Shaun Miller has paid tribute to Crewe's system of producing fine young players... and he should know as he is one of them!
Over the years Dario Gradi, now Academy Director at the club, has become famous for the prominent rise of the likes of Dean Ashton, Rob Hulse, Danny Murphy, Robbie Savage and Nick Powell with Miller saying there is a big emphasis on the Academy at Gresty Road.
Ahead of Tuesday's clash with the Alex, Miller, who features heavily in the latest issue of UTB, United's official matchday programme, looks back at his time in Cheshire with many fond memories, although he is keen to put one over his previous employers:
"It was a fixture I looked for in the summer, it will be nice to speak to a few lads after the game and, of course, you always want to do well against a former club.
"I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Crewe; I progressed right through the system as I joined the club when I was seven.
"There is a massive focus on the Academy there, the facilities are second to none and they employ some of the top coaches. There is a lot of time, effort and money spent on the Academy and for years they have reaped the benefits.
"Crewe are renowned for being a footballing outfit and that is encouraged from day one."
Despite living only 10 minutes away from Gresty Road and spending close to two decades with his hometown club, Miller felt he needed a fresh challenge when arriving in South Yorkshire this summer:
"I am a local lad, so it was a proud moment for myself and all the family, but this move was too good to turn down.
"I was delighted to make the move to Sheffield United; despite my allegiances to Crewe I never gave this opportunity a second thought.
"For me it is a step up and hopefully if we keep progressing as we are at the moment then we will be in the Championship next term."