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Crewe Alexandra: Journey with the Railwaymen

  1. Crewe Alexandra: Journey with the Railwaymen

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    Full Name: Crewe Alexandra Football Club
    Nickname: The Railwaymen, The Alex

    Founded: 1877

    Ground: Gresty Road

    Capacity: 10,153

    League: League 2

    Media Prediction: 23rd

    Fierce Rival:
    Port Vale

    Other Rivals:
    Stockport County, Stoke City, Shrewsbury, Preston, Wrexham

    Transfer Budget: £26,000

    Wage Budget: £34,000 p/w

    Honors


    Second Division
    Play-off winners: 1997

    League Two
    Play-off winners: 2012

    Milk Cup
    Premier Section Winners: 1987, 1999

    Junior Section Winners: 1990, 1998

    Cheshire Senior Cup
    Winners: 1910, 1912, 1913, 1923, 2002, 2003

    Welsh Cup
    Winners: 1936, 1937

    Cheshire Premier Cup
    Winners: 2009, 2010

    Football League Trophy
    Winner: 2013


    In recent decades, the club has been associated with manager Dario Gradi whose 24-year tenure between 1983 and 2007 made him the longest-serving manager in English football; he had a further two-year spell in the role from 2009 to 2011. Gradi is known for focusing on youth development and promoting attractive, technical football. Notable players brought through the Crewe youth system include former internationals Rob Jones, Neil Lenon, Danny Murphy, Seth Johnson and Dean Ashton. Other notable players to have made their name at Crewe in that time include Geoff Thomas, David Platt and Robbie Savage.

    Early years (1877–1921)

    Crewe Alexandra were formed in 1877 as Crewe Football Club, separate from the successful Crewe Cricket Club, and named after Princess Alexandra. They were based at the Alexandra Recreation Ground and played their first match against North Staffs that same year, a match that ended 1–1. In 1883, Crewe Alexandra's first match in the FA Cup was against Scottish club Queen's Park of Glasgow, losing 10–0. In 1888, the club reached the FA Cup semi-finals, defeating Derby County and Middlesbrough en route, before going out to Preston North End. Crewe were founding members of the Football League Second Division in 1892, having previously been members of the Football Alliance, but lost their league status in 1896 after only four seasons. The club left the Alexandra Recreation Ground shortly before the end of the 1895–96 season, and after playing at a number of different venues, including in nearby Sandbach, they moved to the first Gresty Road ground in 1897. In 1906 the current Gresty Road ground was rebuilt to the west of the original site.
    1921–1983

    Crewe rejoined the Football League in 1921, during which season a record crowd of 15,102 packed into Gresty Road to watch Crewe entertain local rivals Stoke City, a game The Potters won 2–0. Crewe earned their first honours by winning the Welsh Cup in 1936 and 1937, before being barred from entering (not least since they were not in Wales). In 1936, Bert Swindells scored his 100th League goal for Crewe Alexandra. He went on to score 126 goals for the club, a record that still stands today.

    1955 saw Crewe embark on a sequence where they did not win away from home for 56 matches. The dismal run ended with a 1–0 win at Southport.

    One of Crewe's most famous matches took place against Spurs in the FA Cup in 1960. A new record attendance of 20,000 saw lowly Crewe hold Spurs to a 2–2 draw on 30 January, with Bert Llewellyn and Merfyn Jones scoring for the Railwaymen. On 3 February, Tottenham convincingly won the replay 13–2, which remains a record defeat for the club. Llewellyn and Nev Coleman scored for Crewe.

    1961 saw Crewe's most notable win in their history, Jimmy McGuigan's side defeated Chelsea 2–1 in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge. That particular Chelsea side contained the former Crewe player Frank Blunstone as well as Jimmy Greaves, Peter Bonetti and Terry Venables. The Crewe goals were scored by Billy Stark and Barrie Wheatley. Spurs won by a more modest 5–1 in the Fourth Round. In 1963, Crewe gained promotion for the first time in their history with a 1–0 win over Exeter City. Frank Lord became the local hero, scoring the only goal in front a crowd of 9,807. Lord also holds the record for most hat-tricks for the club, eight during his time at Gresty Road.

    In the 1964–65 season, Terry Harkin scored a record 35 league goals for Crewe. 1977 saw Tommy Lowry play his record-breaking 475th and last game for the Railwaymen. 1979 would see manager Warwick Rimmer's most notable signing when Bruce Grobbelaar joined Crewe and played his first match against Wigan Athletic. During the season he scored from the penalty spot against York City and kept eight clean-sheets in his 24 matches played. In the same year the club went a record 15 matches without winning at Gresty Road.

    The period from the 1950s to the early 1980s was generally not a successful time for the club, and few would have argued with Michael Palin's comment, in the 1979 BBC Great Railway Journeys of the World documentary when, in a shot over Gresty Road filmed from the roof of the adjacent Rail House he described Crewe as "like those other railway towns, Swindon and Doncaster, possessed of a football team which is perpetually propping up the bottom of the Fourth Division". Indeed, between 1894 and 1982, Crewe finished in last place in the Football League eight times, more than any other league club.

