Away days: Shrewsbury Town

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Aston Villa will take on Shrewsbury Town tomorrow in their third pre-season friendly of the summer and at least 2,000 Aston Villa supporters are expected to travel to Shropshire.

Shrewsbury plays their home games at New Meadow, also known as Montgomery Waters Meadow for sponsorship purposes and have done since 2007. The ground was built to replace Gay Meadow and has a capacity of 9,875.

The ground is made up of four stands and looks like a typical modern day stadium that some would say lacks character.

The Away Supporters

Away supporters are usually housed in the Pro-Vision CCTV stand (North Stand) behind one of the goals West Stand, Shrewsburybut due to the stand only housing 1,800 fans Aston Villa has been given the Bandera Stand (West Stand). This stand can house up to 3,317 supporters.

Leg room is said to be very spacious and the stands are steep keeping fans closer to the pitch.

Refreshments are said to be reasonable with alcohol (Lager and cider £3) usually available depending on the behaviour of the travelling supporters.

I have been warned to be careful of the ‘swinging’ doors on entry to the toilets as this can cause a few problems with large crowds.

I need a pre-match pint!

The Albion Vaults is situated right outside the train station so will no doubt be quite popular with those travelling by rail. Most pubs in the City Centre will accept away supporters although Weatherspoons have warned they will only accept home supporters with door men on the doors.

Closer to the ground you have the Brooklands Hotel who have stated they will accept home supporters before the game only. The Grove Pub on Belle Vue Road is another option and usually has a mixture of both Shrewsbury and away supporters.


How do I get there?

It will take you about 1 hour on a train from Birmingham New Street to Shrewsbury. The ground is around 2 miles (35-minute walk) from the station.

If you are driving then head up the M6 to Junction 10A and join the M54. Follow the M54 all the way until the end when you will come to the A5. Then follow signs on the A5 into Shrewsbury.



Parking

Parking is available in and around the ground. You can park at the ground but arrive early to avoid disappointment otherwise continue into the residential area where plenty of parking is available for free.

Extra Information

If you have Twitter then it is well worth following the official WMP Villa FC account. PC Stuart Bladen usually tweets live updates throughout the day.

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