Tomorrow evening, Crewe Alexandra host Stockport County at the Alexandra Stadium with the visitors’ squad containing former Alex players Nick Powell and Antoni Sarcevic.
This season sees The Hatters sitting in 1st place in the league having beaten Barrow, AFC Wimbledon, MK Dons, Wrexham, Accrington Stanley, Forest Green Rovers, Doncaster Rovers, Harrogate Town and Grimsby Town (winning each of their last 8 league games in the process), they have drawn with Bradford City and Crawley Town while they have lost against Gillingham, Walsall and Mansfield Town.
They lost to Sheffield Wednesday on penalties in the Carabao Cup Round 1 while they have beat Salford City and lost on penalties to Manchester United’s Under-21s in the EFL Trophy in a group that also contains Bolton Wanderers.
This summer has seen them make 7 permanent and 5 loan signings while 14 players have left the club permanently with Joel Lewis, Ethan Ross, Billy Chadwick and Connor Lemonheigh-Evans leaving on loan deals.
Joining the ranks at Edgeley Park are defenders Ibou Touray, Sam Bird, Taylor McMahon and Josh Popoola, midfielders Powell and Ackeme Francis-Burrell and forward Chadwick completing the signings. Defenders Jayden Richardson and Alfie Pond, midfielders Joel Cotterill and Odin Bailey (until January) and forward Louie Barry have joined the club on loan.
Leaving the club permanently were Ben Barclay, Phil Bardsley, Jacob Davenport, Chris Hussey, Ryan Johnson, Daniel Okwute, Scott Quigley and Ollie Crankshaw.
Alex Wins: 51
County Wins: 60
Biggest Alex Win: 5-0 at the Alexandra Stadium in April 1987
Biggest County Win: 6-1 at Edgeley Park in April 1955
Crewe Alexandra 1-1 Stockport County, 31st January 2023
Connor O’Riordan gave the Alex the lead a minute before the break with Kyle Wootton levelling the score on 48 minutes.
Crewe: Richards; Mellor, Offord, McDonald, Adebisi; Ainley (Finnigan 65), Thomas, Griffiths, Agyei; Nevitt, Sambou (Amoo 72)
Booked – n/a
County: Hinchiffe; Wright, Byrne, R. Johnson; Knoyle, Camps (Hippolyte 79), Collar, Croasdale, Hussey (Rydel 79); Wootton, Madden
Booked – Rydel 84, Byrne 86
Played for Both:
The following players have been contracted to both teams:
Goalkeepers: Scott Shearer
Defenders: Dean Howell, Travis Johnson
Midfielders: Chris Atkinson, Andy Bond, John Crabbe, Anthony Grant, Dale Jasper, Jack Powell, Simon Walton
Forwards: Nicky Ajose, Lee Barnard, Paul Fishenden, Shaun Miller, Dean Morgan, Mathias Pogba, Daniel Powell
The EFL have announced that Martin Woods is tomorrow’s referee with Thomas Harty and Ollie Williams assisting him and Declan Ford the fourth official. Purkiss has refereed the following Crewe games in the last 5 years:
- Stockport A Dec 22