    Gradi era (1983–2007)

    In June 1983, Crewe appointed Milan-born Dario Gradi as manager. At that time, Crewe had again just avoided being voted out of the Football League. Gradi quickly gained a reputation for developing young talent, allowing Steve Walters to become the youngest ever player to pull on a Crewe shirt: aged just 16 years and 119 days he played against Peterborough United on 7 May 1988. Gradi's efforts paid off in 1989 when Crewe won promotion to the Third Division. They went back down two years later, but were promoted again in 1994. In the same year, Neil Lennon became the first Crewe Alexandra player to gain an International cap for 60 years when he was selected to play for Northern Ireland against Mexico. Gradi then led his charges to Division One in 1997, after victory over Brentford in the Division Two play-off final, and kept his team there until 2002, despite a club income on which many more lowly clubs could not survive. Meanwhile, Gradi celebrated his 1,000th game in charge of Crewe on 20 November 2001 – an away fixture at Carrow Road, the home of Norwich City.

    After one season in the Division Two the club were promoted back to Division One at the end of the 2002–03 season, having finished in second place; the first time the club had finished in the top two of any division, and the club prepared for life in Division 1.

    Although managing to retain their place in the Division 1 in the 2003–04 season, at the start of the 2004–05 season they were rated one of the likeliest teams to be relegated from the newly renamed 'Championship'. In the event, they put in a good showing in the first half of the season; comfortably in the top half of the table, but after selling Dean Ashton to Norwich City for a record £3 million in the January 2005 transfer window, Crewe failed to win any more games until the final match of the season, when they defeated Coventry City 2–1 and narrowly escaped relegation on goal difference. The following year they were not so fortunate. Despite a good run towards the end of the 2005–06 season, they were relegated to League 1.

    Crewe were named the "Most Admired Club" in the 2006 Football League Awards, sponsored by The League Paper and FourFourTwo Magazine.

    2007–2009

    By the summer of 2007, Gradi was the longest-serving manager in English league football; he had completed 24 years in sole charge of the club, although assistant manager Neil Baker took temporary charge between 22 September and 17 October 2003 while Gradi underwent heart surgery (Crewe only managed one point while Baker was in charge). On 20 April 2007 Crewe Alexandra announced that, from 1 July 2007, Gradi would take up a new role as the club's Technical Director while gradually allowing newly appointed first-team coach Steve Holland control of the team.

    Holland's first season in this role, 2007–08, was a disappointment as the club narrowly avoided relegation after finishing 20th with 50 points. That summer Holland spent half a million pounds on new signings, including Calvin Zola, Anthony Elding and goalkeepers Steve Collis and Adam Legzdins, while striker Nicky Maynard joined Bristol City for a club record fee of £2.25 million. However, despite a positive pre-season, including a win over Premiership club Hull City, Crewe took only nine points from their first 16 games.



    Following pressure from fans, the board relieved Steve Holland of his duties as first team coach in November 2008, and re-appointed Gradi as caretaker manager. Gradi's first game back in charge was a 3–0 defeat at home to local rivals Stockport County. On 24 December 2008 the Icelandic former manager of local rivals Stoke City, Gudjon Thordarson, was appointed as Holland's successor, though Gradi remained in charge of the team for a further six days before resuming his Technical Director role. Thordarson's first game in charge was a 2–2 draw away at Millwall in the FA Cup 3rd round, but although Thordarson received the Manager of the Month award for February, the team suffered a poor end-of-season run, not winning for 10 games, and were relegated to League Two. On 18 June 2009, Steve Davis was appointed Assistant Manager to Gudjon Thordarson. Davis left his role as manager of Nantwich Town, where he spent five successful years, gaining two promotions. Davis replaced former assistant Neil Baker, who was moved to a new scouting role within the club.
    Return of Dario Gradi (2009–2011)

    On 2 October 2009, after nine months in charge, Thordarson was sacked after a run of poor results. Dario Gradi was reinstated as caretaker manager in time for the following day's match against Rotherham. Despite lingering close to the playoff places for the majority of the season, another run of poor form saw the club finish in 18th place, only five places above the relegation zone. Gradi responded to this disappointment by refusing to take the team on a pre-season tour, stating that he "doesn't want to reward the players for what happened this season".

    The club finished 10th in League Two in their 2010–11 season and also ended up with the League 2 golden boot winner: Clayton Donaldson scored 29 goals, but moved to Brentford in July 2011.

