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Graham Turner Leaves Shrewsbury Town With His Dignity Intact

In an era during which it can be difficult to zone out the white noise of vitriol and rage that seems to accompany professional football wherever it goes, it comes as no little surprise to see the resignation of a manager from his position with a degree mutual respect between himself, the football club that they both represented and the club itself. So it was, however, today with the departure of Graham Turner from the managerial position at League One strugglers Shrewsbury Town. In a keenly-fought division, a run of just one win in their last eight matches had pushed Shrewsbury into the relegation places at the foot of the table, but today Turner departed from The New Meadow with his head held high, his reputation and dignity intact. Graham Turner and Shrewsbury Town Football Club go back a very long way indeed. Turner first arrived at the club’s former home Gay Meadow as a player from Chester in 1973, and took over as the club’s manager five years later, at the age of thirty. It was from here that, under his tutelage, the club embarked upon its finest season. The continuing progress made by the other two clubs promoted from Division Three of the Football League that season, Swansea City and Watford, meant that Shrewsbury Town’s achievements that season perhaps didn’t quite get the recognition that team deserved,...

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Southampton And Shrewsbury Town Clash Over Ticket Prices

One of the more welcome developments in ticketing arrangements in recent years has been the slow realisation on the part of clubs that they cannot always charge the absolute maximum that they can for some matches. Crowds have declined alarmingly recent years in both the League Cup and FA Cup, but what is starting to become apparent is that clubs would rather have people in their grounds than staying away because they can’t afford tickets on top of the cost of their season tickets. The issue of cheaper tickets being, by definition, isn’t a completely black and white issue, though. In the FA Cup, in which gate receipts are shared – after various costs have been removed – between the competing clubs, and this can create tension between them. In the case of next week’s FA Cup First Round match between Southampton and Shrewsbury Town, this is exactly what happened. Southampton wanted to cut the cost of the tickets for this match from their usual price of around £25 to £10. This may, on the surface, appear to be motivated by altruism, but it makes sense for the club to do this. A bigger crowd, they may reason, would be advantageous to the players and would also push up other revenue streams such as catering, which don’t have to be shared with anyone else. For Shrewsbury Town, on the...

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Blyth Spirit

Even though the FA Cup has regained some of its sheen over the last couple of years, the new financial realism of the modern game tends to take its toll on any pretensions of “the romance of the cup”. There is a tendency to look at everything through the eyes of an accountant these days – how much will we get if we get through? What is today’s result worth to us? It wasn’t however, always like this. It’s the FA Cup First Round Proper this weekend, so we’ll be running stories from the history of the competition on here all week, starting with Blyth Spartans’ extraordinary run to the Fifth Round of the competition in 1978. When the draw for the First Round Proper of the FA Cup was made last Monday, you may have heard a faint gasp coming from the general direction of Shropshire. For younger Shrewsbury town supporters, the name of the team that Shrewsbury drew, Blyth Spartans, probably doesn’t mean very much but, for supporters over the age of thirty-five or so, a certain unease in their parts at the task ahead could probably be forgiven. In the late 1970s, Blyth Spartans were the FA Cup giant killers – the team who came within a hair’s breadth of becoming the only non-league club in living memory to reach the quarter-finals of the competition. Spartans,...

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