Date: 23rd April 2021 at 6:00pm
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Tomorrow afternoon sees the penultimate home game of the season with Rochdale traveling to South Cheshire. Former Alex youngster Matty Lund plays for the visitors while Donervon Daniels and Olly Lancashire are in the Alex’s squad.

This Season:

They sit in 22nd place in the league after wins against Fleetwood Town, Burton Albion, Shrewsbury Town, Plymouth Argyle, Wigan Athletic, Bristol Rovers, Lincoln City, Swindon Town, Accrington Stanley and Blackpool, they have drawn against Portsmouth, Sunderland, Bristol Rovers, Northampton Town twice, us, Charlton Athletic, Wigan, Gillingham, Plymouth and Ipswich Town while they have lost against Swindon, Ipswich, Accrington, Hull City twice, Oxford United twice, AFC Wimbledon, Lincoln, Peterborough United, Gillingham, Doncaster Rovers, Charlton, MK Dons, Blackpool, Burton, Sunderland, Shrewsbury, Portsmouth and Fleetwood.

In the cups, they have lost to Sheffield Wednesday in the 2nd Round of the EFL Cup after knocking Huddersfield Town in Round 1 while they lost to Stockport County in the FA Cup 1st Round. In the EFL Trophy, they beat Morecambe but lost to Manchester United’s Under-21s (on penalties) and Salford City as they finished in 3rd place in their group.


Since the last meeting, they have signed midfielders Conor Grant, Conor Shaughnessy and Abraham Odoh on permanent deals while defender Gabriel Osha and forward Jack Vale on loan deals. Forward Fabio Tavares left on a permanent deal.


Alex Wins: 51
Dale Wins: 53
Draws: 25

Biggest Alex Win: 6-1 at Gresty Road in November 1929
Biggest Dale Win: 5-0 at Spotland in December 1924

Last Meeting

Rochdale 3-3 Crewe Alexandra, 9th January 2021

Oli Finney opened the scoring for the visitors in the 6th minute before Owen Dale doubled the lead midway through the first half. Finney would get his second 10 minutes before half-time with Stephen Humphrys getting one back a minute after the break. Lund scored on the hour-mark before getting his second 6 minutes before time.

Alex: Jaaskelainen; Johnson, Beckles, Offord, Pickering; Murphy, Wintle, Finney; Dale, Mandron (Porter 87), Kirk

Dale: Bazunu; Keohane (McLaughlin 79), O’Connell (McShane 37), Roberts, Done; Newby (Dooley 67), Morley, Lund, Rathbone (Baah 79); Humphrys, Beesley

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, Stuart Mason, Steve Macauley, 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, Steve Melledew, Lee Molyneux, Danny Murphy, Hughen Riley, Geoff Thomas, Donald Whiston

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


The officials for this game have been announced here with Andy Haines the referee, Kenwyn Hughes and Danny Gratton are his assistants with Oliver Bickle the fourth official. The following games have been refereed by Haines in the last 5 years:

  • Crewe Alexandra 1-1 Mansfield Town (1st October 2016) – Dagnall
  • Accrington Stanley 3-2 Crewe Alexandra (8th April 2017) – Cooke, Dagnall
  • Crewe Alexandra 0-5 Carlisle United (23rd September 2017)
  • Crewe Alexandra 0-1 Port Vale (2nd November 2019)
  • Crewe Alexandra 2-0 Macclesfield Town (22nd February 2020) – Porter, Walker
  • Rochdale 3-3 Crewe Alexandra (9th January 2021) – Finney (2), Dale