Magic! Five classic Shrewsbury FA Cup ties

By Lewis Cox | Shrewsbury Town FC | Published: | Last Updated:

Ahead of this weekend's mouth-watering FA Cup visit of Wolves, we look at five Shrewsbury Town FA Cup classics that have gone down in the history books.

Gary Lineker (right) slots home one of his two goals

*This story was originally published prior to Shrewsbury Town's FA Cup clashes with West Ham in the 2017/18 season*

Wolves v Shrewsbury, sixth round, 1979. 1-1 then 3-1

Wolves v Shrewsbury Town, FA Cup 6th Round, 10th March 1979

Thousands of Salopians packed into Molineux for the sixth round tie, where Town – then fighting at the top of Division Three, aimed to down top flight Wolves.

Bob Wardle was in superb form to deny the hosts but Billy Rafferty’s strike put the home side ahead with 10 minutes to go.

But Paul Maguire was hacked down late on and Ian Atkins netted from the spot.

Town lost the replay 3-1 three days later at Gay Meadow. Graham Turner’s men were beaten as Wolves netted through Peter Daniel, Rafferty and Willie Carr – Jack Keay’s goal proving not enough.

Leicester v Shrewsbury, sixth round, 1982. 5-2


Leicester City v Shrewsbury FA Cup 6th Round 1982

A bonkers Cup tie full of twists and turns, and 13 minutes of injury time at Filbert Street.

Leicester, including future England man Gary Lineker, found themselves 2-1 down to goals from Chic Bates and Jack Keay.

Foxes goalkeeper Mark Wallington was forced off injured and striker Alan Young went in goal. He then suffered a knock to the head and in went winger Steve Lynux.


Both kept clean sheets as the hosts hit back to win 5-2.

Shrewsbury v Everton, third round, 2003. 2-1

Shrewsbury Town FC v Everton FC - FA Cup 3rd Round Highlights

Few could have predicted Everton’s second-most successful captain, Kevin Ratcliffe, masterminding David Moyes’ side’s downfall at Gay Meadow.

But the plaudits went the way of Ratcliffe and skipper Nigel Jemson, whose dramatic double sunk Everton. Jemson curled in a superb free-kick to hand his side the lead before Swede Niclas Alexandersson drew the visitors level.

Two minutes from time, Jemson stole in on Ian Woan’s free-kick for a historical winner.

A young Wayne Rooney turned out that day, despite going close once or twice, he was famously marked out of proceedings by Pete Wilding.

Shrewsbury v Sheff Wednesday, fourth round, 2016, 3-2

Shrewsbury 3-2 Sheff Wed - Emirates FA Cup 2015/16 (R4) | Goals & Highlights

Full-back Jack Grimmer’s winner is remembered as one of the high points since Shrewsbury’s move to the New Meadow.

This exhilarating fourth-round tie saw Micky Mellon’s Town twice come from behind to peg back Championship side Wednesday thanks to a goal from Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and a Shaun Whalley penalty rebound before Fulham loanee Grimmer struck in the 97th minute.

Town went on to lose 3-0 to Manchester United.

Shrewsbury v Ipswich, fifth round, 1982. 2-1

Town toast their stunning victory over Ipswich in 1982

The round before Town exited at Leicester, Graham Turner’s men tore up the form book by downing Ipswich in front of almost 14,000 at a packed Gay Meadow.

Bobby Robson was in his final year with the Tractor Boys before taking on the England job but there was to be FA Cup success thanks to goals from Steve Cross and Jake King.

The visitors were UEFA Cup holders and boasted Alan Brazil, Paul Mariner and Arnold Mühren in their ranks.

Lewis Cox

By Lewis Cox
Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @lewiscox_star

Sports reporter with the Express & Star and Shropshire Star. Covering Shrewsbury Town and with a keen eye for non-league and grassroots.


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