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Match Preview – Derby County (A, FA Cup)

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Tomorrow evening, Crewe Alexandra travel to Derby County for the 1st Round replay in this season’s FA Cup.

This Season:

This season sees the Rams sitting in 7th place in League 1 having beaten Burton Albion, Fleetwood Town, Peterborough United, Carlisle United, Blackpool, Exeter City, Northampton Town and Barnsley, they have drawn with Portsmouth, Cambridge United and Cheltenham Town while they have lost against Wigan Athletic, Oxford United, Bolton Wanderers, Shrewsbury Town and Stevenage.

They lost to Blackpool in the Carabao Cup Round 1 while they have beat Lincoln City, Notts County and Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Under-21s in the EFL Trophy.


There have been no transfers in or out since the last meeting.


Alex Wins: 5 (1 in FA Cup)
Derby Wins: 6 (2 in FA Cup)
Draws: 4 (1 in FA Cup)

Biggest Alex Win: 3-0 at the Alexandra Stadium in October 2003
Biggest Derby Win: 5-1 at Pride Park in November 1985 (FA Cup)

Last Meeting

Crewe Alexandra 2-2 Derby County, 5th November 2023 (FA Cup)

The meeting from last week saw Crewe take a 2-goal lead through Courtney Baker-Richardson (41) and Elliott Nevitt (54) before being pegged back by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Conor Hourihane’s late goals.

Crewe: Davies; Cooney, Offord, O’Riordan, Demetriou, Billington (Colkett 76); White (Agius 82), Thomas, Adebisil Baker-Richardson, Nevitt (Rowe 67)

Booked – n/a

Derby: Wildsmith; Nyambe (Sibley 79), Nelson, Bradley (Cashin 67), Forsyth (Wilson 67); Hourihane, Smith; Barkhuizen (Ward 67), Bird, Mendez-Laing; Washington (Collins 67)

Booked – n/a

Played for Both:

The following players have been contracted to both teams:

Goalkeepers: Ross Etheridge, Adam Legzdins, Martin Taylor

Defenders: Paul Boertien, John Brayford, Nicky Hunt, Martin McDonnell, Dave Walton

Midfielders: James Bailey, Paul Bancroft, George Evans, Paul Green, Brian Launders, Jake Livermore, Seth Johnson, George Nunn, Robbie Savage

Forwards: Frank Broome, Nathan Ellington, Bill Gardner, Ivan Hollett, Rob Hulse, Chris Porter, Tommy Todd, Ashley Ward, Harry Wilson, Offrande Zanzala


The FA have announced that Christopher Pollard is tomorrow’s referee with Abbas Khan and Jacob Lehane assisting him and Liam Corbett the fourth official. Pollard has refereed the following Crewe games in the last 5 years:

  • Macclesfield Town 1-1 Crewe Alexandra (21st January 2020) – Ainley
  • Crewe Alexandra 1-2 Hull City (2nd April 2021) – Porter
  • Crewe Alexandra 0-0 AFC Wimbledon (7th January 2023)
  • Crewe Alexandra 3-1 MK Dons (2nd September 2023) – Thomas, Baker-Richardson, Long

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