2009–10 Crewe Alexandra F.C. season

This article details Crewe Alexandra's 2009–10 season in League Two. This will be Crewe's 86th competitive season.

Crewe Alexandra Football Club
Season 2009–10
Manager Dario Gradi
Previous Manager Guðjón Þórðarson (to Oct)
Technical Director Dario Gradi
Chairman John Bowler
League League Two
League  Position 2008–09: 22nd (League One)
Final position: 18th
FA Cup First Round (out)
League Cup First Round (out)
Football League Trophy First Round (out)
Top goalscorer League: Zola (15)
All: Zola (18)
Most appearances League: Brayford (45)
All: Brayford (48)
Highest attendance 6,943 (vs Port Vale, 17 October 2009)
Lowest attendance 2,331 (vs Stockport County, 1 September 2009)
Last match Bradford City (H), lost 0–1
Next match FL2, 07/08/10
Transfer Spending £ 000,000 decrease
Transfer Income £ 475,000 decrease
Last updated: 11:09, 11 May 2010 (UTC)

Contents


Events

This is a list of the significant events to occur at the club before and during the 2009-10 season, presented in chronological order.

2009

Pre-season

  • 2 May: Crewe are relegated to League Two after a 3–0 loss at home to League One champions Leicester City.
  • 7 May: Manager Gudjon Thordarson releases 10 players from the squad, including captain Julien Baudet to the MLS, leading to 19 players being left from the previous season.
  • 19 May: Pre-season games are announced against three Premier League sides, Wigan Athletic, a Wolverhampton Wanderers select XI and Birmingham City.
  • 21 May: Crewe announce their first signing of the summer, with central defender Patrick Ada signing from Histon, while assistant manager, Neil Baker, leaves his position.
  • 4 June: Chief scount Glyn Chamberlain leaves the club after four years.[1] and Crewe make their first sale for money after Tom Pope agrees a £150,000 move to Rotherham United.
  • 17 June: The same day the fixtures are released, Crewe announce that Nantwich Town manager Steve Davis has been appointed new assistant manager.[2]
  • 5 July: Prior to a 7-0 win over Newcastle Town in a friendly,[3] Billy Jones is made the forthcoming season's captain, with Anthony Elding as vice-captain.[4]

2009-10 season begins- August

September

  • 1 September: Crewe lose in the Football League Trophy to Stockport County, the first Cheshire derby of the season.[12] and re-sign David Button on loan until 3rd January.[13]
  • 5 September: Crewe's second Cheshire derby of the season ends with a Crewe win, 2–1 against Macclesfield Town at home, to send Crewe up to fifth in the table.[14]
  • 12 September: Crewe travel 30 miles to Shrewsbury Town, where their inconsistent season continues with a 2–0 loss.[15]
  • 19 September: Crewe's 23 shots against Aldershot Town's six do not help as they lose 2–1.[16]
  • 25 September: Crewe honour Accrington Stanley's request to play on a Friday night to help with Accrington's debt, but end up losing 5–3.[17]
  • 29 September: Crewe have two men sent off in a match for the first time since 1996, in a 3–2 loss at home to Bury, with former Crewe striker Ryan Lowe scoring for the visitors.[18]

October

November

December

  • 2 December: Steve Phillips saves two penalties as Crewe are the first team to win at Saltergate this season after a 3–2 win at 5th placed Chesterfield.[25]
  • 5 December: Crewe draw at home with Lincoln City 0–0, Crewe's first no-score draw of the season, and first since April 2009.[26]
  • 12 December: Crewe become the first team to beat Barnet at home after a 1-2 win.[27] Matthew Tootle is later cleared of diving by the FA, but his yellow card is not rescinded.[28]
  • 19 December: Crewe's home match with Torquay United is postponed due to a frozen pitch at The Alexandra Stadium.[29]
  • 26 December: Crewe come from behind twice to secure a 2–2 draw with top of the table Rochdale, who were looking for a record sixth successive away win.[30]
  • 28 December: Crewe's final match of 2009 is a 4–1 loss away at Macclesfield Town.[31] The result means Crewe finish the year in 12th position in the league.[32]
  • 29 December: Harry Worley's loan is extended until the end of the season.[33]

2010

January

  • 1 January: Crewe's first two games of the New Year against Hereford and Grimsby are postponed, due to the heavy snow around Britain.
  • 5 January: Striker Anthony Elding and the club agree to mutually terminate Eldgin's contract with immediate effect.[34]
  • 6 January: Steve Phillips extends his loan until 30 May.[35]

February

  • 23 February: Crewe's match with Chesterfield is put back by 24 hours due to a bad weather forecast.

