By Tony Alvarez
The last fixture of the season in the English Football leagues takes place at Wembley on Sunday as the league 2 play off final is contested between Crewe and Cheltenham.
Both sides are vying to make the step up and be playing in League One next year, there is also many players hoping this fixture can put them in the shop window for a move onto bigger and better things.


Cheltenham had an unexpected win in their play off semi final beating Torquay United over 2 legs, it is not all that shocking but is somewhat unexpected as Torquay finished higher in the League and only missed out on automatic promotion on the final day of the season.
Cheltenham won both home and away giving them an aggregate score line of 4-1 their man of the semi finals was without doubt Jermaine McGlashan who they signed from Aldershot Town in January, he scored in both legs as well as providing an assist for Ben Burgess in the 2-0 home victory. Classy midfielder Marlon Pack scores the clubs other goal on their route to Wembley.
Crewe took the final play off spot and they themselves had an unexpected semi final victory. They beat Paul Sturrock‘s Southend United who finished the regular season above them, however there road to Wembley wasn’t as straight forward as Cheltenhams.
The club went through 3-2 after a 1-0 home victory and a tense but exciting 2-2 draw at Southend’s Roots Hall home.
AJ Leitch-Smith seems to of found form at just the right time as he had a very good end to the season and scored the first with an excellent finish in the 2-2 draw.
He could be one to watch at Wembley, however the club have become the darlings of League 2 this season due to the number of top quality academy players they have used and blooded into the team and combined that with a spot in the play offs and Leitch-Smith is not one of those players.
The names that are being tipped for huge things are the likes of Nick Powell who was named Football League apprentice of the year, the young striker who’s size defies his age has already been linked with Manchester United and Arsenal and rumours suggest he comes with a £4 million price tag.
Its not only Powell that’s getting scouts excited the scorer of Crewe’s second at Southend was Max Clayton who has been compared to a young Michael Owen, if he continues scoring goals of the calibre he did in the play off semi he won’t be with Crewe for long.
Another player that scouts are rumoured to have an eye on is young left back Harry Davis at 20 he is the oldest of their “young talent” but still looks to have quite a career ahead of him.
Crewe go into this match on the back of an 18 game unbeaten run and will be confident of extending that run and finding themselves in League One next season.

It may anger Cheltenham fans but id like to see Crewe win for their style of Football and what they stand for in promoting youth and giving players a chance no matter how old they are. I believe they will win but it will be a very tight affair.

What are your thoughts? Who will gain promotion? How good are Crewe’s youngsters? Who will Cheltenham look to for an inspired performance?

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