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Day: January 2, 2013

Match Of The Past: Crewe Alexandra

We continue our run of archived matches of the clubs of Football League One with Crewe Alexandra, and six matches from the years between 1987 and 2010 kicking off with Crewe’s trip to Plainmoor on the last day of the 1986/87 season to play Torquay United with the home side needing a result to avoid becoming the first club to be automatically relegated from the Fourth Division and into the Football Conference. Next up are a couple of matches from the early 1990s, a home match against Tranmere Rovers from the 1990/91 season, and then an FA Cup match against the Liverpool-based non-league club Marine from the 1992/93 season. Next, we have a couple of matches from the middle of that decade. First up is a short trip to The Racecourse Ground to play Wrexham from March 1996, and then from the following season a semi-final first leg match from Gresty Road against Luton Town. Our final match is a quite remarkable match from just a couple of years ago, an away match from October 2010 against Chesterfield. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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New Year Tears As Carl Fletcher Leaves Plymouth Argyle

There was a certain inevitability about the departure of manager Carl Fletcher from League Two strugglers Plymouth Argyle. With only one win in the league since the twentieth of October and his team now just two points above the relegation places at the foot of the table, a defeat away to one of the few sides in the division still below them, Bristol Rovers, was always going to be likely to be the straw that broke the camel’s back for the Argyle owner James Brent, but there is still a hint of sadness about the first managerial departure of 2013. Fletcher himself showed great courage in giving an interview with the BBC soon after yesterday’s loss which is difficult for even the viewer to watch, and his departure from Home Park demonstrates the extent to which modern football is a game which has little truck with sentiment. When Fletcher took the job sixteen months ago, there were serious questions to be asked about the ongoing existence of the club. Having only just exited administration after having been in it for some considerable time already, Fletcher’s job last season was an uphill battle, to say the least. He eventually steered the club to twenty-first place in the League One table, two points above the relegation zone, but it was clear that such a close club with losing the club’s Football...

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