Category: Crewe Alexandra


‘It isn’t easy admitting you were one of Barry Bennell’s boys’

Micky Fallon, one of the former players Bennell has been convicted of abusing, reveals the horrors he endured and asks how Crewe did not realise the coach was a risk when opponents called them ‘The paedophile lads’There is a scar on my cheek that will …


Barry Bennell: the predatory Pied Piper who made stars and shattered lives

The former Manchester City and Crewe coach exploited his status to abuse potentially hundreds of boys, employing gifts, a sheep’s head and haunted houses to subject his victims to unspeakable horrorsAndy Woodward, one of the boys lost and brutalised du…


Football League: 10-man Bristol City back on track with win over QPR

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League One and League Two: a fan from each club previews the 2017–18 season

If the fans who spoke to us are right, Bradford City, Bristol Rovers, Bury, Charlton and Southend United – and a few other clubs – will be in the play-offs

• Championship: fans preview the season

It would be nice to stay clear of relegation and have a comfortable season with a few big wins to keep us going. I’d like a number of our younger players to establish themselves here rather than being bought by Premier League clubs.

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Former Crewe youth coach suspended by Football Association

• Suspension follows that of Crewe director of football Dario Gradi
• Paul McCann worked for Crewe in the 1980s and 90s

Another former coach from Crewe Alexandra, described as a “long-standing club stalwart” because of his work with their youth-team players, has been suspended by the Football Association.

Paul McCann worked for Crewe in the 1980s and 90s and at one stage was the assistant coach in charge of the club’s youth team.

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Dario Gradi offers to help in football child abuse investigation

Former Chelsea assistant coach and Crewe manager denies any wrongdoing after claim he ‘smoothed over’ a complaint

Dario Gradi, the former manager of Crewe Alexandra who has been suspended from football amid an investigation into his links to alleged child abuse, has said he will do all in his power to help the authorities.

Gradi, who was also the club’s director of football, reiterated his denial of any wrongdoing on Monday. The club, which he joined in 1983, has been at the centre of allegations of child abuse but it is understood that the Football Association’s investigation into Gradi relates to his time at Chelsea, when it is alleged he “smoothed over” a complaint against a colleague in the 1970s.

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Dario Gradi suspended by FA pending investigation into sexual abuse scandal

• Gradi claimed to have ‘smoothed over’ assault claim while at Chelsea
• Scotland deputy minister calls on SFA to set up inquiry

Dario Gradi, the director of football at Crewe – the club at the centre of the football sexual abuse scandal – has been suspended by the FA.

Gradi, who spent more than 30 years in senior roles at Crewe, has been ordered to step down pending an investigation by the football authorities after claims that he visited the parents of a Chelsea youth-team player to “smooth over” a complaint of sexual assault against Eddie Heath, the chief scout who has been identified as a repeat offender in the 1970s.

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FA to question Dario Gradi over claims he ‘smoothed over’ sex abuse at Chelsea

• Gradi said to have told victim the abuser ‘overstepped mark in fondness’
• Former Chelsea assistant, now at Crewe Alexandra, has denied wrongdoing

Dario Gradi is to be quizzed by a team of investigators working on behalf of the Football Association after claims that he visited the parents of a Chelsea youth-team player to “smooth over” a complaint of sexual assault against Eddie Heath, the chief scout who has been identified as a repeat offender in the 1970s.

Gradi, currently the director of football at Crewe Alexandra after more than 30 years in senior roles with the club, will be asked for his version of events after being identified as the man Chelsea sent to deal with a complaint that Heath had indecently assaulted the boy, then 15.

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Leeds and Blackpool named by Gordon Taylor in child sex abuse in football scandal

• Chief executive of players union says 20 players have come forward
• Leeds and Blackpool yet to comment on claims

The chief executive of the Professional Players’ Association, Gordon Taylor, has revealed the number of players making allegations of child sexual abuse in football is now more than 20, and he has alleged that Leeds United and Blackpool can be added to Crewe Alexandra, Manchester City, Newcastle United and Stoke on the list of clubs connected to the claims.

