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LEAGUE ONE INSIGHT: Crewe Alexandra

23 June 2015

In this feature, we take an in-depth look at the 23 other teams in Sky Bet League One this season.

Crewe Alexandra

Nickname: 
The Railwaymen

Founded: 
1877

Ground: 
Gresty Road

Capacity: 
10,153

League position last season: 
20th - Sky Bet League One

2014/15 top goalscorer: 
Nicky Ajose (8)

Manager: 
Steve Davis - The Crewe manager is entering his fourth season with the Railwaymen after succeeding long serving boss Dario Gradi.

Davis enjoyed an 17 year playing career before making the transition into management with non-league side, Nantwich Town.

The 49-year-old played over 100 games each for Burnley, Barnsley and the Railwaymen and scored 28 career goals from defence.

Davis was appointed assistant manager to Gradi in 2009 before succeeding him in 2011. 

He has continued the success of the Crewe academy recently bringing through players such as Nick Powell (Manchester United), Luke Murphy (Leeds) and Max Clayton (Bolton).

The manager will have a big job on his hands keeping the Railwaymen in the division next season as the bookies have priced them favourites for relegation.

Key player:
Harry Davis - The 23-year-old is the son of manager Steve Davis. 

He has made just under 150 appearances for the Railwaymen and has contributed 10 goals in his five years with the club.

Davis helped his Crewe side to promotion in 2012 and helped guide his club to Johnstone's Paint Trophy success in 2013. 

The defender has two years remaining on his current contract and could be a key figure for Crewe next season. 

Head-to-head:
The history books show that Latics have played Crewe Alexandra 73 times in all competitions, winning 38 and losing 17.

In the two fixtures between the two last season, Latics were beaten 2-1 on Boxing Day after Nicky Ajose's double sealed victory.

The reverse fixture at Gresty Road ended in a 1-0 victory for Latics courtesy of a Conor Wilkinson strike.

Sky Bet League One odds:
Win outright: 150/1
Promotion: 40/1
Relegation: 5/6

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