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Preview: Crewe Alexandra (A)

27 December 2019

The Iron return to action on Sunday when they make the trip to face Crewe Alexandra (3pm kick-off).

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Pay on the day at Crewe Alexandra

29 December 2019


United come into the match looking to bounce back from their 2-0 home Boxing Day defeat to Walsall. The result meant they finished the day where they started it, in 12th position in League Two.

The Railwaymen sit third in the division and were beaten 3-1 at Salford City on the same day, although they were 5-1 victors at Stevenage five days earlier.


Jake Eastwood (groin), Kgosi Ntlhe (hamstring) and Yann Songo'o (knee) all missed the game against Walsall, with the first of those rated as the only one who has a chance of being fit for Sunday's clash.

Ntlhe will go for a scan later this week to determine the extent of the injury, while Songo'o faces a spell of six weeks out.

Matthew Lund was ill in the run-up to the Boxing Day game, though he is back available again following suspension, and will be assessed in the build-up to Sunday.

Jordan Clarke misses out through a quad injury, which manager Paul Hurst says will keep him out until January.

Regan Slater (ankle) will also be out for around two further months following an operation on Monday.


Luke Williams scored a brace, while Hakeeb Adelakun was also on target, as we won 3-2 on our last trip to face Crewe Alexandra in April 2016.