    On 10 November 2011, the club announced that Dario Gradi had stepped down as manager and would return to his previous role as Director of Football focusing on youth development.
    Seasons 2011–2016

    Steve Davis was appointed manager, and led the team to a 16-match unbeaten run in early 2012 up to 7th position, earning the club a play-off place. Crewe defeated Southend United in the semi-final with a 1–0 win at home in the first leg and a 2–2 draw at Roots Hall, extending the unbeaten run to a club-record 18 matches[13] and securing a play-off final against Cheltenham Town at Wembley on 27 May 2012 which they won 2–0 and earned promotion.

    Before the 2012–13 season started, Crewe sold Nick Powell to Manchester United, and on transfer deadline day (31 August 2012) captain Ashley Westwood was sold to Aston Villa. However, with new players coming into the first team, Crewe won the Football League Trophy, beating Southend United 2–0 in the final at Wembley in April 2013. The team finished 13th in League One, ending the season by fielding a team whose starting 11 were all Crewe Academy graduates.

    On 22 February 2014, for 33 minutes of a match at Port Vale, two brothers played on opposite sides against each other – Crewe's Harry Davis and Joe Davis of Port Vale – while their father, Steve Davis, was manager of one of the teams (Crewe Alexandra).

    In March 2014, Crewe chairman John Bowler (elected chairman in 1987) was honoured with the Contribution to League Football Award at The Football League Awards 2014. Dario Gradi had earlier won the same award, in 2011. In December 2014, it was announced that Bowler had, like Gradi (in January 1998), been awarded an MBE for services to football.

    On 3 May 2014 Crewe ensured their place in League One with a 2–1 home victory over Preston North End ending the 2013–14 Season in 19th place four points above relegation. Although the season had not been successful for the first team, the Under-21s won the Professional Development League Two title with a 1–0 win over QPR on 30 April 2014; Max Clayton scored the goal. The under-18s were runners-up in their Development League.

    Crewe started the 2014–15 season poorly, accumulating just four points from the first 11 League games. Some sustained runs of better results pulled the club out of the relegation places, but, needing a home draw against Bradford City to secure safety, Crewe lost 0–1 and had to rely on favourable results elsewhere to ensure League One football for another year, finishing two points above the bottom four in 20th position.

    The following season started in a similar pattern, with the team winning just two of their first 15 league games, and crashing out of the FA Cup in the first round, defeated at Gresty Road by non-league Eastleigh, forcing Davis to defend his position as the 'right man' for the job. Crewe's relegation to League Two was confirmed following a 3–0 defeat at Port Vale on 9 April 2016, with five games remaining.

    Player development


    During Gradi's tenure the club gained a reputation for its youth policy, and earned official status as an FA Youth Academy. By concentrating on developing its own players the club remained profitable (a rarity in lower division football at the time) by selling them on after they have gained experience with Crewe. The Academy is known to stress technical excellence, which accords with Gradi's aim to have his sides play attractive, passing football.

    Players who passed through the ranks at Crewe include the England international players Geoff Thomas and David Platt, Welsh international Robbie Savage, and Northern Ireland internationals Neil Lennon and Steve Jones (Platt was the most successful, totalling more than £20 million in transfers and captaining the England team). All these were youngsters signed from other clubs, but Gradi also had considerable success in nurturing Crewe's own trainees – most notably full England internationals Rob Jones, Danny Murphy, Seth Johnson and Dean Ashton and Wales international David Vaughan.

    In 2004 the BBC's Football Focus asked fans of all professional football clubs in England and Scotland to vote for their cult hero. For Crewe, Seth Johnson won with 59% of the vote; Danny Murphy came second with 33%, and Craig Hignett third with 8%.

  2. Pre-Season

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    We couldn't of asked for a much better pre-season as we manage to go unbeaten even with a draw against Manchester United even if they did have a severely weakened team out but I will take it as its a massive confidence booster going into the season.

    There has been a fair change in the backroom staff as we have to set up a new scouting network along with a new medical team due to their being no staff at the club.

    Transfers

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    We don't bring a lot of players in as we look to use the squad currently at the club who should actually be good enough to fire us out of a relegation battle.

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    Aims for the season
    My aim for the season is just to get a top half finish to then build on that to get promotion within a couple of seasons. The hope would always be a cup run as well to help build the finances at the club as well.


    The draw for the Checkatrade trophy also took place during pre-season so we have a tough group but will look to qualify from it.

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  3. Some good acquisitions there, especially Gribbin on loan. Will be a tough challenge, but the youth players that come through should help.

    Hopefully you'll be able to produce your own Dean Ashton!
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  4. Quote Originally Posted by dporter8999 View Post
    Some good acquisitions there, especially Gribbin on loan. Will be a tough challenge, but the youth players that come through should help.

    Hopefully you'll be able to produce your own Dean Ashton!
    Well that's the hope. With a good history of youth players coming through then it should hopefully ease the rules put in place by Brexit and if the need occurs can get a good return off them to keep the club financially stable until we can get up the league's
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  5. August

    Crewe v Morecombe

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    What a start to the season we we get a very positive win with Dale and Gribbin grabbing a brace each to get us off to the best possible start.

