Luke Murphy says that tonight’s friendly against Stoke City will have even more of a feel to it because of what it means for young Ashton Hulme.
Both clubs agreed to meet in pre-season with all proceeds from the match going to Ashton and his fight against cancer.
The experienced midfielder says it would be great to face Stoke City again in pre-season but even more so with what a difference it could make to Ashton’s life going forward.
Murphy, who could be leading the Alex out as captain this evening, told us: “It is always a good game against Stoke. Although we haven’t played them in a competitive match for a while now, it is still a derby and we will still get stick and abuse from their fans. That is what it is about and we have missed it.
“It should be a really good atmosphere and hopefully as many people as possible can come to the game. The regulations have eased now and it is for such a special cause with what young Ashton has had to go through.
“It’s credit to both clubs. Everyone is aware of what Crewe have done over the last few months and Stoke have been exactly the same in their support. It is good to see and I would think everyone is looking forward to it.
Luke added: “I’m sure there will be no love lost between the fans and I think there will be a few tackles flying in on the pitch as well because both teams will be wanting to play well and win. I am sure it will be an exciting game and hopefully there will be a good crowd there for Ashton.”