Date: 26th July 2013 at 5:54am
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Ashley Westwood has spoken ahead of his return to Crewe, and this lad is too level headed for his own good really. What a fantastic attitude!

Speaking to the Official Site ahead of Friday’s game and his first return to Crewe since his move to us last summer, Westwood thanks his dad for getting him an ‘in’ at Crewe given he’s a sparky at the club, he thanks Crewe for giving him an excellent introduction to football and admits he’s still close to the club, helping player coach Steve Phillips fundraise for a cause close to our heart….Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

‘I was seven when I joined Crewe’s Academy and it was the best possible environment for me. My dad is the electrician at Gresty Road and I always thought he managed to get me in – I never really considered that I might be good enough to make a career in the game. I loved it, always did from day one. There are some tremendously dedicated people there, too many to mention and I owe them so much.’

Such a refreshing attitude to hear a player gushing basically over the start they were given in life, instead of feeling and airing that they were entitled and it was only a matter of time before they moved on, forgot their roots, the start they were given and took the quick cash that is now the whore known as the Premiership.

We had another midfielder in our history who was given a career back by Crewe. Only Arsenal seemed to matter to him, despite the fact he only played for them when his legs didn’t work anymore.

Compare and contrast…

Westwood says that Crewe was the perfect introduction to football for him, especially given his move to Villa because the education he received fits perfectly with what Paul Lambert wants and expects from players, and of course we have our own rather successful Academy here depending on who seems to be the choice of scapegoat this week.

‘Everybody knows the exceptional success rate of the Academy here and, from the speaking to the likes of Ciaran Clark, Marc Albrighton, Nathan Baker, Chris Herd, Andi Weimann, it’s very clear that the way you represent the club off the pitch is tremendously important as well.’

Chris Herd proves that even if a door disrespects your club, you take umbrage and stand up for your colleagues!

As for the charity elements, Westwood couldn’t be more happy to support Steve Phillips’s efforts who apparently chose his cause in part thanks to the efforts of Stiliyan Petrov.

‘Steve’s raised so much for charity over the years and, with what Stan has been through over the past year or so, he decided to put his fundraising efforts behind this cause. Steve does all the hard work but I try to help as much as I can behind the scenes, as do other people connected with Crewe which is great.’

Westwood says it still amazes him that fans will bid on a shirt or a pair of boots he’s worn in a game, even if it is for charity, but it’s a hell of a way to raise money!

And the charity push for those of you a little bit flush!

‘People have been amazingly generous and we’ve raised over £20,000 so far this year.’

Click Here as you can apparently bid for items signed by Ashley and Christian Benteke even.

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