Crewe Alexandra couldn’t keep hold of Matt Tootle as he signed for Shrewsbury Town

Matt Tootle joined Crewe Alexandra at the age of 8 and ever since then, he had become a regular starter for the English side as he made over 190 appearances for the club but his relationship with Crewe Alexandra has reached it’s end as Matt Tootle decided to join Shrewsbury Town on a free transfer which was completed a few days ago on June 16.

The 24 year old defender was out of contract with Crewe Alexandra and even though he had struggled with injuries and physical problems, Matt was still offered a contract extension by the English League One club but instead he decided to join Shrewsbury Town on a 2 year long deal.

Steve Davies of Crewe Alexandra revealed details concerning the outgoing as the manager said: “I have always got on well with him and had a good working relationship with him. I have spoken to him since; he rang me to pass on his thanks to all the staff at the football club. He has been here a long time it was a wrench to leave the club that has been a secure place for him where he has spent a lot of his life.’’

“He will be missed around the place, he’s a good player, but Shrewsbury offered him a deal that we couldn’t match both in terms of money and length of contract, we couldn’t compete. It was his decision, we left it with him after making him an offer but he has gone with the deal that Shrewsbury put to him’’ Continue reading “Crewe Alexandra couldn’t keep hold of Matt Tootle as he signed for Shrewsbury Town”

Crewe Alexandra slipped back into the relegation zone

Crewe Alexandra slipped back into the relegation zone after a 5-1 defeat against Preston North End.

The club were hoping to build on the 2-0 victory against Scunthorpe United last weekend. After the match, manager Stephen Davies said that the players should be a lot stronger if they are to avoid defeats like this. This heavy defeat also hurts the club’s goal difference, which could play a major role in the relegation fight towards the end of the season. Crewe Alexandra already have one of the poorest defensive records in the division and this just got worse after this heavy defeat.

The situation does not look good for the team after having managed just one win in the last five matches. This is in sharp contrast to their form during the months of January and early February. During this period, the club suffered only two league defeats and this is the kind of form that manager Davis will be targeting if they are to avoid relegation. Davies was especially unhappy with some of the aspects of the match against Preston. Despite going into halftime with a 2-1 score, Crewe failed to turn up in the second half and were punished by the home team. Continue reading “Crewe Alexandra slipped back into the relegation zone”

Crewe Alexandra play against Scunthorpe United

Crewe Alexandra go into the weekend’s match against Scunthorpe United looking to get away from the bottom of the table before Christmas.

The team has been on a wretched run of form since the start of the season. Their last victory in the league came towards the end of October. Since then, Steven Davies has been unable to get anything other than draws and defeats from his team.

He, however, is happy with the fact that he has a fully fit squad at his disposal for the tough match against Scunthorpe. Ryan Colclough is the only player who will not be available from the Crewe Alexandra squad for this match. Continue reading “Crewe Alexandra play against Scunthorpe United”

Malcolm Clarke wants less Live Converage on Televisions

Football Supporters’ Federation chairman Malcolm Clarke says that television companies should consider limiting the number of live games in order to benefit fans who are actually travelling to the stadium. He has recalled that the 3 PM kick off time for matches is a tradition in English football, but it is slowly being taken away from the fans due to the increase of football on TV. The Premier League is one of the most popular leagues across the world. It has helped the Premier league generate an incredible amount of revenue through TV rights, which now contribute more money than the ticket sales.

The recently sold rights for the 2013-2016 season is worth just over £ 3 billion. This incredible amount of money is being paid by BT and BSkyB for broadcasting live matches on TV in the United Kingdom.

The Premier league also gets a huge chunk of money by selling the rights abroad. However, this also has resulted in television companies moving fixtures around in order to provide the maximum live coverage possible. This has resulted in an increase of early kick-off, late kick-off, and Monday night football. The prospect of playing games on Friday night has also been discussed. The Premier league will soon be starting bidding process for the 2016-19 season TV rights, which are expected to fetch an even bigger income.

“Most fans think we’ve probably reached television saturation point and it’s not in the game’s interests to increase the number even further.

A 3pm kick-off on Saturday is part of the tradition of English football. We’ve lost some of that with the number of games that are now being moved, which many fans are unhappy about.But if it goes a step further so that you have got live television games up against the normal 3pm kick-off, it could have a very adverse effect on gates lower down the leagues and we would be opposed to that,” said Clarke.

Crewe extend loan of Brandy

Febian Brandy is a 25 year old English player who is currently performing with the League One club Crewe Alexandra after he signed a loan deal with the club on September 17 and has turned into a regular player for the League One team which is currently being managed by Steve Davis.

The loan deal of Febian Brandy was initially planned to be only a one month deal but the manager of Crewe Alexandra decided that he wanted to extend the contract of Brandy for a prolonged period of time.

The contract of Brandy expired on October 17 of the ongoing year but it seems like the plan of Steve Davis turned out as he expected. A few days ago Davis revealed to the media his intentions of trying to negotiate a way for Brandy to continue playing at Crewe Alexandra for a longer time.

Davis said: “I will speak to Steve Evans today to see where we go with that. Obviously there’s whether Febian wants to stay, whether Steve wants him to and whether we can do that’’

“We will have some dialogue with Steve and see where we take him. He’s enjoying his time, he’s a local boy but we would have to have that conversation to see if he’s happy to continue playing football but at the end of the day it’s down to Steve and we respect that decision.”

Those were the statements released by Crewe Alexandra’s manager Steve Davis as he outlined his plans for Febian Brandy in the club and things have worked out in favor of the League One club as the English player has performed in some of the latest matches of Crewe Alexandra which have been recently played including Crewe Alexandra’s 1-0 victory over Walsall.

Crewe Alexandra travelled to the Bescot Stadium and locked horns with Walsall on Saturday 18 and came out with the surprising win and Febian Brandy was featured in this match.

Crewe Alexandra Continues Run of Bad Form

Crewe Alexandra have made a poor start to the season, and the team are yet to take its first point of the campaign. The disappointments continued after a 3-2 defeat against Bolton Wanderers in the League Cup. As a result, Crewe Alexandra were knocked out of the competition, but this result did not appear to knock the confidence out of manager Steven Davis. He said after the encounter that the performance was the most important thing from the match and he is confident that Crewe Alexandra will go on to become the first points of the season in the upcoming matches.

The club have reasons to be confident since their next matches against Gillingham at home. Crewe Alexandra have been well against this opposition of late. Even though they have only one home victory since March, Davis says that the performance against Bolton suggests that the players are starting to gel and make a difference. Crewe Alexandra were not expected to progress at the expense of championship outfit Bolton, but they almost came close to creating a shock by taking the game to extra time.

Davies has also been given a major boost with the news that central defender George Ray will be available for the match against Gillingham. The 20-year-old appeared to suffer a serious injury against Bolton.

“The spirit is there. What we haven’t got yet is the results. But if we can keep working hard and playing like we did against Bolton, the results will come. After Bolton the players will have been thinking they’ve given everything and still not come out with a win, but that’s just how things are when you have had a run of games without a victory. The confidence can drain away, but the players have got their heads up,” said Davis.