Burton Albion F.C.
|Full name||Burton Albion Football Club|
|Ground||Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent|
|2013–14||League Two, 6th|
|Website||Club home page|
Burton Albion Football Club is an English football club based in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire. The club participates in Football League Two, the fourth tier in the English football league system. The club's home ground is the Pirelli Stadium, having moved from Eton Park in 2005.
The club's most common nickname is The Brewers, stemming from the town's brewing heritage dating back hundreds of years.
The club competed in the non-League of English football from their founding in 1950 until 2009, despite the Football League heritage of their predecessors Burton Swifts, Burton United, and Burton Wanderers. The current manager is Gary Rowett, who took over from Paul Peschisolido following his sacking in March 2012 alongside Kevin Poole as caretaker managers, before being officially announced as manager on 10 May 2012.
- 1 History
- 2 Stadium
- 3 Rivalries
- 4 Players
- 5 Backroom staff
- 6 Club honours
- 7 Personnel records
- 8 Online media
- 9 References
- 10 External links
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, all defunct football clubs in the town. Burton Albion 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 the club's promotion to the Southern League. From then until its demolition in 2005, the Brewers played all their home games at Eton Park.
They have also had spells in the Northern Premier League (NPL), because of 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 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's capacity was originally 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. On 8 January 2011, in the FA Cup third round, Burton continued their FA success, knocking out Championship team Middlesbrough 2–1. Shaun Harrad scored twice at the Pirelli Stadium in the last 8 minutes to bring Burton back from 1–0 down.
After their FA Cup draw against Manchester United, Burton 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. 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 permanently as the Burton manager. 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.
The Brewers finished a respectable 13th in their first campaign in the Football League, and 19th in their second campaign after a season much interrupted by the weather. Following an end of season collapse, Burton fell from 5th place on Boxing Day to 17th place at the end of the 2011–12 season, which included a 17 game winless run and the sacking of Paul Peschisolido. In Gary Rowett's first full season in charge, he led them to 4th and the play-offs, missing out on automatic promotion by two points. Following the fourth place finish, Burton lost their play-off semi-final 4–5 on aggregate to Bradford City despite winning the first leg 3–2 at Valley Parade. After this season the Brewers came back and, despite finishing 6th in the 2013–14 season, they reached the play-off final but lost a narrow match 1–0 against Fleetwood Town.
Main article: Pirelli Stadium
The Pirelli Stadium is an association football stadium on Princess Way in Burton upon Trent, East Staffordshire, England. It was built in 2005 and is the current home of the Brewers, replacing the club's old Eton Park home, also on Princess Way, which was demolished and developed into housing. The ground 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, and the ground cost £7.2 million to build.
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. It gained its most recent safety certificate from Staffordshire County Council on 12 July 2010, having been subject to crowd trouble on 8 May 2010 at the hands of Grimsby Town fans following their relegation from Football League Two.
The ground has seen minor capacity changes since its construction, and the current capacity stands at 6,912, with 2,034 being seated in the South (Main) Stand. The current record attendance for the stadium stands at 6,192, in a Conference National 1–0 defeat against Oxford United, during the club's title-winning season. The previous record attendance stood at 6,191, for an FA Cup third-round match on 8 January 2006 against Manchester United.
The stadium also hosts the National ISFA Under-13 tournament final.
In their non-League days the Brewers' local rivals were Gresley Rovers, Nuneaton Borough, Stafford Rangers and Tamworth. However, since the club's rise to the Football League and, in particular, the former two clubs' financial problems, these rivalries have become less intense.
Since promotion to the Football League, other local rivalries with Port Vale, Crewe Alexandra, Notts County and Chesterfield have arisen. There is also a largely friendly rivalry with Derby County, partly because of the shared fanbase of both of the clubs but particularly following the transfer of manager Nigel Clough to the Championship club and the arrival of several ex-Derby players during the Paul Peschisolido era.
- As of 18 August 2014.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Player of the Year
- As voted for by supporters of the club.
1 Matt Duke and Christian Moore joint recipients of 2003 award.
|Chairman||Ben Robinson (BEM)|
|Board of Directors||Frank Spiers
|Commercial manager||Fleur Robinson|
Last updated 2 August 2010.
Source: Burton Albion | Club | Who's Who
Includes staff currently registered with club only.
First team coaching and medical staff
|Team Manager||Gary Rowett|
|Assistant Manager||Kevin Summerfield|
|Goalkeeper Coach||Kevin Poole|
|Youth team manager||Mark Sale|
Last updated 2 August 2010.
Source: Burton Albion | Team | Management
Includes staff currently registered with club only.
