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As with every football club playing professional football in England, Crewe Alexandra odds have increased in popularity amongst bettors in recent years. With League Two being a division well renowned for its unpredictability, even the most seasoned bettors find it tough to judge results and make winning bets in this league. With sides fighting relegation one season and challenging for promotion the next, Crewe Alexandra relegation odds are as popular as odds on Crewe Alexandra to get promoted.

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History

Crewe Alexandra are a professional football club located in the town of Crewe in the county of Cheshire. The club played in various local leagues before becoming a member of the Football League, and Crewe Alexandra currently play in the English fourth tier, League Two.

The history of Crewe Alexandra begins in 1877. First known as Crewe Football Club, the club adopted their Alexandra name from both Princess Alexandra and their first ground, the Alexandra Recreation Ground.

1888 saw a successful FA Cup run for Crewe Alexandra. Reaching the semi final of the competition, the club were knocked out by Preston North End. The following season, Crewe Alexandra joined the Football Alliance and four seasons later the club became one of the founder members of the Football League Second Division.

The club’s status as a Football League side lasted for just four seasons, and after finishing bottom of the Second Division for two successive seasons, the club failed in the application to be re-elected to the Football League.

The club joined the Combination League, before moving to the Lancashire League in 1898. At this point, Crewe Alexandra had left the Alexandra Recreation Ground and moved to Gresty Road in 1897. The club have played at Gresty Road ever since, though the current stadium was rebuilt in 1906 next to the original ground.

Crewe Alexandra moved into the Birmingham & District League in 1901, before moving to the Central League in 1911. After two consecutive top three finishes, the club were invited to join the newly created Third Division North for the 1921/1922 season.

The club began well in their new division, with two successive top six finishing positions, but then began to struggle. However, Crewe Alexandra achieved success in the cup competitions, winning the Welsh Cup in 1936 and 1937.

The club continued their Third Division North journey, but were an inconsistent side. Though the club never really challenged for promotion before the onset of the Second World War halted the Football League calendar, the club were never in danger of losing their Football League status. During this period, the club had finishes as high as sixth and as low as 20th.

This inconsistency continued when the Football League schedule resumed, but from 1955 to 1958 the club finished bottom of the Third Division North table for three consecutive seasons. Though Crewe Alexandra were successful in their re-election applications, the club were placed in the newly created Fourth Division rather than the Third Division when the North and South Leagues were merged in 1958.

However, Crewe Alexandra did regain their third tier status when a third place finish in the 1962/1963 season saw the club promoted to the Third Division. The club, though, suffered an instant relegation a season later, and were back in the fourth tier.

Crewe Alexandra continued to enhance their reputation as a yo-yo club when they earned promotion once again in the 1967/1968 campaign, though yet again this stint in the third tier last for just a season, and the club returned to the Fourth Division.

Crewe Alexandra spent the following twenty years in the Fourth Division. In the process, the club earned an unwanted record of finishing bottom of the Football League more times than any other club.

1983 saw the appointment of a man who was to become one of the most famous names in Crewe Alexandra history, and in fact the whole of English football. Dario Gradi was given the Crewe Alexandra manager job, and helped the club gain its reputation for producing young talent. 

Dario Gradi’s approach to the job helped the club win promotion to the Third Division in the 1988/1989. Once again, though, the club’s time in a higher division was short lived and the club suffered relegation in 1991.

Back in the Fourth Division, the club established themselves playoff challengers. Two consecutive top six finishes led the club to the playoffs, though both times the season ended in defeat, with a playoff semi final defeat in the 1991/1992 season and a loss in the playoff final the season later.

In time for the 1992/1993 campaign, the Premier League was introduced and replaced the First Division. This resulted in the other Football League divisions being renamed - the Second Division became Division One, the Third Division Division Two and the Fourth Division Division Three. As such, Crewe Alexandra were a Division Three side in the 1992/1993 campaign.

