Crewe Alexandra On This Day - February 20th
There have been six games played on February 20th this century.
In 2001, we travelled to The Hawthorns to face West Bromwich Albion. Bob Taylor gave the hosts the lead on 24 minutes before Dean Ashton equalised 6 minutes later. Jason Roberts once again gave West Brom the lead with Rob Hulse equalising 14 minutes from time.
Crewe: Bankole; Wright, Walton, Foster, Smith; Lunt, Sorvel, Gannon, Street (Tait 72); Ashton (Hulse 46), Jack
West Brom: Jensen, Butler, Carbon, Chambers, Clement, van Blerk (Sigurdsson 83), Fox, Jordao, Sneekes, Roberts, Taylor
A year later we hosted Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Alexandra Stadium. After a goal-less first half, 4 goals in 15 minutes from Nathan Blake (2), Alex Rae and Mark Kennedy had the visitors in control before Rodney Jack scored a consolation 2 minutes from time.
Crewe: Ince; Wright, Walker, Sodje, Smith; Lunt (Collins 80), Lunt, Sorvel, Rix; Ashton (Tait 72), Hulse (Jack 72)
Wolves: Oakes, Muscat (Connelly 78), Butler, Lescott, Camara, Cameron (Andrews 83), Newton, Rae, Kennedy, Blake, Sturridge
In 2007, we hosted Doncaster Rovers. Ben Rix gave the Alex the lead in the 50th minute with Paul Heffernan levelled just before the hour-mark and Michael Higdon scoring the winner in the final minute.
Crewe: Williams; Otsemobor (Woodards 3), Baudet, Cox, Moss; Jack, Jones, Roberts (O`Connor 78), Rix; Lowe (Higdon 78), Varney
Doncaster: Sullivan, Lockwood, O`Connor, Lee, Wright, Stock, Wilson (Thornton 62), Price (Coppinger 58), Guy (S. Roberts 77), Heffernan, McCammon
3 years later saw the Alex host Northampton Town. Ashley Westwood gave the hosts the lead in the 16th minute before Ryan Gilligan (45) and Adebayo Akinfenwa (57) turned the game on its head. Westwood added his second in the 66th minute with Simon Walton scoring the winner 3 minutes later.
Crewe: Phillips; Brayford, O`Donnell, Worley, Westwood; Murphy (Tootle 61), Walton, Bailey; Moore, Miller (Donaldson 85), Grant
Northampton: Lumley, Johnson, Beckwith, Hinton, Gilbert, Davis (Dyer 67), Guttridge, Osman (Harris 83), Gilligan, Akinfenwa, McKay (Herbert 74)
In 2013, we hosted Coventry City in the second leg of the Johnstone`s Paint Trophy Northern Area final. Leading 3-0 from the first leg, it looked as if Crewe were going to easily progress to the Wembley final before 2 late goals from a Mark Ellis own goal and Leon Clarke gave the fans a nervous ending.
Crewe: Phillips; Mellor, Ellis, Dugdale, Robertson; Aneke, Murphy, Osman; Inman, Leitch-Smith (Moore 82), Pogba
Coventry: Murphy, Cameron, Christie, Wood (J. Clarke 58), Bailey (Fleck 74), Dickinson, Baker, Jennings, L. Clarke, Elliott (Wilson 67), McSheffrey
The final game occurred 2 years ago with a trip to Chesterfield`s Proact Stadium. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Lee Novak had the hosts in a 2-goal lead inside the opening 12 minutes with Zoumana Bakayago halved the score in the 27th minute before Connor Dimaio restored the 2-goal lead 11 minutes after the break.
Crewe: Garratt; Turton, Ajayi, Nugent, Guthrie; Inman, Jones, Fox, Bakayago (Ainley 65); Haber, Saunders (Kirk 59)
Chesterfield: Lee, Anderson, Hird, Talbot, Herd (O`Shea 19), Ariyibi, Banks, Dimaio, John, Ebanks-Blake (Dieseruvwe 74), Novak