March

  • 19 March: Crewe sign Lancaster City striker Jordan Connerton for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract. Crewe loan Connerton back to Lancaster City for the remainder of the season.[36] AJ Leitch-Smith also goes out on loan, to Curzon Ashton until the end of the season.[37]

April

  • 26 April: Ashley Westwood is awarded the Player of the Season award at the Crewe ASi Award Night. Westwood also picked up the Newcomer of the Season award, whilst Calvin Zola's goal against Bradford City on 10 October is voted as the Goal of the Season.[38]
  • 27 April: Crewe retain the Cheshire Premier Cup after an extra-time win over Macclesfield Town at Gresty Road.

May

  • 1 May: Assistant Manager Steve Davis takes control of the first team's goalless draw at Rotherham United whilst Dario Gradi went on scouting duties.[39]
  • 8 May: Crewe's final match of the season is a 1–0 loss at home to Bradford City, leaving Crewe finishing 18th in the league table.

Players

Squad information

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Since
App
Goals
Ends
Transfer fee
Notes
1 GK ENGEngland Collis 28 EU 2008 26 0 30 Jun 2010 Free
2 DF ENGEngland Brayford 21 EU 2008 86 3 30 Jun 2010 £210,000
3 DF ENGEngland Jones (captain) 26 EU 2007 85 9 30 Jun 2010 £ 65,000
4 MF ENGEngland Schumacher 25 EU 2007 82 8 30 Jun 2010 Free
5 DF ENGEngland O'Donnell (VC2) 23 EU 2007 147 4 30 Jun 2010 £100,000
6 DF CMRCameroon Ada 24 Non-EU 2009 21 0 30 Jun 2011 Free
8 FW ENGEngland Donaldson 25 EU 2008 82 20 2011 £125,000
9 FW ENGEngland Elding (VC1) 27 EU 2008 32 4 2011 Undisclosed
10 FW CODDemocratic Republic of the Congo Zola 24 Non-EU 2008 69 23 2011 £200,000
11 MF JAMJamaicaENGEngland Grant 21 EU 2008 77 13 2011 £130,000
12 DF ENGEngland Mitchel-King 25 EU 2009 35 0 30 Jun 2011 Free
13 GK ENGEngland Legzdins 22 EU 2008 8 0 30 Jun 2010 Free
14 FW ENGEngland Moore 20 EU 2007 110 9 30 Jun 2010 Youth system
15 FW ENGEngland Miller 21 EU 2006 99 19 30 Jun 2011 Youth system
16 DF ENGEngland Bailey 20 EU 2007 55 0 30 Jun 2011 Youth system
17 DF ENGEngland McManus 20 EU 2008 1 0 30 Jun 2010 Free
18 MF ENGEngland Murphy 19 EU 2008 45 4 30 Jun 2011 Youth system
19 DF ENGEngland Westwood 19 EU 2008 40 6 30 Jun 2009 Youth system
20 DF ENGEngland Shelley 19 EU 2008 22 2 30 Jun 2011 Youth system
21 MF ENGEngland Clements 19 EU 2008 1 0 30 Jun 2010 Youth system
22 FW ENGEngland Leitch-Smith 19 EU 2008 1 0 30 Jun 2010 Youth system
23 DF ENGEngland Tootle 18 EU 2009 28 1 30 Jun 2010 Youth system
26 DF ENGEngland Davis 17 EU 2009 1 0 Youth system
27 DF ENGEngland Worley 20 EU 2009 23 0 14 May 2010 Loan From Leicester City
28 MF ENGEngland Walton 21 EU 2009 33 1 30 Jun 2010 Loan From Plymouth Argyle
30 DF ENGEngland Martin 22 EU 2009 5 1 £5,000
31 GK ENGEngland Phillips 31 EU 2009 29 0 3 Jan 2010 Loan From Bristol Rovers
35 DF ENGEngland Stokes 18 EU 2009 2 0 11 Apr 2010 Loan From Bolton Wanderers

Last updated: 11 May 2010
Source: Wikipedia players' articles, Crewe Alexandra, crewe-mad, soccerbase
Ordered by Squad Number.

Appearances (starts and substitute appearances) and goals include those in the League (and playoffs), FA Cup, League Cup and Football League Trophy.

