Crewe Alexandra On This Day - March 17th
There have been six games played on March 17th this century.
The first match came in 2001 with a home game against Portsmouth at the Alexandra Stadium with Dean Ashton scoring the only goal of the game in the 11th minute.
Crewe: Bankole; Wright, Walton, Macauley, Smith; Lunt, Street (Charnock 80), Sorvel; Rivers, Ashton (Tait 85), Jack
Portsmouth: Flahavan, Hiley, Crowe, Tiler, Vincent (Nightingale 86), Brady, Harper, Panopoulos, Sharpe, Bradbury (Wolleaston 75), Lovell
3 years later saw a trip to Upton Park to face West Ham United. Marlon Harewood opened the scoring in the 6th minute before adding a second in the 20th minute whilst Nigel Reo-Coker and Jobi McAnuff also added first-half goals. Steve Jones did get 2 back for the Alex (61, 72) but it was too little, too late.
Crewe: Ince (Tomlinson 86); B. Jones (McCready 70), Foster, Walker, Vaughan; Lunt, Cochrane, Sorvel, S. Jones; Hignett (Tonkin 70), Ashton
West Ham: Bywater, Dailly, Repka, Melville, Harley, Carrick, Horlock, McAnuff (Carole 87), Reo-Coker (Cohen 76), Harewood, Zamora (Deane 81)
2007 saw a home game against Bristol City with Enoch Showunmi scoring the only goal of the game with 5 minutes to play.
Crewe: Williams; Bignot, O`Donnell, Woodards, Jones; Roberts, Cox, Baudet (Rix 51), Jack; Higdon (Pope 80), Lowe
Bristol C: Basso, Carey, McAllister, Wilson, McCombe, Orr, Johnson, Russell (Myrie-Williams 66), Skuse, Showunmi (Jevons 90), Smith (Fontaine 69)
2 years later saw their cross-city rivals Bristol Rovers travel north to South Cheshire. Byron Moore opened the scoring with 20 minutes to play before Darryl Duffy equalising 4 minutes later.
Crewe: Ruddy; Brayford, Broomes, Lawrence, Baudet, Jones; Schumacher, Sigurdsson; Donaldson, Zola (Moore 28), Grant
Bristol R: Phillips, Green, Anthony, Elliott, Hughes, Lescott, Pipe (Kuffour 72), Disley, Lines, Lambert, Duffy
A home game against Swindon Town occurred in 2012. Nick Powell opened the scoring in the 29th minute whilst Ashley Westwood added a second 20 minutes after the break.
Crewe: Phillips; Davis, Artell, Dugdale, Tootle; Moore, Murphy, Westwood, Shelley (Brown 75); Powell (Miller 89), Leitch-Smith (Clayton 82)
Swindon: Foderingham, Devera, Flint, Kennedy (Murray 66), McCormack, Risser (Cox 79), Ferry, Ritchie, Rooney (Holmes 46), Benson, Tehoue
The final game saw another game against Bristol City, this time at Ashton Gate, 3 years ago. Aaron Wilbraham opened the scoring for the hosts in the 32nd minute, Aden Flint added a second 3 minutes before the break with Jay Emmanuel-Thomas getting a third 6 minutes from time.
Crewe: Rachubka; Turton, Ray, Tate (Nolan 81), Davis, Guthrie; Grant (Atkinson 73), Jones, Ness; Haber, Ikpeazu (Ajose 68)
Bristol C: Fielding, Ayling, Little (Tavernier 74), Flint, Bryan, Cunningham, Emmanuel-Thomas, Pack, Smith, Freeman (Agard 77), Wilbraham (Wagstaff 88)