This afternoon sees the Alex take their shortest away trip of the season as we head down the A500 to Burslem to face Port Vale. Vale won the other game between the sides with Leon Legge scoring the only goal of the game, the defender (like Crewe captain George Ray) misses this game due to suspension after both were sent-off last Saturday.
Looking at the hosts, so far this season they have 11 victories, 11 draws and 18 defeats in the league as they sit in 20th place. They have beaten Cambridge United, Crawley Town twice, Northampton Town twice, us, Oldham Athletic, Bury, Yeovil Town twice and Mansfield Town, they have drawn against Forest Green Rovers, Exeter City, Stevenage, Notts County twice, Morecambe, Cheltenham Town, Macclesfield Town, Lincoln City, Newport County and Swindon Town while they have lost to Colchester United twice, Carlisle United twice, Tranmere Rovers twice, Newport, MK Dons, Grimsby Town twice, Lincoln, Mansfield, Swindon, Oldham Athletic, Cambridge, Morecambe, Cheltenham and Forest Green.
In cup competitions, they lost at home in the 1st Round of both the EFL Cup and FA Cup to Lincoln and Sunderland respectively. In the EFL Trophy, they won all 3 group games against Burton Albion, Middlesbrough Under-21s and Walsall, knocked out Stoke City’s Under-21 team then Shrewsbury Town (on penalties) in the knock-out stage before losing to Bristol Rovers in the quarter-final.
Looking back in the archives, the two teams have met 79 times with Port Vale leading the head-to-head with 36 wins to 20 with 23 draws. Crewe’s biggest win came in their first home game against the Vale with a 5-0 victory in November 1892 whilst Vale’s biggest win came in August 1978 as the score finished 5-1 at the Alexandra Stadium. In last season’s fixtures, Chris Dagnall scored the only goal in the league game at Vale Park, Lewis Reilly scored twice in his full debut in a 4-2 defeat in the EFL Trophy and Charlie Kirk scored a last-minute equaliser in a 2-2 draw at the Alexandra Stadium in April.
Who are the officials for the game?
The officials for this game see Andy Davies as the man in the middle where he is assisted by Mark Dwyer and Adam Crysell with Daniel Middleton being the fourth official. During the last 5 seasons, the following Crewe game has been refereed by Davies:
- Crewe Alexandra 1-2 Barnsley (16th August 2014) – Waters