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Burton Albion F.C.
Burton Albion crest
Full name Burton Albion Football Club
Nickname(s) Brewers
Founded 1950; 65 years ago (1950)
Ground Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent
Ground Capacity 6,912
Chairman Ben Robinson
Manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
League League Two
2013–14 League Two, 6th
Website Club home page
Current season

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 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 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.

Albion in action against Gillingham in the final match of the 2012–13 season

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] 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. During the 2014–15 season Rowett left to join Birmingham City, and was replaced by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.[2]


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.[3] 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,[3] 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.[4] It gained its most recent safety certificate from Staffordshire County Council on 12 July 2010,[5] having been subject to crowd trouble on 8 May 2010 at the hands of Grimsby Town fans following their relegation from Football League Two.[6]

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.[7] The previous record attendance stood at 6,191, for an FA Cup third-round match on 8 January 2006 against Manchester United.[8]

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


In their non-League days the Brewers' local rivals were Gresley Rovers,[9] Nuneaton Borough, Stafford Rangers[10] 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 2 March 2015.[11]

Current squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Scotland GK Jon McLaughlin
2 England DF Phil Edwards
3 Australia DF Shane Cansdell-Sheriff
4 England MF John Mousinho (captain)
5 England DF George Taft
8 Northern Ireland MF Robbie Weir
9 England FW Stuart Beavon
10 England FW Lucas Akins
11 England MF Kevin Stewart (on loan from Liverpool)
12 England FW Jacob Blyth (on loan from Leicester City)
14 Republic of Ireland DF Damien McCrory
15 England DF Tom Naylor (on loan from Derby County)
16 England GK Dean Lyness
18 England FW Dominic Knowles
19 England MF Mark Shelton
No. Position Player
20 Northern Ireland FW Adam McGurk
21 Netherlands FW Abdenasser El Khayati
23 England MF Matt Palmer
24 England DF Liam Slade
26 England MF Joe Doyle
27 England MF Marcus Harness
28 Guadeloupe FW Mickaël Antoine-Curier
30 England FW Sam Austin
31 Netherlands DF Kelvin Maynard
32 Belgium MF Florent Cuvelier (on loan from Sheffield United)
33 Scotland GK Scott Shearer (on loan from Crewe Alexandra)
34 Netherlands DF Stefan Maletić
35 England FW Jack Dunn (on loan from Liverpool)
36 Scotland FW Denny Johnstone (on loan from Birmingham City)

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
6 England DF Ian Sharps (on loan at AFC Telford United)
7 England MF Lee Bell (on loan at Macclesfield Town)
No. Position Player
17 England MF Jimmy Phillips (on loan at Alfreton Town)

Former players[edit]

Player of the Year[edit]

As voted for by supporters of the club.[12]

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

Backroom staff[edit]

Club officials[edit]

Position Staff
Chairman Ben Robinson (BEM)
Board of Directors Frank Spiers
Philip Brown
Charles Simpson
Paul Simpson
Rob Brown
Ian English
Terry Clarke
John Williams
Colin Brodie
Commercial manager Fleur Robinson

Last updated 2 August 2010.
Source: Burton Albion | Club | Who's Who
Includes staff currently registered with club only.

Position Name
Team Manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Assistant Manager David Oldfield
Goalkeeper Coach Vacant
Youth team manager Mike Whitlow

Last updated 2 August 2010.
Source: Burton Albion | Team | Management
Includes staff currently registered with club only.

