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Burton Albion
Full nameBurton Albion Football Club
Nickname(s)Brewers, The Yellow and Black Army
Founded6 July 1950; 73 years ago (6 July 1950)
GroundPirelli Stadium
Capacity6,912
OwnerNordic Football Group
ChairmanOle Jakob Strandhagen
Head CoachMark Robinson
LeagueEFL League One
2023–24EFL League One, 20th of 24
WebsiteClub website
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 level of the English football league system. The club moved its home ground in 2005 to the Pirelli Stadium from Eton Park. The club's nickname, The Brewers, evokes the brewing heritage of Burton upon Trent.

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 from the Southern League Division One in 1965–66, 1971–72 and 1973–74 and were relegated from the Southern League Premier Division in 1970, 1973 and 1977. Burton spent 1979 to 1987 in the Northern Premier League, before reverting to the Southern League Premier Division. The club rejoined the Northern Premier League in 2001 and were promoted to the Conference as Northern Premier League champions in 2001–02.

Nigel Clough spent seven seasons as the club's player-manager in the Conference and then 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 from League One in 2015–16. Burton spent two seasons in the championship until relegation in 2018.

History[edit]

1950–1998: early years[edit]

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, due 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[edit]

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

The club was brought to national attention when they were drawn at home against eleven-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[edit]

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.[5] 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.

Chart of yearly table positions of Burton Albion in the football league.

Gary Rowett was appointed as the new manager of Burton in May 2012.[6] 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.[7] Burton lost their play-off semi-final 4–5 on aggregate to Bradford City despite winning the first leg 3–2 at Valley Parade.[8] In the 2013–14 season, Burton finished sixth, reaching the play-off final in which they lost 1–0 against Fleetwood Town.[9]

During the 2014–15 season, Rowett left to join Birmingham City, and was replaced by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.[10] Under Hasselbaink, the Brewers won League Two and were promoted to League One for the first time in their history.[11][12] 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 Football League Championship, another first for Burton.[13]

The Brewers opened their first season in the championship with a 4–3 loss to local rivals Nottingham Forest.[14] 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.[15] Burton secured their championship status on 29 April 2017 after a 1–1 draw with Barnsley.[16] 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.[17] However, following a 2–1 defeat to Preston North End on the final day of the season, Burton were relegated back to League One.[18]

In 2018–19, in spite of being in mid-table in League One, they made the semi-finals of the EFL Cup, after wins over Shrewsbury Town, Aston Villa, Burnley, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough.[19] Facing Manchester City, Burton lost the first leg 9–0 at the Etihad Stadium, eventually losing 10–0 on aggregate.[20][21]

In June 2024, chairman Ben Robinson sold the entire majority stake in the club to the Nordic Football Group.[22]

Stadium[edit]

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.[23] 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.[23]

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.[24] It gained its most recent safety certificate from Staffordshire County Council on 12 July 2010,[25] having been subject to crowd trouble on 8 May 2010 at the hands of Grimsby Town fans following their relegation from Football League Two.[26]

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.[27] Previous records include 6,192 for a Conference National 1–0 defeat against Oxford United, during the club's title-winning season,[28] and 6,191 for an FA Cup third-round match on 8 January 2006 against Manchester United.[29]

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

Rivalries[edit]

In their non-League days the Brewers' local rivals were Gresley Rovers,[30] Nuneaton Borough, Stafford Rangers[31] 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 club, Burton United, in the early 1900s. There is also a largely friendly rivalry with near neighbours 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, Nottingham Forest and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Players[edit]

As of 14 June 2024[32]

First-team squad[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK New Zealand NZL Max Crocombe
2 DF England ENG John Brayford (captain)
5 DF England ENG Sam Hughes
6 DF Republic of Ireland IRL Ryan Sweeney
8 MF England ENG Rekeem Harper
10 FW England ENG Josh Gordon
11 FW England ENG Mason Bennett
12 DF England ENG Jasper Moon
16 MF South Africa RSA Kegs Chauke
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF England ENG Mark Helm
25 MF Republic of Ireland IRL Ciaran Gilligan
26 DF England ENG Finn Delap
35 FW Poland POL Jakub Niemczyk
37 DF England ENG Tom Hamer
38 FW England ENG Dylan Scott
39 MF England ENG Ronny Wakelin
40 DF England ENG William Tamen
? DF Albania ALB Geraldo Bajrami
? DF England ENG Jason Sraha
? MF Lithuania LTU Tomas Kalinauskas

