Crewe Alexandra F.C.

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Crewe Alexandra Football Club (pronounced /ˈkruː ælɨɡˈzændrə, -ˈzɑːn-/) is an English football team based at Gresty Road in Crewe, Cheshire, and nicknamed The Railwaymen due to the town's historical links with the rail industry. They currently are members of Football League Two.

The club was formed in 1877 and reputedly named after Princess Alexandra (some[who?] suggest that the decision to form the club was actually taken in a pub named after the Princess and the club was named after the pub). They were founding members of the Second Division in 1892 but only lasted four years in the Football League. Since re-entering the competition in 1921, they have mostly remained in the lower divisions and have no major honours or league titles to their name, though have achieved five Football League promotions. The club is heavily associated with Dario Gradi and his policy of developing young players and playing technical 'beautiful' football, he was manager from 1983 to 2007, and returned to the role in 2009. Crewe have rivalries with the two teams of nearby Stoke-on-Trent, namely Stoke City and Port Vale.

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