Date: 5th January 2020 at 9:00am
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This afternoon sees Crewe Alexandra host Championship side Barnsley in the FA Cup 3rd Round with both sides looking to get into tomorrow evening’s 4th Round draw. The game kicks off at 2.01pm with all of the 3rd Round games kicking off a minute later as part of the ‘Take A Minute’ campaign which looks at encouraging people to take a look at their mental health.

As they come into the game sitting in 23rd place in the Championship after wins against Fulham, Hull City, Queens Park Rangers and Millwall, they’ve drawn with Charlton Athletic, Wigan Athletic, Derby County, Swansea City twice, West Bromwich Albion twice, Bristol City and Reading while they have lost against Sheffield Wednesday, Birmingham City, Luton Town, Leeds United, Nottingham Forest, Brentford, Preston North End, Huddersfield Town, Stoke City, Blackburn Rovers, Middlesbrough, Cardiff City and Derby. In the EFL Cup, they lost to Carlisle United in the first round.

In the summer window, they signed 15 players on permanent deals – goalkeepers Bradley Collins and Samuel Sahin-Radlinger, defenders Mads Juel Andersen, Toby Sibbick, Aapo Halme and Bambo Diaby, midfielders Mike-Steven Bahre, Keaton Ward and Alex Wollerton as well as forwards Luke Thomas, Mallik Wilks, Chris Sang, Conor Chaplin, Clarke Oduor and Patrick Schmidt.

Looking back in the archives, the two teams have met 65 times in the past with Barnsley leading the head-to-head with 26 wins to 14 with 15 draws. Barnsley’s biggest win came in December 1932 with a 7-1 win at Oakwell with the Alex’s biggest win coming in August 2008 by a 2-0 scoreline at the Alexandra Stadium. The clubs have met in the FA Cup before with Barnsley winning both ties, first by 4-0 in January 1906 after a replay before winning 6-1 21 years later (both wins in Yorkshire).

Who are the officials for the game?

The officials for this game see James Linington as the man in the middle where he is assisted by Conor Brown and Anthony Moore with Steven Copeland being the fourth official. Here is the only game that Linington has refereed the Alex in the last 5 years:

  • Walsall 1-1 Crewe Alexandra (26th September 2015) – Nugent