Date: 26th April 2021 at 6:00pm
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Tomorrow evening’s game sees the Alex travel to the Valley to face Charlton Athletic in the penultimate away trip with the sides also meeting in the Under-23s league earlier in the day. Former Alex youngster Ben Amos and former loanee Chuks Aneke are part of the hosts’ squad.

This Season:

They sit in 8th place in the league after wins against us, Wigan Athletic twice, Blackpool, Northampton Town twice, Oxford United, Portsmouth, Fleetwood Town, Ipswich Town, AFC Wimbledon, Bristol Rovers twice, MK Dons, Rochdale, Doncaster Rovers, Sunderland and Plymouth Argyle, they have drawn against Sunderland, Gillingham, Shrewsbury Town twice, Plymouth, Rochdale, Swindon Town, Fleetwood, AFC Wimbledon and Ipswich while they have lost against Doncaster, Lincoln City, Burton Albion twice, MK Dons, Hull City, Accrington Stanley, Peterborough United twice, Portsmouth, Gillingham and Blackpool.

In the cups, they have lost to West Ham United in the 2nd Round of the EFL Cup after knocking Swindon in Round 1 while they lost to Plymouth in the FA Cup 1st Round. In the EFL Trophy, they beat Brighton & Hove Albion’s Under-21s (on penalties) and Leyton Orient after a defeat against AFC Wimbledon as they finished in 3rd place in their group.

Transfers:

Since the last meeting, they have signed defenders Chris Gunter, Ryan Inniss and Adam Matthews, midfielders Ben Watson, Marcus Maddison and Andrew Shinnie (following a loan spell) as well as forwards Omar Bogle, Ronnie Schwartz and Diallang Jaiyesimi on permanent deals with defenders Akin Fameko and Ian Maatsen, midfielder Matt Smith and forwards Liam Millar and Jayden Stockley all joining on loan.

They have allowed Macauley Bonne, Dillon Phillips, George Lapslie, Alfie Doughty, Bogle, Brendan Wiredu and Jonny Williams to leave the club permanently while Ben Dempsey, Lapslie, Erhun Oztumer, Josh Davison, Charles Clayden, Nathan Harness and Maddison to spend time at other clubs on loan.

Head-to-Head:

Alex Wins: 0
Charlton Wins: 5
Draws: 0

Biggest Alex Win: n/a
Biggest Charlton Win: 3-0 at The Valley in March 1998

Last Meeting

Crewe Alexandra 0-2 Charlton Athletic, 12th September 2020

Alfie Doughty gave the visitors a 24th-minute lead with Conor Washington getting the second a couple of minutes before half-time.

Alex: Jaaskelainen; Johnson, Beckles, Offord, Pickering; Murphy (Ainley 62), Wintle, Finney (Lundstram 75); Dale (Zanzala 75), Mandron, Kirk

Charlton: Amos; Barker, Pratley, Oshilaja, Purrington, Forster-Caskey, Lapslie (Williams 61), Gilbey; Doughty (Morgan 90), Bonne, Washington (Aneke 76)

Played for Both:

The following players have been contracted to both teams:

Goalkeepers: David Button, Neil Etheridge, John Phillips, Paul Rachubka

Defenders: Semi Ajayi, Darren Anderson, Madjid Bougherra

Midfielders: Chuks Aneke, Danny Hollands, Danny Murphy, Simon Walton

Forwards: Nicky Ajose, Joe Anyinsah, Simon Church, Chris Dickson, Danny Haynes, Paul Hince, Rob Hulse, Luke Varney

Officials:

The officials for this game have been announced here with Trevor Kettle the referee, Kevin Howick and Conor Farrell are his assistants with lan Young the fourth official. The following games have been refereed by Kettle in the last 5 years:

  • Crewe Alexandra 2-1 Morecambe (22nd November 2016) – Jones, Kiwomya
  • Plymouth Argyle 2-1 Crewe Alexandra (29th April 2017) – Jones
  • Crewe Alexandra 1-0 Stevenage (7th October 2017) – Bowery
  • Crewe Alexandra 1-1 Fleetwood Town (14th August 2018) – Wintle
  • Crewe Alexandra 1-3 Cheltenham Town (30th March 2019) – Taylor-Sinclair
  • Ipswich Town 1-0 Crewe Alexandra (31st October 2020)