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Crewe Alexandra will kick off their 2018/19 League Two campaign on August 4 with a home game against Morecambe.
The Alex were paired with the seasiders when the League Two fixtures were released by the Football League this morning.
Dave Artell’s side then face a tricky trip to Newport County (August 11), who finished 11th last season, before taking on relegated MK Dons.
September has thrown up two significant dates for the Railwaymen – games against promoted Cheshire rivals Macclesfield Town (Sept 1) and derby foes Port Vale (Sept 22).
Boxing Day will see Crewe at home to last season’s play-off semi-finalists Lincoln City, while they face a New Year’s Day trip to Bury. Their campaign will come to an end on May 4 at Grimsby Town.
Crewe finished last season in 15th place after flirting with relegation from the Football League for much of their campaign.
Crewe Alexandra’s 2018/19 League Two fixtures in full
August 4: Crewe Alexandra v Morecambe
August 11: Newport County v Crewe Alexandra
August 18: Crewe Alexandra v Milton Keynes Dons
August 21: Colchester United v Crewe Alexandra (7.45pm)
August 25: Carlisle United v Crewe Alexandra
September 1: Crewe Alexandra v Macclesfield Town
September 8: Crewe Alexandra v Mansfield Town
September 15: Cheltenham Town v Crewe Alexandra
September 22: Crewe Alexandra v Port Vale
September 29: Notts County v Crewe Alexandra
October 2: Crewe Alexandra v Swindon Town (7.45pm)
October 6: Lincoln City v Crewe Alexandra
October 13: Crewe Alexandra v Bury
October 20: Stevenage v Crewe Alexandra
October 23: Yeovil Town v Crewe Alexandra (7.45pm)
October 27: Crewe Alexandra v Grimsby Town
November 3: Northampton Town v Crewe Alexandra
November 17: Crewe Alexandra v Tranmere Rovers
November 24: Crawley Town v Crewe Alexandra
November 27: Crewe Alexandra v Cambridge United (7.45pm)
December 8: Crewe Alexandra v Oldham Athletic
December 15: Exeter City v Crewe Alexandra
December 22: Forest Green Rovers v Crewe Alexandra
December 26: Crewe Alexandra v Lincoln City
December 29: Crewe Alexandra v Stevenage
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BURY have signed experienced striker Chris Dagnall.
The 32-year-old joins on a one-year deal following a free transfer from Crewe Alexandra.
During a career which has taken him from Tranmere Rovers to Gresty Road via four seasons at Rochdale, and spells at Scunthorpe United, Barnsley, Bradford, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Hibernian, he has played 523 games in all competitions, scoring 137 goals.
Shakers boss Ryan Lowe said: “I’m over the moon to sign Chris, I have known him for some time and have a great relationship with him. Ultimately, he’s a goalscorer, who’s tallied up almost 150 goals during his career and has played over 500 games, so he brings us that experience along with Jermaine Beckford who we’ve already got in the building.
“As a manager, I am looking forward to working with Chris. I’ve worked with him as a player, so I know what he’s about, he gives 100 per cent whether that be in training or games. He sets his own targets, and his targets are goals, so we’re hoping that he can bring plenty of them to us.”
Dagnall told the club: “I am very happy to have joined the club; once I met with Ryan last week, my mind was made up that I wanted to come to Bury. It’s a fantastic club with fantastic facilities, and I’m really looking forward to starting pre-season next week.
“The club has great potential to bounce back from last season’s disappointment, and I don’t see why we can’t; we have a fantastic chance to do well this season.”Read More
Former Derby County forward Chris Porter is hopeful of earning the first promotion of his career with Crewe Alexandra.
Porter was Nigel Clough’s first signing at Pride Park back in 2009, making his debut in a 3-0 away win at Plymouth Argyle.
He would make 50 appearances for the Rams, scoring nine goals, before joining Sheffield United on a free transfer in 2011.
In what will be his 15th pre-season as a professional footballer, Porter is hoping to get ready and launch a promotion challenge with the League Two outfit during the 2018-19 campaign.
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The 34-year-old has struggled with an ankle injury in recent months, making just five appearances for the Railwaymen since January.
Now in the off-season, Porter has already attended a number of summer sessions to work on his fitness ahead of the new campaign.
“The ankle is absolutely fine,” Porter told the club’s website.
He added: “It needed doing and I feel good. There are no concerns from me and I am just working on being as fit as I can be for the first game.
Chris Porter of Derby County (Image: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
“I’ve done a number of pre-seasons before and I used to run myself into the ground and when the season started you can get one or two niggles.
“Now, I still put the work in but the objective is just to be fit as you can be the first game. The match fitness then comes with the games.
“All you can do is focus on that first game and trying to make sure you are in team. Hopefully, I will have a few more pre-seasons to come yet.
“I still do not have a promotion on my CV, so it would be nice to get one towards the end of my career. That is something I would likeRead More