THE last time Swindon hosted Shrewsbury at the County Ground proved to be a vital day in the Robins’ recent history.
Trailing 1-0 at half-time to a Matt Richards header last February, substitute Alan Connell scrambled home two second-half goals to earn Town three vital point which saw them return to the top of League Two for the first time since the opening day.
The rest was history as Paolo Di Canio’s side surged to the title, and when the two sides went head to head in March 2007 the Robins experienced a similar outcome.
Goals from Barry Corr and Christian Roberts gave Town another 2-1 win which this time took Town into the top three of League Two, a position they held onto to return to the third tier.
In total Town have won 15, drawn seven and lost six of their meetings with the Shropshire side, and have only lost once since 1961.
That defeat came in November 1995, when a late Richard Scott strike saw the Shrews leave with all three points from a Town side which remained top of Endsleigh League Division Two. Towns biggest victory over Shrewsbury was a 5-0 success in 1977, with goals from Chris Kamara, John Trollope, David Moss, Chris Guthrie and Steve Aizlewood helping the Robins move to fourth in the old Division Three table.