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Burton Albion
Burton Albion crest
Full name Burton Albion Football Club
Nickname(s) Brewers
Founded 1950
Ground Pirelli Stadium
Burton upon Trent
(Capacity: 6,912)
Chairman Ben Robinson
Manager Paul Peschisolido
League League Two
2008–09 Conference National, 1st
(promoted)
Home colours
Away colours

Burton Albion Football Club (pronounced /ˈbɜrtn ˈælbiən/) are an English football club based in the town of Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire. The team currently play in the Football League Two, after securing promotion from the Conference 2008-09 season.

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History

The town of Burton has had a chequered history of football clubs, partly due to the area's main sport traditionally in the past being rugby union. Many former Burton teams have struggled financially. Albion can claim lineage from Burton Swifts, Burton Town, Burton United, and Burton Wanderers, who were all defunct football clubs in the town. Burton Albion (nicknamed "the Brewers", given that brewing is one of Burton's principal industries) were formed in 1950, and joined the Birmingham & District League.

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 their promotion to the Southern League. From then until its demolition in 2005, the Brewers played all of their home games at Eton Park.

They have also had spells in the Northern Premier League (NPL), due to their location in the central Midlands. They entered the Conference in 2002 upon winning the NPL title.

Eton Park was dismantled to make way for housing, as the club had just completed a new stadium, at a cost of £7.2 million. It is situated directly opposite Eton Park and was named the Pirelli Stadium, situated as it was a short distance from Pirelli's factory in Burton. The stadium has an increased capacity, firstly set at 6,200, but then later raised to 6,912. The first match played there was a friendly between Burton Albion and Chester City on Saturday 16 July 2005.

One notable result at the ground was a 0–0 draw in the FA Cup third round against Manchester United on 8 January 2006. The result of the Third Round replay, lucratively played at Old Trafford, was a 5–0 win for Manchester United in front of over 11,000 Brewers fans. This constituted a record number of away fans seen at Old Trafford[1].

Since their FA Cup success, Burton have competed in the upper reaches of the Conference. The Brewers attained their highest ever league position to date in 2007–08, finishing in the end of season play-off places for the first time in their history, before losing in their play-off to Cambridge United. As of April 2009, they were top of the Conference National, setting a league record for the most consecutive wins in a row. This is despite losing the services of manager, Nigel Clough, to Derby County with Roy McFarland installed as caretaker manager until the end of the season. 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 PR stunt in which they paid out all bets. After that announcement in February, however, the club saw their lead reduced week by week, though they still secured promotion to the Football League, despite losing 2-1 away at Torquay United in the final game of the season when Cambridge United could only manage a goalless draw to Altrincham.

At the end of the season, it was decided that Roy McFarland would not stay on as the Burton manager in a permanent position. After a lengthy search, the club announced that Paul Peschisolido would become the club's new manager with Gary Rowett his assistant. Burton's first win in the Football League was a 5-2 win over Morecambe at the Pirelli Stadium.

Current squad

As of 25 September 2009.
No. Position Player
1 England GK Kevin Poole
2 England DF Paul Boertien
3 England DF Aaron Webster
4 England MF Michael Simpson
5 Wales DF Tony James
6 Republic of Ireland MF John McGrath
7 England DF Darren Stride (captain)
8 England DF Andrew Corbett
9 England FW Shaun Harrad
10 England FW Richard Walker
11 Republic of Ireland MF Keith Gilroy
No. Position Player
14 England MF Marc Goodfellow
15 England DF Ryan Austin
16 England MF Russell Penn
17 England MF Jimmy Phillips
18 England FW Greg Pearson
19 Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Jacques Maghoma
20 England DF Guy Branston
22 England FW James Knowles
26 England FW Steve Kabba
27 England DF Richard Jackson
30 Poland GK Artur Krysiak (on loan from Birmingham City)
TBA Jamaica MF Cleveland Taylor (on loan from Brentford)