    Newport v Crewe

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    Gribbin getting his third goal in two games and showing how good a signing he could be here.

    Carabao Cup 1st Round
    Crewe v Notts County

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    We rotate here to give players a rest but Gribbin comes on as a second half sub to get the only goal of the game to see us through to the second round.

    Crewe v MK Dons

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    This could be a massive 3 points come the end of the season as we beat one of the favourites for promotion. We got lucky though as they had 2 goals chopped off for offside before Pickering was sent off.

    Colchester United v Crewe

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    We're brought back down to ground with a bump as we lose to a team we should be performing better against but with games coming thick and fast we struggled here.

    Carlisle v Crewe

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    Carabao Cup 2nd Round
    Crewe v Bury


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    We finally get back to winning ways and progress in the cup, Bowery showing he can lead the line for us here with Gribbin getting back to the score sheet as well.

    League Table

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    September

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  6. Solid start there mate....Gribbin for top goalscorer in League Two this year? lol
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  7. Quote Originally Posted by TheNotSoSpecialOne View Post
    Solid start there mate....Gribbin for top goalscorer in League Two this year? lol
    Here's hoping, his contract is up at the end of the season as well so if everything goes well can hopefully bring him in permanently. Got Man U as a parent club so can hopefully get another few folk in from them over the years
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  8. September

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    We start the month with a good win mainly thanks to a penalty right before half time to get the lead after being 1-0 down.

    Checkatrade Trophy Group F North
    Blackpool v Crewe

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    We get a major scalp here as we beat a strong team in comparison to us that see's us top the group.

    Cheltenham v Crewe

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    We put in a strong performance to keep our great run going.

    Crewe v Mansfield

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    A tight game where Gribbin became the villain here as he gets his marching orders.

    Crewe v Port Vale

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    Our first derby game here and we get it by the skin of our teeth as we get a very questionable penalty in the 91st minute but Jones slots it home before he gets sent off right at the end of the game.

    Carabao Cup 3rd Round
    Crewe v Exeter

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    Again we manage to sneak a win here right at the end and see's us into the 4th round.

    Notts County v Crewe

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    A nervy finish to the game as Hemmings got a goal back with 2 minutes to go but we managed enough to see it off.

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    October

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  9. October

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    A poor game that we just couldn't close out here but was probably a fair result.

    Lincoln v Crewe

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    Gribbin coming to the rescue right at the death to secure a big point away to second placed Lincoln with our only shot on target.

    Checkatrade Trophy Group F North
    Crewe v Doncaster

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    A tough match against a team in the league above who we manage to edge out in penalties. The one piece of bad new coming out after this game is that Gribbin will play no further part this season due to personal reasons.

    Crewe v Bury

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    A solid start with going 2-0 up in 12 minutes and we never looked back after that.

    Stevenage v Crewe

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    A bit of rotation for this game as it works out as we get a commanding win.

    Yeovil v Crewe

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    The biggest thing to come out of this game was Uche finally got his first goal for the club and ended his drought of over 11 hours.

    Crewe v Grimsby

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    Again we manage to scrape a point right at the death.

    Carabao Cup 3rd Round
    Crewe v Swansea

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    We manage to push Swansea all the way but their class was just too much as they beat us with the final kick of the ball.

    League Table

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    November

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  10. November

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    A terrible defeat here but with games coming thick and fast this was just one too many in such a short space of time.

    FA Cup 1st Round
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    A much better performance as we bounce back to see us progress in the cup with the 3 goals coming from home grown players.

    Checkatrade Trophy Group F North
    Crewe v Middlesbrough Under 23's

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    A good result against a poor under 23 side which see's us top our group and progress to the further rounds of the competition.

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    Cawley v Crewe

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    Another poor defeat here these could end up costing us an easy promotion as it starts to get close up the top of the table.

    Crewe v Cambridge

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    A great game for the neutrals as Jordan Bowery gets his first goal in over 10 hours of football and what a way to do it with a hat-trick.

    League Table

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    December

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    The best thing about this month is I have been offered a new one year deal at the club.

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  11. December

    First I'll start off with what I believe could be one of my most important signings for however long he stays at the club but we manged to bring in ex Arsenal Head Youth of Development Andries Jonker. Hopefully with his past and knowledge he can bring through a few gems.

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    FA Cup 2nd Round
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    Checkatrade Trophy North Second Round
    Crewe v Morecambe
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    Exeter v Crewe

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    Forest Green v Crewe

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    Crewe v Lincoln

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    Crewe v Stevenage

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    League Table

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    January

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  12. That's it mate, reclaim that top spot! Great signing with that HOYD as with Crewe's youth set up and with him finding players you should have a good home grown squad to take you through the leagues in the next year or two!
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  13. January

    Transfers

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    A good bit of business done by the club getting rid of the dead wood and concentrating more on loans to keep money in the club at the moment.