2015-16 - Sat 16 Apr (LG 1) Crewe 2-3 Iron Williams (2), Adelakun
2015-16 - Sat 15 Aug (LG 1) Iron 2-0 Crewe Madden (2)
2014-15 - Sat 7 Mar (LG 1) Crewe 2-0 Iron  
2014-15 - Sat 13 Dec (LG 1) Iron 2-1 Crewe Williams, Llera
2012-13 - Sat 2 Feb (LG 1) Crewe 1-0 Iron  
2012-13 - Tue 21 Aug (LG 1) Iron 1-2 Crewe Grella
2008-09 - Sat 17 Jan (LG 1) Crewe 3-2 Iron Hayes, Hooper
2008-09 - Sat 11 Oct (LG 1) Iron 3-0 Crewe Woolford, Hayes, Iriekpen
2006-07 - Tue 27 Feb (LG 1) Crewe 1-3 Iron Sharp (2), Beckford
2006-07 - Sat 12 Aug (LG 1) Iron 2-2 Crewe Sharp, Crosby
1993-94 - Tue 15 Mar (DIV 3) Iron 2-1 Crewe Alexander, Thornber
1993-94 - Sat 12 Feb (DIV 3) Crewe 3-3 Iron Martin, Carmichael, Danzey
1992-93 - Tue 20 Apr (DIV 3) Crewe 1-0 Iron  
1992-93 - Sat 19 Sep (DIV 3) Iron 3-3 Crewe Goodacre, Humphries, Daws
1991-92 - Wed 13 May (DIV 4 P/O SF2) Iron 2-0 Crewe Martin, Hamilton
1991-92 - Sun 10 May (DIV 4 P/O SF1) Crewe 2-2 Iron Helliwell (2)
1991-92 - Sat 18 Apr (DIV 4) Crewe 1-1 Iron Helliwell
1991-92 - Sat 21 Sep (DIV 4) Iron 1-0 Crewe Hamilton
1988-89 - Sat 14 Jan (DIV 4) Iron 2-2 Crewe Daws (2)
1988-89 - Sat 3 Sep (DIV 4) Crewe 3-2 Iron Flounders, Lister
1987-88 - Mon 4 Apr (DIV 4) Iron 2-1 Crewe Flounders, Taylor
1987-88 - Sat 21 Nov (DIV 4) Crewe 2-2 Iron Atkins, Flounders
1986-87 - Sat 24 Jan (DIV 4) Crewe 2-2 Iron De Mange, Broddle
1986-87 - Sun 7 Sep (DIV 4) Iron 2-1 Crewe Johnson, Hunter
1985-86 - Tue 4 Mar (DIV 4) Crewe 4-0 Iron  
1985-86 - Tue 1 Oct (DIV 4) Iron 3-1 Crewe Graham, Holland (og), Hill
1984-85 - Sat 16 Feb (DIV 4) Crewe 1-1 Iron Shutt
1984-85 - Tue 18 Sep (DIV 4) Iron 2-3 Crewe Scott (og), Cowling
1982-83 - Fri 25 Mar (DIV 4) Iron 2-0 Crewe Hunter (2)
1982-83 - Fri 12 Nov (DIV 4) Crewe 0-1 Iron O'Berg
1981-82 - Sun 28 Feb (DIV 4) Iron 0-1 Crewe  
1981-82 - Sat 10 Oct (DIV 4) Crewe 3-0 Iron  
1980-81 - Sat 14 Feb (DIV 4) Crewe 1-0 Iron  
1980-81 - Sat 6 Sep (DIV 4) Iron 1-1 Crewe Partridge
1979-80 - Mon 7 Apr (DIV 4) Crewe 1-1 Iron Cammack
1979-80 - Tue 4 Mar (DIV 4) Iron 1-1 Crewe O'Berg
1978-79 - Sat 5 May (DIV 4) Crewe 0-2 Iron Couch (2)
1978-79 - Sat 31 Mar (DIV 4) Iron 0-1 Crewe  
1977-78 - Sat 7 Jan (DIV 4) Crewe 1-1 Iron Lumby
1977-78 - Tue 23 Aug (DIV 4) Iron 3-0 Crewe Keeley, Kilmore, Lumby
1976-77 - Sat 12 Feb (DIV 4) Crewe 2-1 Iron Keeley
1976-77 - Fri 3 Sep (DIV 4) Iron 4-0 Crewe Wiggington (2), Keeley, O'Connor
1975-76 - Tue 16 Mar (DIV 4) Iron 1-0 Crewe Green
1975-76 - Sat 18 Oct (DIV 4) Crewe 1-0 Iron  
1974-75 - Sat 8 Feb (DIV 4) Crewe 1-1 Iron Davidson
1974-75 - Sat 2 Nov (DIV 4) Iron 1-1 Crewe Roberts
1973-74 - Sat 12 Jan (DIV 4) Crewe 1-0 Iron  
1973-74 - Fri 14 Sep (DIV 4) Iron 0-0 Crewe  
1971-72 - Sat 8 Jan (DIV 4) Iron 2-0 Crewe Kerr (2)
1971-72 - Sat 28 Aug (DIV 4) Crewe 0-2 Iron Jackson, Davidson
1970-71 - Sat 6 Mar (DIV 4) Iron 1-1 Crewe Woolmer
1970-71 - Sat 24 Oct (DIV 4) Crewe 3-1 Iron Davidson
1969-70 - Tue 31 Mar (DIV 4) Iron 0-1 Crewe  
1969-70 - Sat 1 Nov (DIV 4) Crewe 0-2 Iron Heath (2)
1957-58 - Wed 18 Sep (DIV 3 N) Crewe 0-2 Iron Haigh, Williams (og)
1957-58 - Thu 12 Sep (DIV 3N) Iron 3-2 Crewe Marriott, Haigh, Brownsword
1956-57 - Thu 27 Sep (DIV 3N) Iron 5-1 Crewe Gregory (2), Haigh, Fletcher, Brown
1956-57 - Wed 19 Sep (DIV 3N) Crewe 2-1 Iron Luke
1955-56 - Sat 4 Feb (DIV 3N) Crewe 1-2 Iron Gregory, Jones
1955-56 - Sat 24 Sep (DIV 3N) Iron 1-1 Crewe Brown
1954-55 - Sat 23 Apr (DIV 3N) Iron 3-1 Crewe Gregory, Brown, McGill
1954-55 - Sat 4 Dec (DIV 3N) Crewe 1-1 Iron Gregory
1953-54 - Sat 6 Feb (DIV 3N) Iron 2-2 Crewe Mosby, Haigh
1953-54 - Sat 19 Sep (DIV 3N) Crewe 1-1 Iron Haigh
1952-53 - Mon 6 Apr (DIV 3N) Iron 2-0 Crewe Haigh, Brown
1952-53 - Fri 3 Apr (DIV 3N) Crewe 2-0 Iron  
1951-52 - Sat 26 Jan (DIV 3N) Iron 2-0 Crewe Cumner, Powell
1951-52 - Sat 22 Sep (DIV 3N) Crewe 2-2 Iron Hall, Gray
1950-51 - Sat 3 Mar (DIV 3N) Crewe 2-0 Iron  
1950-51 - Sat 14 Oct (DIV 3N) Iron 1-1 Crewe Gorin


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Match Reports

Report: Crewe Alexandra 3-1 Iron

29 December 2019

Despite a fine Lee Novak strike in the 81st minute, the hosts proved too strong on the day, as the Iron fell to defeat on the road.

