Date: 30th April 2021 at 6:00pm
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Tomorrow afternoon sees the final away game of the season as the Alex travel to the Memorial Stadium to face Bristol Rovers looking for a league double following a 5-goal thriller in January at the Alexandra Stadium.

This Season:

They sit bottom of the league after wins against Northampton Town, Lincoln City, Shrewsbury Town twice, AFC Wimbledon, Plymouth Argyle, Blackpool, Portsmouth, Accrington Stanley and Doncaster Rovers, they have drawn against Sunderland, Burton Albion, Rochdale, Wigan Athletic, Peterborough United, Fleetwood Town, AFC Wimbledon and Northampton while they have lost against Ipswich Town twice, Doncaster, Hull City twice, Peterborough, Fleetwood, Swindon Town twice, Gillingham twice, MK Dons twice, Charlton Athletic twice, us, Rochdale, Accrington, Oxford United, Wigan, Burton, Plymouth, Sunderland, Lincoln and Portsmouth.

In the cups, they have lost to Ipswich in the 1st Round of the EFL Cup and were knocked out of the FA Cup at the 3rd Round stage by Sheffield United following wins against Walsall and Darlington. They would finish in 2nd in their EFL Trophy group after a win against Chelsea’s Under-21s following defeats on penalties against both Walsall and Oxford. They would defeat Leyton Orient in Round 2 before losing to AFC Wimbledon in the 3rd Round.

Transfers:

Since the last meeting, they have signed defender George Williams on a permanent deal with Michael Kelly and Lucas Tomlinson loaned out to National League sides.

Head-to-Head:

Alex Wins: 11
Rovers Wins: 9
Draws: 4

Biggest Alex Win: 6-1 at Gresty Road in August 1968
Biggest Rovers Win: 2-0 at the Memorial Stadium in October 1996

Last Meeting

Crewe Alexandra 3-2 Bristol Rovers, 19th January 2021

Early goals from Charlie Kirk and Ryan Wintle saw the hosts into a 2-goal half-time lead with Max Ehmer and Luke McCormick getting the visitors’ level by 51 minutes before Olly Lancashire heading in the winner in the 55th minute.

Alex: Richards; Offord (Johnson 45), Beckles, Lancashire, Pickering (Adebisi 67); Lowery, Wintle, Finney (Murphy 90); Dale, Porter (Mandron 90), Kirk

Rovers: Day; Baldwin, Kilgour, Harries (Rodman 72); Ehmer, Grant, McCormick, Upson (Barrett 43), Leahy (Koiki 72); Westbrooke; Hanlan (Ayunga 83)

Played for Both:

The following players have been contracted to both teams:

Goalkeepers: David Button, Steve Collis, David Felgate, Owain fon Williams, Jack Prince

Defenders: Norman Bodell, Andrew Carr, Donervon Daniels, Steve Edwards, Dean Howell, Olly Lancashire, Eddie Lyons, Steve Macauley, Stuart Mason, John Pemberton, Bob Scott, Shaun Smith, Eric Snookes

Midfielders: Steve Arnold, Len Bathurst, Ian Bishop, Peter Farrell, Ted Goodier, Wayne Goodison, Brad Inman, Matty Lund, Jimmy McGuigan, Lee Molyneux, Danny Murphy, Hughen Riley, Geoff Thomas, Barrie Wheatley, Donald Whiston

Forwards: Dele Adebola, Vernan Allatt, Harry Anstiss, Eric Betts, Febian Brandy, Harry Bunn, Jack Connor, Chris Dagnall, Anthony Elding, Bill Finney, Bert Foulds, Vince Foweather, Des Frost, Bill Gardner, Dave Goodwin, Peter Gowans, Jimmy Greenhoff, Dennis Isherwood, Steve Jones, Mark Leonard, Frank Lord, John McGuigan, Steve Melledew, John Moore, Bob Mountford, Dave Pearson, Jimmy Pennington, Marc Richards, Michael Symes, Paul Tait, Alan Tarbuck, Tommy Todd, Robbie Wakenshaw, Joe Walters, Ralph Williams

Officials:

The officials for this game have been announced here with Craig Hicks the referee, Hristo Karaivanov and Michael Chard are his assistants with Michael Begley the fourth official. The following games have been refereed by Hicks in the last 5 years:

  • Crewe Alexandra 1-4 Lincoln City (11th November 2017) – Raynes
  • Cambridge United 3-1 Crewe Alexandra (30th December 2017) – Dagnall
  • Stevenage 0-1 Crewe Alexandra (20th October 2018) – Bowery
  • Exeter City 1-0 Crewe Alexandra (15th December 2018)
  • Grimsby Town 2-0 Crewe Alexandra (5th May 2019)
  • Northampton Town 4-1 Crewe Alexandra (16th November 2019) – Porter
  • Doncaster Rovers 1-2 Crewe Alexandra (24th October 2020) – Kirk, Pickering