Crewe Alexandra Football Club

1877 - A Football Club is formed in Crewe, as a separate organisation from the successful Crewe Cricket Club. They take the name 'Alexandra' after Princess Alexandra.

1877 - Crewe Football Club play their first ever match against North Staff's and draw the match 1-1.

1884 - Crewe Alexandra play their first ever match in the FA Cup, against Queens Park of Glasgow. They lose the game 10-0.

1892 - Crewe became one of the founder members of the Second Division. They play their first League match against Burton Swifts on 3 September 1892, but unfortunately lose the match 7-1.

1893 - All the Crewe players sign as professional players.

1921 - Following the formation of Divisions Three North and South, Crewe are elected into the Northern section of the League. Their first match in the Division 3 North results in a 4-1 defeat by Tranmere Rovers.

1926 - A new record of 15,102 pack into Gresty Road to watch Crewe entertain local rivals Stoke City. The Potters win the game 2-0. 1932 - Crewe defeat Rotherham United 8-0 on 1 October.

1936 - Herbert Swindells scores his 100th League goal for Crewe Alexandra. He would go on to score a record 126 goals for the club - a record that still stands today. Crewe win the Welsh Cup by beating Chester 2-0 at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham.

1937 - Crewe retain the Welsh Cup defeating Rhyl 3-1 in a replay. The first match ended in a 1-1 draw. 1939 - Crewe's 0-0 draw with Hartlepools proves to be the last before the outbreak of the Second World War.

1946 - Following the end of hostilities, Crewe travel to Gateshead but go down 2-1. 1953 - Port Vale visit Gresty Road on 28 September and create a new attendance record of 17,883. The match ends in a goalless draw.

1955 - Crewe embark on a sequence where they do not win away for 56 matches. Thankfully, the dismal run ends with a 1-0 win at Southport. 1960 - One of Crewe's most famous matches takes places against Spurs in the FA Cup. A new record attendance of 20,000 see lowly Crewe hold Spurs to a 2-2 draw. Bert Lllewellyn and Mertyn Jones score for the Alex. In the replay, Tottenham run out convincing 13-2 winners - still a record defeat for the club. Llewellyn and Nev Coleman scoring at White Hart Lane.

Frank Blunstone

Frank Blunstone, former hero - '61

1961 - Crewe defeat Chelsea 2-1 in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge. That particular Chelsea side contained former Crewe player Frank Blunstone, Jimmy Greaves, Peter Bonnetti and Terry Venables. The Crewe goals were scored by Billy Stark and Barrie Wheatley. Spurs win by a more modest 5-1 in the Fourth Round.

1963 - Crewe gain promotion for the first time in their history with a 1-0 win over Exeter City. Frank Lord becomes the local hero, scoring the only goal in front a crowd of 9,807. Lord also holds the record for most hat-tricks for the club - he amassed eight.

1964 - Terry Harkin scores a record 34 league goals for a season.

1971 - Dennis Viollet becomes manager and barely lasts the year.

1975 - Harry Gregg becomes manager and lasts 3 seasons.

1977 - Tommy Lowry plays his final and record breaking last game for the club. He played a record breaking 475 times for Crewe.

1979 - Bruce Grobbelaar joins Crewe and plays his first match at Wigan Athletic. During the season he would score from the penalty spot against York City and keep 8 clean-sheets in his 24 matches played. In the same year the club go a record 15 matches without winning at Gresty Road.

Dario Gradi

Dario begins his Crewe reign - '83

1983 - Dario Gradi becomes Crewe's 24th manager, taking over from Peter Morris in June of that year.

1985 - Dario signs David Platt on a free transfer from Manchester United on 25 January, 1985. He would go on to play 152 times for the Alex, scoring on 60 occasions.

1988 - Steve Walters becomes the youngest ever player to pull on a Crewe shirt. Aged just 16 years and 119 days he plays against Peterborough Utd on 6 May. 1989 - Whilst on loan from Sheffield United, goalkeeper Mel Rees concedes a goal against his opposite number Jim Stannard. The Fulham keeper launches a huge clearance which eludes Rees in the Alex goal. Fulham win the match 3-2 played at Gresty Road.

1991 - Aged 39 years and 281 days, Kenny Swain becomes the oldest player to ever play for Crewe when he faces Maidstone United in November.