Club honours[edit]



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

Personnel records[edit]


Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 20 September 2010 (competitive matches only):

# Name Career Goals Apps Average Source
1 England Richie Barker 1960–62, 1963–67 159 270 0.58 [14]
2 England Stan Round 1963–67 149 199 0.75 [15]
3 England Darren Stride 1993–2010 124 646 0.19 [16]
4 England Aaron Webster 1998–2013 101 588 0.17 [17]
5 England Simon Redfern 1987–97 86 457 0.19 [18]

Top Football League goalscorers[edit]

As of 6 December 2012 (Football League matches only):

# Name Career Apps Goals
1 Northern Ireland Billy Kee 2011–present 95 37
2 England Shaun Harrad 2005–2011 62 31
3 Democratic Republic of the Congo Jacques Maghoma 2009–2013 155 26
4 Democratic Republic of the Congo Calvin Zola 2010–2013 79 25
5 England Greg Pearson 2008–2012 89 19
6 England Aaron Webster 1998–2013 108 18
7 England Justin Richards 2011–2013 48 12
8 England Russell Penn 2009–2011 81 7
= Jamaica Cleveland Taylor 2009–10, 2011–2013 69 7
= England Sam Winnall 2010–2011 19 7

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

Other goalscoring records[edit]


Most appearances[edit]

As of 15 June 2012 (competitive matches only):

# Name Career Apps Goals Source
1 England Darren Stride 1993–2010 646 124 [16]
2 England Aaron Webster 1998–2013 588 100 [19]
3 England Phil Annable 1970–80, 1981–83 567 70 [20]
4 England Nigel Simms 535 11
5 England Nick Goodwin 508 0

Most Football League appearances[edit]

As of 6 December 2012. (Football League matches only):

John McGrath, 118 appearances.
# Name Career Apps Goals
1 Democratic Republic of the Congo Jacques Maghoma 2009–2013 155 26
2 Republic of Ireland John McGrath 2007–2013 123 4
England Andrew Corbett 2003–2013 123 2
4 England Jimmy Phillips 2009–Present 109 5
5 England Aaron Webster 1998–2013 108 18
6 Wales Tony James 2007–2012 99 1
7 England Greg Pearson 2008–2012 89 19
8 England Ryan Austin 2005–2012 81 2
England Adam Bolder 2010–2011 81 4
England Russell Penn 2009–2011 81 7

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



As of 22 November 2014.
Name From To Record
G W D L Win %
Reg Weston June 1950 July 1957
Sammy Crooks 1957 1957
Bill Townsend 1957 1962
Peter Taylor 1962 1965
Alex Tait 1965 1970
Richie Norman 1970 1973
Ken Gutteridge 1973 1974
Harold Bodle 1974 February 1976
Mick Walker 1976 1978
Ian Storey-Moore 1978 1981
Neil Warnock January 1981 February 1986
Brian Fidler 1986 1988
Vic Halom 1988 1988
Bobby Hope 1988 1988
Chris Wright 1988 1989
Ken Blair 1989 1990
Frank Upton (caretaker) 1990 1990
Steve Powell 1990 1991
Brian Fidler 1991 1992
Brian Kenning 1992 1994
John Barton 1994 September 1998
Nigel Clough October 1998 6 January 2009 709 310 101 298 43.72
Roy McFarland 6 January 2009 18 May 2009 22 9 3 10 40.91
Paul Peschisolido 18 May 2009 17 March 2012 102 33 26 43 32.35
Gary Rowett 17 March 2012 27 October 2014 142 63 34 45 44.37
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink 13 November 2014 present 22 14 5 3 63.64


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  11. ^ Burton Albion official website
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  13. ^ "Bass Charity Vase: Winners And Finalists". 4 August 2010. 
  14. ^ a b Albion Oldboys: Richie Barker
  15. ^ a b Albion Oldboys: Stan Round
  16. ^ a b "Darren Stride Leaves Albion". Burton Albion FC. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  17. ^ Aaron Staying With Albion
  18. ^ Albion Oldboys: Simon Redfern
  19. ^ http://www.burtonalbionfc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10950~2791389,00.html
  20. ^ Albion Oldboys: Phil Annable
  21. ^ "Penn: I'll make my mark again". Burton Mail. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  22. ^ "Derby complete Legzdins signing". BBC News. 1 July 2011. Retrieved July 2011. 

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