The Iron face league leaders Shrewsbury Town away at Montgomery Waters Meadow on Saturday, and we’re providing you with a fans guide to the area.
GETTING THERE BY CAR…
For the quickest route to the stadium, starting from Glanford Park, turn left at the second roundabout. Following this, take the first exit to head onto Doncaster Road A/18.
After 2.1 miles, at the roundabout take the first exit onto the M181 heading to Humber Bridge/Doncaster/M180.
Then, after just over 12 miles on the M181 use the right two lanes to merge onto the M180 towards Doncaster.
Stay on this road for 18.9 miles and take the exit onto the M18 towards the M1/Doncaster.
After 21.4 miles use the right two lanes to merge onto the M1 towards South London and Nottingham.
Then, at junction 28 take the A38 exit to the A615/Derby/Matlock.
At Pinxton Interchange, take the 3rd exit onto the A38 and stay on it for 13.5 miles. You can then take the second exit at Little Eaton Island onto Abbey Hill/A38.
Spend just over two miles on that road and you will come to another roundabout where you should take the second exit onto Kingsway/A38.
From here, you will soon arrive at another roundabout where you should take the second exit onto the A38.
Keep right to stay on the A38 for just over 20 miles and then continue to stay right to continue on the A5148.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Birmingham Rd/A5127 and then turn left onto the M6 Toll(N) slip road to the M6 North/Burntwood.
Merge onto the M6 Toll road for 10 miles and at junction T8 exit onto the A460 towards the M6 South/Wolverhampton.
After only half a mile, take the third exit at the roundabout and stay on the A460.
Stay on the road for just under two miles and then take the 3rd exit onto the M54 slip road to Telford.
Afterwards, merge onto the M54 for 19.7 miles. Continue onto the A5 and stay on it for 6.4 miles. Then, keep left to continue towards the A5 and you will shortly need to take a slight left turn onto the A5.
After a mile, at Emstrey Island, take the 3rd exit onto Thieves Ln/B4380 and turn left after 1.6 miles.
Take the first exit at the roundabout, then turn right and you will arrive at the stadium.
GETTING THERE BY TRAIN…
To see the schedules and train times for that day, please click here.
Shrewsbury Railway Station is just over two miles away from the stadium, so if you do decide to walk it is going to take around 40 minutes.
Otherwise you can grab a taxi up to the ground. Alternatively you can catch the Meole Brace Park & Ride service (operated by Arriva) from the railway station, which takes you to the Meole Brace Retail Park, which is close to the stadium. Services on Saturday afternoons run every ten minutes and the cost of a ticket is £1.60. It doesn't run though in the evenings.
There is a Football Special Bus Service that runs from the Town Centre Bus Station up to the stadium, which costs £2.50, In addition bus service numbers 8, 16, 23, 25 and 544/546 all stop near to the stadium. The Football Special Bus Service promptly departs from behind the South Stand, ten minutes after the final whistle back to the town centre.
Shrewsbury train station is served by trains from Birmingham New Street, Manchester Piccadilly, Crewe and Newport (Gwent).
THE BEST PUBS AND GRUB…
If you’re looking to venture out into the city and find somewhere to eat and drink then where you do this might be dictated by your method of transport. If you are getting the train then you will be spoilt for choice as to which pub you choose to go to.
If you want to find one close to the station, then the Albion Vaults is a good choice. It is open from 11am-11pm and serves food as well as alcohol.
When you venture closer to the stadium, the amount of pubs seems to narrow but the Charles Darwin proves to be popular as it’s only a ten-minute walk away. It serves a variety of food and drinks as well as showing Sky on the televisions.
WHAT TO EXPECT…
Montgomery Waters Meadow was first used by Shrewsbury Town in 2007, where it housed an all-stars friendly game. Shrewsbury were the victors there, winning 4-0 and therefore were the first team to win at the stadium.
The success didn’t stop here either as Town have had quite a fruitful spell in their new ground. Graham Turner guided them to a second place finish and automatic promotion to League One in his second season in charge. This came after they only narrowly missed out on promotion through the play-offs the season before.
They were relegated back into League Two in 2014, but Micky Mellon was appointed in the summer. He managed to get them promoted during his first season in charge. The joy for Town fans didn’t end there either as through Mellon’s success the ground has played host to Chelsea in the fourth round of the League Cup and Manchester United in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Away fans will be housed in the Pro Vision CCTV Stand North and there is platform seating for disabled fans.
A variety of pies, pasties and other hot food is available from the stadium, as well as alcohol. Sky Sports can also be watched on the plasma screens situated around the ground.
The city itself was named as the eighth happiest place to live in the UK so it’s a nice place to explore. One of the biggest draws to the area is the River Severn. It’s the longest river in the UK and, whilst you can walk around and over it, there are also boat tours that you could take.