WHAT HAPPENED TO...
Chic Bates’ first-half goal was cancelled out by Derek Hales in Shrewsbury Town’s 1-1 Second Division draw with Charlton Athletic in front of 4,336 at Gay Meadow on 10th October 1981. Shrewsbury lost 1-0 in the return match four months later. Football historian LEIGH EDWARDS traces what happened to Shrewsbury’s team:
Goalkeeper who was ever-present in two consecutive seasons and made 131 League appearances prior to joining Liverpool in an exchange deal involving Steve Ogrizovic in August 1982. Injury ended his career after a loan spell at Wrexham and he is now a national development officer in automotives.
Long-serving right-back who featured in Shrewsbury’s 1978-79 Third Division title triumph and scored once in 227 League games before moving to Hereford United in June 1983, then played for Cardiff City. He has since been a publican in Oswestry and a member of Shrewsbury’s Academy coaching staff.
PAUL JOHNSON: Popular left-back who helped Shrewsbury win the Welsh Cup in two consecutive seasons and netted three goals in 180 League outings prior to joining York City in July 1987. Later with Macclesfield Town and Leek Town, he became Stoke City’s community officer and is now a police constable in Coalville.
PAUL PETTS: Ex-England Youth midfielder who helped Shrewsbury twice win the Welsh Cup and beat top-flight Ipswich Town in the 1983-84 FA Cup fourth round. He netted 16 goals in 149 League games while at Gay Meadow before moving to Merthyr Tydfil in July 1985, then played for Newport. Now living in Swansea.
Long-serving central defender who was ever-present in Shrewsbury’s 1978-79 Third Division title campaign. He netted the club’s first goal in the Second Division, scoring seven times in 406 League games before joining the coaching staff at Gay Meadow and has since worked locally as a postman.
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Central defender who netted 18 goals in 161 Second Division games prior to joining Derby County in July 1985. Later with Swindon Town, he became their reserve team boss, then Aston Villa’s chief scout and Notts County’s assistant-boss. He is now licensee at The Bluebell in Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
Midfielder who starred in Shrewsbury’s 1978-79 Third Division title and Welsh Cup ‘double’ triumph. He netted eight goals in 160 League games before joining Cardiff City in August 1982, then played for Bristol City, Cambridge United, Merthyr Tydfil and was Fleetwood’s player-boss. Now a postman in Blackpool.
Northern Ireland international midfielder who was ever- present for Shrewsbury in 1984-85 and netted 23 goals in 282 League outings before moving to West Brom in July 1989. He later played for Hednesford and Rushall Olympic, then was West Brom’s youth team coach before managing AFC Telford.
IAN ATKINS: Versatile favourite who scored 58 times in 278 League games for Shrewsbury prior to joining Sunderland in August 1982, then played for Everton, Ipswich and Birmingham. He later managed Colchester, Cambridge United, Doncaster, Northampton, Chester, Carlisle, Oxford United, Bristol Rovers and Torquay.
Striker who helped Shrewsbury win the Third Division title in 1978-79 and netted 41 goals in 146 League games before moving to Oxford United in July 1982. Later with Derby County, Trelleborg and Exeter City, he then became a teacher, settling back in Shropshire, also assisting Shrewsbury’s youth set-up.
Striker who starred as Shrewsbury reached the FA Cup sixth round in 1981-82, scoring 64 goals in 294 League games overall during two spells. He became manager, then assisted Lou Macari at Swindon, Birmingham and Stoke before returning to Shrewsbury as head of youth strategy. Now scouting for Stoke.
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