Crewe Alexandra On This Day - August 23rd
There have been five competitive fixtures on August 23rd in the 25-year period, taking place in 2003, 2005, 2008, 2014 and 2016.
Starting with the game in 2003 where we travelled to Millwall with Dean Ashton gave the Alex just before the hour-mark with Noel Whelan equalising in second-half stoppage-time.
Crewe: Ince; Wright (McCready 82), Foster, Moses, Vaughan; Lunt, Brammer, Cochrane, Rix; S. Jones, Ashton (Smart 86)
Millwall: Warner; Lawrence (Sadlier 77), Nethercott, Ward, Ryan (Hearn 77); Roberts, Wise, Cahill; Harris, Peeters (Juan 62), Whelan
Onto 2005 where Crewe travelled to Sincil Bank to play against Lincoln City in the League Cup. Lee Beevers and Maheta Molango gave Lincoln a 2-goal lead before Richard Walker halved the deficit on the stroke of half-time. 2 goals from Gary Birch and one from Marvin Robinson completed the rout for Lincoln.
Crewe: Williams (Tomlinson 46); Moss, Moses, Walker, Tonkin; S. Jones, B. Jones, Lunt, Vaughan; Ugarte (Johnson 59), Varney
Lincoln: Marriott; Beevers, Bloomer, McCombe, Brown (Folkes 87); Cryan, Keates, Kerr; Asamoah (Bacon 81), Birch, Molango (Robinson 80)
In 2008, Crewe Alexandra hosted Walsall at the Alexandra Stadium. Crewe took a 2-goal lead into half-time with Anthony Elding and Joel Grant both scoring first-half goals before Stephen Hughes scoring on the hour-mark for Walsall.
Crewe: Collis; Woodards, O`Donnell, Baudet, Jones; Moore, Bailey, O`Connor, Grant; Elding (Donaldson 81), Pope
Walsall: Ince; Smith, Gerrard, Boertien, Palmer; Nicholls (Deeney 72), Taundry, Hughes, Zaaboub (Demontagnac 54); Ibehre, Reich
Into 2014 now where we travelled to Swindon Town. Goals from Yaser Kasim and Andy Williams with a goal in each half gave the hosts the 3 points.
Crewe: Garratt; Tootle, Ray, Dugdale, Guthrie; Turton, Grant, Ness (Atkinson 35); Waters, Haber (Oliver 84), Molyneux (Inman 84)
Swindon: Foderingham; Byrne, Rossi-Branco, Turnbull, N. Thompson, B. Smith (Barthram 82); L. Thompson, Kasim, Gladwin (Barker); M. Smith, Williams
The final game is a trip to Blackburn in the League Cup from last season. Billy Bingham and Chris Dagnall gave Crewe a 2-goal lead before Hope Akpan gave Blackburn a chance 3 minutes before half-time. Goals from Scott Wharton and Craig Conway gave Blackburn the lead, the latter`s goal 3 minutes from time looked to have given the hosts the win, before Dagnall added his second of the game in second-half stoppage-time. Shane Duffy scored in the 97th minute to send Rovers through.
Crewe: Garratt; Turton, Davis, Guthrie, Bakayago; Kiwomya, Hollands (Jones 77), Bingham, Cooper (Ray 79); Saunders (Lowe 65), Dagnall
Blackburn: Raya; Lowe (Marshall 70), Wharton, Duffy, Hendrie; Feeney, Byrne (Guthrie 56), Akpan, Conway; Gallagher, Stokes (Graham 56)