Related: When I started talking to Barry Bennell’s victims, I had no idea how deep abuse ran in football

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FA sets up review into child sex abuse in football after Barry Bennell claims

• Governing body will investigate what information clubs were aware of at time
• FA will also investigate what it knew at time of alleged offences

The Football Association has set up an internal review into what Crewe and Manchester City knew about Barry Bennell and allegations of child sexual abuse in football. The governing body will also investigate what information it was aware of at the time of the alleged offences.

Four players have so far made public allegations against the former Crewe Alexandra youth coach Bennell, who was also involved with Manchester City and Stoke, including Andy Woodward whose account in The Guardian has prompted a string of other footballers to come forward with claims.

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Crewe to launch independent review into handling of child abuse allegations

• Review into historical allegations will be conducted by external legal counsel
• Club statement says this is ‘the correct way forward in the circumstances’

Crewe have announced they will conduct an independent review into the way they dealt with historical child abuse allegations.

The League Two club released a statement on Saturday evening explaining they will appoint an external legal counsel to carry out an investigation.

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Crewe were warned about Barry Bennell but he stayed on, says former board member

• Hamilton Smith says he asked for a meeting to discuss Bennell
• In 2001, he asked the FA to investigate the youth set-up at Crewe

Crewe Alexandra, the club most heavily implicated in the Barry Bennell case, were warned he had sexually abused one of his junior footballers but allowed the man who turned out to be a serial paedophile to stay at the club for a number of years, the Guardian has been told.

Bennell was the subject of a top-level meeting in the late 1980s but was kept in his job despite the chairman at the time, Norman Rowlinson, recommending at one point that the club “get him out” because of growing suspicions about his behaviour.

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Crewe Alexandra: how a football talent factory has been thrown into turmoil | Owen Gibson

Crewe Alexandra are famed for developing talented youngsters but are now tainted after former players spoke of the abuse they suffered at the hands of the coach Barry Bennell at the club in the 1980s

Once best known for its railway junction and now defunct Rolls Royce engineering works, Crewe’s unusually named and unashamedly progressive football club once gave this railway town something to be proud of.

Now, the opposite is true, as the staff and fans of Crewe Alexandra find themselves under the microscope after revelations from their former players Andy Woodward and Steve Walters, who have waived their right to anonymity to speak of the abuse they suffered at the hands of the serial paedophile Barry Bennell while with the club in the 1980s.

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The best goals of the week: Ángel Di María, Marco Reus and Jon Toral

Featuring a counterattack from Crewe, a drive from Dover, a backheel from Benfica and an immaculate overhead from Israel and a passing move from Paris Continue reading…


Steve Davis keeps Crewe’s playing style on track with Wigan draw

Reece Wabara put Wigan ahead but Brad Inman equalised for a point that did not lift Railwaymen off bottom of League One

Steve Davis, manager of Crewe Alexandra, said last week: “We have to learn to win when we’re in front.” The previous Saturday they led 3-1 at Swindon at half-time and lost 4-3. It was far from the first time they “had failed to see games out”. The situation did not arise again on Saturday at home to Wigan, who scored after 16 minutes, but now Crewe cut to the chase, caught up before half-time and held out for a worthy 1-1 draw. Wigan lie comfortably fourth in League One, Crewe last but not in the least worried.

This is familiar territory for them. The Railwaymen know their station – it is five minutes’ walk away – and remain happy to shunt between fourth and second tiers as they have through history, sticking to their line and ignoring the signals from other clubs of knee-jerk dismissal. Eleven of the 36 managerial changes this season have been in League One, including all three clubs immediately above them. Oldham have been responsible for two. Unveiling John Sheridan last week their chairman, Simon Corney, said: “John has always been high on my list whenever we have appointed managers” – except, perhaps, when they had sacked him in 2009 with the club eighth in the same division.

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League One 2015-16 fixtures: week-by-week list for the season

Relegated Wigan face opening day trip to CoventryBurton begin with home game against Scunthorpe8 August 2015: Burton Albion v Scunthorpe United, Chesterfield v Barnsley, Colchester United v Blackpool, Coventry City v Wigan Athletic, Crewe Alexandra v P…


League One roundup: MK Dons promoted; Preston settle for play-offs

• MK Dons into Championship after 5-1 win against Yeovil
• Colchester win 1-0 to stay up and deny Preston automatic promotion
• Notts County, Crawley and Leyton Orient relegated along with Yeovil
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League One clockwatch – live!