    Bury v Crewe

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    FA Cup 3rd Round
    Crewe v Ipswich

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    Morecambe v Crewe

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    Crewe v Newport Co

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    Checkatrade Trophy North Third Round
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    MK Dons v Crewe

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    Crewe v Colchester

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    FA Cup 4th Round
    Crewe v Middlesbrough

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    Macclesfield v Crewe

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    Oldham v Crewe

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    Burnley v Crewe

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    Crewe v Exeter

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  15. March

    Youth Intake

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    Even though we have a golden generation there is only 1 player I'm pinning my hopes on and its a young Goalkeeper who I hope can come up the leagues with me now.

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    He comes in and matches our No1 already so will be given a chance over the closing months of the season.

    Crewe v Northampton

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    Tranmere v Crewe

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    Cambridge v Crewe

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    Mansfield v Crewe

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    A much more comfortable game to finish of the month as Barlow and Uche just run riot.

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  16. April

    Port Vale v Crewe

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    Crewe v Notts County

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    Crewe v Yeovil

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    Swindon v Crewe

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  17. Congratulations on the title win mate! Good luck for League One next year!
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  18. Season Overview

    What a season, I wasn't expecting such a young team to go and win League 2 in my first season especially when the media has us predicted to finish 23rd at the start of the season. There is nothing better than seeing your local rivals relegated out the league as well when you win in.

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    Not only did we exceed expectations in the league but we did so in all competitions.

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    The awards went mostly the way I expected. Callum Ainley has been amazing down the right as he was a key figure and at only 20 this season as well he has plenty more to offer. Mirko Gallo as well at only 19 has been amazing in the heat of defence so hopefully can hold onto him as well.

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    We make up over half of the team of year which shows just how good we were over the course of the season

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    We are building a strong commercial team who have done very well with bringing in some new sponsors to take the club to the next level and hopefully this will keep growing from season to season.

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    An added bonus at the end of the season was we have had a change in owner as the old one decided to retire.

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    Sadly we haven't had a tycoon take over so don't get any additional funds to help our promotion chances.


  19. Brilliant mate, looking forward to seeing you crack on with this!
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  20. Pre-Season

    Its been a bit all over the place in pre-season with losing to Burton, AFC Telford and Grimsby to going and beating Manchester United even if it was a third string team they put it it was a great way to finish off the friendlies. A lot of players have come in so we needed to chop and change in the games to try and get everybody use to the way I want them to play.


    There have been a lot of players coming in this summer to get us ready for League One, some of them might be young but they could develop into top players. They key signing this summer has to be Ashley Fletcher though who will hopefully bang the goals in at this level. There are still a couple of players without clubs I will be keeping tabs on to see if they get snapped up or not.

    The biggest transfer out was Andries Jonker getting snapped up by Charlton so we didn't even hold onto him for a full season.


    Aims for the season

    So the aim for this season is just to establish ourselves in the division and get clear of relegation.


    The Checkatrade trophy draw has been kind to us and I fancy us in the top 2 here.

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  21. Interested to see how Matty Willock does for you as he didn't stop scoring for me with Sligo, same with Uche!
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  22. August

    Crewe v Doncaster


    What a way to start the season with getting 4 goals in our first game, Bowler carrying on his great form from last season.

    Luton v Crewe


    Both goals scored today by debutantes with both being former Manchester United graduates.

    Carabao Cup 1st Round
    Sheffield United v Crewe


    Fletcher getting us back into the game to claim a big scalp in my eyes as we knock out the Championship side and will then play Barnsley in the 2nd round.

    Crewe v Scunthorpe


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    Wigan v Crewe


    Fletcher fastly becoming a legend with getting us the 3 points as he single handedly wins us the game.

    Fleetwood v Crewe


    Fletcher yet again gets the opening goal before Ainley puts the game to bed.

    Carabao Cup 2nd Round
    Barnsley v Crewe



    Barnsley were relegated to League One last season so we take advantage of the uncertainty at the club and get a good result.

    Crewe v Exeter


    We leave it right until the end to end to get very lucky with a penalty that Jones keeps up his 100% record of scoring from the spot.

    League Table


    September

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  23. September

    Checkatrade Trophy Group E North
    Crewe v Oldham

    A great comeback as we go 2-0 down to come back and get a big win thanks to an own goal.

    Crewe v Lincoln



    We get a great win against fellow promotion contenders Lincoln with Fletcher getting us off to a great start in the 2nd minute.

    Shrewsbury v Crewe


    A comfortable win here as we rotate a few players to give a rest with Sinclair putting the game to bed after 81 minutes.

    MK Dons v Crewe


    A late goal in each half gives us the win with Sinclair coming on with 10 minutes to go to bag the winner.

    Carabao Cup 3rd Round
    Crewe v Luton



    A tough first half but we rally together at half time and Fletcher gets the opening two goals before Hall heads in from a corner with the final touch of the game.