Following two playoff defeats, Crewe Alexandra finally gained success, a third place finish in the 1993/1994 season was enough to see the club promoted to Division Two. The club reached the playoffs in their first season back in the third tier of English football, though playoff heartbreak hit the club once more when they were defeated in the Division Two playoff semi final. The club reached the playoffs again a year later, but once more a semi final defeat meant Crewe Alexandra remained a Division Two side.

However, the club didn’t have to wait long for another playoff success. In the 1996/1997 campaign, the club won the Division Two playoffs and became a second tier side for the first time in Crewe Alexandra history.

Crewe Alexandra began to struggle in Division One. Though the club finished in a respectable mid table position in their first season, the Crewe Alexandra performances began to falter. In the 2001/2002 campaign, Crewe Alexandra suffered relegation.

The club earned its place back in Division One at the first time of asking, after finishing as runners up in the third tier. In time for the 2004/2005 season, the Football League divisions were once again rebranded - Division One became the Championship, Division Two League One and Division Three League Two. As such, Crewe Alexandra began their 2004/2005 campaign as a Championship side.

The club’s time as a Championship side was over after two seasons, when relegation hit the club during the 2005/2006 campaign. The following summer Dario Gradi, who had become the longest serving manager in the Football League, stepped down from his Crewe Alexandra manager position to take the role of Technical Director.

Gradi returned to the role of manager on two occasions, only on a caretaker basis. Steve Holland, who had been Gradi’s replacement, was sacked during the 2008/2009 season. Gradi took on the role, before Gudjon Thordarson was appointed the club’s next permanent manager. However, Thordason couldn’t stop the club from being relegated, and the club returned to the fourth tier.

Dario Gradi returned to the Crewe Alexandra dugout following the dismissal of Gudjon Thordarson in 2009, remaining as club manager until 2011. Steve Davis was then appointed Crewe Alexandra manager, and led the club to promotion in his first season in charge.

However, after four seasons of playing League One football, Crewe Alexandra were relegated after finishing bottom of the table in the 2015/2016 seasons. Crewe Alexandra began the 2016/2017 as a League Two side.

Crest

The first Crewe Alexandra football crest featured an image of a lion, representing the de Crewe family, a railway wheel, representative of the town’s railway industry and two wheatsheaves, signifying the Cheshire countryside.

The Crewe Alexandra football badge then changed and showed an image of a football encased inside a circle, with the club name printed around the outside of the circle. Above this, an image of a lion was again used, with the lion featured holding the railway badge.

The current Crewe Alexandra crest shows an image of a lion sat atop a football, with a laurel encasing this image and the club name printed around the outside of the badge.

Colours

The Crewe Alexandra colours are famous for being red and white. Red has been used as a main Crewe Alexandra kit colour since 1885.

The first Crewe Alexandra kit featured a blue and white hooped shirt, worn with black shorts and black socks, before being replaced by a kit consisting of a red shirt, white shorts and red socks.

Between 1886 and 1898, the Crewe Alexandra players wore white shirts, worn with dark blue shorts and dark blue socks, before the club reverted back to the Crewe Alexandra colours of red and white.

Red shirts, white shorts and red socks have remained the traditional Crewe Alexandra colours ever since, though the colour black was introduced to the kit as an alternate shorts and socks colour, as well as featuring as a trim on Crewe Alexandra jerseys on occasion.

The 2018/2019 Crewe Alexandra kit features a red shirt with white trim, white shorts and red socks.

Crewe Alexandra Stadium

The Crewe Alexandra stadium is Gresty Road, also known as the Alexandra Stadium. The club moved into this Gresty Road ground in 1906, after it replaced the old Gresty Road that the club played at from 1897.

The current Crewe Alexandra stadium capacity is 10,153, making Gresty Road one of the largest grounds in League Two.

The Crewe Alexandra stadium layout features four main stands. These are The Air Products Stand, previously known at the Railway Stand; the Mark Price Stand, known as the Gresty Road End; the Wulvern Housing Stand, formerly known as the Railway End; and the Whitby Morrison Ice Cream Van Stand, formerly known as the Pop Side.