  • MK Dons promoted after 5-1 win over Yeovil
  • Colchester survive after 1-0 win over Preston
  • Preston turn attentions to play-offs after letting second place slip
  • Leyton Orient, Crawley and Notts County relegated to League Two

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That’s all from me on a frantic finale to the League One season. Thanks for joining, see you next time and you can join Jacob Steinberg for live updates from Chelsea’s promotion party against Crystal Palace here.


2.18pm BST

Barnsley 5-0 Rochdale

Bristol City 8-2 Walsall

2.15pm BST

Champions: Bristol City

Automatic promotion: MK Dons

2.13pm BST

Colchester’s win over Preston has kept the U’s up as Crawley, Orient and Notts County are condemned to League Two next season.

2.11pm BST

A 5-1 win coupled with Preston’s defeat at Colchester sees MK Dons promoted to the Championship.

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Doncaster 5-2 Scunthorpe: And Hakeeb Adelakun has scored an equally meaningless goal for the Iron.

2.10pm BST

Port Vale 1-2 Fleetwood: Michael O’Connor pulls a thoroughly irrelevant goal back for Port Vale.

2.10pm BST

Barnsley 5-0 Rochdale: Sam Winnall has scored.

2.09pm BST

FT! Colchester 1-0 Preston: Colchester have saved themselves. George Moncur’s winner keeps the U’s in League One and condemns Preston to the play-offs.

2.08pm BST

Gillingham 3-1 Notts County: Oh dear, oh dear. Desperately pushing for an equaliser, County are hit on the counter and Luke Morris hammers in the final nail.

2.07pm BST

Bristol City 8-2 Walsall: Not Aden Flint this time but Kieran Agard with his second in the Robins’ promotion party.

2.07pm BST

Barnsley 4-0 Rochdale: Conor Hourihane has scored.

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Gillingham 2-1 Notts County: That appears to be curtains for County unless Preston can find an equaliser – Brennan Dickenson puts Gillingham ahead at Prestfield.

2.05pm BST

Swindon 2-2 Leyton Orient: And that’s pretty much it for Orient as well. Andy Williams levels from the penalty spot for 10-man Swindon and the O’s are all but done.

2.04pm BST

Crawley 1-2 Coventry: That’s Crawley’s fate effectively sealed. James Maddison slots home after some mindless defending from the Red Devils, Coventry fans can breathe easy.

2.02pm BST

Bristol City 7-2 Walsall: That’s a hat-trick for Bristol City’s centre-half Aden Flint, who now has 14 goals this season. Wowsers.

2.01pm BST

Barnsley 3-0 Rochdale: Mason Holgate has scored.

2.01pm BST

Gillingham 1-1 Notts County: All change again! John Egan’s leveller for Gillingham puts the Magpies back in the bottom four and Crewe are now out of the drop-zone again. Blimey! Who’d be a Crewe fan today?

1.59pm BST

Doncaster 5-1 Scunthorpe: Nathan Tyson completes his hat-trick with another penalty against Scunthorpe, smashing it down the middle.

1.58pm BST

After that Colchester goal, MK Dons are all but promoted while at the bottom it is Crawley, Leyton Orient and Crewe joining Yeovil in League One. Goals for Gillingham or Preston would change all that though.

1.56pm BST

Oldham 1-1 Peterborough: Michael Bostwick has equalised for Peterborough in a match that matter little.

1.55pm BST

Colchester 1-0 Preston: George Moncur’s ninth goal of the season has all but ended Preston’s hopes of automatic promotion while Colchester may have just saved themselves. It’s tidy slotted finish from Moncur after good hold-up play from Chris Porter. Crewe are back in trouble at the foot of the table.

1.52pm BST

Barnsley 2-0 Rochdale: Josh Scowen now has a double at Oakwell. That is all.

1.51pm BST

Doncaster 4-1 Scunthorpe: Nathan Tyson showing the others how it’s done by converting from the spot for his second. This one is surely over now.

