Date: 28th December 2019 at 6:00pm
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Tomorrow afternoon sees Scunthorpe United arrive at the Alexandra Stadium for the final game of the decade with the Iron sitting in 12th place. They have Alex Academy Alumni Junior Brown, Matty Lund and Ryan Colclough in their squad.

So far this season, they have beaten Morecambe, Northampton Town, Exeter City, Leyton Orient, Port Vale, Forest Green Rovers and Grimsby Town, they have drawn with Crawley Town, Oldham Athletic, Bradford City, Plymouth Argyle, Salford City, Stevenage and Colchester United while they have lost to Swindon Town, Cheltenham Town, Cambridge United, Macclesfield Town, Carlisle United, Mansfield Town, Walsall twice and Newport County.

In the cups, they lost to Derby County in the EFL Cup 1st Round while they lost against Crawley Town at the same stage of the FA Cup. In the EFL Trophy, they finished second their group after beating both Grimsby and Sunderland, losing on penalties to Leicester City’s Under-21s, before beating Blackpool in Round 2 to set up a game against Manchester City’s Academy players in a couple of weeks.

Over the summer, Scunthorpe have signed 13 players over the summer, 8 of which are permanent signings, 4 on season-long loans and one until January while letting 6 leave the club permanently. Joining the club are goalkeeper Jake Eastwood (EOS loan), defenders Andy Butler, Kgosi Ntlhe, Yann Songo’o and Brown (January loan), midfielders Jack Lambert and Regan Slater (EOS loan) as well as forwards John McAtee, Alex Gilliead, Abo Eisa, Jamie Ward and loanees George Miller and Jamie Proctor.

Looking back in the archives, the two teams have met 74 times with Scunthorpe leading the head-to-head with 29 wins to 22 with 23 draws. Crewe’s biggest win came in a 4-0 victory at the Alexandra Stadium in March 1986 while Scunthorpe’s biggest win came at Glanford Park in October 2013 where they won 3-0. Last season Crewe do the double over Stevenage, winning both games 1-0.

Who are the officials for the game?

The officials for this game see Marc Edwards as the man in the middle where he is assisted by Paul Hobday and Darren Wilding with Natalie Aspinall being the fourth official. Here is the only Crewe game that has been refereed by Edwards in the previous 5 years:

  • Crewe Alexandra 3-1 Colchester United (19th October 2019) – Porter (2), Kirk