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Crewe Alexandra
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Crewe Alexandra F.C. was formed in 1877. They played in the Football Alliance (a rival to the Football League) briefly, before joining the Football League Division Two as founder members in 1892. They only stayed there for five years, however, before being relegated to non-league football. Crewe then proceeded to sign its players as professionals and finally returned to the football league in the 1920's. They won the Welsh cup in 1936 and 1937 before being barred from entering the competition, mostly for not being Welsh. The team struggled in the lower reaches of the league from the 1950's to the 1980's leading to Michael Palin's 1979 comment in a railway documentary, "like those other railway towns … perpetually propping up the bottom of the Fourth Division". In 1983 Dario Gradi was appointed manager, the team having just avoided exit from the Football League. As of 2007 Gradi was the longest serving manager in English football, having stabilised the club and even guided them to five years in the second tier of the Football League. In 2000 the club renamed their stadium (where they have played since 1898) The Alexandra Stadium. The fans, however, will probably always know it by its original name Gresty Road.


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