Squad stats

Total League Two FA Cup Football League Cup Football League Trophy
No.
P
Nat.
Name
Sts
App
Gls
App
Gls
App
Gls
App
Gls
App
Gls
1 GK ENGEngland Collis 1 1 1
2 DF ENGEngland Brayford 47 47 44 1 1 1
3 DF ENGEngland Jones 13 14 2 12 2 1 1
4 MF ENGEngland Schumacher 28 33 4 32 4 1
5 DF ENGEngland O'Donnell 27 27 27
6 DF CMRCameroon Ada 19 21 18 1 1 1
8 FW ENGEngland Donaldson 28 39 12 37 12 1 1
9 FW ENGEngland Elding 4 12 10 1 1
10 FW CODDemocratic Republic of the Congo Zola 33 37 17 34 15 1 1 1 1 1
11 MF JAMJamaica
ENGEngland
Grant 44 46 9 43 9 1 1 1
12 DF ENGEngland Mitchel-King 34 35 32 1 1 1
13 GK ENGEngland Legzdins 8 8 6 1 1
14 FW ENGEngland Moore 16 32 3 29 3 1 1 1
15 FW ENGEngland Miller 22 34 7 33 7 1
16 MF ENGEngland Bailey 22 23 21 1 1
17 DF ENGEngland McManus
18 MF ENGEngland Murphy 23 34 5 32 5 1 1
19 MF ENGEngland Westwood 35 37 6 36 6 1
20 MF ENGEngland Shelley 8 17 1 16 1 1
21 MF ENGEngland Clements 1 1
22 FW ENGEngland Leitch-Smith 1 1
23 DF ENGEngland Tootle 26 28 1 28 1
24 GK ENGEngland Button 10 10 10
25 MF ENGEngland Verma 6 9 7 1 1
26 DF ENGEngland Davis 1 1
27 DF ENGEngland Worley 22 24 1 23 1 1
28 MF ENGEngland Walton 27 33 1 31 1 1 1
29 GK HUNHungary Bogdán 1 1 1
30 DF ENGEngland Martin 1 5 1 5 1
31 GK ENGEngland Phillips 29 29 28 1
35 DF ENGEngland Stokes 2 2 2

Last updated: 11 May 2010
Source: Crewe Alexandra
Ordered by Squad Numbers
0 shown as blank

Disciplinary record

N
P
Nat.
Name
Y YY R Notes
19 MF ENGEngland Westwood 4 1
6 DF CMRCameroon Ada 2 1
3 DF ENGEngland Jones 2 1
2p DF ENGEngland Martin 0 1
15 FW ENGEngland Miller 6
28 MF ENGEngland Walton 5
4 MF ENGEngland Schumacher 3
12 DF ENGEngland Mitchel-King 2 Conceded two penalties
27 DF ENGEngland Worley 2 Conceded one penalty
10 FW CODDemocratic Republic of the Congo Zola 2
8 FW ENGEngland Donaldson 2
25 MF ENGEngland Verma 1
18 MF ENGEngland Murphy 1
16 DF ENGEngland Bailey 1
23 DF ENGEngland Tootle 1

Last updated: 11 May 2010
Source: Crewe Alexandra
Only competitive matches
Yellow card Y = Number of bookings; Second yellow card YY = Number of sending offs after a second yellow card; Red card R = Number of sending offs by a direct red card.

Awards

Individual
Date N
P
Nat.
Name
Award Notes
2009-08-17 17 Aug 2009 10 FW Democratic Republic of the Congo Zola League Two Team of the Week Source
2009-08-24 24 Aug 2009 13 GK England Legzdins League Two Team of the Week Source
2009-10-12 12 Oct 2009 10 FW Democratic Republic of the Congo Zola League Two Team of the Week Source
2009-10-31 October 2009 10 FW Democratic Republic of the Congo Zola PFA Player-of-the-Month Source
2009-11-02 2 Nov 2009 20 DF England Shelley League Two Team of the Week Source
2009-11-02 2 Nov 2009 4 MF England Schumacher League Two Team of the Week Source
2009-11-02 2 Nov 2009 10 FW Democratic Republic of the Congo Zola League Two Team of the Week Source
2009-12-07 7 Dec 2009 23 DF England Tootle League Two Team of the Week Source
2009-12-14 12 Dec 2009 11 MF Jamaica Grant League Two Team of the Week Source
2010-01-25 25 Jan 2010 11 MF Jamaica Grant League Two Team of the Week Source
2010-02-22 22 Feb 2010 19 DF England Westwood League Two Team of the Week Source
2010-03-08 8 Mar 2010 8 FW England Donaldson League Two Team of the Week Source
2010-03-29 29 Mar 2010 12 DF England Mitchel-King League Two Team of the Week Source
2010-04-26 26 Apr 2010 19 DF England Westwood League Two Team of the Week Source
2010-04-26 26 Apr 2010 10 FW Democratic Republic of the Congo Zola League Two Team of the Week Source
2010-05-03 3 May 2010 13 GK England Legzdins League Two Team of the Week Source


