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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, and followed that up with a 15th place finish in the 2017-18 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




Highest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Lowest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Average League Attendance: Not Applicable


Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 0
Games Without A Home Defeat: 0 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 0 Games Without A Score Draw: 0
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 0 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence:
Away Results Sequence: Overall Results Sequence:

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Crewe Alexandra : Club Information
The Alexandra Stadium
Gresty Road

(Click for map)

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 2018-19 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 (2018-19 season prices) - 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
Crewe's main club website, part of the Football League's chain of hosted 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 :

Beer Dock: This is a beer shop that also has an open bar, serving up to ten keg-based lines of craft ale. They're situated on the main road that runs from the station and past the football ground going in a westerly direction, putting you under 10 minutes from the ground. You're unlikely to find any high street lagers in here, but they should be able to offer you something more unusual if bitters are not your style. No food. Opening hours are 10.00a.m. - 11.00p.m. except Monday/Tueday when they close at 8.00p.m. and Sundays which are midday until 8.00p.m.
Beer Dock, 159 Nantwich Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 6DF. Website: Click Here. 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 Morland Old Speckled Hen and Ruddles Best Bitter but as it's now owned by Joules Brewery you'd hope they'd be branching out into their selection as well. Gets packed on matchdays. Doesn't do meals. Wheelchair access. Heated smoking area outside. Opening hours 4.00p.m. - 9.00p.m. on weekdays, with a more standard 11.00a.m. - 11.00p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For Sunday it's the same but half an hour earlier for closing time.
British Lion, 58, Nantwich Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 6AL. Tel: 01270 214379. Map: Click Here.

Brocklebank: Brewers Fayre chain pub, so family friendly but a bit bland. 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.

Hops: Belgian-style cafe/bar situated around a mile north of the railway station and the football ground, situated close to Christ Church and Crewe Town Council. This place offers you six very regional ales, and up to six real ciders. They also do a large range of Belgian bottled beers. They offer 'light' food between noon and 2.30p.m. There is a patio area at the front of the pub for sunny days. Opening hours are 11.00a.m. until 11.30p.m. except for Mondays when they open at 5.00p.m. and Sundays when they open at midday.
Hops, Prince Albert Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2DF. Tel: 01270-211100. Website: Click Here. 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 Farm: Family pub badged under Greene King's 'Farmhouse Inns' - this seems to have resulted in them adding the word 'Farm' onto the original pub name. Children are welcome. 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 8.00a.m. - 11.00p.m. although the first three hours of that will probably be alcohol-free.
Rookery Wood Farm, Weston Gate, Weston Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 6NE. Tel: 01270 255384. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Photo shows Clancy's, which has now been merged into the hotel itself
Photo shows Clancy's, which has now been merged into the hotel itself
© 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. On matchdays they used to split fans into separate bars, with away fans directed into an area called Clancy's. A redesign of the hotel makes that less clear, but there is now an area called The Corner Bar which may be its replacement. 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. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Tom's Tap and Brewhouse: Small brewery and taproom that has opened in 2018. It's situated about 20 minutes walk north of the ground, running parallel with the railway line, on the east side of the tracks. Although the bar is linked to the brewery, at present they are only doing keg beer from their own place, plus some guests. They do some real cider. No food, although the Sunshine Street Food Company provides a mobile van outside that provides Jamaican food and burgers. Closed Monday - Wednesday, but available 5.00p.m. - 11.00p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, whilst on Saturday it's midday until 11.00p.m. Sundays they are available from midday until 6.00p.m. On Good Friday 2019, they'll be open from 2.00p.m. until 11.00p.m.
Tom's Tap and Brewhouse, 5 Thomas Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2BD. Website: Click Here. 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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