This season Prostate Cancer UK is the official charity of The
Football League. To celebrate, we've asked bloggers from each of
the 72 clubs to count down their top five strikers to have worn the
No9 shirt, in recognition of the fact that prostate cancer
affects one in nine men.
Town flier: Luke Rodgers was a fans' favourite at Gay Meadow. Photo courtesy of Action Images
Here blogger Matthew Nightingale, of upthetown.wordpress.com,
selects Shrewsbury's five best No9s… and one to forget!
5. John McGinlay
McGinlay was an individual a bit before my time and was a player
who scored 27 times in 60 appearances for Shrewsbury Town FC. His
most notable stint in football was when he played for Bolton
Wanderers but while he was in Shropshire he quickly established
himself at a favourite among the Gay Meadow faithful.
4. Dave Hibbert
Now this player is firmly in my timeline of being a Shrews
supporter. Hibbo, as he was commonly known as on the terraces, made
over 100 appearances for Salop, scoring 29 times. I always thought
he put in a good shift on the pitch but the one goal I remember
most was THAT goal versus Ipswich Town in 2009.
3. Alf Wood
Another player who is before my supporting generation, but
nonetheless a player who will always be in Shrewsbury Town
folklore, Wood scored 65 times in 258 appearances in six years at
the club. Wood's longest spell was with the Shrews and I will
always remember him as a legend of the club.
2. Luke Rodgers
Luke Rodgers progressed through the youth ranks with us, making
200-plus appearances for Salop in a six-year stint at the club.
Luke scored 67 times for us, establishing himself as a firm fans'
favourite among the Salop terraces, and I must admit, one of my
favourite ever players to put on the blue and amber.
1. Arthur Rowley
Despite starting to play for Shrewsbury Town 34 years before I was
even born, Rowley is my top No9 simply because he is such a legend
at Salop. Rowley holds the league scorer's record for both
Leicester City and Shrewsbury Town, where he scored 41 in 42 games
and 38 in 43 respectively, and is one of the names I proudly
associate with the club.
And the worst…
The Derbyshire man spent just one season with us but he is easily
one of the most useless players I have ever seen in a Shrewsbury
Town shirt. He scored six times in his spell with Shrewsbury Town
but that's only half the story, as he couldn't kick a ball
properly, was overweight (for a footballer), and just all-round
rubbish. I'm glad he didn't fulfil the full amount of his
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