Burton Albion F.C.

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Burton Albion F.C.
Burton Albion crest
Full nameBurton Albion Football Club
GroundPirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent
(capacity: 6,912 (2,034 seated[1])
ChairmanBen Robinson
ManagerGary Rowett
LeagueLeague Two
2011–12League Two, 17th
WebsiteClub home page
Home colours
Away colours

Current season

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Burton Albion F.C.
Burton Albion crest
Full nameBurton Albion Football Club
GroundPirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent
(capacity: 6,912 (2,034 seated[1])
ChairmanBen Robinson
ManagerGary Rowett
LeagueLeague Two
2011–12League Two, 17th
WebsiteClub home page
Home colours
Away colours

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 of English football. 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.

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.



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.[2] 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.


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 5 December 2012.[11]

Current squad

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

2EnglandDFAndrew Corbett
3EnglandDFAaron Webster
4EnglandDFNathan Stanton
5ScotlandDFZander Diamond
7EnglandMFCleveland Taylor
8Northern IrelandMFRobbie Weir
10Democratic Republic of the CongoFWCalvin Zola
11EnglandMFChris Palmer
12TanzaniaFWAdi Yussuf
14Republic of IrelandDFDamien McCrory
15EnglandMFMatt Palmer
16EnglandGKDean Lyness
17EnglandMFJimmy Phillips
18ScotlandFWMatt Paterson
19Democratic Republic of the CongoMFJacques Maghoma
20Republic of IrelandDFAnthony O'Connor (on loan from Blackburn Rovers)
21EnglandDFMarcus Holness
22EnglandMFJack Dyer
23EnglandMFLee Bell
24EnglandDFIan Sharps (on loan from Rotherham United)
25EnglandFWEvan Garnett
26EnglandFWAlex MacDonald (on loan from Burnley)
27EnglandFWAdam Drury (on loan from Manchester City)
29Northern IrelandFWBilly Kee
30EnglandFWMichael Symes (on loan from Leyton Orient)

Out on Loan

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

6Republic of IrelandMFJohn McGrath (at York City until 11 March 2013)

Former players

Player of the Year

As voted for by supporters of the club.[12]
  • 1971 England Bobby Goodwin
  • 1972 England Phil Annable
  • 1973 England John Beresford
  • 1974 England Frank Gregg
  • 1975 England Phil Annable
  • 1976 England Brendan Phillips
  • 1977 England Phil Annable
  • 1978 England Barry Alcock
  • 1979 England Phil Annable
  • 1980 England Ken Blair
  • 1981 England Bryan Kent
  • 1982 England Bob Gauden
  • 1983 England Clive Arthur
  • 1984 England Paul Evans
  • 1985 England Doug Newton
  • 1986 England Alan Kamara
  • 1987 England Alan Kamara
  • 1988 England Ian Straw
  • 1989 England Nick Goodwin
  • 1990 England Nick Goodwin
  • 1991 England Mark Owen
  • 1992 England Nick Goodwin
  • 1993 Scotland Alan Kurila
  • 1994 England Nick Goodwin

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

Backroom staff

Club officials

ChairmanBen Robinson (BEM)
Board of DirectorsFrank Spiers
Fleur Robinson
Philip Brown
Charles Simpson
Paul Simpson
Rob Brown
Ian English
Terry Clarke
John Williams
Colin Brodie
Commercial managerFleur 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 ManagerGary RowettEngland
Assistant ManagerKevin SummerfieldEngland
Goalkeeper CoachKevin PooleEngland
Youth team managerMark SaleEngland

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

Club honours


1Replayed after FA overturned original result due to crowd trouble.
Source: Burton Albion | Club | History | Honours | Club Honours


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

Personnel records


Top goalscorers

As of 20 September 2010 (competitive matches only):

1England Richie Barker1960–62, 1963–671592700.58[14]
2England Stan Round1963–671491990.75[15]
3England Darren Stride1993–20101246460.19[16]
4England Aaron Webster1998–Present1005770.17[17]
5England Simon Redfern1987–97864570.19[18]

