North Wales women’s football’s most natural goalscorer has signed for CPDM Bangor 1876.
Lexi Crawley. 28, joins the newly-formed 1876 from Amlwch Town.
On signing for the Treborth club, she said: “I’m really excited to have signed. I joined as I was made to feel welcome and comfortable by the manager and knowing their plan and direction in which the club is wanting to go is really great.
“It also helped that I know a lot of the girls from previous clubs and chatting to them about the set-up which made it an easy to choice to make.
“Also it’simportant to me to be able to give something back and playing for a local club with an aspirational vision for women and girls football is a real bonus. Can’t wait to get started. ”
A thrilled 1876 first team manager Jonny Batten said: “It’s absolutely great to have one of the biggest names in North Wales women’s football on board. Having a player of Lexi’s calibre and winning mentality signing for us and being part of the squad is a major coup and just shows how far we’ve come in such a small space of time.
“Lexi is not just a big signing for the team but the whole club. Having her here as a positive role model will also help to attract youth to the club and give them something to aim for. We can’t wait for the season to start and seeing her doing what see does best ……scoring goals.”
Born on March 8, 1993, Alexia Musgrave (Crawley is her married name) started playing football aged six and her talents developed over a number of years, leading to her selection for Welsh Colleges while a student at Coleg Menai in her teens.
She played in a number of prestigious internationals, including matches against England Colleges and Australia.
The start of the second decade of the new millennium was a good time for Lexi as she was part of a very strong Caernarfon Town squad.
She joined the club as a 16-year-old, and in 2009-10 and 2010-11, the Cofis won the Welsh Premier Women’s League North Conference title back-to-back.
This meant Town twice reached the national Women’s Welsh Premiership championship final which offered the prize of a place in the Uefa Women’s Champions League.
Although Caernarfon lost both finals to Swansea City, who also beat them in the 2011 Welsh Cup final, these were very exciting times for a young Lexi.
After leaving Caernarfon, Lexi joined Wrexham Ladies and spent three seasons with the Welsh Premier side.
The islander scored some important goals for the Dragons, who by then had established themselves as North Wales’ strongest female team.
Although she began the 2015-16 season at Amlwch Town, Lexi returned to Caernarfon Town in the closing months.
She came on as a sub for the Cofis in the Betty Pickering Cup final and scored within two minutes of taking the field to secure a 1-0 win over former team Amlwch.
At the start of 2016-17, Lexi was back at Amlwch, marking her return with a hat-trick in an opening day 6-3 victory over newly-formed Bangor City.
Next to benefit from Lexi’s skills were Bangor, who she signed for in the 2017-18 season.
She netted 22 times in that campaign, sharing a 50-goal partnership with teenage sensation Ceri Lois.
With Bangor disbanded, Lexi rejoined Amlwch in 2018-19 and finished top-scorer on 17 goals.
She also grabbed the winner as Town won their first major trophy, beating Wrexham 2-1 in the Supplementary Cup final at Rhyl.
And the curtailed 2019-20 campaign was another blockbuster in the goals department for Lexi, who scored 20 in all competitions as Amlwch lifted the North Wales Women’s League Division Two title.
No mention of Lexi is complete without mentioning the 2019 Inter-Island Games.
Before the tournament, Anglesey’s women had only ever won one match in 14 attempts.
However, on their home island, Ynys Môn’s girls were a sensation, getting all the way to the final only to lose 2-1 to Isle of Man.
Lexi was top-scorer in the ladies tournament with five goals.
She grabbed a hat-trick in a 3-1 win over Western Isles, scored once in a 3-2 loss to Hitra, and also bagged the decider in a 1-0 semi-final success against Jersey.
The 28-year-old may well have been more influential in the final but for injury.
Lexi is all about goals. Bangor 1876 will be next to benefit from her talents.