Wood’s are proud of our history of co-operation with and fund-raising for Shrewsbury Town Football Club. It stretches back many years.
Brewery MD Edward Wood and Finance Controller Colin James are lifelong fans, and Sales Manager James Owens spent some time on Town’s books as a youth player.
Wood’s special brews for Shrewsbury track many of the club’s high points through the years.
Way back in 2001, Wood’s produced a bitter called Goal King as part of its Shropshire Heroes and Legends series. It marked the achievements of former Shrewsbury Town player-manager Arthur Rowley, immortalised as the all-time Football League top scorer. Wood’s presented a cheque to Arthur as a thankyou for all his work for Salop. The League’s greatest ever marksman died shortly before Christmas 2002.
In 2004, when Shrewsbury made the Division 2 play-offs, Wood’s produced Blue & Amber Nectar, with the brewery presenting £500 to the club as a result of 5p donations for every pint sold to enthusiastic drinkers.
In April 2007, Wood’s Meadow Brew served as a bittersweet reminder that Shrewsbury would play no more games at their riverside home, the Gay Meadow, and would next take the field at their new home, the Greenhous Meadow in Otley Road.
In 2009, drinkers were able to enjoy ’30 Year Celebration Beer’, a brew marking Town’s comeback to Football League Division 2 after a year’s exile in the Conference. The name came from the fact that the promotion came exactly 30 years after Town were promoted as Champions of the old Football League Division 3 to Division 2 – the start of their most successful footballing period to date.
April 2012 saw the launch of the joyous Wood’s Up Town – a beer marking Salop’s (short-lived) ascendancy from League 2 to League 1, with 5p a pint going to the SuperBlues for every pint sold.
Most recently Wood’s produced a beer so good it was named twice… ‘Blues & Amber, Our Special Mon’ were the titles conjured up by fans from the Blue & Amber website, ahead of the momentous League Cup clash with Chelsea in October 2014. The game itself saw Shrewsbury play some champagne stuff before succumbing 2-1 to a late goal from the runaway Premiership leaders. Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon and our MD Edward Wood presented Jane Pittaway from Meole Brace and Richie Dunse from Harlescott with free beer as prizes for their winning name suggestions.