The first opportunity of the game fell to the hosts in the third minute, and after a positive move down the left wing between Anene and Pickering, the latter’s fierce shot was beaten away by Iron ‘keeper Rory Watson. 

The Alex continued to put the Iron under pressure in the early stages, and two minutes after the first chance, McGahey did well to read Powell’s delivery, diverting over his own bar for a corner, which the Iron subsequently defended. 

In the 12th minute following van Veen’s short corner, Gilliead’s initial shot from the edge of the box was blocked, but the clearance fell to Novak out wide, who curled in a cross towards Brown, but the full back’s header was met with pressure and Jaaskelainen gathered the deflected effort. 

Four minutes after the Iron’s first chance, Hurst’s men begun to grow into the game, enjoying further spells of possession. Coming down the right, Sutton back-healed for Gilliead, who laid the ball off to Lund, but after cutting inside onto his left foot, the central midfielder fired over from the edge of the box. 

Somewhat against the run of play, Crewe opened the scoring in the 20th minute. Daniel Powell picked up a loose ball in the Iron half - drove forward - and lashed home into the bottom left corner from distance. 

Straight after the the home side’s deadlock-breaker, the Iron were up the other end trying to equalise. McArdle leapt to meet a ball into the box, with the ball falling kindly to Gilliead, who couldn’t get the connection required to divert his effort goal-wards.

However - in the 26th minute - a sweeping move from the hosts forced Watson into action, as the Iron shot-stopper tipped Kirk’s long-range strike over the bar, following a swift counter-attack. From the resulting corner, the Iron rearguard stood strong to clear the danger.

The Alex came close five minutes later, and it was Kirk pulling the strings again from the left flank. It was his floated ball to the back post that nearly crept in the top corner, and despite an arriving red shirt, the ball bounced out for a goal-kick to the Iron. 

Shortly after, a Lowery free-kick from the right was met perfectly by Captain Ng, but the defender couldn’t quite keep his header down, as it whistled over Watson’s crossbar. 

The hosts doubled their lead in the 40th minute, as half-time approached. A diagonal ball from Ng to Kirk was whipped across the face of goal by the latter, finding Paul Green who couldn’t miss, tapping into the empty net. 

The final chance of the half fell to the Iron, through Novak. Van Veen slipped the number 17 in, between two defenders, but Ng did well to usher Novak out wide, and after a couple of short passes the move came to an end.

After the break, the hosts looked to extend their advantage in the 49th minute, after a marauding run forward from the back by Ng, but Brown and McArdle combined well to guide the full-back away from goal, until Kirk’s floated ball in was easily gathered by Watson. 

Four minutes later, Ng stood over a 25-yard free-kick, after McArdle brought a dangerous counter attack to an end with a foul. Ng’s curling effort looked to be creeping in the bottom left corner, but the strike flew just wide, with Watson at full stretch. 

In the 59th minute, Anene broke through in behind the Iron defence, but his effort was brilliantly stopped by Watson, as the Iron ‘keeper rushed off his line to block the chip shot, and keep the score-line at 2-0. 

Three minutes later, Gilliead took an Iron corner from the right, and after delivering the ball in, it took a lucky ricochet off a Crewe defender, before being hacked clear by the hosts, with a number of Iron shirts waiting to pounce. 

The Alex continued to pile on the pressure on the Iron, with a rapid counter attack in the 68th minute becoming the latest addition. Powell was the final man on the ball for the Railwaymen, but his low drive was well-held by Watson between the sticks. Moments later, the hosts packed the Iron box with red shirts, and after a smart turn, Lowery sliced a strike harmlessly over the bar from close range. 

Soon after the flurry of chances, Callum Ainley’s thumping strike towards the centre of the goal was beaten away by Watson, who’d endured a busy afternoon. 

With 77 minutes on the clock, Gilliead earned the Iron a corner after reaching the by-line. From the resulting set-piece, the aforementioned Gilliead found Brown at the back post, and his header caused a scramble in the goal-mouth, but referee Marc Edwards deemed there to be a foul on ‘keeper Jaaskelainen. 

