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I thought I would just talk about the terrific FA cup run we had this year. I have been a fan of the club for nearly 60 years, and I have seen a great deal of change, during that time. However, even I was not around to see our last decent cup run, in 1888! I don't know what is wrong with the Alex, but we never seem to win anything. sure, we've had promotions and all that, but I’ve only been to Wembley once, and I want to go to a cup final, with my club. We aren't very consistent either. How do you lose 6-1 to Coventry, and then earn a replay at goodison??? if we put a string of decent results together, we could easily challenge for the play-offs, or a cup final. We had a fairly tough run in the cup. Wednesday and Rotherham are in our league, but I still thought it was a tough draw, and Everton was always a hard game. I thought the lads did well, and I was proud to see us beating them at one point, even if it didn't last for long. Speaking of the players, I think it is only right that I mention a couple of the young players Dario has brought through the ranks. I think rix, Vaughan ashton and hulse will go far. I shall finish by congratulating the team, and I hope we put the money we have made, to good use.
Only survived relegation on the last day of last season, and will surely continue to be one of the strugglers in the division. That said, it is a real achievement for them to go into a fourth successive season at this level, while local rivals Port Vale and Stoke would pay big money to get up to this division. While the division is not getting any stronger, the standard is evening out so Dario Gradi will expect his 16th season at Alex to be another difficult campaign. However, they have proved good enough to shock the bigger clubs in recent seasons, with that win at Blackburn last term and at Ipswich two seasons ago proof that you can try to play attractive football with home-grown talent and survive. They can mix their game too, and have always relied on a big centre-forward. An unknown, Paul Tait, did well last spring in that role. The lack of transfer activity out is pleasing to a club that relies on its' exports, but Gradi has not been able to attract players to the club. At least Rodney Jack is still there and so Crewe fans can rely on a spectacular goal at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton, if nothing else.
All the premiership teams talk about their youth policy and how good their training procedure is, but none of them can match the work that Dario Gradi has done down at Crewe Alexander, has been appointed manager since 1983 the longest serving manager in the whole league. These are some of the players that Crewe has brought up through their ranks: Craig Higgnet, Lee Jones, Danny Murphy, and David Platt. The only problems that have is they cannot keep these players on their books, but if a miracle happened and the likes of these top players had stayed at Gresty road Crewe would probably be in the premier division today. Crewe will always struggle in the first division all down to sale of players. Crewe is only four places away from the bottom of the league.
Crewe Alexandre. generally called Crewe - as that's easy to say - they've always been an under achieving side and really never ever give a good show to the fans - they are the Division 1's Derby County - always drawing but, instead of 3-3 , they manage to keep the scores a quiet 0-0. This will be the demise of Crewe this year as they have already only scored 2 goals -only 3 have been let in mind you. I predict that they will finish in the bottom half of the table - but will not get relegated. They will - In my view have a very good cup run, but that will fizzle out over time
The problem for Crewe has always been that they will never get better if they keep selling their best players. However, they must do this to survive since pathetic attendance's of only 6,000 mean they cannot compete with other teams in the Nationwide where players such as Ian Wright may be earning more money than the entire Crewe side. Previously, players such as David Platt, Rob Jones, Geoff Thomas, and Bruce Grobblar have progressed from Crewe to bigger clubs, and recently, Seth Johnson and Danny Murphy have left for the Pemiership. The wealth of young talent must be accredited to Dario Gradi who tuns players not deemed good enough by other clubs into quality players (Platt was a United reject who latter became England captain). However, Crewe's ambition must be questioned. If they have a serious desire to become promotion candidates , players like Murphy and Johnson must not be allowed to leave. They must consistently sell out their small 10,000 seater stadium to have the money to get better players, a feat that can only be achieved if they keep their best talent. Otherwise, they might as well be relegated and play in the second division where they spend a better chance of winning games.
It was nice to see Crewe Alexander get off the bottoom with a win, i think it will be a tough season for them again, without a shadow of doubt. But, if Rodney Jack stays fit, they could do well, but i still think they will be involved in a dog fight to avoid relegation. The manger Dario Gradi has done so well, to keep them up on a shoe-string budget. Thier youth academy has produced many fine talented players, but I cannot see Alex get in to the top half of the division for another couple of seasons yet.
