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Stagsnet statistical preview home fixture against Crewe

Postby Sweden Stag » Fri Jan 06, 2017 4:17 pm

For the first time in a little more than fourteen years, the Stags face Crewe Alexandra in a home FL fixture. Last time out, it was in the 2002-03 Division Two season (current League One) into which the Railwaymen came from upstairs and the Stags from below following the Stags 2-0 home victory against Carlisle the previous season in front of the previewer.

But all four fixtures between the Stags and the Railwaymen (two in the FL, two in Cups) brought no joy as far as the Stags fans were concerned as Crewe in all put a dozen goals without reply past the Stags, the worst display of those being a 5-0 home drubbing on August 31, 2002, the worst-ever Stags home defeat against Crewe of all time, in a total of seven in 35 previous league fixtures. This was also one of the worst Stags home displays that campaign.

At Crewe, the Stags have won on eight occasions befoew, the first being a 2-1 on March 11, 1961, goals by Coates and Ivan Hollett, latter later to play for Crewe. Between December 16, 1972 and January 26, 1985, the Stags won six and drew twice at Gresty Road, including five away wins on the trot between Boxing Day 1974 and May 7, 1984, all in the old division Four. And after the 4-0 mauling in December 1972 did the Stags not win any FL game on the road until August 24, 1974, a 1-0 victory at Scunthorpe’s old headquarters Old Show Ground, meaning that the Stags fixture at Crewe in 1973-74 became one of the Stags’ nine away draws that term.

The 4-0 victory at Crewe in 1972 is also the Stags’ highest one there. And the highest defeat at Crewe took place during the Stags’ very first trip to Crewe on February 2, 1933, a rout to a 7-0 scoreline, being Crewe revenge for a Stags 4-0 home victory on September 24, 1932.

The highest-scoring fixture between the sides at Crewe was a 6-4 Railwaymen victory in the final game of the 1956-57 Division 3 (N) campaign which at one stage saw Crewe play 30 games without winning.

And when the Stags gained their first-ever promotion in 1962-63, Crewe were promoted together in third position. In the 1990-91 campaign, the clubs were relegated together to the basement as well. The latest Stags league victory at Gresty Road was a 2-1 on September 13, 1991, Stags goals by Phil Stant and a Steve Charles penalty, Tony Naylor replying for the Railwaymen.

When it comes to managers, the Crewe hot seat has been stable during the last three decades. Enter Dario Gradi after succeeding ex-Stags boss Peter Morris during the 1983 close-season, in which Crewe had had to seek re-election for the seventh time in twelve seasons. Gradi steadily built up the Crewe foundations, building up a reputation for nurturing home-grown players, of those several did reach even higher without naming one. Gradi managed over 1000 consecutive Crewe games in all competions, from the bottom half of current League Two to five seasons in current Championship during the first of two Crewe spells there from 1997-98 to 2005-06 interrupted by the one season in which Crewe last faced the Stags. The current Crewe boss, Steve Davis, has been in charge for five years now, succeeding Dario Gradi after a total of over 1300 fixtures managed by Gradi.

A proof of Crewe’s home-grown reputation was shown in a League One home fixture against Walsall on April 27, 2013, when the entire Crewe starting eleven were home-grown players. On the other hand, the Walsall line-up including subs then featured three current Stags: James Baxendale, Malvind Benning and Ashley Hemmings while former Stag Craig Westcarr came on as sub for the Saddlers.

Quite a few players have appeared for both sides. One of those, Darren Rowbotham, scored for Crewe against the Stags in 1994 while Gary Roberts (who played for the Stags a few years ago) was one of TWO Gary Roberts playing for Crewe in the 2007-08 season. The other Gary Roberts was red-carded when playing for the Spireites against the Stags three years ago.

This season, Crewe came back down to League Two after four seasons in League One, thus being the fifth time Crewe have been relegated to that level. After a decent start, Crewe have won just two out of their last sixteen League Two fixtures, and lost six out of their last eleven. Most recently, Crewe started the new year with a goal-less draw at Morecambe, while the Stags started this year with a very good 1-0 victory at Blackpool.

Earlier this season, the sides drew 1-1 at Crewe in a game which saw both goals coming early on during the second half.