1.50pm BST

MK Dons 5-1 Yeovil: Goal 101 of the season for MK Dons, Dean Lewington with his second of the match. This one has long been in the bag for the Dons but Preston can still deny them.

1.49pm BST

Colchester 0-0 Preston: What a miss! A superb cross from Preston’s Daniel Johnson finds Joe Garner, the league’s top scorer, unmarked at the far post but he heads just wide.

1.47pm BST

Crawley 1-1 Coventry: Another towering header at the Broadfield Stadium from Coventry’s Marcus Tudgay has put the cat among the relegation pigeons. Crawley are back down to 22nd and Crewe are just above the line.

1.44pm BST

Barnsley 1-0 Rochdale: Josh Scowen has put Barnsley ahead in a match that we’ve not touched on yet. Rochdale are down to 10 by the by. Joe Rafferty has picked up two yellow cards to bring an early end to his season.

1.43pm BST

Bristol City 6-2 Walsall: Start the car! That’s another for Aden Flint, No13 of the season, and the Robins are rocking!

1.42pm BST

Swindon 1-2 Leyton Orient: Swindon have a goal back and this one is worth a watch. A free-kick just on the edge of the Orient area is knocked to Anton Rodgers who flicks the ball up before smashing a right-footed volley into the top corner. Tasty.

1.40pm BST

Colchester 0-0 Preston: Preston have stepped it up a notch. An almighty scramble in the Colchester box is swiftly followed by Jermaine Beckford just failing to meet a flashing cross across the face.

1.39pm BST

Bristol City 5-2 Walsall: Yep, Walsall are done for. That’s two in two minutes for the champions, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas with his second of the game, powering into the area before lashing home.

1.38pm BST

Bristol City 4-2 Walsall: Marlon Pack has given Bristol City their fourth goal of the match and you get the feeling Walsall are done for now.

1.36pm BST

Gillingham 0-1 Notts County: This is a massive goal from Graham Burke. Crewe were let off the hook by Colchester but Notts County have heaped the pressure on the Alex with Burke lashing home. Coventry also looking precarious but safe at present on goal difference.

As it stands then, the bottom four are Crewe, Leyton Orient, Colchester and Yeovil.

1.34pm BST

Bristol City 3-2 Walsall: The champions are back in front in this five-goal thriller, Kieran Agard on target on 57 minutes. The Robins faithful are enjoying themselves again.

1.33pm BST

Doncaster 3-1 Scunthorpe: More own goal news. This time Andy Butler beating his own goalkeeper to pull one back for the Iron at the Keepmoat.

1.33pm BST

MK Dons 4-1 Yeovil: Now that’s surprise. Yeovil have one back, Jordan Spence putting through his own net at stadium:mk.

1.31pm BST

Colchester 0-0 Preston: Sam Johnstone obviously paid no attention to Grayson’s rocket and after shooting off his line he brings down George Moncur. It’s Chris Porter who steps up and it’s an awful penalty, at least five yards over the bar! That’s the third missed penalty of the day and it’s a let-off for Crewe who would have slipped into the bottom four in place of Colchester had Porter found the net.

1.27pm BST

Sheffield United 1-1 Chesterfield: The race for fifth is back on! Ian Evatt levels for the Spireites. Another for the visitors and they will leapfrog their hosts into fifth place.

1.26pm BST

Swindon 0-2 Leyton Orient: The O’s are doing everything they can to stay in League One – Chris Dagnall has doubled their advantage at the County Ground but they remain in trouble with Crawley in front against Coventry.

1.25pm BST

Colchester 0-0 Preston: A shocking attempt from North End’s Paul Gallagher. The ball bobbled after a pull-back to the edge of the area but that one is a mile over the bar and still travelling

1.23pm BST

Crawley 1-0 Coventry: A towering header from Mathias Pogba means it’s all change at the bottom. Crawley are now safe as things stand, with Leyton Orient now slipping back into the drop-zone despite leading at Swindon.

1.21pm BST

Colchester 0-0 Preston: That is poor from Jermaine Beckford. He was closing in on goal but a heavy touch allowed Tom Eastman to come across and make the tackle.

