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Crewe Alexandra : Club Background

Outside Gresty Road's Main Stand
Outside Gresty Road's Main Stand
Photo © Gibbo's 92 2016

Crewe Alexandra date back to 1877, and their name recalls the Princess Alexandra of that time. In 1892 they became one of the founder members of the Second Division, turning professional the following year. Their performances in these early years in the Football League were very unimpressive, and after a second consecutive last place finish they failed to get re-elected in 1896. Crewe then spent the next quarter of a century playing around a variety of Non-League divisions: The Combination, the Lancashire League, the Birmingham & District League. In 1921 they got another chance when invited to become founder members of the Football League Division Three North.

And there they stayed, resolutely mediocre at best and surviving a number of re-elections, until the formation of the Fourth Division saw them placed there in 1958. In 1962-63 the Railwaymen achieved their first ever promotion when they finished third. They were relegated again the next season.

In 1967-68 they finished fourth and went up to the Third Division again. As before they only survived there a single season. In the Seventies and early Eighties they had to seek re-election on seven occasions in twelve years. It was a dismal failure of a club that appointed a certain Dario Gradi as its 24th manager in June 1983. It was to take them another 24 years before they would need another.

They have had their ups and downs since that appointment but Gradi eventually got them as high as Division One/The Championship for eight seasons, broken by one season's relegation in 2002-03. Gradi is respected throughout the game for his defiance of gravity at an unfashionable club that had done virtually nothing in its entire previous history. At the end of the Nineties he was awarded the MBE.

Over the summer of 2007, having reached the ripe old age of 66, Dario announced that he was beginning the process of stepping away from the job. He would take the title of Technical Director, with First Team Coach Steve Holland being given increased responsibility. This was a slightly confusing state of affairs, with the general motive being for Holland to eventually assume full control of matters as Dario gradually let go of his baby. Initially Gradi still dealt with the player contracts and the post-match interviews, whilst Holland took the coaching sessions and was the man in the dugout. The plan was for Holland to be gradually given greater responsibilities, but exactly when one would cease to be and the other become manager wasn't clear. Crewe did not name a 'manager' on their website, and so the set-up appeared to be pretty much a continental style 'Director of Football' and 'First Team Coach' pairing.

Such transitions can often make for the eye being taken off the ball a little, and whether it was a lack of clarity of roles or whether Holland simply was not the right man, Crewe had a poor 2007-08, finishing just above the drop zone in 20th place. The season was another struggle, Holland paid the price, Gradi stepped back in as caretaker, things didn't really improve, and when Gudjon Thordarson was appointed he was clearly designated as 'manager' from the off. Not that this worked either. Crewe were heading for relegation to League Two, and Thordarson lasted only two months of the following season, before Dario returned for his fourth spell as manager, before ultimately handing over to Steven Davis in November 2011.

Davis gave Crewe promotion, winning the 2011-12 League Two play-off Final against Cheltenham Town and taking them back into League One after a three year gap. However, despite a strong 13th place finish in their first season back in League One, they struggled thereafter, with a 19th place slot during 2013-14, a 20th finish in 2014-15, and then the dreaded drop in 24th place by the end of the 2015-16 season. In January 2017, with them not having managed to show signs of getting back up again, Davis was sacked and replaced by David Artell. They finished in 17th place at the end of the 2016-17 season.

Gresty Road's Main Stand on the south side of the ground. This is by far the biggest stand in the ground
Gresty Road's Main Stand on the south side of the ground. This is by far the biggest stand in the ground
Photo © Andrew Smith 2016

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Crewe Alexandra : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Crewe Alexandra

23/09/2006HomeCCL1W2-05333Own Goal 45, Terry 71
30/12/2006AwayCCL1W3-25450Best 5, 8, Morris 70
21/10/2008HomeCCL1W3-23536Schofield 45, 66, Way 85
27/10/2012AwayNPL1W1-04156Webster 40
20/04/2013HomeNPL1W1-05293Edwards 1
16/09/2014HomeFL1D1-13509Moore 72
22/10/2016AwayEFL2W1-03659Dolan 62
17/04/2017HomeEFL2W3-03167Dolan 29, Akpa Akpro 45, Khan 70
14/10/2017HomeEFL2W2-02360Browne 15, Olomola 56
23/10/2018HomeEFL2D1-12397Fisher 25

Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Crewe Alexandra


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Crewe Alexandra : Club Statistics


16/02/2019Oldham AthleticAwayEFL2D1-15288Ray 90
23/02/2019Exeter CityHomeEFL2L1-23841Porter 48
02/03/2019Northampton TownHomeEFL2L0-24096
08/03/2019Tranmere RoversAwayEFL2L0-17898
12/03/2019Cambridge UnitedAwayEFL2D0-03448
16/03/2019Crawley TownHomeEFL2W6-13220Bowery 36, Dallison 38, Porter 42, Green 43, Kirk 47, Dale 83


23/11/2019Mansfield TownvCrewe Alexandra EFL2

Chris Porter10002012
Jordan Bowery800008
Charlie Kirk800008
James Jones400105
Callum Ainley400004
Alex Nicholls200103
Shaun Miller300003
George Ray200002
Owen Dale100001
Eddie Nolan100001
Corey Whelan100001
Paul Green100001
Own Goals100001


Highest League Attendance: 6180, vs Port Vale, 22/09/2018
Lowest League Attendance: 2569, vs Cambridge United, 27/11/2018
Average League Attendance: 3758


Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 4 Games Without Defeat: 2
Games Without A Home Defeat: 1 Games Without An Away Defeat: 1
Games Without A Draw: 1 Games Without A Score Draw: 5
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 1 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence: WWWLLW
Away Results Sequence: DWDDLD Overall Results Sequence: DLLLDW

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Crewe Alexandra : Club Information
The Alexandra Stadium
Gresty Road

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Telephone Number : 01270 213014
Fax : 01270 216320

Chairman : John Bowler
Fixtures Secretary : Andrew Blakemore
Press Officer : Rob Wilson
Manager : David Artell

Capacity : 10,153
Seated : All seated
Covered Terrace : N/A

Colours : shirt - red with white trim; shorts - white; socks - red
Record Attendance : 20,000 v Tottenham Hotspur, F.A. Cup R4, 30/01/1960
Nickname : Railwaymen
Ticket Prices :
Away supporters get the North Stand, which holds 1,680 and gives a side view. There are a couple of pillars but this shouldn't be a problem for anyone with the numbers we are likely to take. Tickets for this 2017-18 fixture are priced at:

Adults: 22.00; Seniors and Disabled: 17.00; Aged 12-16: 10.50; Under-11s: 6.50.

This stand goes under the sponsored name of the Whitby Morrison Ice Cream Van Stand (yes, yes, really!) We were a bit worried that this deal had run out, but thankfully it was recently renewed and continues under this guise. Sadly, you do not get a free 99 Flake as part of your admittance to this area. The reason for their sponsorship is that their company is based on the nearby Crewe Gates Estate.

For those who choose to purchase on the day of the game, you'll need to visit the Away Ticket Office which is situated on that side of the ground and is open from 5.00p.m. for evening kick-offs, or from midday for Saturday games. This is also the place you'll need to visit if you've purchased tickets from Huish Park but wish to do pick-ups on the day.

Disabled Info: Disabled supporters can contact Beverley Dyer for any further information needed on facilities or requirements, on 01270-252610 or via email at Disabled supporters can admit an assistant free of charge if they need one. There are 65 parking places on site for wheelchair users. Disabled away supporters must phone the club for parking arrangements. The area around the stadium is generally level access, with some ramps to certain parts. There are adapted toilets in the concourse areas behind the stands. However the only catering facilities with low level counters are in the Main (home) Stand. Stewards will assist elsewhere on request. There are 84 wheelchair places scattered all round the ground so away disabled supporters get to sit with their own fans.

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Crewe Alexandra : Directions To The Ground

The legendary Ice Cream Van Stand - housing away supporters on the north side of the ground
The legendary Ice Cream Van Stand - housing away supporters on the north side of the ground
Photo © Whitby Morrison 2016


Another one of the M5/M6 trips for West Country based supporters. Crewe is also traditionally one of the main railway towns in the country and has a good service, with the station also being conveniently adjacent to the stadium.

