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Crewe AlexandraNickname The Railwaymen
Web Site www.crewealex.co.uk
Stadium Alexandra Stadium (Gresty Road)
Crewe Alexandra Football Club was formed in 1877 and took 'Alexandra' from the Princess of the same name. Their nickname is 'The Railwaymen' as the towns industry was linked to the railways. In 1892 Crewe were founder members of Football League Second Division and they turned professional a year later. In 1898 they moved to the Gresty Road Stadium and have remained there since (in 2000 the name was changed to the Alexandra stadium).
Crewe have never played in the top flight or won a major trophy. The closest they have come to winning major honours has been a semi-final appearance in the FA Cup. In 1936 and 1937 they won the Welsh Cup before being banned from the competition. Their highest league finishing position is 11 in the second tier. 1961 witnessed Crewes most notable victory when they defeated Chelsea 2-1 in the FA Cup.
In 1956 Crewe went on a record sequence of 56 games without recording an away win. In 1963 they were promoted for the first time in their history after beating Exeter City. This was largely due to the goal exploits of Frank Lord who went on to record 8 hat-tricks for the club.
In 1983 Dario Gradi became Manager and developed a highly successful youth policy. This is accredited as being the reason for Crewe operating on a profit as they develop and sell players to bigger clubs. Big names coming through the ranks at Crewe include David Platt, Robbie Savage, Seth Johnson Rob Jones, Neil Lennon Geoff Thomas, Danny Murphy, Dean Ashton, David Vaughan and Steve Jones.
Crewe have spent the last decade moving between the second and third flights. They were relegated at the end of the 2005/6 season with Gradi still at the helm (after spending a League record 23 years at the club).
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