Former players[edit]

Player of the Year[edit]

As voted for by supporters of the club.[33]

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

Backroom staff[edit]

Club officials[edit]

Position Staff
Chairman Ben Robinson (MBE)
Board of directors Frank Spiers
Philip Brown
Rob Brown
Terry Clarke
John Williams
Jez Moxey
Club secretary/commercial director: Kelly Hyde

Source: Burton Albion | Club | Who's Who

Position Name
Head coach England Mark Robinson
Assistant head coach England Tom Hounsell
Head of Goalkeeping England Jake Kean

Personnel records[edit]

Goalscoring[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 [34]
2 England Stan Round 1963–67 149 199 0.75 [35]
3 England Darren Stride 1993–2010 124 646 0.19 [36]
4 England Aaron Webster 1998–2013 101 588 0.17 [37]
5 England Simon Redfern 1987–97 86 457 0.19 [38]

Top Football League goalscorers[edit]

As of 16 July 2022, goals not appearances, they're since 23 April 2017 (Football League matches only):

# Name Career Apps Goals
1 England Lucas Akins 2014–2022 307 65
2 Northern Ireland Billy Kee 2011–2014 95 37
3 England Shaun Harrad 2005–2011 62 31
4 Democratic Republic of the Congo Jacques Maghoma 2009–2013 155 26
5 Democratic Republic of the Congo Calvin Zola 2010–2013 79 25
6 England Greg Pearson 2008–2012 89 19
7 England Aaron Webster 1998–2013 108 18
8 Northern Ireland Adam McGurk 2013–2015 71 15
9 England Stuart Beavon 2014–2017 97 13
10 England Justin Richards 2011–2013 48 12

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

Other goalscoring records[edit]

Appearances[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 [36]
2 England Aaron Webster 1998–2013 588 100 [39]
3 England Phil Annable 1970–80, 1981–83 567 70 [40]
4 England Nigel Simms 1981–1993 535 11
5 England Nick Goodwin 1988–95, 1997–99 508 0

Most Football League appearances[edit]

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

John McGrath, 123 Football League appearances.
# Name Career Apps Goals
1 England Lucas Akins 2014–2022 307 65
2 Republic of Ireland Damian McCrory 2012–2019 196 10
3 Northern Ireland Robbie Weir 2012–2016 160 7
4 Democratic Republic of the Congo Jacques Maghoma 2009–2013 155 26
5 Scotland Jon Mclaughlin 2014–2017 113 0
6 Republic of Ireland John McGrath 2007–2013 123 4
7 England Andrew Corbett 2003–2013 123 2
8 England Jimmy Phillips 2009–2015 121 5
9 England John Mousinho 2014–2017 118 2
10 England Aaron Webster 1998–2013 108 18

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

Transfers[edit]

Full international players[edit]

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

Managers[edit]

As of 7 May 2023[42]
Name From To Record
G W D L Win %
Donald MacPhail 1950 1951
Billy Wrigglesworth 1951 1952
Tally Sneddon 1952 1953
Reg Weston 1953 1957
Sammy Crooks 1957 1957
Jackie Stamps 1957 1959
Bill Townsend 1959 1962
Peter Taylor 1962 1965
Alex Tait 1966 1968
Ian King 1968 1969
Richie Norman 1970 1973
Ken Gutteridge 1973 1975
Harold Bodle 1975 February 1976
Mick Walker 1976 1977
Phil Waller 1977 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 709 310 101 298 043.72
Roy McFarland 6 January 2009 18 May 2009 22 9 3 10 040.91
Paul Peschisolido 18 May 2009 17 March 2012 102 33 26 43 032.35
Gary Rowett 17 March 2012 27 October 2014 142 63 34 45 044.37
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink 13 November 2014 4 December 2015 54 33 11 10 061.11
Nigel Clough 7 December 2015 18 May 2020 228 78 57 93 034.21
Jake Buxton 18 May 2020 29 December 2020 21 2 7 12 009.52
Chris Beardsley (Caretaker) 30 December 2020 2 January 2021 1 0 0 1 000.00
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink 2 January 2021 5 September 2022 85 30 18 37 035.29
Dino Maamria 5 September 2022 9 December 2023 46 19 11 16 041.30
Gary Mills (Caretaker) 11 December 2023 11 January 2024 7 2 2 3 028.57
Martin Paterson 11 January 2024 present 20 5 3 12 025.00

Honours and achievements[edit]

League

Cup

Records[edit]

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

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