Turner repeats history at superb Shrewsbury

History has a tendency of repeating itself and nowhere more so than in the beautiful game we call football.

On Saturday afternoon in the Shropshire town of Shrewsbury history repeated itself once again and in a glorious fashion.

33 years ago Graham Turner had managed Shrewsbury Town to a promotion of mythical proportions, one which had written itself in Shrewsbury Town folklore for years to come. We had gone unbeaten at home for a whole season and had sealed promotion in front of a packed Gay Meadow crowd,  with an unforgettable pitch invasion following the full time whistle.

It was a moment growing up my Grandad would tell me about, always telling me stories of the spirit of 79 and how he would never forget that day for as long as he lived. He would show off his ticket and match day programme to me, proudly telling me how it felt to be in the riverside stand that day.

Well now 33 years on I have my own match day programme, match ticket and most importantly of all my own memories to tell my grandchildren about.

A James Collins header was enough to secure a return to the third tier of English football for the first time in 15 years which led to a joyous pitch invasion from the record 9,441 crowd at Greenhous Meadow.  An incredible unbeaten home run of 32 games and collecting 22 points from the last 24 available has resulted in history repeating itself and League One beckons for next season.

Saturday the 28th of March was a day that will.

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