A 7 mile circular cycle ride exploring Shrewsbury’s footballing history.

Distance

7 miles

Terrain

Mostly on road or tarmac lanes

Start from

Shrewsbury Football Stadium

Nearest to

Shrewsbury

Parking

Meole Brace Park and Ride

The route

Learn all about the history of football in Shrewsbury by cycling around the old football pitches. Mostly on road or cycle ways.

Shrewsbury Town Football Club Racecourse Ground, Monkmoor 1886 - 1889

STFC’s first ground hosted 51 games over its 3 year history. These were mainly friendly games as the club had not yet joined an organised league. The first ever game at the ground was against Wellington on 16 October 1886; Shrewsbury won 5:2.

Sutton Lane 1893 - 1895

47 games were played at this ground which saw Town’s shortest stay and the end of their association with the Shropshire & District League. Shrewsbury defeated Oswestry United 6:1 in the first match played here. The site is now allotments.

Barracks Ground, Copthorne 1895 - 1910

This move coincided with Town’s step up into the Birmingham League. They played 15 seasons and over 300 games here, many against the Midlands’ top reserve sides such as Aston Villa and Wolves. In 1910 they reached the first round of the FA cup.

Gay Meadow 1910 - 2007

Town spent 97 years at the most revered of its former grounds. They played over 3,000 games here and had many highlights including winning the Welsh Cup 5 times, football league promotions and spending 10 years in the old second division.

Prostar Stadium 2007 - present

This is Town’s current, state of the art, stadium. The first game was a 4:0 victory against A-Line All Stars on 17 July 2007, Highlights to date have included hosting England International games at under 19 level and the England women’s side.

Refreshments

Town centre cafés, pubs and sandwich shops. Have a picnic down by the river!