In this column, we look at how Crewe Alexandra have done on this day in the previous 20 years.
2001 – Stockport County 3-0 Crewe:
The first game of this round-up came 19 years ago with a trip to Edgeley Park. Karim Fradin gave the hosts the lead on 71 minutes with Shane Nicholson (84, pen) and Aaron Wilbraham made it comfortable for the North Cheshire side.
Alex: Bankole; Wright, Foster, Sodje, S. Smith; Jack (P. Smith 79), Lunt (Sorvel 59), Navarro, Rivers; Hulse (Ashton 76), Tait
2002 – Crewe 1-1 Rotherham United:
The following year saw us host Rotherham at the Alexandra Stadium. Rodney Jack gave the Alex the lead on 26 minutes with Efe Sodje adding the second 7 minutes later. Despite this result, the Alex were relegated on goal-difference with Rotherham surviving in 21st place.
Alex: Bankole; Wright, Sodje, Walton (Foster 83), S. Smith; Lunt, Sorvel (Collins 46), Whalley, Jack; Ashton, Tait (Hulse 46)
2003 – Barnsley 1-2 Crewe:
A year later saw a trip to Oakwell to face Barnsley. A Clayton Ince own goal gave the hosts the lead in the 33rd minute with Neil Sorvel levelling a minute later and Rob Hulse scoring a 62nd-minute winner. Former Alex loanee Chris Lumsdon played the first 70 minutes for the hosts.
Alex: Ince; Foster, Walker, Walton, Vaughan; Lunt, Brammer, Sorvel, S. Jones; Ashton (Rix 79), Hulse (Oakes 90)
2007 – Crewe 2-1 Oldham Athletic:
The next game saw Oldham travel to the Alexandra Stadium. Nicky Maynard gave the Alex the lead in the 25th minute before he doubled the lead in the 71st minute. The hosts held on despite Richie Wellens’ 85th-minute goal.
Alex: Williams; Woodards (Moss 65), Baudet, O’Donnell, Jones; Rix, O’Connor (Carrington 90), Roberts, McNamee; Lowe, Maynard (Varney 72)
2012 – Crewe 1-0 Cheltenham Town:
Game 4 saw Cheltenham arrive at the Alexandra Stadium with David Artell scoring the only goal of the game for the hosts a minute before half-time.
Alex: Phillips; Davis, Artell (Mellor 55), Dugdale, Tootle; Moore, Westwood (Bell 85), Murphy, Bodin; Leitch-Smith, Miller (Clayton 64)
2014 – Crewe 0-0 Colchester United:
The penultimate game of the column saw Colchester arrive at the Alexandra Stadium with neither team breaking the deadlock.
Alex: Garratt; Tootle, Ellis, Dugdale, Guthrie; Moore, Grant, Nolan, Inman (Waters 59); Ikpeazu (Oliver 76), Pogba (Leitch-Smith 76)
2018 – Crewe 1-0 Morecambe:
The final game of the column took place 2 years ago with Morecambe the visitors to Gresty Road with Shaun Miller getting the only goal of the game with 2 minutes to play. Former Alex striker Vadaine Oliver played the final 18 minutes for the visitors.
Alex: Garratt; Ng, Ray, Nolan, Pickering; Ainley, Wintle, Green; Bowery (Dagnall 81), Porter (Miller 67), Kirk (McKirdy 67)