By Road

Exit the M6 at Junction 16, which is just over 4 miles from Crewe, on to the A500. Follow signs for Crewe, and at next roundabout take the third exit on to the A5020.
Take the first exit at the next roundabout (still following Crewe signs) and then straight over the next roundabout (you'll see The Brocklebank pub on your left).
At the next roundabout take first exit into Nantwich Road so that the Crewe Arms Hotel is on your right and the railway station on your left. After passing the station turn right into Gresty Road and ground is on your left.


At the ground there is a 564 capacity pay and display car park where you can park up for 3.50 - otherwise there is some street parking nearby.

By Rail

It's only a couple of minutes walk from Crewe Station to the stadium. Leave the station and turn left. Then take the first left, into Gresty Road, and you will see the ground on your left.

By Bus

The K6, K4 and K44 run from the town centre down Gresty Road. Nos. C84 and K43 run along Nantwich Road.


A selection of Crewe taxi companies can be found here.

The Railway End of the ground - unsurprisingly this is the bit closest to the railway station
The Railway End of the ground - unsurprisingly this is the bit closest to the railway station
Photo © Gibbo's 92 2016

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Crewe Alexandra : Web Resources
Web Sites

Crewe Alexandra Official Site
There are worse PTV sites.

Crewe Alexandra Supporters' initiative
On-line presence of the title description.

Crewe Mad
What one expects from the Mad franchise.

Vital Alex
Site from the Vital franchise. Has improved since we last looked at it a few years ago.

Web Message Boards

To say nobody posts would be an exaggeration - just.

Crewe Mad - Unofficial Alex
Platform 12 - Mad messageboard.

VitalFootball - Crewe Alexandra
Quietest of the three different franchise hosted message boards.

E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters

Local Press

Crewe Chronicle
Weekly coverage.

Crewe Guardian

The Sentinel
Fullest on-line newspaper coverage of the Railwaymen.

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Crewe Alexandra : Food & Drink

The Gresty Road End of the ground
The Gresty Road End of the ground
Photo © Gibbo's 92 2016


There's plenty of pubs around the stadium - well it's a traditional town centre ground. Some are home fans only, but as well as the ones we've detailed below The Bank, The Barrel and The Brunswick all accept away supporters.

Club Bar :

Away fans are generally welcome before the game in the Alexandra Suite which is situated next to the North Stand that away fans are admitted to. It opens from 12.00 noon on Saturdays and from 5.30p.m. for evening games, and serves hot and cold food as well as alcohol. They also show Sky Sports and BT Sports coverage, as applicable. No alcohol is served in the away section of the stadium.

Local Pubs :

Entrance to The Angel, which is beneath the shopping centre
Entrance to The Angel, which is beneath the shopping centre
© Hugh Gleave
Angel: Pub in the shopping complex which opens 10.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m. Monday - Friday, 10.00 a.m. - 10.00 p.m. Saturday. Cheapest pub in town, even undercutting the Wetherspoon. Does food and a real ale in Oakwell Barnsley Bitter. Has a pool table. Around 20 minutes walk to the stadium.
Angel, Victoria Street, (Victoria Shopping Centre), Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2PU. Tel: 01270 212003. Map: Click Here.

Highly recommended drinking hostelry
Highly recommended drinking hostelry
© Hugh Gleave
Borough Arms: Fifteen minute walk from the stadium, towards the northern edge of the town centre. The largest range of beers in Crewe, with nine changing real ales mainly from small outlets as well as two of their own brewed on the premises on an occasional basis. Also carries a wide selection of Belgian bottled beers and a real cider. Opening times hark back to an earlier age of complexity, and are not convenient for a mid-week fixture unfortunately: Monday - Thursday 7.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m.; Friday 3.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m.; Saturday 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m.; Sunday 12.00 noon - 10.30 p.m. No food served but access is wheelchair friendly (in parts), families are welcome in the lower room, and the garden area is available for smokers (and others). Lined glasses used.
Borough Arms, 33, Earle Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2BG. Tel: 01270 254999. Map: Click Here.

