CIVIC leaders have got behind Crewe Alexandra as they head back to Wembley following a dramatic 3-2 aggregate victory over Coventry City in the semi final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

The Alex threw away a three goal cushion in the final few minutes of the game at Gresty Road last Wednesday, February 20, but the visitors’ late comeback wasn’t enough to overturn the advantage.

Crewe’s trip to Wembley to play Southend United on April 7 will be their second visit to the home of football in 12 months, following their league two playoff final victory over Cheltenham last May.

This week, MP Edward Timpson took time out to congratulate The Railwaymen. He said: "The Alex at Wembley is in danger of becoming a regular feature of their fixture list.

“Another visit in the cup is a testament to the continued progress made by Steve Davies and his team, backed up by a solid league standing after promotion last season. Let's hope they come back victorious - again!"

Councillor Michael Jones, leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “I would like to congratulate Crewe Alexandra FC on reaching the final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, and making a return trip to Wembley so soon after their play off final victory last year.

“Cheshire East Council has high hopes for Crewe and we are already starting to deliver on our aspirations for the town with the recent HS2 announcement and the wider All Change for Crewe programme.

“The success of The Alex feeds into the feel-good atmosphere Crewe is experiencing at the moment.

“I would like to wish the team all the best for the final and encourage as many people as possible to cheer them on against Southend United.”

Turn to the back page for a full report of Crewe’s cup heroics.