    Crewe v Rotherham


    Our run finally comes to an end but it was probably a fair result in the end.

    League Table


    In other news this month Brexit has finally been announced.



    October

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  24. October

    Oxford v Crewe


    A bit of rotation here to give players a rest along with giving others a fright to get them back to the top of their game after the defeat.

    Crewe v Plymouth


    Barlow dictating the game and scoring two great individual goals to show how much class he has at this level.

    Checkatrade Trophy Group E North
    Crewe v Liverpool U23's


    Feel very privileged to have won this game with Oxlade-Chamberlain being on the pitch for the full game.

    Accrington v Crewe


    A poor result since we couldn't even overcome 10 men for the majority of the game.

    Crewe v Peterborough


    We get a massive let off in this game as we nearly throw away a lead but the own goal and the penalty right at the end of the first half helped as well.

    Crewe v Bradford City


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    Burton v Crewe


    Arribas gets his first goal at the club now he has been given a chance to make a place his own in the middle of the park to cap off a very impressive win.

    Carabao Cup 4t Round
    Crewe v Burnley


    We give it our best here and managed to make a proper game of it here which is all we could really ask as Burnley knock us out of yet another cup.

    League Table


    The best thing about this month is I have been offered another new one year deal at the club.



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  25. November

    We made two very big signings this month as we snap up two players who's contracts expired in the summer and then couldn't find clubs so we welcomed James Wilson and Adam Matthews.



    Walsall v Crewe


    We do well to come back from a losing position twice to grab a point with Barlow being class.

    FA Cup 1st Round
    Dag & Red v Crewe



    We go all out here and James Wilson does well to come on in the second half for his debut and get two goals and get us an away tie to Chesterfield.

    Checkatrade Trophy Group E North
    Bradford v Crewe



    We get a very good win here that see's us finish the top of the table. This is a competition I want to take seriously this year.

    Crewe v Barnsley


    A great opening 14 minutes to the game and then it all fizzled out after that.

    Crewe v Bristol Rovers


    It was disappointing to concede in the 90th minute after managing for 30 minutes with 10 men.

    Gillingham v Crewe


    Finally we get a win in the league this month to keep up our push for the top of the table.

    FA Cup 2nd Round
    Chesterfield v Crewe



    A much harder game than I thought it was going to be but we manage to get our act together in the end and get a good win which gets us an away tie to Cambridge.

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    December

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  26. December

    Preston v Crewe


    Arribas gets us off to a good start before Fletcher gets sent off and we manage to hold on against a week Preston side that are struggling after relegation.

    Checkatrade Trophy North Second Round
    Crewe v Notts County



    Phil Adams makes his debut for the club and gets the opening goal before Barlow slots home from the penalty spot to line up an away trip to Grimsby

    Crewe v Coventry

    Wilson comes on in the second half for Fletcher to get us a lucky point as we were the poorer team here.

    Wimbledon v Crewe


    Wilson becoming a super sub this month we coming on to grab vital goals when there needed.

    Doncaster v Crewe


    What a game, thought it was in the bag after being 4-0 up after 37 minutes but who knew that losing Barlow would affect us so much but we get the 3 points and the fans get to see an amazing game.

    Crewe v Wigan


    A lot of rotation here due to the number of fixtures at this time of year but Pickering does well to get forward from his LB position to get the goal.

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  27. January

    Transfers Players Out



    We ended up getting some very good deals in this window. Gallo was sold to help balance the books and will be a big loss as he was a key player for us. We then got very good deals for our youth players that could have maybe made it at the club but we cashed in on them just now to improve the bank balance and will reinvest the money back into improving the facilities at the club.Transfers Players In


    We only conclude 3 deals Bedeau came in for a like for like replacement for Gallo but right at the end we signed Latibeaudiere from Man City and he looks like he could become a great signing for the club. How can you say no to Woodman for that price. We will probably sell him on for a profit later but at the moment he will provide great competition for Camps.

    FA Cup 3rd Round
    Cambridge v Crewe



    We get pushed all the way here and rely on Fletcher to grab a last minute goal to see us through to the 4th round against Arsenal.

    Crewe v Luton


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    Scurnthorpe v Crewe


    A very comfortable win against the team just below us in the league with Ainley getting a brace off the right wing.

    Checkatrade Trophy North Third Round
    Grimsby v Crewe


    A good win which see's us through to the fourth round. I feel we have a great chance of making it to Wembley with this competition.

    Exeter v Crewe


    We keep up our 100% record against Exeter to make it 5 wins from 5 against them

    Crewe v Fleetwood


    A narrow win in a game where we were lucky not to concede but Camps won MoM here as Fleetwood battered us in the second half.

    FA Cup 4th Round
    Arsenal v Crewe



    What a result as Camps gets another MoM as he does brilliantly to keep out arsenals 12 shots on target to our 2. The replay will be a great money spinner for the club.