Locally nicknamed the 'Pig'
Locally nicknamed the 'Pig'
© Hugh Gleave
British Lion: Real ale venue a few hundred yards from the stadium along the Nantwich Road towards the town centre. Does Tetley's Bitter and Dark Mild and a varying guest beer from local micro breweries. Opening is 5.00 p.m. - 11.00 p.m. weekdays, 12.00 noon - 12.00 midnight Friday and Saturday, 12.00 noon - 10.30 p.m. Sunday. Gets packed on matchdays. Doesn't do meals. Wheelchair access. Heated smoking area outside.
British Lion, 58, Nantwich Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 6AL. Tel: 01270 214379. Map: Click Here.

Brocklebank: Brewsters pub - arghh! But they suit some. Convenient if you have parked on the industrial estate (see 'Parking' above) as it's on your walk to the stadium. Large car park which is charged at 1.00 for three hours, refundable off your bill if you eat there. There's also Sky Sports.
Brocklebank, Weston Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 6FX. Tel: 01270 212432. Fax: 01270 251245. Map: Click Here.

'Family' provision at its best, or worst, depending how you see things.
'Family' provision at its best, or worst, depending how you see things.
© Hugh Gleave
Rookery Wood: Huge pub in the 'Two For One' stable about 15 minutes walk from the stadium on the other side of the railway line. Family style hostelry with a Wacky Warehouse etc. Children are welcome until 9.30 p.m. On draught are Carling, Carlsberg Export, Fosters, Stella Artois, John Smiths Smooth, Guinness and Strongbow Cider. Food is served Monday - Saturday 12.00 noon - 10.00 p.m., Sunday 12.00 noon - 9.30 p.m. Has beer garden, patio area, wheelchair access, disabled toilets, baby changing facilities, outdoor children's play area and car parking with 100 spaces. Opening was 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Monday - Saturday, 12.00 noon - 10.30 p.m. Sunday, last time we passed by.
Rookery Wood, Weston Gate, Weston Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 6NE. Tel: 01270 255384. Map: Click Here.

Photo shows Clancy's, the bar at The Royal away fans are allowed in. Good name.
Photo shows Clancy's, the bar at The Royal away fans are allowed in. Good name.
© Hugh Gleave
Royal Hotel: Large Victorian establishment a few hundred yards from the ground. Another place where you can expect to see the men in bow ties on the door. Home and away fans are directed to separate bars - the away fans get Clancy's. The 35 bedroom hotel has pool and a big screen. Bar opening is from 12.00 noon. Food served.
Royal Hotel, 7, Nantwich Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 6AG. Tel: 01270 257398. Map: Click Here.

The Earl: Less than ten minutes walk from the stadium. Opening is 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Monday - Wednesday, 11.00 a.m. - 12.00 midnight Thursday - Saturday, 12.00 noon - 12.00 midnight Sunday. Has Sky Sports and Premiership Plus, 7 TVs, 2 plasma screens, a big screen, 2 pool tables and juke box. Food is served 12.00 noon - 5.30 p.m. On draught are Carling, Fosters, Heineken, Kronenbourg, Stella Artois, John Smiths Smooth, Guinness and Strongbow Cider. There's a large car park with 120 spaces, beer garden, wheelchair access and disabled toilet. Expect to see door staff.
The Earl, Nantwich Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 6BP. Tel: 01270 255469. Map: Click Here.

Snotty attitude did them no favours.
Snotty attitude did them no favours.
© Hugh Gleave
The Gaffers Row: Wetherspoon. This outlet serves super chilled drinks, should that excite you. Nowhere to smoke except in the street. Opening is 9.00 a.m. 12.00 midnight Sunday - Thursday, 9.00 a.m. 1.00 p.m. Friday - Saturday. Around 20 minutes walk to the ground. Was one of those Wetherspoons that's particularly difficult about children last time we called in. Given they are in the shopping area this seems madness during the day time, but it's their business to do what they wish with. They lost ours.
The Gaffers Row, 48, Victoria Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2JE. Tel: 01270 503820. Map: Click Here.

Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

There used to be a genuine Cheshire accent, but the Sixties generation wanting to pretend to be fashionable (then) Liverpudlians and the younger generation aping Hollyoaks characters has put paid to that.

Top-Tip :

Don't disrespect Dario in Crewe or its vicinity. Such heresy won't earn you Brownie points.

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Crewe Alexandra : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.

Other Points Of Interest

As one might expect Crewe has a Railway Museum. Er, and that's about it really........

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]

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