- Best League position: 4th League Two (Level 4) – 2012–13
- Best FA Cup performance: 4th Round
- Best FA Trophy performance: Final
- 1986–87 (After Replay) (vs. Kidderminster Harriers)
- Best Football League Cup performance: 3rd Round
- 2012–13 (vs. Bradford City)
- Best Football League Trophy performance: 2nd Round
- 2010–11 (vs. Rotherham United)
- Biggest win: 12–1 vs. Coalville Town – Birmingham Senior Cup, 6 September 1954
- Heaviest defeat: 10–0 vs. Barnet – Southern League Premier Division, 7 February 1970
- Biggest Football League win: 6–1 vs. Aldershot Town – Football League Two, 12 December 2009
- Biggest Football League defeat:
- Biggest Football League Cup defeat: 5–1 vs. Reading, 11 August 2009
- Biggest Football League Trophy defeat: 5–1 vs. Chesterfield, 1 September 2009
- Highest scoring Football League game: 5–6 vs. Cheltenham Town – Football League Two, 13 March 2010
- Football Conference (Level 5)
- Winners: 2008–09
- Northern Premier League (Level 6)1
- Winners: 2001–02
- Southern Football League Premier Division (Level 6)1
- FA Trophy
- Runners-up: 1986–87
- Southern League Cup
- Winners: 1963–64, 1996–97, 1999–2000
- Runners-up: 1988–89
- Northern Premier League Challenge Cup
- Winners: 1982–83
- Runners-up: 1986–87
- Northern Premier League President's Cup
- Runners-up: 1982–83, 1985–86
- Staffordshire Senior Cup
- Winners: 1955–56
- Runners-up: 1976–77
- Birmingham Senior Cup
- Winners: 1953–54, 1996–97
- Runners-up: 1969–70, 1970–71, 1986–87, 2007–08
- Bass Charity Vase
- Winners: 1954, 1961, 1970–71, 1981, 1986, 1997, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
- Runners-up: 1952, 1957, 1973, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010
1Before re-arrangement of non-League pyramind to include Conference North/South.
Source: Burton Albion | Club | History | Honours | Club Honours
As of 20 September 2010 (competitive matches only):
|1||Richie Barker||1960–62, 1963–67||159||270||0.58|||
Top Football League goalscorers
As of 6 December 2012 (Football League matches only):
|=||Cleveland Taylor||2009–10, 2011–2013||69||7|
Other goalscoring records
- Most goals in a season: Stan Round – 59 (1965–66)
- Most goals in Football League season – Shaun Harrad – 21 (2009–10)
- Most hat-tricks: Stan Round – 12
- Most Football League hat-tricks – Greg Pearson, Shaun Harrad, Billy Kee – 1
As of 15 June 2012 (competitive matches only):
|3||Phil Annable||1970–80, 1981–83||567||70|||
Most Football League appearances
As of 6 December 2012. (Football League matches only):
- Highest Transfer fee paid: Russell Penn, Billy Kee – £20,000
- Highest transfer fee received: Adam Legzdins – £200,000
- As of 17 May 2014.
|Nigel Clough||England||October 1998||6 January 2009||709||310||101||298||43.72|
|Roy McFarland||England||6 January 2009||18 May 2009||22||9||3||10||40.91|
|Paul Peschisolido||Canada||18 May 2009||17 March 2012||102||33||26||43||32.35|
|Gary Rowett||England||17 March 2012||121||52||32||37||42.98|
- Burton Albion has a Twitter feed which is constantly updated with information about the club on a daily basis. When a match is in progress the Twitter feed provides live text coverage of the game to its followers.
- The club also has an online video service called Player, where users can pay a subscription fee to see exclusive interviews, live commentary and match highlights.
- "Man Utd 5–0 Burton Albion". BBC News. 18 January 2006.
- "Chairman is working to keep Burton Albion ahead of the game". This Is Derbyshire. 23 March 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
- "Hayes model new ground on Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium". Uxbridge Gazette. 26 May 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
- "County Council stamps safety seal of approval for Pirelli Stadium". Staffordshire County Council. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
- "FA to investigate incidents at Hull and Burton". BBC Sport. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
- "Oxford United – We've Met Before". Burton Albion FC. 6 August 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
- "League football comes to Burton's Pirelli Stadium". BBC Sport. 26 June 2009. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
- "Club Guide: Whippets Rovers". Clough The Magic Dragon. Retrieved 12 August 2010.
- "Club Guide: Stafford Rangers". Clough The Magic Dragon. Retrieved 12 August 2010.
- Burton Albion official website
- Page, Rex (2010). Burton Albion: The Complete History. The Derby Books Publishing Company Limited. p. 268. ISBN 978-1-85983-816-7.
- "Bass Charity Vase: Winners And Finalists". 4 August 2010.
- Albion Oldboys: Richie Barker
- Albion Oldboys: Stan Round
- "Darren Stride Leaves Albion". Burton Albion FC. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 12 August 2010.
- Aaron Staying With Albion
- Albion Oldboys: Simon Redfern
- Albion Oldboys: Phil Annable
- "Penn: I'll make my mark again". Burton Mail. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- "Derby complete Legzdins signing". BBC News. 1 July 2011. Retrieved July 2011.
- Burton Albion F.C. on BBC Sport:
- Official website
- Burton Albion at the Football Club History Database