1.19pm BST

We’re back underway at Colchester. Both sides need to win but at the moment it’s 0-0. Something must give …

1.08pm BST

Doncaster 3-0 Scunthorpe: This one is still going – maybe their not going to bother with half-time. Rob Jones has made it 3-0 to Rovers. It’s half-time there now. Not so exciting.

1.07pm BST

As it stands, MK Dons are 4-0 to the good against Yeovil and are on their way to the Championship with Preston still goalless at Colchester. Leyton Orient, 23rd at the start of the day, are the only side in the bottom six in front and as a result it is Notts County who are currently joining Crawley, Colchester and Yeovil in League Two.

1.03pm BST

Let-off for Preston: Jacob Murphy’s audacious lob from wide on the left, over the onrushing Sam Johnstone, who can expect a rocket from Larry Grayson at half-time, drifts just wide. It’s still 0-0 and it’s now half-time.

1.02pm BST

Crawley 0-0 Coventry: That is massive. Nick Proschwitz has been anything but prolific for the Sky Blues and his spot-kick is superbly saved by Brian ‘the Beast’ Jensen low down to his right. That is a missed chance for Cov to pull clear of danger.

12.59pm BST

MK Dons 4-0 Yeovil: That didn’t take long. That’s a century for the Dons. Will Grigg nodding home Carl Baker’s cross at the far post for his 20th league goal of the season. The mathematicians among you will already know that Grigg has scored a fifth of the Dons’ goals in League One.

12.57pm BST

Swindon 0-1 Leyton Orient: This is a massive goal in the context of Survival Sunday. Dean Cox has put Orient ahead against 10-man Swindon and, as the only one of the bottom six currently ahead, the O’s have their virtual heads above water in the as-it-stands table, Notts County slipping into the bottom four.

12.56pm BST

MK Dons 3-0 Yeovil: The Dons are running riot. Dean Lewington turns provider this time, head a deep centre back across goal for Darren Potter to lash home on the volley. That’s 99 league goals for the Dons this season and they’re certainties to hit three figures.

12.55pm BST

Bristol City 2-2 Walsall: The Saddlers are certainly playing their part in this entertaining end-of-season clash. Jordy Hiwula has a second and it’s level again at Ashton Gate.

12.54pm BST

Doncaster 2-0 Scunthorpe: Nathan Tyson has made it 2-0 to Rovers. Apparently this is a derby but it’s a pretty one-sided one at present.

12.53pm BST

Sheffield United 1-0 Chesterfield: Remember the race for fifth? Well it’s Sheffield United who look on course to face Swindon in the play-offs, Marc McNulty opening the scoring on 34 minutes.

12.52pm BST

Colchester 0-0 Preston: It’s cagey at Colchester. The U’s have grown into the game after some early North End pressure. Visiting fans will no doubt be aware of MK Dons’ latest score but Jermaine Beckford almost put their fate back in their own hands, denied by Sam Walker at full stretch.

12.45pm BST

Port Vale 0-2 Fleetwood: Mark Roberts makes it two to the visitors on 26 minutes, bundling in from close range.

12.43pm BST

MK Dons 2-0 Yeovil: Dean Lewington has put the Dons two the good with a delightful free-kick and it’s likely to be a whole lot more against a Yeovil side who can’t wait for the season to finish. With Preston toiling at Colchester, it’s advantage Dons.

12.41pm BST

Crewe 0-1 Bradford: Bad news for the Alex. Billy Clarke lashes home after Crewe fail to clear a long free-kick to put the Bantams in front. Crewe are still safe as it stands,

12.40pm BST

Bristol City 2-1 Walsall: Jay Emanuel-Thomas’s takes some penalty. The former Arsenal youngster strolls up to the ball on the spot and rolls the ball home to give the Robins the lead midway through the first half.

12.38pm BST

Port Vale 0-1 Fleetwood: The Cod Army are ahead in another dead rubber, Josh Morris finding the net on 17 minutes.

12.37pm BST

Swindon’s keeper Tyrell Belford may just have clinched the award for daftest sending off of the season on the final day, bringing down Orient’s Chris Dagnall. Lloyd James is the taker – the substitute keeper is Tyrell’s brother Cameron Belford – and he’s saved it!

