In this column, we look at how Crewe Alexandra have done on this day in the previous 20 years.
2001 – Crewe 1-3 Preston North End:
The first game of this round-up came 19 years ago with Preston making the journey to the Alexandra Stadium. Early goals from David Healy and Jon Macken would see the visitors 2 goals ahead inside the opening 13 minutes before Rob Hulse would halve the deficit on 19 minutes and Macken adding his second just before half-time.
Alex: Bankole (Kearton 82); Wright, Sodje, Foster, Smith; Rivers, Navarro (Sorvel 63), Lunt, Charnock (Jack 61); Ashton, Hulse
2007 – Crewe 1-1 Tranmere Rovers:
The next game saw Tranmere travel to South Cheshire. Danny Harrison would give the visitors the lead 4 minutes after half-time before Shaun Miller equalised in stoppage-time. Former (and future) Alex defender Chris McCready would play the whole game with future forward Calvin Zola playing the first 59 minutes, both for the visitors.
Alex: Williams; Woodards (Moss 50), O’Donnell, Baudet, Jones; Lowe, Rix, Roberts (Miller 83), McNamee (Cox 56); Maynard, Varney
2012 – Torquay United 1-1 Crewe:
The penultimate game saw a long trip to Plainmoor to face Torquay. Danny Stevens would give the hosts a 53rd-minute lead before Nick Powell would level the scores in stoppage-time. Future Alex defender Mark Ellis would play the whole game for the hosts.
Alex: Phillips; Tootle, Davis, Ellis, Mellor; Moore, Westwood (Bell 37), Murphy, Bodin (Clayton 66); Powell; Leitch-Smith
2018 – Crawley Town 1-2 Crewe:
The final game of the column took place 2 years ago with a trip to Crawley’s Broadfield Stadium. Perry Ng gave the visitors the lead in the 5th minute with Jimmy Smith levelling 4 minutes later before Harry Pickering scored the winner 6 minutes after half-time.
Alex: Garratt; Sterry, Ray, Ng, Pickering (Lowery 90); Ainley (Kirk 88), Wintle, Green, Bakayago; Miller (Porter 73), Bowery