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.

The Opposition
Name: Crewe Alexandra
Nickname: The Alex/The Railwaymen
Manager: David Artell
Ground: Alexandra Stadium/Gresty Road
Last Season: 12th (EFL League Two)

Match Details
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.’

New Faces

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.”
Clive Jackson
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.”
David Artell
Manager, Crewe Alexandra