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Preview: Crewe Alexandra

6 August 2021

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For the first time in over a decade Cheltenham Town begin a new season as a League One club at Crewe Alexandra on Saturday (kick-off: 3pm).

Following a successful pre-season which resulted in six wins from seven matches and the addition of a number of new faces to boost the squad, Michael Duff's side head to the Mornflake Stadium in a buoyant mindset, looking to carry on the momentum of a stunning 2020/21 campaign that saw the club crowned League Two champions.

As with all 23 upcoming opponents in the division Crewe will offer a massive test, though the two clubs did meet in the FA Cup second round last season, with an extra time win enough to see Cheltenham make it through into the third round.

Team news

Taylor Perry and Callum Wright are in contention after arriving at the club this week on season-long loans.

Owen Evans, Elliot Bonds (pictured) and Dylan Barkers are the other new summer additions who could feature.

Media talk

Boss Michael Duff spoke to the press ahead of Saturday. He has praised the work of his players over pre-season:

"The group that have been in have been unbelievable. Their attitude, physicality and the way they've pushed each other.

"They've ramped it up again. I couldn't have asked any more from the group. I could be a manager for 20 years and I might not get a group as good at this."

Watch his press conference in full on iFollow.


Back in League One last season, it proved to be a fruitful campaign for Crewe, who earned a 12th place finish.

They'll be looking to make progress again in a tough division, albeit they have lost a number of the key figures who have played such a huge part in their success over the seasons such as Perry Ng, who left last January for Cardiff City, and the same with Ryan Wintle who has made the same move.

They've recruited the likes of Callum McFadzean, Shaun MacDonald, Chris Long and Tommie Hoban to boost their quality and add to the youthful talent they already possess with the likes of Charlie Kirk and Tom Lowery.

The manager: David Artell

Heading into his fourth full season in charge, and his fifth as manager, Artell will be looking to continue making progress with a Crewe side he led into League Two at the end of the 2019/20 season.

It's his only managerial job to date having previously been academy manager at the Mornflake Stadium after a playing career that saw him turn out for the likes of Northampton, Mansfield and Chester City.


Won: 9
Drawn: 6
Lost: 11

In matches played across League One, League Two, FA Cup and play-offs.

Tickets & travel

Tickets for the match are available to buy on the day.

Fans who have purchased tickets via the Cheltenham ticket office but have not collected them will be able to collect at Crewe.

Adult – £25
Senior - £19
11-16 - £12
U11 - £7.50

Supporters who have booked on the Travel Club coach should be aware that the coach departs the Jonny-Rocks Stadium at 11am.


Social media: Follow @CTFCofficial on Twitter for team news and updates, CTFC on Facebook for score updates and @CTFCofficial on Instagram.

Website: Read the match report post-match and see reaction to the result from inside the camp.

Radio: Tune in to live commentary on BBC Radio Gloucestershire and on iFollow

Highlights: Watch extended highlights on iFollow, on YouTube, Sky Sports and Quest

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Match Reports

Report & highlights: Crewe Alexandra 1-1 Town

7 August 2021

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Cheltenham Town started life in League One with a creditable draw at Crewe Alexandra, courtesy of a first half goal by Andy Williams.

It was their first appearance in the third level of English football for 12 years and they produced an encouraging performance in drizzly conditions at the Mornflake Stadium.

The Robins deserved to be on terms at the interval after they had been punished for a sloppy passage of play midway through the first period, handing Mika Mandron the chance to open the scoring.

But Michael Duff's side stuck to their task and were handed a break of their own when Donervon Daniels inexplicitly centred across his own goal to tee up Andy Williams, who made no mistake with the gift.

The second half wasn't a classic but they showed plenty of organisation, character and resiliance to match their opponents who finished 12th at this level last term.

And a word for the fans, who hit the road for the first time in more than 18 months. The delays on the M6 and the torrential rain couldn't dampen their spirits, singing from start to finish along one side of the pitch.

So football's back. The fans are in full voice. And we're up and running in League One with a point on the board.


"I'm delighted," Duff said afterwards.

"I thought were good value for a point today. It was a game of few chances. We gave them a goal and they gave us one. The only other chances in the games were Alfie May's one-on-ones and in the end, that could have been the difference in the game.

"We looked like how we have done in the last couple of years. We looked organised, showed good spirit and looked fit so I was really pleased with them.

"Crewe are a good footballing team so to keep them out was pelasing. It was our first game away from home in a different league so we'll take a point all the time.

"The fans were brilliant. They're going to be more important than ever. The noise form the fans gets the players through the last 10 minutes so they will have a massive role to play this season."


Nine of the starting line-up were involved in the team that sealed the League Two title against Harrogate Town back in May, seven of which started that afternoon. Only Owen Evans wasn't at the club at the time.

Ben Tozer though was named on the bench which meant Will Boyle took the armband on his first League One appearance.

Duff's side made a promising start in the drizzle, Williams seeing an early chance drop wide while Ellis Chapman drew a smart save by David Richards, the Crewe number one.

It took 15 minutes for the home side to chisel out their first opportunity but Mandron headed Josh Lundstram's cross a foot over the bar. However the striker made the breakthrough with 28 minutes on the clock.

It came about after some sloppy play by Ellis Chapman in the middle of the pitch, losing the ball to hand the home side the initiative. Lundstram carried it down the right and found Mandron, who stroked home from 12 yards.