    Crewe


    A goal just after half time is enough to grab us the three points as we rotate a few players after the Arsenal game.

    League Table


    February

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  28. KLIPPYBO's Avatar KLIPPYBO
    Modern Day Legend
    Doing great so far and some fantastic signings have been made. Championship football would be the true test probably hopefully you get promoted.
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  29. Quote Originally Posted by KLIPPYBO View Post
    Doing great so far and some fantastic signings have been made. Championship football would be the true test probably hopefully you get promoted.

    Yeah I'm hoping that with making young signings then they should hopefully help me stay up in the championship before trying to push up the table
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  30. February

    Crewe v Shrewsbury


    We rotated as much as we could here with the big replay against Arsenal up next and it sadly cost us as they just weren't good enough.

    FA Cup 4th Round Replay
    Crewe v Arsenal



    What a game considering we played it with only 10 ment from the 35th minute but James Wilson truly showed his class as he tore the Arsenal defence to shreds either side of the red card to see us through to the 5th round against Aston Villa.

    Crewe v MK Dons


    Riding on a high from the last game our tired players go out and manage to scrape a good win to keep our league form going.

    Checkatrade Trophy Quarter Final
    Crewe v Wolves Under 23's




    We get very luck with getting the winning goal with the final kick of the ball but it was a great game since wolves had some great players out.

    Rotherham v Crewe


    We have to rotate again with the FA Cup match coming up but we fall short against as we are completely played off the park.

    FA Cup 5th Round
    Aston Villa v Crewe


    We push Villa all the way but succumb to a last minute goal which was heartbreaking as the financial benefits of the replay would of been great.

    Crewe v Oxford


    We come from behind twice to get an important win to bounce back after the Villa defeat.

    Checkatrade Trophy Semi Final
    Crewe v Scunthorpe



    We are back to our best here as we get a nice early goal to see us on our way to our first final.

    Plymouth v Crewe


    Wilson making sure we finish the month on a high after our hectic schedule.

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    This month has also brought our youth intake which has only brought in one player worth mentioning


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  31. looking good for back to back promotions mate!
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  32. How's Camps coming along, are any big clubs interested in him yet?

  33. Quote Originally Posted by Hampus Silverholt View Post
    How's Camps coming along, are any big clubs interested in him yet?
    Yeah he's coming along nicely so far, had 10 clean sheets in 30 league games this season.

    The only big bids we had for him were from Newcastle and Watford. I had to fight the board to reject a bid from Watford but thankfully they agreed and then we sold enough players to boost the finances to be able to reject bids.

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  34. March

    Crewe v Accrington


    A narrow win over a team we should of done much better against in our push for promotion

    Peterborough v Crewe


    A much better performance here as we get 5 different goal scores to show what the team is really capable of.

    Bradford v Crewe


    A terrible defeat that see's us lose to our title challengers which sees us drop down into second.

    Crewe v Burton


    A striker finally gets on the score sheet this month as Wilson helps us bounce back from the previous defeat.

    Crewe v Walsall


    Wilson comes to the rescue to secure a point to keep our title hopes alive.

    Checkatrade Trophy Final
    Chelsea U23's v Crewe



    We win our first piece of silverware for the club with an outstanding second half. The one thing that helped was that they didn't have any big names dropping down for the game apart from Mason Mount.

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  35. April

    Barnsley v Crewe


    We start off well this month with 2 goals within 5 minutes to get us the three points

    Bristol Rovers v Crewe


    A disappointing point here as we concede with one of the last kicks of the ball so the title must wait another game.

    Crewe v Gillingham


    We get the win thats needed with a rotated squad to near enough clinch the title with having a much better goal difference so we only need a point from our next game.

    Crewe v Preston


    And thanks to an own goal just after we conceded we go up as Champions.

    Coventry v Crewe


    We get a bit of luck with a last minute goal to secure the 3 points but what a game with both teams pulling it back instantly when they fell behind

    Crewe v Wimbledon


    We finish off the season the best way possible with a win and a clean sheet.


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  36. Season Overview

    We had an amzing season where we managed to win the double with the League and Checkatrade Trophy. The League went right down to the final few games as well which made it a lot more exciting.


    Not only did we exceed expectations in the league again but we did so in all competitions.


    Fletcher cleans up with signing of the season along with player of the season and I feel he still has a lot to give the club as we continue our climb up the leagues and can become a legend here.


    Young Eddie Camps is the keeper in the team of the year which is quite a feat considering he is only 17 and was only his first season playing


    We are building a strong commercial team who have done very well with bringing in some new sponsors to take the club to the next level and hopefully this will keep growing from season to season.


    Our increase in revenue has been shown with our budgets for next season where we are given a decent transfer budget to help build for next season.



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  37. Pre-Season


    For the second season in the row we manage to beat Manchester United 1-0 which is a huge result but Chelsea, Port Vale and Rangers all put us in our place as they beat us comfortably.

