Community urged to support football club

A leading Shropshire businessman is urging local people to dust off their blue and amber scarves and throw their support behind Shrewsbury Town to help the club pull clear of the relegation zone in League One.

Tony Bywater, chairman of Salop Leisure, said it was important for the local community to rally round the club who are seeking a permanent replacement for Graham Turner after he stepped down as manager last week. 

Shrewsbury face a tough home game against leaders Brentford on Saturday.

He feels the backing of a big home crowd can only help enhance Shrewsbury's quest for a victory under caretaker manager Michael Jackson.  

Mr Bywater said: "It's important the local community rally round the town's football club. It's having a difficult time at the moment, which we've experienced and come through many times in the past.

"We have one of the most respected and longest serving chairman the club has ever had in Roland Wycherley - and I'm sure he and his fellow directors will guide us through these difficult times.

"It's a great game coming up on Saturday when we play Brentford, the current League One leaders, and I urge all the true Shrewsbury Town supporters to get together and go to the match, taking along anyone else they can.

"It would be lovely to see a big crowd really getting behind our team and giving the players lots of vocal support.

"We've got a very good coaching staff headed by Michael Jackson and I'm sure the players are responding to him in a very positive way."

He stressed there was still plenty of time for Shrewsbury to climb the table with 18 matches remaining this season.

He added: "The club have a very fine stadium and its success is very important to our town so on Saturday let's get behind our team and give them all the vocal support we can."

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