Club officials

Notable former players

Timeline

  • 1950-51 - Joined Birmingham & District League
  • 1953-54 - Birmingham & District League runner-up
  • 1958-59 - Joined Southern League North Western zone; moved to Eton Park
  • 1965-66 - Missed runner-up spot on goal average; promoted to Premier Division
  • 1968 - Saved from relegation when Stevenage Town left Southern League
  • 1970 - Relegated to Division One
  • 1970-71 - Missed promotion place on goal average
  • 1971-72 - Southern League Division One North runner-up; promoted to Premier Division
  • 1973 - Relegated to Division One North
  • 1973-74 - Southern League Division One North runner-up; promoted to Premier Division
  • 1974-75 - FA Trophy semi-finalists
  • 1977 - Relegated to Division One North
  • 1979-80 - Joined Northern Premier League
  • 1986-87 - FA Trophy runner-up
  • 1987-88 - Rejoined Southern League
  • 1999-00 - Southern League runner-up
  • 2000-01 - Southern League runner-up
  • 2001-02 - Switched back to Northern Premier League Premier Division; FA Trophy semi-finalists; Northern Premier League Champions
  • 2002-03 - Joined Conference
  • 2005 - Moved to the Pirelli Stadium
  • 2006 - Reached the third round of the FA Cup, against a second-string Manchester United team, drawing 0-0, in what is being described as one of the biggest shocks in the history of the FA Cup. The on-loan goalkeeper, Saul Deeney, even kept Man Utd superstars Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo out of the net, earning little Burton and their manager Nigel Clough a money spinning replay at Old Trafford taking their total earnings from their FA Cup run close to £1 million. The replay was played in front of a seated Old Trafford record away support of 11,500 Burton fans. The result of the match was 5-0 to Manchester United with goals by Louis Saha, Giuseppe Rossi (2), Kieran Richardson and Ryan Giggs. Great credit must go to Alex Ferguson who paid handsome compliments to Nigel Clough's team and treated the club with great respect. It was Sir Alex and his youthful side who had officially opened the brand new Pirelli Stadium alongside Brian Clough's widow Barbara earlier in the season. Burton Mail Article 15/11/2005.
  • 2006 - Saw 'The Brewers' knocked out of the FA Cup in the 1st round by local Staffordshire rivals Tamworth. The Brewers gifted an equaliser when the keeper was caught out by strong winds and carried the ball over the line and the tie was later rather fortunately decided with a strike by Tamworth striker Jon Stevenson capitalising on a poor header by Ryan Austin. Burton soon dusted themselves off, however, and their 'concentration on the league' campaign clearly paid off with a consistent run, culminating in a top 5 play-off position over the hectic Christmas period.
  • 2008 - 'The Brewers' finished in the Conference National end of season play-offs for the first time in their history, before losing to Cambridge United 4-3 on aggregate.
  • 2009 - The first game of the year played against York City at KitKat Crescent would be the last game managed by Nigel Clough. 452 Brewers fans travelled to the game to see (unknown at the time) Clough's last game as manager. Although several choruses of "Cloughy is a Brewer" rang throughout the away stand, this would not stop the departure of Nigel. Burton won the game 3-1.

'The Brewers' finished as Conference National champions and earned promotion to Football League Two for the first time in their history.

Records

  • Best league position: 7th in League 2 (level 4) - 2009-10
  • Best FA Cup performance: 3rd round - 1955-56, 1984-85, 2005-06
  • Best FA Trophy performance: Final replay - 1986-87
  • Biggest Win: 12-1 against Coalville Town - Birmingham Senior Cup, 1954
  • Record Goalscorer: Richie Barker - 157
  • Record Appearances: Darren Stride - 694

This is a list of seasons played by Burton Albion Football Club in English football, from 1950 to the present day.

Sources

References

  1. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/fa_cup/4612320.stm

External links

Season Division Position Significant Events
Joined Birmingham & District League
1950-1951 Birmingham & District League 16th
1951-1952 Birmingham & District League 5th
1952-1953 Birmingham & District League 4th
1953-1954 Birmingham & District League 2nd Runners-Up
1954-1955 Birmingham & District League 3rd
1955-1956 Birmingham & District League 5th
1956-1957 Birmingham & District League 4th
1957-1958 Birmingham & District League 11th
Joined Southern League North Western zone
1958-1959 Southern League North Western zone 18th
1959-1960 Southern League Division One 21st
1960-1961 Southern League Division One 19th
1961-1962 Southern League Division One 13th
1962-1963 Southern League Division One 15th
1963-1964 Southern League Division One 8th
1964-1965 Southern League Division One 10th
1965-1966 Southern League Division One 3rd Promoted
1966-1967 Southern League Premier Division 15th
1967-1968 Southern League Premier Division 19th
1968-1969 Southern League Premier Division 17th
1969-1970 Southern League Premier Division 22nd Relegated
1970-1971 Southern League Division One 5th
1971-1972 Southern League Division One North 2nd Runners-Up
1972-1973 Southern League Premier Division 21st Relegated
1973-1974 Southern League Division One North 2nd Runners-Up
1974-1975 Southern League Premier Division 5th
1975-1976 Southern League Premier Division 10th
1976-1977 Southern League Premier Division 21st Relegated
1977-1978 Southern League Division One North 3rd
1978-1979 Southern League Division One North 8th
Joined Northern Premier League
1979-1980 Northern Premier League 4th
1980-1981 Northern Premier League 6th
1981-1982 Northern Premier League 7th
1982-1983 Northern Premier League 3rd
1983-1984 Northern Premier League 5th
1984-1985 Northern Premier League 6th
1985-1986 Northern Premier League 5th
1986-1987 Northern Premier League 12th
Joined Southern Football League Premier Division
1987-1988 Southern League Premier Division 16th
1988-1989 Southern League Premier Division 8th
1989-1990 Southern League Premier Division 4th
1990-1991 Southern League Premier Division 7th
1991-1992 Southern League Premier Division 10th
1992-1993 Southern League Premier Division 8th
1993-1994 Southern League Premier Division 11th
1994-1995 Southern League Premier Division 3rd
1995-1996 Southern League Premier Division 16th
1996-1997 Southern League Premier Division 6th
1997-1998 Southern League Premier Division 3rd
1998-1999 Southern League Premier Division 13th
1999-2000 Southern League Premier Division 2nd Runners-Up
2000-2001 Southern League Premier Division 2nd Runners-Up
Joined Northern Premier League
2001-2002 Northern Premier League 1st Champions
2002-2003 Football Conference 16th
2003-2004 Football Conference 14th
2004-2005 Football Conference 16th
2005-2006 Football Conference 9th
2006-2007 Football Conference 6th
2007-2008 Football Conference 5th
2008-2009 Football Conference 1st Champions
Burton Albion Football Club
Club: Burton Albion F.C. | Players | Managers | History | Seasons | Records
Grounds: Eton Park | Pirelli Stadium
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