When I pictured Shrewsbury finally sealing promotion from League Two it was on a grand stage, Wembley, a tense penalty shoot out, our keeper making a dramatic save to seal our place in league one in front of 25,000 screaming Salopians.
Instead we could possibly seal it infront of 1,500 die hard Shrewsbury fans at the humble ground of Accrington Stanley and to be honest, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
The Crown Ground has been kind to me and many other Town fans over the years, I have fond memories of rainy December evenings in Lancashire sealing 2-1 victories with late Ben Davies Goals.
This Saturday I could add an even greater memory to that list, automatic promotion.
If either Crawley or Torquay fail to win and we pick up those vital three points we will have all but sealed our place in league one. We will guarantee it with a loss for either of the two teams and a victory for us.
Its been a surreal time to be a town fan recently, we’re used to bottling it, falling at the final hurdle and ended up with more play off misery. Whilst many may say we are getting ahead of ourselves at the moment, we are potentially one game away from promotion, from finally getting out of the basement division and making our way up the divisions.
I have never seen a Shrewsbury team look so confident and to be honest I feel we are going to take some stopping at the minute, with Acrrington having nothing to play for, our players will be out there to do the job and we can all but hope either Dagenham or Wimbledon can stop Torquay or Crawley for us.
So lets all get behind the team on Saturday, pray for a result elsewhere and have the faith and belief that we can finally seal promotion out of this league.
Being promoted at Accrington Stanley, on an open terrace on a rainy afternoon in Lancashire seems a fitting way to say goodbye to our league two era. Give me that over Wembley any-day.
League one, here we come!
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