Burton Albion F.C.

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Burton Albion
Burton Albion FC logo.svg
Full nameBurton Albion Football Club
Nickname(s)Brewers
Founded6 July 1950;70 years ago (6 July 1950)
Ground Pirelli Stadium
Capacity6,912 (2,034 seated)
ChairmanBen Robinson
Manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
League League One
2020–21 League One, 16th of 24
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Burton Albion Football Club is a professional association football club in the town of Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England. The team compete in League One, the third tier of the English football league system. The club's home ground is the Pirelli Stadium, having moved from Eton Park in 2005. The club's nickname is The Brewers, stemming from the town's brewing heritage.

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Burton Albion were formed in 1950 and initially joined the Birmingham & District League, before switching to the Southern League eight years later. They were promoted out of the Southern League Division One in 1965–66, 1971–72 and 1973–74 and relegated out of the Southern League Premier Division in 1970, 1973 and 1977. Burton spent 1979 to 1987 in the Northern Premier League, before reverting back to the Southern League Premier Division. They rejoined the Northern Premier League in 2001 and were promoted into the Conference as Northern Premier League champions in 2001–02. Nigel Clough spent seven seasons as the club's player-manager in the Conference, before he led them into the Football League as champions of the Conference in 2008–09. They lost the 2014 League Two play-off final, but went on to win the League Two title in 2014–15 and were promoted out of League One in 2015–16. Burton spent two seasons in the Championship until being relegated in 2018.

History

1950–1998: Early years

Burton Albion were formed in 1950, and joined the Birmingham & District League. [1] They finished the 1953–54 season as runners-up, and in 1958–59 joined the Southern League North Western zone. [1] In 1965–66 Burton missed out on the runners-up place on goal difference, but were still promoted to the Southern League Premier Division. [1] They avoided relegation in 1968, thanks to Stevenage Town folding, but were relegated to Division One after an unsuccessful 1969–70 season. [1] Burton missed out on promotion on goal average in 1970–71, but finished as runners-up the following season and were promoted back to the Premier Division. [1] The next two seasons saw them relegated, and then promoted back to the Premier Division again. [1] They stayed in the same division until being relegated once more at the end of 1976–77. [1] League rearrangements saw Burton moved to the Northern Premier League, because of their location in the central Midlands, and then back to the Southern League in 1987–88, the season after losing in a replayed FA Trophy Final to Kidderminster Harriers. [1]

Into the new millennium

In October 1998, Nigel Clough was appointed as player-manager [2] and he led the club to two successive runners-up spots, in 1999–2000 and 2000–01. [1] Burton were again moved to the Northern Premier League Premier Division in 2001–02, which they won by a margin of 15 points, scoring 106 goals in the process. [3] The club were promoted to the Football Conference for the first time. [1]

Albion in action against Gillingham in the final match of the 2012-13 season BurtonvGills.jpg
Albion in action against Gillingham in the final match of the 2012–13 season

The club was brought to national attention when they were drawn at home against 11-times winners Manchester United in the third round of the 2005–06 FA Cup. The Brewers held the Premier League team to a 0–0 draw at home, but lost the replay 5–0 in front of over 11,000 Burton fans, setting a record for number of away fans at Old Trafford. [4]

2009–present: Football League and Rise to the Championship

In January 2009, with Burton 13 points clear at the top of the table, Clough left the club to become the manager of Derby County, with Roy McFarland installed as caretaker manager until the end of the season. Despite this managerial change, Burton went on to set a league record for the most consecutive wins, and in February 2009, when the team was 19 points clear at the top of the table, Conference sponsors Blue Square declared Burton the winners of the 2008–09 title in a public relations stunt in which they paid out all bets. Following that announcement, the club saw their lead reduced week by week, but secured promotion to the Football League in the final game of the season, despite losing 2–1 away to Torquay United when Cambridge United could only manage a goalless draw to Altrincham. At the end of the season Roy McFarland left the club and was replaced by Paul Peschisolido, with Gary Rowett acting as his assistant. Burton's first win in the Football League was 5–2 against Morecambe at the Pirelli Stadium and they finished 13th in their first campaign in the Football League. In their second season Burton claimed a notable scalp in the FA Cup third round when they knocked out Championship team Middlesbrough 2–1 at the Pirelli Stadium. In the league, Burton experienced a 17-game winless run and fell from fifth place on Boxing Day to 17th place at the end of the 2011–12 season, which led to the sacking of Peschisolido.

Gary Rowett was appointed as the new manager of Burton in May 2012. In his first full season in charge, he led Burton to a fourth-place finish and the play-offs, missing out on automatic promotion by two points. Burton lost their play-off semi-final 4–5 on aggregate to Bradford City despite winning the first leg 3–2 at Valley Parade. In the 2013–14 season, Burton finished sixth, reaching the play-off final in which they lost 1–0 against Fleetwood Town.

