Match Preview | Shrewsbury Town vs. Cardiff City
Cardiff City’s penultimate pre-season fixture is a trip to face EFL League One outfit Shrewsbury Town.
Due to current weather conditions, our clash at Montgomery Waters Meadow will now kick-off at the later time of 8pm.
Tickets are available to purchase from the Cardiff City Ticket Office until 3pm today. Get your tickets and find more information here.
Away tickets will also be available to purchase and collect on matchday from the away end at Montgomery Waters Meadow (cash only).
Our hosts are kindly donating free bottles of water to all fans attending tomorrow's game.
Alternatively, Cardiff City TV's live coverage is available to supporters worldwide, with Match Passes available for just £3!
Find full details and get your Match Pass here.
OPPOSITION FOCUS | IN THE DUGOUT
On the touchline for the Shrews is experienced manager Steve Cotterill, who was appointed in November 2020.
Boasting an impressive promotion record, Cotterill led Cheltenham Town to two promotions, as well as winning EFL titles during spells at Notts County and Bristol City.
Last term, Shrewsbury accumulated 50 points and safely sustained their place in League One, notably defeating Rotherham United 3-0, who went on to gain promotion to the Championship.
In preparation for the 2022/23 season, the Shrews have played out a goalless draw with AFC Telford United and a 3-1 loss to Burnley.
OPPOSITION FOCUS | SUMMER SIGNINGS
Shrewsbury Town’s summer business began with the impressive signing of Coventry City winger Jordan Shipley (pictured), who achieved two promotions during his time with the Sky Blues.
Cotterill also bolstered his squad with the acquisition of midfielder Tom Bayliss from Preston North End, who spent last campaign on loan with League One champions Wigan Athletic.
Republic of Ireland winger Aiden O’Brien has made the switch to New Meadow this summer, joining from Portsmouth, with Sheffield Wednesday centre-back Chey Dunkley also signing.
Boss Cotterill has also made use of the loan market, bringing in defenders Julien Dacosta and Taylor Moore from Coventry City and Bristol City respectively.
OPPOSITION FOCUS | KEY PLAYER
Playing a huge part in the Shrews maintaining their EFL League One status last term was striker Daniel Udoh.
In a memorable season for the attacker, Udoh scored an impressive 16 goals and contributed with six assists, averaging a goal every 247 minutes.
A highlight for Udoh was Town's FA Cup Third Round tie at Anfield against Liverpool, in which the striker notably scored the opening goal.
CITY FLASHBACK | YOUNG NETS BRACE IN PROMOTION CAMPAIGN
The Bluebirds’ previous league meeting with the Shrews came back in April 2001, in front of 12,188 fans at Ninian Park.
Alan Cork’s side stepped up to secure a crucial 3-1 victory, with City legend Scott Young finding the net twice, along with Robert Earnshaw’s second-half goal.
In a memorable campaign for the Bluebirds, City finished second in the Division Three table, earning promotion back to Division Two at the first time of asking.
The following two campaigns would also be successful for City, with a play-off defeat to Stoke City in 2002 providing a springboard to play-off glory against Queens Park Rangers in the following year.