Shrewsbury Town: New ground record for Chelsea League Cup tie

Norwich City keeper Declan Rudd fails to keep out Shrewsbury's League Cup third round matchwinner
Norwich keeper Declan Rudd fails to keep out Shrewsbury's League Cup third round match-winner

Shrewsbury Town are to install extra seating for their League Cup fourth round tie with Premier League leaders Chelsea, which will break the ground record at the Greenhous Meadow.

Tickets sold out when they went on general sale at the Meadow on Monday.

The club plan to put in 486 temporary seats in two corners of the ground, creating a new capacity of 10,361 for the game on Tuesday, 28 October.

Good support in Shropshire
Shrewsbury's previous ground, Gay Meadow, was their home for 97 years from 1910 to 2007. The club's official record attendance is 18,917, for a league game with local rivals Walsall in the old Division Three in April 1961.
After the ground capacity was reduced to 8,000 following the post-Hillsborough Taylor Report, Shrewsbury left the Gay Meadow to move to their new home at Oteley Road, on the south-west side of the town, adjacent to the Meole Brace retail park, in 2007
The new Meadow's capacity is 9,875, which will be raised to 10,361 for the Chelsea game. The current record attendance is 9,510 for the League One derby with Wolves in September 2013

"We knew capacity wouldn't be enough," said chief executive Matt Williams.

"So we have looked at all avenues to be able to add extra seats.

"Since the draw for the fourth round, demand from people wanting to attend the Chelsea game has been high.

"For the club to add the extra seating on our own isn't financially viable, but Capital One have been kind enough to fund this by becoming the stand sponsors."

The crowd will be the biggest for a Shrewsbury home game since 12,356 watched the FA Cup fifth round tie against Arsenal at the old Gay Meadow in February 1991.

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