Crewe Alexandra On This Day - September 21st
There have been three competitive fixtures on September 21st in the 25-year period, taking place in 2002, 2004 and 2013.
The game in 2002 saw Crewe Alexandra host Tranmere Rovers at the Alexandra Stadium. A Tom Curtis own goal gave the hosts the lead on 57 minutes with Rob Hulse extending the lead 17 minutes from time.
Crewe: Ince; Foster, Sodje, Walker, Wright; Lunt, Brammer, Sorvel, Rix (Ashton 72); Hulse (Bell 88), Jack
Tranmere: Welch (Nixon 75); Taylor, Allen, Edwards, Roberts; Jones, Curtis, Mellon, Price (Parkinson 6, Hume 82); Barlow, Haworth
The game in 2004 saw us host Sunderland in the League Cup. Steve Jones gave the Alex a 19th minute lead before Chris Brown equalised 8 minutes before the break. Dean Ashton scored in the 64th minute before Brown equalised again in the 83rd minute. Substitute Stephen Elliott scored in the 103rd minute with Steve Foster sent the game to penalties after his 119th minute leveller. Crewe won the shootout 4-2 and faced Manchester United in the next round.
Crewe: Williams; Moses (Bignot 66), Roberts (Higdon 111), Walker, Foster; Lunt, Cochrane (Rivers 89), Sorvel, Vaughan; Ashton, S. Jones
Sunderland: Myhre; Lynch, Caldwell, Clark (Elliott 80), Collins; Lawrence (Wright 117), Leadbitter (Whitehead 80), Thornton, Williams, Oster; Brown
The final game saw the Alex travel to Oldham Athletic in 2013. Ollie Turton scored the opening goal of the game in the 13th minute before Charlie MacDonald equalised for the hosts on 54 minutes.
Crewe: Phillips; Tootle, Ellis, Davis, Guthrie (Mellor 79); Moore, Turton (Nolan 79), Osman, Inman; Clayton, Leitch-Smith (Colclough 75)
Oldham: Oxley; Lanloni, Mills, Tarkowski, Grounds; Dayton (Phillishirk 71), Schmeltz, Wesolowski, Smith; MacDonald (Millar 75), Rooney (Clarke-Harris 46)