“ Crewe Alex FC, Gresty Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 6EB „
Is is the stadium where I spent my entire footballing youth and I am prepared to continue on until my old age. Unless the stadium is moved of course. So what is there to say about the home of Crewe Alexandra Football Club?
The stadium holds just short of 11,000 and has filled all of these during games against larger clubs. The record of the ground is 20,000 against Tottenham when it was terracing rather than seating. The ground consists of a large, main stand that seats around 6,000 and three smaller ones that make up the other 4,000 and a bit. The main stand is help up with support on the outside so you have no girders blocking your view while watching the game.
The pitch isn't the largest but is a good size and is constantly kept in a good state. It may need a bit of more width but that's the lower eagles for you.
The club ship outside the ground was modernised when the main stand was upgraded. It is in very good shape but clearly just sells the same as any old shop.
The parking around the ground is numerous and to easy to sort out somewhere to park.
There is a chip shop over the rode so you won't go hungry.
Gresty Road has changed a bit since I first visited the ground. For a start, its now called the Alexandria Stadium. Although its hardly the most impressive stadium in the First Division, with a capacity of 10,000, Crewe have come on from the days when I saw them in the old Third Division. The away supporters were given a piece of tarmac along Gresty Road to stand on. There was nothing behind the goal at the other end. There was a small terrace along one side of the pitch. Along the other side was a 1930’s wooden stand that required a health and safety inspection before every game. The Rolls Royce and Bentley Motor Cars Family Stand was the first improvement, adding about 10 seats and 3 executive boxes to the grounds capacity. Then the away supporters tarmac was converted into the ADtranz stand which now houses most of the Alex’s vocal support. The terracing was converted into the Ringways Stand which is given entirely to away supporters, and made Gresty Road an all seater stadium. The finally development was the construction 6,000 seat, £4.6m Railtrack Stand. This is the one impressive stand the club has, although the concourses appear half finished in an attempt to cut costs. To build the stand and the adjoining car park, they had to remove two features of the old ground. The scrap yard next to the stadium is gone. So is the clubs astroturf pitch I remember playing on when I was living in Crewe (I remember Neil Lennon smashing someones car with his characteristically useless shooting on that pitch) that although lethal to play on because it was like diving onto sand paper when ever you made a sliding tackle, was part of the old grounds character. However, the ground has retained some of the character of a tradition football stadium, while at the same time removing the suspicion that Dario Gradi had built the ground himself one Sunday morning. As you would expect from the club of a town built entirely as a railway junction, trans
port is not a problem. There is only a short walk from the railway station to the ground. Parking is slightly more difficult, and the official away supporters parking is on the roads around the business park. There are a few pubs around the ground, but none that deserve particular mention. Unfortunately, the atmosphere is not as good as would be expected with four stands close to a very small pitch, and the club do have very few chants, although the Blue Moon chant which City now use as their own was stolen from Crewe, an ironic reference to how often the team managed to score. Its easy to mock Crewe, but you have to give them credit for what they have achieved. Surviving on gates of only 6,000, and with a top wage of only £950 a week, they certainly don’t have the financial muscle to compete with the rest of the teams in their division. They had to sell players like Danny Murphy and Seth Johnson to finish the development of the stadium. However, Crewe have a great reputation for producing young talent that go on to bigger clubs such as David Platt, Rob Jones, Geoff Thomas, Bruce Grobbelar, Gareth Walley and Ashely Ward to name a few. Crewe are one of the clubs vital to football in this country, and one of the clubs who would be hardest hit by any changes to the transfer system. I would certainly encourage you to visit the Alexandria Stadium, if only because the club need the money.
The Alexandra Stadium (formerly known as Gresty Road, due to its location in a road of that name) is a multi-use stadium in Crewe, England. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of Crewe Alexandra. The stadium was originally built in 1906, and has been redeveloped substantially from the mid 1990s, and now has an all-seated capacity of 10,118.