Played for both sides: Dave Artell, Andrew Barrowman, Lee Bell, Eric Betts, Keith Briggs, Harry Broome, Junior Brown, Andy Carr, Peter Clark (1960’s). Chris Clements (one FA Cup game for Crewe), Digger Daley, Colin Daniel, Len Featherby, David Goodwin, Ivan Hollett, Harold Kay, Stanley Keery, Phil Kite, Colin Little, John Meehan, John Moore, Frederick Morris, Adie Moses, Stuart Naylor, Vadaine Oliver, Gary Roberts, Darren Rowbotham, Scott Shearer, Aman Verma, Stuart Watkiss, Frank Watson, Andy White, Steve Wilkinson, Billy Yates.

Managed both sides: Peter Morris

Home stats: P 35, W 20, D 8, L 7, GF 81, GA 48
Away stats: P 36 , W 8, D 8, L 20 , GF 42, GA 62

Season Home Date Away Date

1932-33 4-0 1932-09-24 0-7 1933-02-04 Div 3 (N)
1933-34 4-1 1933-12-09 1-2 1934-04-21 Div 3 (N)
1934-35 4-1 1934-10-20 1-1 1935-03-02 Div 3 (N)
1935-36 1-1 1935-12-21 1-1 1936-04-25 Div 3 (N)
1936-37 1-4 1936-12-25 1-2 1936-12-28 Div 3 (N)
1947-48 3-1 1947-09-01 0-0 1947-08-27 Div 3 (N)
1948-49 5-1 1948-10-16 1-3 1949-03-12 Div 3 (N)
1949-50 3-0 1949-09-24 1-1 1950-02-04 Div 3 (N)
1950-51 4-1 1951-02-24 0-2 1950-10-07 Div 3 (N)
1951-52 2-1 1952-04-12 0-1 1952-04-23 Div 3 (N)
1952-53 3-0 1952-11-01 0-1 1953-03-21 Div 3 (N)
1953-54 6-0 1953-12-25 0-0 1953-12-26 Div 3 (N)
1954-55 4-2 1954-08-30 1-2 1954-08-25 Div 3 (N)
1955-56 1-1 1955-08-27 1-2 1955-12-24 Div 3 (N)
1956-57 2-1 1957-04-20 4-6 1957-04-27 Div 3 (N)
1957-58 2-1 1957-12-28 0-1 1957-08-31 Div 3 (N)
1960-61 1-1 1960-10-22 2-1 1961-03-11 Div 4 (old)
1961-62 1-1 1962-04-23 2-3 1962-04-20 Div 4 (old)
1962-63 2-2 1962-09-15 0-3 1963-05-08 Div 4 (old)
1963-64 2-1 1963-08-24 2-3 1963-12-14 Div 3 (old)
1968-69 2-1 1968-12-21 1-2 1968-10-18 Div 3 (old)
1972-73 5-1 1973-02-24 4-0 1972-12-16 Div 4 (old)
1973-74 1-2 1974-02-10 1-1 1973-09-22 Div 4 (old)
1974-75 0-0 1974-09-14 2-0 1974-12-26 Div 4 (old)
1980-81 4-1 1981-01-17 2-1 1980-11-29 Div 4 (old)
1981-82 0-1 1981-10-24 2-0 1982-03-13 Div 4 (old)
1982-83 1-0 1983-03-28 2-1 1982-10-01 Div 4 (old)
1983-84 3-3 1983-12-31 3-1 1984-05-07 Div 4 (old)
1984-85 0-2 1984-09-15 1-1 1985-01-26 Div 4 (old)
1985-86 2-2 1985-09-11 1-2 1986-04-11 Div 4 (old)
1989-90 2-1 1990-04-28 1-2 1989-10-11 Div 3 (old)
1990-91 1-3 1990-11-03 0-3 1991-05-11 Div 3 (old)
1991-92 4-3 1992-03-31 2-1 1991-09-13 Div 4 (old)
1993-94 1-2 1994-02-26 1-2 1993-09-04 Div 3
2002-03 0-5 2002-08-31 0-2 2003-01-01 Div 2
2016-17 (at Crewe) 1-1 2016-10-01 League Two

FA Cup

1995-96 0-2 1995-12-02 2nd round at Gresty Road
2002-03 0-3 2002-12-07 2nd round at Gresty Road

JPT Trophy

1994-95 2-2 1994-11-08 Group stage
2002-03 0-4 2002-10-22 1st round Northern Section
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