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OPPOSITION GUIDE: SHREWSBURY TOWN

8 November 2019

City begin their 2019/20 Emirates FA Cup campaign tomorrow with a trip to Shrewsbury Town. 

Playing a division above - in Sky Bet League One, the Shropshire side currently sit 11th in the table. 

With action set to get underway from 3.00pm, we have compiled an Opposition Guide, packed full of detailed information on tomorrow’s hosts...

SUMMER TRANSFER ACTIVITY

The Montgomery Waters Meadow outfit made 12 additions to their squad in the summer transfer window, with a further 19 leaving the club. 

Ins: Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Joe Murphy (Bury), Luke McCormick (Chelsea, loan), Donald Love (Sunderland), Jason Cummings (Nottingham Forest), Aaron Pierre (Northampton Town), Callum Lang (Wigan Athletic, loan), Louis Thompson (Norwich City, loan), Daniel Udoh (Telford United), Ryan Giles (Wolverhampton Wanderers, loan), Sean Goss (Queens Park Rangers), Max O'Leary (Bristol City, loan). 

Outs: Mat Sadler (Walsall), Reice Charles-Cook (Macclesfield Town), George Hughes (Airbus UK BFC), John McAtee (Scunthorpe United), Aaron Amadi-Holloway (Brisbane Roar), Cameron Gregory (Kidderminster Harriers, loan), Christos Sielis (APOEL Nicosia), James Bolton (Portsmouth), Doug Loft (Billericay), Sam Jones (Harrogate Town), Lifumpa Mwandwe (Newton, loan), Alex Gilliead (Scunthorpe United), Abo Eisa (Scunthorpe United), Lee Angol (Leyton Orient), Ryan Haynes (Newport County), Luke Waterfall (Grimsby Town), Anthoy Grant (Swindon Town, loan), Steve Arnold (Northampton Town), Steve Morison (retired). 

ONES TO WATCH

Shaun Whalley: 

A winger, Whalley has been in Shropshire since moving from Luton Town - in 2015.

The experienced 32-year-old spent time at the Norwich City academy and has also represented the likes of Accrington Stanley and Chester. 

Fejiri Okenabirhie:  

City supporters may remeber Okenabirhie from last season, after the striker's hat-trick could not save Shrewsbury falling 4-3 at the Utilita Energy Stadium. 

The 23-year-old began his career at Stevenage after spending time in Arsenal's academy, and has made five appearances for the England 'C' side.

Ethan Ebanks-Landell:

Defender Ebanks-Landell turned professional as a 17-year-old in 2010, having gradiuated through Wolverhampton Wanderers' academy. 

Now 26, the defender spent nine years at Molineux which included loan spells at Sheffield United, MK Dons, Bury and Rochdale. 

Omar Beckles: 

A Grenada intetnational, Beckles penned a three-year deal at Salop in August 2017, after two years at Accrington Stanley. 

With a wealth of experience in non-league, the 28-year-old defender also spent two years in the academy at Milwall. 

THE MANAGER

Sam Ricketts is in his first full season at the Shrewsbury helm, having taken the hot seat at Montgomery Waters Meadow last December. 

The 38-year-old was handed the job after a successful spell in the Wrexham hot seat, maintaining a win percentage of over 54 in north Wales. 

Ricketts enjoyed a successful playing career as a defender, earning 52 senior caps for Wales and playing in the Premier League for Hull City and Bolton Wanderers. 

THE CAPTAIN

Skipper Oliver Norburn is in his second season at Shrewsbury, having signed from Tranmere Rovers in the summer of 2018. 

An experienced midfielder, Norburn began his professional career at Leicester City in 2011, having progressed through the academy at both the Foxes and Chelsea. 

The 27-year-old alos carries further EFL experience at the likes of Plymouth Argyle and Bristol Rovers. 

LAST TIME OUT

The Shrews moved up to 11th in Sky Bet League One - in midweek - with a 1-0 victory at home to Peterborough United. 

Shrewsbury Town 1 (Ethan Ebanks-Landell 45+1')

Peterborough United 0

Sky Bet League One

Tuesday November 5th 2019

Attendance: 4,890

Shrewsbury: Joe Murphy (booked 90+3'); Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Aaron Pierre, Omar Beckles; Donald Love, Josh Laurent, Oliver Norburn (c), Scott Golbourne; Shaun Whalley (Brad Walker 90+2'), Jason Cummings (Fejiri Okenabihrie 59'), David Edwards (booked 54', Louis Thompson 65', booked 77'). Subs (not used): Sam Agius (GK), Sean Goss, Ryan Giles, Luke McCormick. 

Tickets for tomorrow's clash are still on sale and can be purchased by CLICKING HERE


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