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In Focus: Crewe Alexandra

13 June 2022

Full name: Crewe Alexandra Football Club

Nickname(s): The Railwaymen, The Alex

Founded: 1877

Ground: Mornflake Stadium (Gresty Road)

Capacity: 10,153

Chairman: Charles Grant

Manager: Alex Morris

Crewe Alexandra Football Club is an English association football club based in the town of Crewe, Cheshire. Nicknamed “The Railwaymen” because of the town's links with the rail industry, and also commonly known as “The Alex”. They have played at the Mornflake stadium, also known as Gresty Road and the Alexandra stadium, since 1906. The club shares a fierce rivalry with Port Vale.

Early History

The club was formed in 1877 as a football team off Crewe Alexandra Cricket Club, named after Princess Alexandra. They were based at the Alexandra Recreation Ground, which was opposite to Crewe railway station, and played their first match against a side from Basford in North Staffordshire on 1st December 1877 drawing the match 1–1. In 1888, Crewe reached the FA Cup semi-finals and were a founding member of the Football League Second Division in 1892.

Recent History

Crewe’s recent history has been filled with mixed fortune with the club feeling the joy of promotion in 2012 and 2020 and suffering the pain of relegation in 2016 and 2022.

In 2013, Crewe Alexandra won the Football League trophy for the first time in their history as goals from Luke Murphy and Max Clayton saw them beat Southend 2-0 at Wembley.

In 2016 Crewe were relegated back to League Two but regained promotion four years later after they finished in second place behind Swindon Town after the season was finished early and decided on points per game average in the wake of the covid 19 pandemic.

In 2022 Crewe were relegated back to League Two after “one of the worst” seasons in their history finishing bottom of the table with just 29 points and a goal difference of minus 46.

In April 2022 the club replaced Dave Artell as manager with Alex Morris.

Our Recent Battles

Overall record

Won:59

Drawn: 33

Lost:45

8th March 2019 – Tranmere Rovers 1 Crewe Alexandra 0

Our most recent fixture against Crewe took place in March 2019 where another James Norwood strike sealed the victory for the super whites.

The only goal of the game came in the 72nd minute when Norwood brought Captain Scott Davies’ freekick under his spell inside the area and slid a right footed strike into the far corner past Crewe keeper Ben Garratt.

17th November 2018 – Crewe Alexandra 3 Tranmere Rovers 2

This League Two Clash saw Rovers succumb to a narrow 3-2 defeat at Gresty road, James Norwood and Paul Mullin got the goals for Tranmere but a brace from Callum Ainley and a goal from Charlie Kirk proved too much for Mellon’s side.

4th September 2018 – Tranmere Rovers 3 Crewe Alexandra 4

In September 2018 Tranmere Rovers were the on the wrong end of a seven goal thriller at Prenton Park in the EFL Trophy after losing 4-3 against Crewe Alexandra.

Paul Mullin, Jay Harris and Cole Stockton were on the scoresheet for Rovers whilst Chris Porter bagged a brace for Crewe with Alex Nichols and James Jones also on the scoresheet.


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