12.33pm BST

Bristol City 1-1 Walsall: Normal service resumed at Ashton Gate. Aden Flint lashes home his 12th goal of the season for the champions on 16 minutes. No mean feat for a centre-half.

12.32pm BST

Doncaster 1-0 Scunthorpe: Rovers are ahead in this 14th v 15th clash; Niall Canavan has put through his own net at the Keepmoat Stadium.

12.30pm BST

Bristol City 0-1 Walsall: This isn’t in the script. The Robins are supposed to be celebrating the league title at Ashton Gate, but perhaps a little too much. Walsall are ahead through Jordy Hiwula.

12.29pm BST

Oldam 1-0 Peterborough: In a match that matters little, Posh are head thanks to Dominic Poleon’s ninth-minute effort.

12.28pm BST

Milton Keynes, of course, is not only famed for its roundabouts. It’s also home to Great Britain’s elite badminton players and the Dons have a fan one former shuttler …

Come on MKDons!! @MKDonsFC

12.25pm BST

MK Dons 1-0 Yeovil: Carl Baker rifles home from the edge of the box on seven minutes to pile the pressure on Preston. As it stands the Dons are in second spot.

12.21pm BST

Coventry have the ball in the net at Crawley, bundled in from a John Fleck free-kick, but the assistant flags for off-side.

12.16pm BST

We’re up and running at the Colchester Community stadium …

12.10pm BST

The away fans are already in full voice and have created a sea of yellow! #PNElive #SGSWA

12.08pm BST

Milton Keynes Dons: Martin, Spence, McFadzean, Kay, Lewington, Potter, Alli, Hall, Carl Baker, Carruthers, Grigg.
Subs: Hodson, Bowditch, Reeves, McLoughlin, Powell, Cole, Lewis Baker.

11.50am BST

Where to start … we’ll, Coventry, Crewe and Notts County all currently have their heads above water but will know Crawley, Colchester and Leyton Orient are all ready to pounce below them. Four points separate Coventry in 18th and Orient in 23rd but all six sides may find themselves heading for League Two in a couple of hours. Crawley, in 21st, host Coventry. Even more exciting.

11.41am BST

It would be remiss of me not to mention the tussle for fifth place and the right to face Swindon in the play-offs. Sheffield United, currently in fifth, are two points above sixth-placed Chesterfield, who, lo and behold, they host today. Exciting.

11.28am BST

Time for a quick recap on the battle for second place. Preston currently have 89 points in second while MK Dons have 88 but a vastly superior goal difference. A Preston victory at Colchester guarantees promotion but failure to win would mean three points for MK Dons at home to Yeovil is enough for Karl Robinson’s side. A defeat for Preston would also ensure a draw for MK Dons is enough.

Team news is beginning to filter through, I’ll have the line-ups for you in full in due course.

11.14am BST

An important update now from the aptly named Keepmoat Stadium, courtesy of Doncaster’s Twitter page.

REFEREE: Pitch inspection done. Game on @SUFCOfficial !

11.00am BST

Good morning League One fans and welcome to what will from this moment forth be known as ‘Survival Sunday’. A pulsating season in England’s third tier comes to a conclusion today and while Bristol City have long been crowned champions, there remains plenty up for grabs on Survival Sunday. Yeovil have already slipped out of the division but there are no less than six teams scrapping to avoid the dread trapdoor on Survival Sunday.

Crawley, Colchester and Leyton Orient occupy places 21, 22 and 23 on 50, 49 and 48 points respectively but Coventry, 18th on 52 points, Crewe 19th also on 52 points with a shocking goal difference and Notts County, 20th on 50 points are all nervously looking over their shoulder.

11.00am BST

Barnsley v Rochdale

Bristol City v Walsall

11.00am BST

Gerard will be here soon.

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Sheffield United railroaded by Crewe’s Ryan Colclough at the death

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Barnsley pin hopes on caretakers as stagnation hangs heavy in Oakwell air

Paul Heckingbottom and Mark Burton join forces to secure a much-needed win as Crewe fly in the face of their cultured reputation
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