Crewe Alexandra On This Day - March 3rd
There have been seven games played on February 3rd this century.
The first was in 2001, where we hosted Tranmere Rovers at the Alexandra Stadium. Andy Parkinson opened the scoring for the visitors on the stroke of half-time before 2 goals in 3 minutes gave the Alex the lead as Steve Macauley (61) and Rob Hulse (63) scored with Colin Little adding a third with 8 minutes left on the clock.
Crewe: Bankole; Foster, Macauley, Walton, Smith; Wright, Lunt, Sorvel; Rivers (Street 82), Ashton (Hulse 30), Little
Tranmere: Achterberg, Allen, Jobson, Yates, Hinds (Gill 87), Roberts, Henry, Koumas (Taylor 86), Allison, Barlow, Parkinson
3 years later saw a trip to Pride Park to face Derby County, which ended with a goal-less draw.
Crewe: Ince; Wright, Foster, Walker, B. Jones; S. Jones, Lunt, Sorvel, Rix (Cochrane 67); Hignett (Robinson 87), Ashton
Derby: Grant, Jackson, Mawene, Johnson, Boertien, Huddlestone, Osman, Taylor, Fernandez (Whelan 60), Reich (Costa 17), Tudgay (McLeod 87)
2006 saw a trip to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United which ended in another goal-less draw.
Crewe: Turnbull; Otsemobor, Bougherra, Foster, B. Jones; Lunt, Bell, Grant, S. Jones; Rodgers, Taylor (Higdon 71)
Sheff Utd: Kenny, Bromby (Montgomery 63), Geary, Morgan, Jagielka, Armstrong, Flitcroft, Gillespie (Kabba 72), Quinn (Ifill 52), Akinbiyi, Webber
A year later saw a home game against Brighton & Hove Albion. Luke Varney gave the hosts the lead in the 18th minute with Bas Savage levelling the score in the 31st minute.
Crewe: Williams; Woodards, Baudet, Cox, Moss; Lowe, O`Connor (O`Donnell 80), B. Jones; Rix (Vaughan 73); Maynard (Higdon 46), Varney
Brighton: Flinders, El-Abd, Lynch, Butters, Mayo, Bertin, Cox, Hammond, Robinson, Revell (Hart 72), Savage
2009 saw a home game against Carlisle United. Gareth Taylor gave the visitors the lead in the 17th minute before Clayton Donaldson levelled the score in the 34th minute with Joe Anyinsah coming off the bench to net the winner with 17 left to play.
Crewe: Ruddy; Brayford, Abbey (McCready 75), Broomes, Baudet, Jones; Woodards, Schumacher (Miller 46), Sigurdsson; Moore (Grant 83), Donaldson
Carlisle: Williams, Keough, Liddle, Raven, Murphy, Kavanagh, Lumsdon (Anyinsah 37), Neal, C. Taylor, Thirlwell, G. Taylor (Dobie 84)
3 years later saw another home game against Shrewsbury Town. James Collins gave the visitors the lead after 5 minutes with Nick Powell getting the equaliser mid-way in the first half.
Crewe: Phillips; Martin, Davis, Dugdale, Tootle; Moore, Murphy, Westwood, Powell; Miller (Clayton 84), Pearson (Shelley 66)
Shrewsbury: Neal, Regan, Grandison, McLaughlin, Sharps, Richards, McAllister, Taylor (Sawyers 80), Wright, Collins, Morgan
The final game saw a trip to Spotland to face Rochdale 3 years ago. 2 Ian Henderson penalties as well as 2 second-half strikes from Joe Bunney made it a night to forget in Lancashire.
Crewe: Rachubka; Turton (Atkinson 78), Davis, Ray, Stewart, Guthrie; Grant, Jones (Haber 46), Ness; Inman (Waters 81), Ajose
Rochdale: Jones, Bennett, Eastham, Kennedy, O`Connell, Rafferty (Tanser 60), Allen, Rose, Henderson, Vincenti, Bunney