Players in and out

In

N
P
Name
EU
Country
Age
Type
Moving from
Transfer
window
Ends
Transfer
fee
Source
24 GK Button EU ENGEngland 20 Loan Tottenham Hotspur Summer 20 Aug 2009 Loan Crewe Alexandra
24 GK Button EU ENGEngland 20 Loan Tottenham Hotspur Summer 27 Oct 2009 Loan Crewe Alexandra
6 DF Ada CMRCameroon 24 Transfer Histon Summer 30 Jun 2011 Free Crewe Alexandra
12 DF Mitchel-King EU ENGEngland 25 Transfer Histon Summer 30 Jun 2011 Free Crewe Alexandra
25 MF Verma EU ENGEngland 22 Loan Leicester City Summer 10 Nov 2009 Loan Crewe Alexandra
27 DF Worley EU ENGEngland 20 Loan Leicester City Summer 14 May 2010 Loan Crewe Alexandra
BBC Sport
28 DF Walton EU ENGEngland 21 Loan Plymouth Argyle Summer 30 Jun 2010 Loan Crewe Alexandra
29 GK Bogdán EU HUNHungary 22 Loan Bolton Wanderers Winter 9 Oct 2009 Loan Crewe Alexandra
31 GK Phillips EU ENGEngland 31 Loan Bristol Rovers Winter 3 Jan 2010 Loan
30 DF Martin EU ENGEngland 22 Transfer Wealdstone Winter £5,000

Out

N
P
Name
EU
Country
Age
Status
Moving to
Transfer
window
Transfer
fee
Source
6 DF Baudet EU FRAFrance 30 Transferred Colorado Rapids United States Summer Free Crewe Alexandra
18 MF Carrington EU ENGEngland 22 Released Milton Keynes Dons Summer Free Crewe Alexandra
14 DF McCready EU ENGEngland 27 Released Wrexham Wales Summer Free Crewe Alexandra
21 GK Tomlinson EU ENGEngland 24 Released Barrow Summer Free Crewe Alexandra
  Danville EU ENGEngland   Released Free Agent Summer Free Crewe Alexandra
  Thompson EU ENGEngland   Released Free Agent Summer Free Crewe Alexandra
2 DF Woodards EU ENGEngland 25 Released Milton Keynes Dons Summer Free Crewe Alexandra
22 MF Daniel EU ENGEngland 21 Released Macclesfield Town Summer Free Crewe Alexandra
15 DF Abbey EU ENGEngland 30 Mutual Consent Free Agent Summer Free Crewe Alexandra
7 MF Bopp EU DEUGermany 25 Mutual Consent Free Agent Summer Free Crewe Alexandra
19 FW Pope EU ENGEngland 23 Transferred Rotherham United Summer £150,000 Crewe Alexandra
8 MF O'Connor EU NIRNorthern Ireland 21 Transferred Scunthorpe United Summer £225,000 Crewe Alexandra
DF McManus EU ENGEngland 20 Loan Curzon Ashton Winter Loan Crewe Alexandra

Last updated: 10 October 2009
EU = if holds or not a European Union passport; Country: when 2 flags, 1st flag = country that plays for internationally, 2nd flag = country of birth; N = number on jersey; P = Position (for position name, pause mouse pointer on abbreviation); Name = Name on jersey (for more extensive name, pause mouse pointer on name); Age = age on the day of the signing; Moving from = only indicate the club the player was playing before start playing for this club in this season, for the type of the moving see Status column; Moving to = only indicates the club the player is going to play next, for the type of the moving see Status column; Ends = when the player's current contract ends; n/a = Not applicable.

