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current interim boss at Gresty Road, Alex Morris came through the Crewe Academy at the same time as the likes of David Vaughan, Lee Bell and Dean Ashton but a succession of injuries hampered his progress.
He was named in the 2006 first team squad by Dario Gradi but was never able to make a first-team appearance for the club.
He had to retire early from the game and he became focussed on his coaching badges.
Morris said the ‘overriding feeling’ around the club about former boss David Artell’s departure was ‘sadness’, but he now hopes to strengthen his claims to keep the job beyond the end of the campaign.
“I’d love to take the job long-term. I’ve been at this club for a long, long time and I believe I have the credentials,” he added.
Crewe were beaten at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night, having won at home against AFC Wimbledon on Good Friday – just their seventh win of the campaign.
“That has to be a motivation going into next season and there were positives we can take into Saturday against Ipswich,” Morris said after the two Easter clashes.
“I will never accept a defeat, never but there were plenty of things to be pleased with.”
The last time
An incredible lob by Bersant Celina and an own goal from Luke Offord condemned then League One basement club Crewe to defeat at Ipswich back in November, leaving the Alex firmly rooted at the bottom of the league.
The visitors replied through former Everton youth striker Chris Long but Town held on for a narrow victory as they returned to winning ways after a four-match league winless run.
Crewe got off to the worst possible start when a great piece of dribbling from Sone Aluko across the byline resulted in his shot hitting Offord and ending up in the back of the net just three minutes in.
Then Celina produced an outrageous high looping shot from 25 yards out to put the home side further in front in first-half stoppage-time.
The Railwaymen pulled a goal back after 73 minutes when Long diverted home a shot from Mikael Mandron.
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Town and Crewe have met 19 times, 16 times in the league and three in the League Cup.
Ipswich have the better record, having won 12 of the matches between the two sides.
Indeed the last time Crewe beat Town was back in 2003, at Gresty Road, when the Railwaymen won 1-0 in a Division One clash.
A year later there was a 10-goal thriller at Portman Road, again in a First Division clash, with Ipswich winning 6-4. Two of the Crewe goals were own goals, by Town’s John McGreal and Matt Richards