During the 2014–15 season, Rowett left to join Birmingham City, and was replaced by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. [5] Under Hasselbaink the Brewers won League Two and were promoted to League One for the first time in their history. [6] [7] Hasselbaink left by mutual consent in December 2015 to join Queens Park Rangers as manager. Clough returned to Burton to replace him for his second spell as manager and led the club to a second-place finish in the league, earning promotion to the Championship, another first for Burton. [8]

The Brewers opened their first season in the Championship with a 4–3 loss to local rivals Nottingham Forest. Burton went on a six-match streak without losing between 18 February and 18 March beginning with a 2–1 win at home to ex-Premier League opponents Norwich City and culminating in a 3–5 defeat to Brentford and including a 1–0 win over Nottingham Forest in the reverse fixture. [9] Burton secured their Championship status on 29 April 2017 after a 1–1 draw with Barnsley. Burton spent much of their second season in the Championship in the relegation zone. three wins in the late stage of the season boosted their chances of survival, including a 2-1 win over relegation rivals Sunderland. [10] However, following a 2-1 defeat to Preston North End on the final day of the season, Burton were relegated back to League One.

In 2018-19, in spite of being in mid-table in League One, they made the semi-finals of the 2018–19 EFL Cup, after wins over Shrewsbury, Aston Villa, Burnley, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough. [11] Facing Manchester City, Burton lost the first leg 9–0 at the Etihad Stadium, eventually losing 10–0 on aggregate. [12] [13]

Stadium

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Pirelli Stadium

Albion began life at the Lloyds Foundry ground on Wellington Street, but high attendances meant that the club quickly searched for a more suitable home. Eton Park was built off Derby Road and officially opened on 20 September 1958, coinciding with the club's promotion to the Southern League. Until its demolition in 2005, the Brewers played all their home games at Eton Park.

The Pirelli Stadium on Princess Way was built in 2005 and is the current home of the Brewers, replacing Eton Park, also on the same road, which was demolished and developed into housing. [14] The ground cost £7.2 million to build, and was built on the former site of the Pirelli UK Tyres Ltd Sports & Social Club. The land was donated to the club by Pirelli in return for naming rights. [14]

The ground was designed by architect Jon Hawkeye, and has served as the inspiration for numerous newer grounds, including Morecambe's Globe Arena, and the proposed Hayes & Yeading stadium. [15] It gained its most recent safety certificate from Staffordshire County Council on 12 July 2010, [16] having been subject to crowd trouble on 8 May 2010 at the hands of Grimsby Town fans following their relegation from Football League Two. [17]

The Pirelli Stadium has seen minor capacity changes since its construction, and the current capacity is 6,912, with 2,034 being seated in the South (Main) Stand. The current record attendance for the stadium stands at 6,746 for an EFL Championship match against Derby County on 26 August 2016. [18] Previous records include 6,192 for a Conference National 1–0 defeat against Oxford United, during the club's title-winning season, [19] and 6,191 for an FA Cup third-round match on 8 January 2006 against Manchester United. [20]

The stadium also hosts the National ISFA Under-13 tournament final.

Rivalries

In their non-League days the Brewers' local rivals were Gresley Rovers, [21] Nuneaton Borough, Stafford Rangers [22] and Tamworth. However, since the club's rise to the Football League these rivalries have become less intense.

Following promotion to the Football League, local rivalries with Port Vale, Notts County, Chesterfield and Walsall have arisen. Except for Notts County, all these clubs had been rivals to Albion's predecessor, Burton United in the early 1900s. There is also a largely friendly rivalry with Derby County, partly because of the shared fanbase, but particularly following the transfer of manager Nigel Clough to the Championship club in 2009 and the arrival of several ex-Derby players during the Paul Peschisolido era.

Their 2016 promotion into the Championship resulted in matches with local big clubs Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Players

As of 17 June 2021 [23]

First-team squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Kieran O'Hara
2 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG John Brayford (captain)
4 MF Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Ryan Edwards
5 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Michael Bostwick
6 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Kieran Wallace
8 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Joe Powell
9 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Kane Hemmings
10 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Lucas Akins
11 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jonny Smith
13 FW Flag of Antigua and Barbuda.svg  ATG Josh Parker
20 GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Callum Hawkins
24 GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Ben Garratt
25 MF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Ciaran Gilligan
No.Pos.NationPlayer
27 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Tom Hewlett
34 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Charlie Williams
35 FW Flag of Poland.svg  POL Jakub Niemczyk
37 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Tom Hamer
38 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Michael Mancienne
39 MF Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Terry Taylor
40 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Danny Rowe
- DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Cameron Borthwick-Jackson
- FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Omari Patrick
- DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Deji Oshilaja
- MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Bryn Morris
- FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Louis Moult
- DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Frazer Blake-Tracy

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer

Former players

Player of the Year

As voted for by supporters of the club. [24]

1 Matt Duke and Christian Moore joint recipients of 2003 award.

Backroom staff

Club officials

PositionStaff
ChairmanBen Robinson (MBE)
Board of DirectorsFrank Spiers
Philip Brown
Rob Brown
Terry Clarke
John Williams
Jez Moxey
Club Secretary/Commercial Director:Fleur Robinson