Top Football League goalscorers

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

1England Shaun Harrad2005–20116231
2Democratic Republic of the Congo Calvin Zola2010–present6921
3England Greg Pearson2008–20128919
4England Aaron Webster1998–present10218
5Democratic Republic of the Congo Jacques Maghoma2009–present13115
=Northern Ireland Billy Kee2011–present3615
7England Justin Richards2011–present4612
8England Russell Penn2009–2011817
=Jamaica Cleveland Taylor2009–10, 2011–present697
=England Sam Winnall2010–2011197

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

Other goalscoring records


Most appearances

As of 15 June 2012 (competitive matches only):

1England Darren Stride1993–2010646124[16]
2England Aaron Webster1998–present577100[19]
3England Phil Annable1970–80, 1981–8356770[20]
4England Nigel Simms53511
5England Nick Goodwin5080

Most Football League appearances

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

John McGrath, 118 appearances.
1Democratic Republic of the Congo Jacques Maghoma2009–Present13115
2Republic of Ireland John McGrath2007–Present1184
3England Andrew Corbett2003–Present1092
4England Aaron Webster1998–Present10218
5Wales Tony James2007–2012991
6England Greg Pearson2008–20128919
7England Ryan Austin2005–2012812
=England Adam Bolder2010–2011814
=England Russell Penn2009–2011817
10England Jimmy Phillips2009–Present801

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



As of 28 June 2011.
Nigel Clough EnglandOctober 19986 January 20097002709000000000000709700231000000000000031070021010000000000001017002298000000000000298700143720000000000043.72
Roy McFarland England6 January 200918 May 20097001220000000000000227000900000000000000970003000000000000003700110000000000000010700140910999999999940.91
Paul Peschisolido Canada18 May 200917 March 20127002102000000000000102700133000000000000033700126000000000000026700143000000000000043700132350000000000032.35
Gary Rowett England17 March 201270012700000000000002770011000000000000001070006000000000000006700111000000000000011700137040000000000037.04

Online media

Famous Fans


  1. ^ Burton Albion | Club | Pirelli Stadium
  2. ^ "Man Utd 5–0 Burton Albion". BBC News. 18 January 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/fa_cup/4612320.stm.
  3. ^ a b "Chairman is working to keep Burton Albion ahead of the game". This Is Derbyshire. 23 March 2010. http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/news/Chairman-working-Burton-Albion-ahead-game/article-1932840-detail/article.html. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
  4. ^ "Hayes model new ground on Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium". Uxbridge Gazette. 26 May 2010. http://www.uxbridgegazette.co.uk/west-london-sport/hayesandyeading/2010/05/26/hayes-model-new-ground-on-burton-albion-s-pirelli-stadium-113046-26518391/. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
  5. ^ "County Council stamps safety seal of approval for Pirelli Stadium". Staffordshire County Council. 12 July 2010. http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/news/pirellisealofapproval.htm. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
  6. ^ "FA to investigate incidents at Hull and Burton". BBC Sport. 10 May 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/8670814.stm. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
  7. ^ "Oxford United – We've Met Before". Burton Albion FC. 6 August 2010. http://www.burtonalbionfc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10950~2112927,00.html. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
  8. ^ "League football comes to Burton's Pirelli Stadium". BBC Sport. 26 June 2009. http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/content/articles/2009/06/26/pirelli_stadium_feature.shtml. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
  9. ^ "Club Guide: Whippets Rovers". Clough The Magic Dragon. http://www.burtonalbion.com/Opposition/whippets.htm. Retrieved 12 August 2010.
  10. ^ "Club Guide: Stafford Rangers". Clough The Magic Dragon. http://www.burtonalbion.com/Opposition/Stafford.htm. Retrieved 12 August 2010.
  11. ^ Burton Albion official website
  12. ^ Page, Rex (2010). Burton Albion: The Complete History. The Derby Books Publishing Company Limited. p. 268. ISBN 978-1-85983-816-7.
  13. ^ "Bass Charity Vase: Winners And Finalists". 4 August 2010. http://www.basscharityvase.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5&Itemid=5.
  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. http://www.burtonalbionfc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10950~2048568,00.html. 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. http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/Sport/Burton-Albion-FC/Penn-Ill-make-my-mark-again.htm. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  22. ^ "Derby complete Legzdins signing". BBC News. 1 July 2011. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/13960105.stm. Retrieved July 2011.

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