Crewe Alexandra On This Day - March 8th
There have been five games played on March 8th this century.
In 2003, we travelled to Tranmere Rovers` Prenton Park. Jason Price scored the opening goal for the hosts 2 minutes before half-time with Rob Hulse equalising 2 minutes after the break. Defender Ian Sharps gave the Whites the victory 2 minutes from time.
Crewe: Ince (Bankole 80); Sodje, Walker, Walton, Vaughan; Lunt, Brammer (Bell 83), Sorvel, Jack; Ashton, Hulse
Tranmere: Achterberg, Connelly, Allen, Loran, Sharps, Roberts, Jones, Nicholson, Price (Taylor 78), Haworth, Hume (Barlow 78)
2 years later saw a trip to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United as goals in each half from both Steve Kabba and Andy Gray gave the hosts an easy win.
Crewe: Williams; Moss, Foster, Murdock, Tonkin; Lunt, Roberts, Sorvel, Vaughan; Higdon (White 82), Rivers
Sheff United: Kenny, Bromby, Cullip (Geary 71), Morgan, Harley, Jagielka, Quinn, Thirlwell, Gray (Beckett 81), Kabba (Cadamarteri 67), Liddell
2008 saw a home game against Nottingham Forest at the Alexandra Stadium in a goal-less affair.
Crewe: Williams; Woodards, McCready, O`Donnell, Boyle; Anyinsah (Morgan 66), Lunt, O`Connor, Bopp (Lowe 82); Moore, Pope
Forest: Smith, Morgan, Breckin (Thornhill 83), Wilson, Cohen, Perch, Bennett, Clingan, Davies (McGugan 75), Agogo, Ormerod (Tyson 66)
3 years later saw a local trip to the Moss Rose to face Macclesfield Town with Ross Draper scoring the only goal of the game 4 minutes before half-time.
Crewe: Taylor; Ada, Artell, Dugdale, Blanchett; Murphy (Leitch-Smith 70), Bell, Westwood, Moore (Shelley 46); Donaldson, Miller
Macclesfield: Veiga, Diagne, Morgan, Brown, Bencherif, Daniel, Reid, Bolland, Draper, Wedgbury, Barnett
The final game saw a trip to Peterborough United`s London Road 4 years ago. Chuks Aneke gave the Alex the lead in the 13th minute with a Britt Assombalonga penalty cancelling that out within 2 minutes and Nicky Ajose having the hosts in front by the break. Aneke added his second on 58 minutes with Danny Swanson (60) and Conor Washington (88) giving the Posh the victory.
Crewe: Garratt; Tootle, Davis, Ellis, Guthrie; Aneke, Grant, Evans (Oliver 86); Waters (Moore 46), Pogba, Park (Ikpeazu 73)
Peterborough: Olejnik, Brisley, Little, Nugent, Bostwick, McCann, Rowe, Swanson, Ajose, Assombalonga, Washington