Crewe Alexandra F.C.

Crewe Alexandra ( officially: Crewe Alexandra Football Club ) - also known as The Railwaymen - is a football club based in Crewe, Cheshire in England. He is based in the Gresty Road and the nickname ( to German in about: The Railwaymen ) illustrates the close connection to the local industry. The club was ( " Help not hinder [ and ]") in 1877 under the motto Iuvare non impedire founded and thereby presumably named after Princess Alexandra, with another version, according to the name is due solely to a restaurant in the idea of association was founded matured.


Crewe was first in the Football Alliance, a competitive football league for association, native and graduated in 1892 after the dissolution of the Alliance as a founding member of the then Second Division at. After only four years, the club missed the re-election by the other league clubs and played from then on as a non- league team. In the 1920s, Crewe returned to the Football League back and won both 1936 and 1937 the Welsh Cup before they were refused repeated participation in the competition.

As a team that was placed permanently at the end of the table of the Third Division North (and later the Fourth Division ), Crewe had the reputation of being the worst League Team England for a long time. This was on February 3, 1960 2:13 reinforced by a tough defeat against Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth round replay in the FA Cup, where the club had four days earlier still earned a 2-2 draw at home Gretsy Road. In this first game, the club also recorded its largest attendances of 20,000 spectators.

A number of coaches in the 1960s and 1970s, including two times Ernie Tagg and Dennis Viollet, Jimmy Melia, Harry Gregg ( a survivor of the Munich air disaster, which many Manchester United players were killed ) and Tony Waddington could not improve the association and Crewe had to regularly apply for readmission to the Football League place after they had completed in the lowest places of the Fourth Division.

The Gradi - years

A new era began with the obligation -born Dario Gradi in Milan as the new coach in June of 1983. A skilled tactician with the reputation of being able to retrieve the maximum capabilities of its mostly young players, Gradi led the club in previously unattained heights of the English football. In 1997 he achieved promotion to the Division One where the team was able to hold until 2002, with a comparatively low budget itself.

After just one season in Division Two managed the club as Zweitplatziertem - for the first time in its history on this rank - the return to Division One at the end of the season 2002/ 03. Although Crewe managed to avoid relegation in the following season, the club was traded to the beginning of the season 2004/ 05 as the most likely relegated. From this position, the first half of the season was surprisingly successful. Following the sale of Dean Ashton to Norwich City for record fee of three million British pounds but Crewe could win until the last game is no further play on which it then with a 2-1 win over Coventry City relegation only on goal difference from -20 to -21 on the competitors Gillingham FC prevented.

A year later, however Crewe was only 22, and therefore increased at the end of the 2005/06 season from the Football League One.

Under Gradis leadership, the club drew wide acclaim for his youth work and was given the official status of an FA Youth Academy. Due to the focus on and the development of their own players received the association 's financial competitiveness through the strategic sale of trained players in Crewe, which is rare in the lower class English league football at the time. The Academy in Crewe is known for its emphasis on the learning of technical skills, which is consistent with Gradis philosophy which aims to play an attractive, pass -oriented football.

Among the players who have been trained in Crewe, are the England international Geoff Thomas, David Platt and Rob Jones, the Welshman Robbie Savage and the Northern Irish national team Neil Lennon and Steve Jones. They all came as young players from other clubs, but Gradi also had success in the development of their own junior staff, including among others, the England international Danny Murphy and Seth Johnson and the England Under-21 national team Dean Ashton or the Welsh selection player David Vaughan.


Since 1898, the Railwaymen play today in the stadium at Gresty Road, which officially is called Alexandra Stadium since 2000, but is still referred to among the followers as Gresty Road.

The stadium is divided into four with sponsor names occupied bleachers:

  • Air Products -Tribune (before the change of sponsor: Railtrack Tribune ) - built in 2000 for 5.2 million British pounds. It has room for 6,776 spectators, including office accommodation of the association.
  • Advance Personnel Tribune, also known as Gresty Road End with 1,000 seats plus four disabled spaces.
  • Charles Audi Tribune, also known as Railway End, home to 645 spectators.
  • BMW Blue Bell Tribune, previously the Pop Side, offers 1,687 spectators.

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