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Milestone meetings in Sky Bet League 1

21 August 2015

Out of the 12 fixtures in Sky Bet League 1 this weekend, three of the match-ups will see clubs meet for a milestone 50th time.

Crewe Alexandra face Bury, Oldham Athletic host Shrewsbury Town and Port Vale welcome Doncaster Rovers, with the sides facing off against each other on 49 occasions prior to the weekend, so let's take a look at some of the history behind the fixtures...

Crewe Alexandra v Bury

When did it start?

The first two meetings came in the Old Division 2 in 1894/95, and it was Bury who dominated with 5-1 and 4-1 victories. That was it until 1957/58, when the Shakers achieved the double over the Railwaymen once more.

It wasn't until the seventh meeting in 1972 that Crewe finally got their first success, winning 1-0 in Bury and doing the double with a 2-1 win later on in the campaign.

How are they matched now?

It's been more evenly matched in recent years, but Bury hold the bragging rights due to a 3-2 win in the Capital One Cup in August 2013.

The last league meetings came in 2012/13 in Sky Bet League 1, when Crewe won 1-0 at home before the spoils were shared in a 2-2 draw at Gigg Lane.

Familiar faces?

Two of Bury's strikers will be on familiar ground on Saturday, especially Tom Pope.

Pope worked his way up through Crewe's youth set-up before moving into non-league football. However, he was re-signed in 2005 and scored 17 goals in 60 appearances for the Railwaymen before moving to Rotherham United.

Ryan Lowe also will have fond memories from his time at Gresty Road, where he enjoyed two good seasons between 2006 and 2008.

Oldham Athletic v Shrewsbury Town

When did it start?

The first meeting was at Shrewsbury in 1950 when the sides played out a 2-2 draw. Oldham won the reverse meeting 2-1, and it wasn't until 1963 that the Shrews got their first win over the Latics.

That kicked off a good spell for the Shropshire side – they won four of the following five matches after that 2-0 win at Gay Meadow.

How are they matched now?

The last four league games make interesting reading, with the second fixture echoing the result from the first.

In 2012/13 Oldham defeated the Shrews 1-0 at Boundary Park, but the Shrews exacted their revenge later in the season when winning by the same scoreline.

The Latics were at it again in the following campaign, recording a 2-1 success away at Greenhous Meadow. However, the Shrews evened things up again with a carbon copy result in Greater Manchester.

Familiar faces?

There's a few on show here, with the Shrews' Mat Sadler, James Wesolowski and Scott Vernon all running out at Boundary Park over the years.

Vernon's youth career was spent at Oldham and he went on to make over 80 appearances, scoring 27 goals for the club.

Sadler represented the Latics as recently as last season, making eight appearances in March while on loan from Rotherham United, and Wesolowski made over a century of appearances for Oldham before signing for Micky Mellon's men.

Wesolowski has been out for several months with a knee ligament injury, but he could be in line for a return against his former club after coming through a friendly earlier this week.

On the other side of things, Oldham midfielder Mike Jones had a short loan spell at Shrewsbury back in 2007.

Port Vale v Doncaster Rovers

When did it start?

In 1901/02, and the fans were treated to goals! A 3-3 draw was the first result at Doncaster, and the two clubs shared four goals in the reverse fixture.

Both teams got their maiden wins the following season – the Valiants recorded a 3-0 home success before Rovers bounced back with a 3-2 win in the reverse fixture.

How are they matched now?

One side has been dominant in the last three seasons that the clubs have battled it out, and last time around it was Port Vale.

A 3-1 success on the road at the Keepmoat Stadium was followed up with a 3-0 home triumph as the Valiants took all six points. However, in 2006/07 and 2007/08, it was Doncaster who were well on top.

Rovers took four wins from those four meetings, the second season of which saw them promoted to the Sky Bet Championship.

Familiar faces?

Dany N'Guessan returns to Vale Park where he spent just three months last season. The French attacker signed a short-term deal with the Valiants in October, but he headed to Greece in January before returning to England with Doncaster in the summer.

Uche Ikpeazu was on loan at Doncaster last season, but he failed to net in his seven appearances for the club. The striker – on loan from Watford – is already off the mark for his new side Vale after scoring in the midweek 2-2 draw with Swindon Town.

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