1993 - Tony Naylor scores a record 5 goals in a 7-1 win over Colchester United. Crewe also reach the Play-Off Final at Wembley, only to lose 5-3 on penalties to York City. Crewe Alexandra proudly win the Bobby Moore Fair Play Award for their discipline over the season. They go on to retain the trophy for the next three years.

1994 - Crewe goalkeeper Mark Smith becomes the fastest ever player to be sent off in League history, when he is dismissed after just 19 seconds for a professional foul against Darlington. Neil Lennon becomes the first Crewe Alexandra player to gain an International cap for 60 years when he is selected to play for Northern Ireland against Mexico.

1995 - Crewe defeat Hartlepool 8-0 in the 1st Round of the Auto Windscreens Shield. Amazingly, there are eight separate goalscorers including Danny Murphy, Robbie Savage, Steve Macauley and a young Mark Rivers.

Neil Lennon

Lennon breaks transfer record - '96

1996 - Neil Lennon, the now Irish regular joins Leicester City for a then record £750,000.

1997 - Crewe are promoted to the First Division for the first time in their history. They defeat Brentford 1-0 in the Play-Off Final at Wembley with Shaun Smith grabbing the decisive goal. Following the victory, Danny Murphy joins Liverpool for a record £1.5 million. On 14 February Crewe Alexandra form an alliance with Liverpool which will benefit both clubs in the future.

1998 - Crewe Alexandra finish a commendable 11th in the First Division (the club's highest placing in our 122-year history) but lose Dele Adebola (Birmingham), Gareth Whalley and Ashley Westwood (Bradford City) in the process. Dario Gradi is awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours List. Crewe sign Rodney Jack for a record £650,000 from Torquay United. Crewe become one of a initial 24 clubs to be recognised as an Academy by the Football Association.

1999 - Against the odds, Crewe manage to retain their First Division status. The club finish in 18th place, but their late revival silence's the critics who wrote them off after a dismal run of 18 matches without victory. In the summer, Crewe sell Seth Johnson to Derby County, for a club record £3 million.

The Alexandra Stadium, Gresty Road

The New Main Stand is opened - August '99

August 1999 - Crewe Alexandra open their new Railtrack Stand, which allows the capacity to increase to 10,150.

2000 - Crewe begin the new Millennium with a 1-1 draw against Manchester City. A sell-out crowd pack into the Alexandra Stadium to witness the club's first game of the new century. Despite being in the bottom half for much of the season, Crewe yet again escape the drop with a fantastic 2-0 win at promotion-chasing Barnsley. Neil Sorvel and Rob Hulse are on target to send Walsall down on the final day. They finish 19th on 51 points.

2000/2001 - Bottom at Christmas, Crewe enjoy a fantastic run to starve off relegation. With the emergence of Rob Hulse and Dean Ashton, Crewe win nine of their remaining matches in the comfort zone of 14th position. A 3-1 defeat by Preston finally sees the Alex beaten at home after an unbeaten run of nine in the League. Crewe born Rob Hulse finishes as leading goalscorer with 11 goals.

2001/2002 Crewe Alexandra's five year reign in the First Division comes to a sad end by goal difference. Unable to stop a rapid slide after the Christmas period, the Alex finish third from bottom and are relegated on the final day after failing to overcome Rotherham United. A promising FA Cup run is ended by Everton in the 5th round. The season also sees Dario gradi complete 1000 games in charge of the club.

Dario and Bramms celebrate

Manager & Captain celebrate promotion - 02/03

2002/2003 A record breaking season sees the Alex return to the First Division at the very first attempt. Dario Gradi guides the Railwaymen to automatic promotion in second place behind champions Wigan Athletic as records tumble. Clayton Ince and Ademole Bankole break the clean sheet record with 24 shut outs, the away wins record tumbles and a new record points total is achieved.

2004/2005 After suriving their first year back in the English second tier, the Alex's second season back goes right to the wire. In a season which saw the Alex in seventh position at the turn of the year, the sale and striker Dean Ashton sold to Norwich City for £3 million, the Railwaymen survive by one goal as strikes by Steve Jones and Michael Higdon overturn a 1-0 half-time deficit on the final day of the season at home to Coventry City, to ensure survival and end a winless streak which streched over 20 games.

2005/06   Crewe Alexandra's continued success in the Championship finally comes to an end when we are relegated at the end of the season. Despite a gallant effort in the second half of the season, the Railwaymen eventually finish in 22nd place and are relegated with Millwall and Brighton. The season did see some highs though with the club securing Algerian International Madjid Bougherra and the former Welsh International Gareth Taylor on loan.