Club

Coaching staff

Position Staff
Technical Director and
Manager
Dario Gradi MBE
Assistant Manager Steve Davis
Assistant Academy Manager James Collins
Assistant Academy Manager Neil Critchley
Chief Scout Neil Baker
Senior Physiotherapist Barry Holmes
Physiotherapist Steve Walker
Fitness Coach Andy Franks
Academy Recruitment Officer Phil Swift
Academy Welfare Officer /
Academy Administration
Paul Anthrobus

Last updated: 2 October 2009
Source: Crewe Alexandra Staff

Other information

Chairman John Bowler
Vice Chairman Norman Hassall
Director Richard Clayton
Director Dario Gradi MBE
Director Mark Hassall
Director Jim McMillan
Director Daniel Potts
Director David Rowlinson
Director Jimmy Rowlinson
Head Groundsman John Huxley
Assistant Groundsman Andrew Wareham
Club Doctor Dr Mike Freeman
Ground (capacity and dimensions) Alexandra Stadium (10,153 / 100 × 66 yd)

Last updated: 6 July 2009
Source: Crewe Alexandra Staff

Kits

Home
Supplier: Lotto
Sponsors: Mornflake Oats
Away
Supplier: Lotto
Sponsors: Mornflake Oats
Home goalkeepers
Supplier: Lotto
Sponsors: Mornflake Oats
Away goalkeepers
Supplier: Lotto
Sponsors: Mornflake Oats

Competitions

Overall

Competition Started round Current
position / round
Final
position / round
First match Last match
League Two 18th August 8, 2009 May 8, 2010
Football League Cup 1st round 1st round 1st round August 11, 2009
Football League Trophy 1st round 1st round 1st round September 1, 2009
FA Cup 1st round 1st round 1st round November 7, 2009

Last updated: 11 May 2010
Source: Competitions

League Two

Table

v · Notts County
46 27 12 7 96 31 +65 93
P Bournemouth 46 25 8 13 61 44 +17 83
P Rochdale 46 25 7 14 82 48 +34 82
Pl Morecambe 46 20 13 13 73 64 +9 73
Pl Rotherham United 46 21 10 15 55 52 +3 73
Pl Aldershot Town 46 20 12 14 69 56 +13 72
Pl Dagenham & Redbridge 46 20 12 14 69 58 +11 72
8 Chesterfield 46 21 7 18 61 62 -1 70
9 Bury 46 19 12 15 54 59 -5 69
10 Port Vale 46 17 17 12 61 50 +11 68
11 Northampton Town 46 18 13 15 62 53 +9 67
12 Shrewsbury Town 46 17 12 17 55 54 +1 63
13 Burton Albion 46 17 11 18 71 71 +0 62
14 Bradford City 46 16 14 16 59 62 -3 62
15 Accrington Stanley 46 18 7 21 62 74 -12 61
16 Hereford United 46 17 8 21 54 65 -11 59
17 Torquay United 46 14 15 17 64 55 +9 57
18 Crewe Alexandra 46 15 10 21 68 73 -5 55
19 Macclesfield Town 46 12 18 16 49 58 -9 54
20 Lincoln City 46 13 11 22 42 65 -23 50
21 Barnet 46 12 12 22 47 63 -16 48
22 Cheltenham Town 46 10 18 18 54 71 -17 48
R Grimsby Town 46 9 17 20 45 71 -26 44
R Darlington 46 8 6 32 33 87 -54 30
Promotion to League One
Qualification to League Two playoffs
Relegation to Conference National


Results summary

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
46 15 10 21 68 73 −5 55 7 4 12 35 36 −1 8 6 9 33 37 −4

Last updated: 11 May 2010
Source: http://www.crewealexandra-mad.co.uk/footydb/loadlgt.asp

Results by round

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
Ground H A A H A H A H A H H A H A A H A H A H A H A A A H H H A A H H A H H A H A A H H A A H A H
Result L W W W L W L L L L L W L L W L D W W D W D L L D W L D L W W L D D W D L W L L L L D W D L
Position 16 7 5 3 6 5 6 10 10 14 17 15 16 18 15 18 17 15 14 14 13 12 12 13 13 11 15 15 15 14 14 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 16 18 16 18 18

Last updated: 11 May 2010.
Source: Crewe Alexandra
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches

      Won       Drawn       Lost

Pre-Season Friendlies

1. Razak was a trialist for this game, which ended on 13 July.[40]

Last updated: 5 August 2009

League Two

Last updated: 11 May 2010

Football League Cup

Last updated: 15 August 2009

Football League Trophy

Last updated: 1 September 2009

FA Cup

Last updated: 8 November 2009

References

The following references are from crewealex.net, unless otherwise specified.

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