We continue our 2019/20 season preview by featuring our Cheshire neighbours, Crewe Alexandra -
Nickname : The Railwaymen
Stadium : The Alexandra Stadium
Capacity : 10,153
Round Trip From The Moss Rose : 40.2 miles
Last Season : 12th
Crewe looked set to conclude a rather uneventful campaign last time around - yet an inspired late run of form catapulted them up the table as the season drew to a close.
After securing eighteen points from eight games let during the season run-in, it was not beyond the realms of possibility that they would snatch a play-off place at one stage.
Ultimately, The Railwaymen were to fall six points short however and they will be undoubtedly be looking to secure a League One return this time around.
The Gaffer - David Artell
As a former defender, Artell made eighty-two appearances for The Railwaymen between 2010 and 2012 - scoring six goals.
During this spell, David captained the illustrious Crewe side that gained promotion to League One via the play-offs in 2012. Our Cheshire neighbours defeated Cheltenham Town at Wembley in what proved to be Artell's final appearance for the club and he subsequently enjoyed stints at Port Vale and Northampton Town, before helping Wrexham to the 2014 National League Play-Off Final.
During an eighteen year playing career, Artell made almost five hundred First Team appearances for a total of eleven clubs. He won back to back promotions in his first two years as a professional with home town club Rotherham United, as they reached the dizzy heights of the Championship and also had spells with the likes of Shrewsbury Town, Chester, Mansfield Town and Morecambe.
Towards the end of his playing career, Artell was presented with the opportunity to play international football for Gibraltar and as part of this, he faced the then World Champions Germany in a European Championship qualifying game. Artell made seven appearances for his national side before retiring from the playing side of the game in 2016.
David then embarked on a role within Crewe Alexandra's Academy as Operations Manager, before he succeeded Steve Davis as First Team Manager on 8th January 2017 .
Popular with the Gresty Road faithful, David led Crewe to EFL safety during his first season in charge - finishing in a comfortable seventeenth position in the League Two table.
Since then, David has looked to progress the club - both and off the pitch. He may still be learning his trade, but his illustrious playing career means that he commands respect within the dressing room.
Out - George Ray, Ben Garratt, Michael Raynes, Alex Nicholls, Joe Lynch, Jordan Bowery.
In - Olly Lancashire, Daniel Powell.
Our Last Meeting.
Crewe made the short trip over to the Moss Rose last February, to contest what would become one of the iconic fixtures of our survival success.
Jordan Bowery opened the scoring with just three minutes on the clock, yet Scott Wilson restored parity on the quarter-hour mark after surging through the Crewe rearguard.
Chris Porter restored The Railwaymen's lead from the penalty spot just after the half hour mark and that was how it was to stay until Nathan Cameron bundled the ball over the line with sixteen minutes left to play.
The visitors thought that they had won the contest in the fifth minute of injury time, when skipper George Ray's powerful header flew into the back of the net and yet it was Sol Campbell's men who would have the last laugh, as Reece Cole's majestic strike claimed a share of the spoils with virtually the last kick of the game.
Our Next Meetings.
Home - Saturday 7th December
Away - Saturday 22nd February