Crewe Alexandra confirmed the signing of former Swindon Town defender Olly Lancashire on a two-year deal yesterday.
Lancashire was one of a handful of players released by Richie Wellens, but he’s quickly found another club and the security of a longer deal at Gresty Road.
The 30-year-old began his career with Southampton, struggling to make an impact at St Mary’s. He went on loan to Grimsby Town on three occasions, appearing as they were relegated from the Football League for the first time in their history.
Since then he’s been with Walsall, Aldershot, Rochdale, Shrewsbury and latterly Swindon Town before his recent release, racking up 302 senior appearances.
Whilst he would seem to be a good signing, both experienced at the level and having come from a decent background, he’s not popular with his former clubs. As Crewe announced the arrival of the Basingstoke-born defender, plenty of opposition fans were on his back in the comments.
A few Crewe fans welcomed him to Gresty Road, but just as many Swindon supporters were ready to have their say too, as you’ll see below.
His agent needs a medal.
— Swindon Town Fans (@SwindonTownFans) May 30, 2019
Good luck to him!
Shows passion, and has high work rate. Shame he’s dreadful
— Swindon_Live (@Swindon_Live) May 30, 2019
Wow, from looking at these tweets, it looks like we may have signed a cart horse #CreweAlex
— David Renshaw (@Fcbigdave) May 30, 2019
The games he did play for us he was woeful (58) games think he had 1 good game ?
— josh strange (@joshua35833596) May 30, 2019
Dave artell’s got Nicky hunt playing like Franco Baresi so I’m sure he’ll come up trumps
— Adam Clawley (@Adamclawley) May 30, 2019
No honestly mate we didn't believe fans of other clubs when he signed for us…. one game the heckling was so bad he asked to be subbed off, got a 50p head
— Lookout123 (@Lookout1232) May 30, 2019
Adam, I would like to think you know me to be a fair fan. This is a horrific signing, poorest defender in my 35 odd years supporting Swindon
— Dean McMackin (@DeanMcMackin) May 30, 2019
Goodness me don’t think I’ve ever seen a player signed by us get such bad press. Keep an open mind, I say welcome Olly – hopefully you will settle in here and do a decent job for us
— Iain Perry (@InTheShires) May 30, 2019
— Alex Carter (@AlexCarter145) May 30, 2019