Supporters

The majority of Crewe Alexandra supporters hail from the town of Crewe and other parts of Cheshire. There are a variety of Crewe Alexandra supporters clubs up and down the country.

The Crewe Alexandra supporters enjoy a rivalry with Port Vale. When these two side meet, they take part in what is known as the A500 Derby.

Other rivalries exist with Cheshire rivals Chester City and Stockport County, a club who have relegated Crewe Alexandra in the past but also been relegated by the club. There are smaller yet still intense rivalries with Stoke City, Wrexham and Shrewsbury Town.

Ownership

The current Crewe Alexandra ownership is split between many different individuals. The people who currently own more than 10% of Crewe Alexandra shares are Norman Hassall and family and RJ Rowlinson.

The Crewe Alexandra chairman is John Bowler. Members of the Crewe Alexandra board are as follows - J Bowler, D Rowlinson, RJ Rowlinson, N Hassall, J McMillan, R Clayton, D Gradi, C Grant and I Williamson.

Stats

The list of Crewe Alexandra stats begin with the club’s all time leading appearance maker. This record belongs to Tommy Lowry, who made 482 Crewe Alexandra appearances. Three other players also played in over 400 matches for the club. These are Peter Leigh, who played in 473 Crewe Alexandra games, Shaun Smith, who played in 466 matches and Kenny Lunt, who made 436 appearances for the club.

The Crewe Alexandra all time leading goalscorer is Bert Swindells. Swindells scored 137 goals for the club, the only Crewe Alexandra player to score over 100 goals.

Dean Ashton is second on the Crewe Alexandra all time top goalscorer list, after scoring 74 goals for the club, one more than third placed Frank Lord.

The club’s all time record transfer signing is Rodney Jack. Jack cost the club £650,000 from Torquay United in 1998. The highest transfer fee the club has ever received is £6 million, a fee paid by Manchester United for Nick Powell in 2012.

Crewe Alexandra’s all time record victory is 8-0, a scoreline achieved on three occasions - firstly in 1932 against Rotherham United in the Third Division North, then against Hartlepool United in the Auto Windscreens Shield in 1995, and finally against Doncaster Rovers in the LDV Vans Trophy in 2002.

The club’s record defeat is 13-2, a scoreline Tottenham Hotspur beat the club by in the FA Cup in 1960. Crewe Alexandra’s record defeat in the league came in 1951, when Lincoln City beat the club 11-1.

Crewe Alexandra Players

The current Crewe Alexandra players list consists of 24 members of the first team squad, supported by the Crewe Alexandra FC Academy.

Notable ex Crewe Alexandra players include those who came through the famous Crewe Alexandra ranks. These players include Geoff Thomas and David Platt, who went on to become regular England internationals, Robbie Savage, Neil Lennon and Steve Jones.

Other players who had come through the Crewe Alexandra youth ranks include Rob Jones, Seth Johnson, Danny Murphy, Dean Ashton and David Vaughan, all of whom went on to earn full international caps. John Pearson, though is the only player to have won a full international England cap whilst still playing his club football at Crewe Alexandra.

Seth Johnson and Danny Murphy are also classed as two of Crewe Alexandra supporters’ most favourite players, along with Craig Hignett.

Crewe Alexandra Manager

The Crewe Alexandra manager is David Artell. Artell took over from Steve Davis in January 2017.

Dario Gradi is the club’s longest serving manager, taking charge of 1,399 Crewe Alexandra matches across four spells in charge of the club either as permanent boss, technical director or caretaker manager.

The man with the highest win percentage in Crewe Alexandra manager history is George Lillycrop. Lillycrop managed the club for 45 matches between 1938 and 1944, winning 20 of them giving him a win percentage of 44.44.

Honours

The Crewe Alexandra honours list consists of one third tier playoff win (1997); one fourth tier playoff win (2012); six Cheshire Senior Cup wins (1910, 1912, 1913, 1923, 2002, 2003); two Welsh Cup wins (1936, 1937); two Cheshire Premier Cup wins (2009, 2010); and one Football League Trophy win (2013).

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