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Shrewsbury Town’s formative years were spent bouncing from one ground to another, with three years at the Racecourse Ground followed by four years at Ambler’s Field, two years at Sutton Lane and five years at Barrack’s Ground. It wasn’t until 1910 that they found somewhere they could call a permanent home when they moved into Gay Meadow. Montgomery Waters Meadow, or New Meadow as it’s often called, is young enough to mean that most of its history is still to be written.

The ground is a UEFA Category 4 stadium, which means it’s allowed to host fancy dress parties and Sep Blatter can sleep on the pitch. Ok, that might not be true, but it’s a rare accolade for a lower league team’s ground to have such a standing. Within the locale of the stadium are training facilities, conference facilities and a 5-a-side complex run by the company Powerleague. So far England’s under-17s, under-19s, under-20s, under 21s and the England Women’s team have all played matches in the ground.

Future Developments

By Ultraslansi (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The most likely development of the ground in the future will be the addition of corner stands, joining the main stands together. When Shrewsbury Town played Chelsea in 2014 two temporary stands were erected in said corners, boosting the capacity to 10,361 from the regular 9875. Aside from this a Lidl (you read that correctly, a Lidl) was added to the stadium in 2017 and more interestingly, they were the first ground to be granted permission to turn a section of their South stand into a Safe Standing area also in 2017.

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