This afternoon sees the second straight weekend game where we face a team with a former England international in the home dugout with a trip to Paul Scholes’ Oldham Athletic.
Looking at the hosts, so far this season they have 12 victories, 9 draws and 10 losses in the league as they sit in 11th place, 2 places above the Alex. They have beaten Macclesfield Town, Morecambe, Crawley Town twice, Grimsby Town, Cheltenham Town, Cambridge United, us, Port Vale, Notts County and Yeovil Town, they have drawn against Forest Green Rovers twice, Yeovil, Colchester United, Swindon Town, Mansfield Town, Notts County, Tranmere Rovers and Lincoln City. They have lost to MK Dons twice, Newport County, Carlisle United twice, Port Vale, Northampton Town, Stevenage, Exeter City and Macclesfield.
In cup competitions, they lost to Derby County in the EFL Cup while they beat Hampton & Richmond Borough, Maidstone United and Fulham in the FA Cup before losing to Doncaster Rovers in the 4th Round. They have had some success in the EFL Trophy, winning back-to-back games against Bradford City and Everton’s Under-21s after an opening night defeat to Barnsley before losing to Rochdale in Round 2.
Looking back in the archives, the two teams have met 77 times with Oldham leading the head-to-head with 41 wins to 18 with 18 draws. Crewe’s biggest win came in a 5-0 victory at the Alexandra Stadium in April 1959 while Oldham’s biggest win came at Boundary Park with a 4-0 win in November 1954.
Who are the officials for the game?
The officials for this game see Graham Salisbury as the man in the middle where he is assisted by Matthew Parry and Barry Gordon with Gary Hilton being the fourth official. During the last 5 seasons the following Crewe games have been refereed by Salisbury:
- Crewe Alexandra 1-3 Brentford (15th February 2014) – Aneke
- Crewe Alexandra 0-0 Swindon Town (28th February 2015)
- Crewe Alexandra 1-2 Luton Town (14th January 2017) – Lowe
- Crewe Alexandra 2-2 Mansfield Town (5th August 2017) – Porter (2)
- Crewe Alexandra 1-2 Luton Town (25th November 2017) – o.g.
- Swindon Town 4-3 Crewe Alexandra (27th January 2018) – Ainley (2), Wintle
- Tranmere Rovers 3-4 Crewe Alexandra (4th September 2018) – Porter (2), Nicholls, Jones
- Crewe Alexandra 1-1 Bury (13th October 2018) – Kirk