Date: 1st August 2006 at 10:17pm
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Want to know everything about Crewe Alexandra? Well, here’s the place to find out!

Who are ya? Crewe Alexandra

Nickname: The Railwaymen

Ground: Gresty Road

How to get there: By Car: From Gillingham, get onto the A2 and then the M25 anti-clockwise. Leave the M25 at Junction 21A, the M1. Leave the M1 at Junction 19 for the M6. Leave the M6 at Junction 16 and follow signs to Crewe. The ground is easy to find as you head into the town, not far from the station. Distance from Priestfield: 210 miles. Approximate time: 3hrs 41mins

Nearest station: Crewe

Websites: Official Website, Vital Crewe.

Manager: Dario Gradi, in charge since June 1983.

Last five games v Gillingham:

16/04/05: Championship – Gillingham (Southall) 1-1 Crewe (Vaughan)

20/11/04: Championship – Crewe (Vaughan, Ashton 2, Jones) 4-1 Gillingham (Henderson)

06/12/03: Division One – Crewe (Jones) 1-1 Gillingham (Perpetuini)

08/11/03: Division One – Gillingham (Shaw, Spiller) 2-0 Crewe

01/04/02: Division One – Gillingham (King (pen)) 1-0 Crewe

All-time record v the Gills:

Matches: 35
Gills wins: 12
Draws: 7
Crewe wins: 16

Remember me? A win at Gresty Road. In the absence of any players who are at the Alex having previously played for the Gills, it’ll be nice to remember a time when we actually won at Crewe. The last win was on September 11, 1971, 30 years before the date got it’s infamous memories. Since then, we have collected just two points from 10 trips to Crewe, one the following season and again in December 2003 thanks to a superb strike from David Perpetuini.

Man to watch: Billy Jones. The Crewe conveyor belt of stars has slowed down in recent years but Jones already looks destined for bigger things. At just 19, the defender is nearing 100 appearances for the club and is sure to soon have bigger clubs calling.

2006/07 prospects: That Crewe play nice football is one of the oldest clichés in the footballing world. It should be enough to get them into the top 10 this time around, but the bigger picture is not so healthy. They have a lot fewer young stars these days and are desperately short in attack. Dario Gradi has been in charge for more than 23 years, but you have to wonder if the Alex may have to consider a change in the not too distant future.