    Transfers Out


    We sold another 3 youngsters for a total of £7.5 million along with letting another few fringe players go that were on higher wages.

    Transfers In

    We haven't spent much money but we have brought in some strong players with Kurt, Laursen, Alende and Dozzell all going to be key members of the team this season.

    We still have around £5 million to spend if the right player comes up for us as I won't spend just for the sake of spending to keep the club doing well financially as well.

    Tactics


    This will be the starting XI at the start of the season and will be taking us forward into the championship.

    Aims for the Season

    So the aim for this season might sound boring but it is again to establish ourselves in the division and get clear of relegation.



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  38. August


    With it being such a busy month then I'm not going to show each match but what a month we've had as we go unbeaten in both competitions this month which is a hell of a lot better than I expected to be doing up in the Championship especially with big wins over Leeds and Portsmouth. The win against Cardiff was a great start as well




    Teams seem to be underestimating us at the moment so long may it continue.

    Is it too soon to possibly think about another promotion to the Premier League already?

    League Table


    September

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  39. September

    Crewe v Charlton


    A great game with both wingers getting on the score sheet along with Fletcher against a team established in the division.

    Crewe v Aston Villa


    Every defeat is disappointing but we were never really in this game at all against one of the strongest teams in the league.

    Swansea v Crewe


    A good draw against Swansea here to bounce back from the defeat.

    Carabao Cup 3rd Round
    Bradford v Crewe


    What a game as we rotate the squad and give the backups a chance and boy do they deliver here. The biggest moment of the match though was young Johnny Lambert getting on the score sheet on his debut.

    Crewe v Brentford


    We give the backups a run out again after they impressed in the cup but they found it hard against stronger opposition.

    Sheffield United v Crewe


    What a first half as 5 goals are scored but we manage to bounce back again with a great performance from Oliver Burke.

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    This month I was also handed a new contract with a £3000 wage rise and will see me stay at the club until 2023 now.



    October

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  40. October

    Crewe v Bradford


    Well this was a lot tougher than the game in the cup and considering it our first team maybe a bit worrying

    Bristol City v Crewe


    Not too worrying here as we lose to the team currently top of the league.

    Millwall v Crewe


    Fletcher gets us back to winning ways as he scores his first goals for the club in over 10 hours of football to end his goal drought.

    Crewe v Derby


    Our best performance of the month as we record a big win over a good team.

    Carabao Cup 4th RoundQPR v Crewe


    I honestly thought this game was going to go to extra time with 10 minutes remaining but Fletcher and Bishop win us the game with 2 quick goals to beat a premiership side.

    Nottingham Forest v Crewe


    We were robbed of a point here which we fully deserved after pulling it back to 2-2.

    League Table


    November

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  41. November

    Crewe v Barnsley


    We get another big win here to show the teams in the division we won't hold back when going forward.

    Crewe v Middlesbrough


    We get a nice early goal here which is just enough for us to scrape past Middlesbrough and get the 3 points.

    Huddersfield v Crewe


    Two quick goals in the first 5 minutes get the game off to a great stat before Wilson gets the second goal and the 3 points.

    Crewe v Fulham


    This was a poor game as we couldn't take advantage of Fulham going down to 10 men and could only get a consolation goal with the final play of the match.

    League Table


    December

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  42. December

    Norwich v Crewe


    A quick goal from Latibeaudiere followed up by a late goal from Kurt is enough to get us 3 points against an under performing Norwich side

    Crewe v Hull


    A poor match as Hull start to close the gap.

    Carabao Cup Quarter Final
    West Ham v Crewe


    What a win thanks to James Wilson showing his potential at the club to beat a West Ham team thats struggling for form and sending us through to the semi final


    Crewe v Cardiff


    The high from the cup game wasn't enough to see us through here as Cardiff leapfrog us in the table

    Birmingham v Crewe


    We throw away a 2-0 lead thanks to two quick goals from Birmingham to see us drop another couple of points.

    Crewe v Portsmouth


    Finally back to winning ways with a commanding win against Portsmouth with Wilson getting the pick of the goals.

    League Table



    January




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  43. January


    With it being such a busy month again I won't go into every game and just do a bit of an overview. So in the league we had a good month with only losing to Sheffield Wednesday who are sitting just below us in the table now. In the Carabao Cup we gave a brave performance against Manchester United at home with getting a great draw before the return leg where both teams were a bit shaky with ours being a bit worse. In the FA Cup we had a great performance which has seen us get through to the 5th round again where we will meet Everton.

    Transfers In


    We splashed out on two young players who we hope will go on to become key players at the club and fire us to glory. First up in Adrian Biasoli a young Argentinean midfielder.


    Next in we welcomed Diego Bermudez who is a Uruguayan Striker with bags of potential.



    Transfers Out


    We bring in a good amount of money again to keep the bank balance looking good and also got rid of some people on high wages who weren't playing anymore to reduce the budget.

    League Table



    February

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