Pre-Season Friendly Preview – Crewe Alexandra (H)
The ever-popular annual friendly between Nantwich and local rivals Crewe Alexandra comes around again this Saturday, the difference this year being that it is both clubs’ first pre-season fixture. A big crowd is expected as David Artell and his players visit the Weaver Stadium.
Name: Crewe Alexandra
Nickname: The Alex/The Railwaymen
Manager: David Artell
Ground: Alexandra Stadium/Gresty Road
Last Season: 12th (EFL League Two)
Competition: Pre-Season Friendly – Barry Daly Memorial Trophy
Stadium: Weaver Stadium, Waterlode, Nantwich, CW5 5BS
Kick-off: 3pm, Saturday 6th July
Admission: Adults: £8, Concessions: £5, U16s: £2 (or free with a paying adult)
Last Time Out
The last official meeting between the two teams came in January, with the Dabbers coming out victorious in the Cheshire Senior Cup tie at Gresty Road. Two goals from Callum Saunders combined with some great goalkeeping from Fabian Spiess helped Dave Cooke’s side to an impressive 2-1 win. Last summer’s friendly fixture between the two was a little less successful, with a 1-0 win for the Alex at the Weaver Stadium but a largely positive performance from the Dabbers.
A Fitting Tribute
This year’s friendly carries some extra significance and emotion after it was announced that this and every future Nantwich/Crewe fixture would be contested for the Barry Daly Memorial Trophy. Barry’s death last month at the age of 63 was a big blow to both Crewe and the wider community, his popularity eclipsing the club he worked for to ensure he was loved and will be missed across the whole local area. Nantwich Director of Football Clive Jackson said that he ‘can’t think of a more fitting tribute to him than for the two clubs to play for a memorial trophy in his name.’
Both sides have been recruiting new players over the summer and fans will be excited to get a first
look at some of the signings. The Dabbers are expected to give time to their three new faces, full-back Matty Devine and experienced goalkeeper Greg Hall, both from Witton Albion, and young midfielder Will Saxon, most recently at Kidsgrove Athletic.
Meanwhile, Crewe have also brought in couple of new players as they seek to build on a respectable
top half finish in League Two last season. Centre-back Olly Lancashire has joined from Swindon and Daniel Powell has added to the Alex’s wing options from Northampton. They are also expected to field a number of trialists on Saturday, including Spanish midfielder Lassana Mendes, currently at Welsh outfit Colwyn Bay but with experience of the Spanish Second Division.
View From Each Camp
“It’s the first time in many years this is the first friendly of the summer for both clubs, which is always an exciting time for supporters. We’re looking forward to it.”
Director of Football, Nantwich Town
“We have a few lads on trial and we’ll try to give everyone a game. They’ll need to play in a game, and we need to see them for long enough to make sure we’ve had a good look at them.”
Manager, Crewe Alexandra
Cheshire Emergency Services Day 2019
For the second consecutive year, the Emergency Services Day is once again being run at the Weaver Stadium. Proudly sponsored by our friends at County Insurance, the club are putting on the event in aid of the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice to raise funds for the excellent charity.
The event will take place on Sunday 21st July from 11am until 3pm. Activities include face painting, the Rathbones fun fair as well as a ‘Beat the Goalie’ challenge. Refreshments will be provided, including Noninas Pizza and Tom’s Super Whip.
Entry is free, so we’d love to see you down there!
Dean Windass Sports Dinner 2019 – Review
Hull City legend Dean Windass, supported by comedian Lea Roberts, took the Weaver Stadium by storm last night. Dean treated a packed audience in the function room to an hilarious reflection of his time as a player during his celebrated career. He was also not afraid to share his own personal mental health issues, extolling those also suffering to seek help.
Commenting on the evening, Nantwich chairman Tony Davison praised Dean for his frankness along side some great stories from his life in football. It was a great evening, which delighted sponsors & supporters alike. Over 150 people filled the room and as well as giving Dean and Lea a fantastic reception contributed to club funds in a really well supported raffle and auction. The club would like to place on record its thanks to everyone who had a hand in putting the event on, as well as Dean and Lea for entertaining the Weaver.