In June 2010, David Artell signed for Crewe Alexandra from Morecambe on a free transfer. Legendary Alex boss Dario Gradi was looking for a centre-half who could head the ball clear in his own box and score goals in the other and the 6ft 3in Yorkshireman fitted the bill perfectly.
Captain Luke Murphy’s opening goal in Sunday’s Football League Trophy Final no doubt sent his eventual transfer fee soaring still higher. The Alsager born midfield maestro is almost certain to be the next player to join ‘Millionaire’s Row’ at Reasheath training ground and his scintillating displays in an Alex shirt this season deserve nothing less.
There are numerous similarities between Dario Gradi MBE and the fictional Roald Dahl character,Willy Wonka. The man from Milan even has his very own conveyor belt over at Reasheath, though what he produces are the finest technical footballers as oppose to the tastiest confectionary.
During his thirty years at Crewe Alexandra Dario Gradi MBE has made many friends in high places and perhaps the most famous of those is outgoing Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.
In January 2005 Crewe Alexandra sat proudly in seventh position in the Championship with the prolific Dean Ashton firing on all cylinders. But when Norwich City bought him for £3 million the Railwaymen failed to win another game until the last day of the season, when they beat Coventry City to avoid relegation. Many fans […]
Following a torrid start to the 2008/09 season Steve Holland left as Crewe Alexandra manager and was replaced by former Iceland national team manager Guðjón Þórðarson. Despite a good start to the job Þórðarson still did not prevent the club from being relegated to the football league basement for the first time since 1994 and technical director […]
In 1997 Dario Gradi took Crewe Alexandra into English football’s second tier for the first time in modern history and it was an achievement than many never believe possible for such a modest sized club.
During the 1980’s Dario Gradi was making a name for himself as a very talented young manager at Crewe Alexandra. His reputation was growing and clubs all over Europe were keeping a close eye on the man from Milan. Eventually, Portuguese giants Benfica decided that they would take a chance on Gradi if they could […]
Legendary Crewe Alexandra technical director Dario Gradi came to the club in June 1983 after deciding that he wanted to get out of London and begin a new adventure. Thirty years later, he has built the football club on his own philosophy of putting faith in young home-grown players before selling them on to stay […]
Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis says that he has not applied for the vacant Wolverhampton Wanderers job and is very happy at The Alexandra Stadium.