We continue our look at this seasons Sky Bet League 1 opponentsCrewe narrowly avoided relegation into Sky Bet League 2 last season. Losing to Bradford on the last day of the season left them in a perilous position but Notts County and Crawley failed to capitalise on the result as they both were defeated, ensuring Crewe would survive by two points.
Name: Crewe Alexandra Football Club
Nickname: The Railwaymen
Stadium: Gresty Road
The Railwaymen had a poor campaign last time round as they were the 3rd lowest scorers in the division, only managing to bulge the net a meagre 43 times. This deficiency upfront wasn’t made up for in defence as they also had the 3rd highest goals conceded in the league.
The Alex had a shocking start back in August, losing in all of their first six games.
Nicky Ajose was the club’s top scorer with eight goals to his name.
Steve Davis is the man in charge at Crewe. The 49 year old played 145 times for the club from 1983-1987.
The defender started his managerial career in 2003 when he was appointed as Northwich Victoria boss. In 2004 he moved to Nantwich Town where he held the reins for 5 years until 2009.
Davis then moved to Crewe as assistant manager before being appointed as the manager in 2011.
Shrewsbury’s last encounter with Crewe was in the 2013/14 season. Tom Bradshaw scored for the Shrews at home to Crewe in April 2014 but it wasn’t enough as Crewe won 3-1. In the reverse fixture at Gresty Road in December 2013 the match ended in a 1-1 stalemate.