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Preview: Crewe Alexandra (H)

27 September 2019

Cheltenham Town will be looking to equal a five straight Football League winning run last achieved back in the 2011/12 season on Saturday.

Standing in the Robins way though is just one of two teams above the side in the League Two table after ten matches.

Crewe Alexandra have enjoyed a great start to the season and visit the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Saturday as the division's best team away from home.

This weekend's contest is all set up to be a lively encounter between the second and third placed teams in League Two.

Tickets are available to buy on the turnstiles and online.

Team news

Rohan Ince has returned to full training and is working towards match fitness. Will Boyle is back in full training too and is likely to be in the matchday squad.

Luke Varney and Chris Clements could be set to play against their former clubs, however Reuben Reid, Josh Debayo, Max Sheaf are ruled out through injury. Tahvon Campbell is likely to be fit to be involved.

Watch Michael Duff's Thursday press conference:


With back-to-back wins over two teams promoted to League Two last season from the National League, in Leyton Orient and Salford City, Crewe travel to Gloucestershire on Saturday second in the division having enjoyed a superb start to the campaign.

Managed by former player David Artell (pictured), who has been in charge since January 2017, they're looking to build on their bright start having secured a 12th place finish in League Two at the end of last season.

A talented young squad has been constructed from their highly thought of academy system, but it has also benefited from the experience of a small handful of knowledgable pros who have enjoyed careers further up the pyramid.

One of those many academy starlets, Tom Lowery, netted twice last weekend and has four goals this term. The midfielder will have to be watched over, while the width and drive provided by the likes of Charlie Kirk will be a persistent threat.

James Jones and Owen Dale are other academy products who have the ability to make an impact.

Their youthfulness is a massive attribute, but older heads such as Nicky Hunt, striker Chris Porter and ex-Swindon Town man Olly Lancashire are key. Republic of Ireland international Paul Green is another talented professional, however he is unlikely to feature due to suspension.

Fan zone

A fan zone will be welcoming both Robins and Crewe supporters in the car park outside the ticket office before the game.

The Community Trust will have their Speed Gun in operation for supporters to try their luck on, while there will be a Teqball table in position too for fans to have a go on.

There will be pork rolls on sale as well as a mini bar for drinks. Whaddney the mascot will also be around the fan zone too.


The ticket office is open before the match selling tickets for upcoming home fixtures and the away match at Oldham Athletic on Saturday 5 October. 

They are available on the turnstiles and can be bought online in advance.

Tickets bought in advance for the Colin Farmer Stand can be collected from the collection point at this part of the stadium.

You can also visit the club shop before the match to buy CTFC merchandise.

Match programme

Saturday's edition of the matchday programme features Chris Clements as the big interview. The midfielder discusses what it is that makes Crewe's youth system so successful, having come through the set-up himself, and what it was like working with current England assistant manager Steve Holland with the Railwaymen.

There's also an interview with Charlie Raglan, under-18s forward Aaron Basford, plus features with Dan Bowry and Max Sheaf.

You can also hear from the chairman, boss Michael Duff, take a look back at the club's history on this day, find out plenty about the opposition and much more.

The programme will be on sale around the stadium for £3.


Stay up to date with events at the Jonny-Rocks by following @CTFCofficial on Twitter for team news, photos and updates during the game. Goal updates and team news will also be available on the club's Facebook page.

After the game you can visit the club website to read a match report and see reaction from boss Michael Duff.

Listen to match commentary via iFollow by tuning in online. Highlights will be available on the club website and YouTube channel shortly after the game.

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