Never a team to feature in pundits' predictions for a top six finish, Crewe will be happy to settle for another season in Division 1, and if they manage to finish 20th, this could be counted as a useful achievement. It is a shame that Crewe have become the eternal strugglers of Division 1, and it is to their credit that they have survived in the division for as long as they have under, the guidance of Dario Grady, one of the football league's longest serving managers. Sadly for Crewe fans I fear that despite their fighting spirit, they do not have too much to look forward to down at Gresty Road this season, but may yet prove me wrong. If the team do manage to survive in Division 1 for another year it will be to their credit, and I for one will not be too surprised at the end of the season if Dario Grady has performed yet another Houdini act with the limited finances that the club are able to afford to him. One To Watch: Steve MacAuley Predicted Position for Division 1 Next Season: 24th
Crewe are they playing as well as they used to play? I remember when I used to go with my friend I thoiught that they were brilliant but lately as I have been going the seem to of gbeen let down as they are not playing well. When they had all the players they were good but as they have sold all there players. Do you think they should sell there players as they do or do you think that if they are good they should keep them. I think that if they are good they should keep nthem instead of selling them then bringing players up from the youth team to stand in when they are not as good as the others.
Crewe Alex are just the best team. Forget the glory hunting fans that support man'crap'united and come and watch the Alex lads on a saturday afternoon. They may not always win but they produce some quality football. Crewe show that you don't need loads of money to become a successful football club. They show up crap teams like the clayheads from Port Vale and Stoke. Hopefully Crewe will do well in the next season. If they stay up they will get a bomb of money off ITV. Finally,if you live near Crewe and you spend your saturday afternoons on ye backside get up and spend some money and come and watch some quality football at the ALEX!
It may shock anyone who doesn't support Crewe to know that despite the Alex being a petit club who's only rivals until the last three years were Wrexham, Shrewsbury and Chester (scum) they have produced a lot of cracking players. Of course the most remembered of all exports from the club was David Platt who was snatched up by the Alex when he was sitting and the youth/reserve team at Manchester United. He later went on to captain Arsenal and of course England. Also there was Craig Hignett who was one of the best players to ever be at the Alex. He made it up to the Prem. with Barnsley and has just moved to one of the biggest clubs in our division, Blackburn. More recently there have been Seth Johnson and Danny Murphy who are doing well at Liverpool and Derby. Of course though we have got rid of some sad, crap players. Who could forget the immense lack of skill from the god of cocking thing up Jermaine Wright who scored against us last season. Not forgetting of course the King of getting dropped, Marcus Bignott who could have got far if he didn't look like a monkey...or played like one!
Crewe full-back Marcus Bignot has turned down a new contract meaning he is free to leave under the bosman ruling. The defender was one of crewes non-league signings. When he came to gresty road for a then record fee of £100,000 from Kidderminster harriers in september 1997. It now looks increasingly likely bignot will move on and leave the Alex out of pocket. However the railway men have sucsessfuly completed contract talks with to other first team players. This opens the door for David Wright.
I think that crewe are one of the best teams around but they could do with having more money to bring in new player. This is through no fault of the manager because he is simply not been given the money to expand on the squad and all the money he has recieved has gone to the youth team which is coming along well and is a great prospect for the future of the club but we really should be concentrating on the present team that we have and trying to keep them in the 1st division.
Crewe are a brilliant side when they want to be.With Rivers up scoring goals, Sorvel working his socks of in midfield and Macca in control of defence.I think crewe have tried extremely hard to stay up and have.I got a season ticket last season and i will again this season because i think they will do well.I am going to get the new shirt so i can support my team.I heard bigknot was leaving and he was one of our best players.Anyway if your looking for a team to support then support Crewe
Crewe are a brilliant side when they want to be.With Rivers up scoring goals, Sorvel working his socks of in midfield and Macca in control of defence.I think crewe have tried extremely hard to stay up and have.I got a season ticket last season and i will again this season because i think they will do well.I am going to get the new shirt so i can support my team.I heard bigknot was leaving and he was one of our best players.Anyway if your looking for a team to support then support Crewe.