Blues v Shrews: Trinity hope to replicate historical FA Cup success against Shrewsbury Town

Nathan Jarman celebrates his free-kick for Gainsborough at Wrexham''DJW241015A''''WREXHAM''''Gainsborough Trinity players celebrate the goal
Nathan Jarman celebrates his free-kick for Gainsborough at Wrexham''DJW241015A''''WREXHAM''''Gainsborough Trinity players celebrate the goal

Gainsborough Trinity will hope to replicate their historical success against Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup on Sunday.

The first round proper tie, which will be broadcast on BBC Radio FiveLive and featured on television in highlight form at least, pits the National League North Blues against a League One outfit.

If Steve Housham’s men, roared on by a bumper crowd, win the game it will be classed as a major upset or giant killing.

But it won’t be their first FA Cup victory over the Shrews.

In 1910, in the fifth qualifying round, Trinity beat Shrewsbury 4-0.

And 23 years later the two sides met again, in the fourth qualifying round, and after a 1-1 draw, it was Gainsborough who progressed with a 3-1 win.

The two clubs were Midland League foes between 1937 and 1950, with Trinity winning five of the seven home encounters they had with Shrewsbury Town.

Away from home it wasn’t so successful for Gainsborough, drawing once and losing six out of seven.

The last time the clubs met was on April Fool’s Day in 1950, when the two sides played out a 2-2 draw.

Thanks to Trinity fan and football historian Andrew Stothard who compiled the historical record between the two clubs.