Dream Teams: Crewe Alexandra
Wednesday 06 May 2009
In the 1979 BBC documentary, Great Railway Journeys of the World, as the camera pans over Crewe Alexandra's Gresty Road stadium, the inimitable Michael Palin describes the South Chesire town as "like those other railway towns, Swindon and Doncaster, possessed of a football team which is perpetually propping up the bottom of the Fourth Division".
What Palin did not anticipate was the arrival of the Milan-born Dario Gradi as Crewe manager four years later. Within six years the Railwaymen had escaped the country's basement division and, in 1997, they secured promotion to the heady heights of football's second-highest tier.
Alas, last Saturday's 3-0 home defeat to League Two champions Leicester City sent the Alex tumbling back down to the basement.
In order to provide hope for the Crewe faithful, and the fans of all those clubs relegated last weekend, here is a Dream Team of those players who helped make the Railwaymen such a breeding ground for success throughout the eighties and nineties.
Crewe's production line is emphasised by the list of those who missed out on selection, which includes Celtic legend Neil Lennon, the scourge of opposition fans, Robbie Savage, and the likes of Rangers' Madjid Bougherra and former Premier League striker, Ashley Ward.
Does your Football League club deserve a Dream team and can they match the Alex for producing future stars of the game? Join in the debate below.
Could you ever imagine Zimbabwean Bruce Grobbelaar pulling on the England No1 jersey? Is Spanish-born Manuel Almunia the only choice between the sticks in South Africa next year as James proves he's a calamitous as ever? Click here to join in the Footy Forum debate.
Latest in Sport
Luckless Abou Diaby full of confidence as he attempts yet another Arsenal comeback
Arturo Vidal: Midfielder must ask to join Manchester United, say Juventus
Scottie dogs in Commonwealth Games opening ceremony 'disrespectful to Muslims', say Malaysian politicians
Calum Chambers joins Arsenal: Gunners complete £16m transfer of right-back
Manchester United latest: Angel Di Maria move no closer as Juan Mata emerges as Louis van Gaal's favoured No 10 as prospect of signing
- 1 Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
- 2 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 3 Is Ebola coming to Britain? UK health officials issue warning to doctors as outbreak fears grow
- 4 Richard Dawkins says 'date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse' on Twitter
- 5 Danish TV reporter is all business up top, all party down below
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
Were 'Poor Doors' added to mixed developments so wealthy residents don't have to go in alongside social housing tenants?