Source: Burton Albion | Club | Who's Who

PositionName
Manager Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Assistant Manager Flag of Tunisia.svg Dino Maamria
Fitness Coach Flag of England.svg Chris Beardsley
Player/Fitness Coach Flag of England.svg Luke Varney
Head of Goalkeeping Flag of England.svg Andy Quy
Academy Manager Flag of England.svg Dan Robinson

Club honours

Records

Titles

1Before re-arrangement of non-League pyramid to include Conference North/South.
Source: Burton Albion | Club | History | Honours | Club Honours

Personnel records

Goalscoring

Top goalscorers

As of 20 September 2010 (competitive matches only):

#NameCareerGoalsAppsAverageSource
1 Flag of England.svg Richie Barker 1960–62, 1963–671592700.58 [26]
2 Flag of England.svg Stan Round 1963–671491990.75 [27]
3 Flag of England.svg Darren Stride 1993–20101246460.19 [28]
4 Flag of England.svg Aaron Webster 1998–20131015880.17 [29]
5 Flag of England.svg Simon Redfern 1987–97864570.19 [30]

Top Football League goalscorers

As of 8 November 2020, goals not appearances, they're since 23 April 2017 (Football League matches only):

#NameCareerAppsGoals
1 Flag of England.svg Lucas Akins 2014–present20573
2 Ulster Banner.svg Billy Kee 2011-20149537
3 Flag of England.svg Shaun Harrad 2005-20116231
4 Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Jacques Maghoma 2009–201315526
5 Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Calvin Zola 2010–20137925
6 Flag of England.svg Greg Pearson 2008–20128919
7 Flag of England.svg Aaron Webster 1998–201310818
8 Ulster Banner.svg Adam McGurk 2013–20157115
9 Flag of England.svg Stuart Beavon 2014–20179713
10 Flag of England.svg Justin Richards 2011–20134812

Appearances and goals count for Football League only.
Source: Burton Albion, The Football League

Other goalscoring records

Appearances

Most appearances

As of 15 June 2012 (competitive matches only):

#NameCareerAppsGoalsSource
1 Flag of England.svg Darren Stride 1993–2010646124 [28]
2 Flag of England.svg Aaron Webster 1998–2013588100 [31]
3 Flag of England.svg Phil Annable 1970–80, 1981–8356770 [32]
4 Flag of England.svg Nigel Simms 1981–199353511
5 Flag of England.svg Nick Goodwin 1988–95, 1997–995080

Most Football League appearances

As of 23 April 2020. (Football League matches only):

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John McGrath, 123 Football League appearances.
#NameCareerAppsGoals
1 Flag of England.svg Lucas Akins 2014–Present21353
2 Flag of Ireland.svg Damian McCrory 2012–201919610
3 Ulster Banner.svg Robbie Weir 2012–20161607
4 Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Jacques Maghoma 2009–201315526
5 Flag of Scotland.svg Jon Mclaughlin 2014–20171130
6 Flag of Ireland.svg John McGrath 2007–20131234
7 Flag of England.svg Andrew Corbett 2003–20131232
8 Flag of England.svg Jimmy Phillips 2009–20151215
9 Flag of England.svg John Mousinho 2014–20171182
10 Flag of England.svg Aaron Webster 1998–201310818

Appearances and goals count for Football League only.
Source: Burton Albion, Football League

Transfers

Full international players

Burton Albion players who have represented their country while contracted to the club.

Managers

As of 1 May 2021 [34]
NameFromToRecord
GWDLWin %
Don McPhail19501951
Billy Wrigglesworth 19511952
Tally Sneddon 19521953
Reg Weston 19531957
Sammy Crooks 19571957
Jackie Stamps 19571959
Bill Townsend19591962
Peter Taylor 19621965
Alex Tait 19661968
Ian King (footballer) 19681969
Richie Norman 19701973
Ken Gutteridge 19731975
Harold Bodle 1975February 1976
Mick Walker 19761977
Phil Waller19771978
Ian Storey-Moore 19781981
Neil Warnock January 1981February 1986
Brian Fidler19861988
Vic Halom 19881988
Bobby Hope 19881988
Chris Wright19881989
Ken Blair19891990
Frank Upton (caretaker)19901990
Steve Powell 19901991
Brian Fidler19911992
Brian Kenning19921994
John Barton 1994September 1998
Nigel Clough October 19986 January 2009709310101298043.72
Roy McFarland 6 January 200918 May 2009229310040.91
Paul Peschisolido 18 May 200917 March 2012102332643032.35
Gary Rowett 17 March 201227 October 2014142633445044.37
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink 13 November 20144 December 201554331110061.11
Nigel Clough 7 December 201518 May 2020228785793034.21
Jake Buxton 18 May 202029 December 2020212712009.52
Chris Beardsley (Caretaker)30 December 20202 January 20211001000.00
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink 2 January 2021Present231355056.52

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