All of a sudden, the Iron dragged a goal back in 81st minute through Lee Novak. After a sumptuous passing move, Gilliead found substitute Miller, who exchanged a one-two with Novak, before the latter rifled a strike from the edge of the box into the top right corner. 

However, the comeback wasn’t to be, as two minutes later Daniel Powell grabbed his second of the afternoon, firing a low strike beyond Watson at the near post. 

In the third minute of four added on, Lund’s 20-yard left-footed strike forced Jaaskelainen into a smart save down to his right hand side, but it wasn’t to be for the Iron, as Hurst’s men were condemned to defeat at the Alexandra Stadium. 

CREWE: Jaaskelainen, Ng, Pickering (Adebisi 79’), Wintle, Powell, Kirk, Ainley (Finney 86’), Green, Hunt, Lowery, Anene. 

CREWE UNUSED SUBS: Richards, Jones, Dale, Johnson, Mbulu. 

IRON: Watson, Lund, van Veen (Dales 45’), Perch, Novak, Gilliead, Sutton, McArdle, McGahey, Brown, Eisa (Miller 76’).

IRON UNUSED SUBS: Collins, Butler, Bedeau, Proctor, McAtee.

ATTENDANCE: 4,578 (358 away).

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Ticket News

Tickets go on sale for trip to Crewe Alexandra

28 November 2019

Tickets and travel are on sale for the Iron's League Two trip to face Crewe Alexandra, which takes place on Sunday, December 29th (3pm kick-off).

We have been handed an initial allocation of 450 tickets for the game, which will be located in the Whitby Morrison Ice Cream Van Stand.

You can purchase tickets in person at the Iron ticket office, by calling 01724 747670 or through visiting Buy in advance from the Iron and we receive 5% of the sales.

Match tickets will remain on sale from the Iron ticket office until 3.30pm on Friday, December 27th.

Meanwhile, official coach travel will also be also on sale, costing £15 members and £17 non-members. Departure times are 10.30am from the Hornsby bus depot, 10.35am from Ashby Broadway, 10.45am from the Museum and Baths Hall, and 11.00am from the Sands Venue Stadium. Travel must be purchased in advance from our ticket office or online via  

Prices for the game are as follows:





Seniors (60+)




12-16 yrs



£17, with carer free

Ambulant disabled supporters pay the age related price for their ticket. Should they need a full-time carer to accompany them to the game, then the carer is free of charge. Carer tickets can only be issued if, when purchasing the ticket, the person can show evidence of full-time carer status. 

A scan entry system is in operation at the Alexandra Stadium, so please ensure the bar code on the tickets you receive are intact. Supporters need to show their ticket upon entry to the steward at the tunnel, who will scan them into the stadium. 


Call 01724 747670

Our ticket office is open at the following times: 

Thursday, November 28th - 8.30am-5pm
Friday, November 29th - 8.30am-5pm
Saturday, November 30th - 9am-2pm
Sunday, December 1st - Closed
Monday, December 2nd - 8.30am-5pm
Tuesday, December 3rd - 8.30am-5pm
Wednesday, December 4th - 8.30am-6pm
Thursday, December 5th - 8.30am-5pm
Friday, December 6th - 8.30am-5pm
Saturday, December 7th - 9am-2pm
Sunday, December 8th - Closed
Monday, December 9th - 8.30am-5pm
Tuesday, December 10th - 8.30am-5pm
Wednesday, December 11th - 8.30am-6pm
Thursday, December 12th - 8.30am-5pm
Friday, December 13th - 8.30am-5pm
Saturday, December 14th - 9am-3pm (also open for a short period of time after the Colchester game)
Sunday, December 15th - Closed
Monday, December 16th - 8.30am-5pm
Tuesday, December 17th - 8.30am-5pm
Wednesday, December 18th - 8.30am-6pm
Thursday, December 19th - 8.30am-5pm
Friday, December 20th - 8.30am-5pm
Saturday, December 21st - 9am-2pm
Sunday, December 22nd - Closed
Monday, December 23rd - 8.30am-5pm
Tuesday, December 24th - 8.30am-3pm
Wednesday, December 25th - Closed
Thursday, December 26th - 9am-3pm (also open for a short period of time after the Walsall game)
Friday, December 27th - 8.30am-5pm (Crewe away tickets go off sale at 3.30pm)
Saturday, December 28th - Closed

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