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31 October 2017

BURTON Albion play their second game at home in a matter of days as they welcome Barnsley to the Pirelli Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship.

The last three meetings between these two sides have ended in draws with only two goals scored. The Brewers secured their Championship status against Barnsley last season thanks to a Luke Varney equaliser at Oakwell.

Barnsley have beaten Burton Albion twice in their history however. They first beat the Brewers back in 2014 when they hit five in the FA Cup before going on to win 1-0 a year later on home turf.


The Tykes are just three points better off than Burton Albion at this stage in the season. They lost their first two Championship games but picked up wins against Nottingham Forest and Sunderland towards the latter stages of August.

They September league campaign looked pretty miserable until their popped up with a win against Millwall on the 30th thanks to a brace from Tom Bradshaw and a late Mamadou Thiam penalty.


Sean Scannell is the most likely of Burton Albion’s injured players to recover in time to line up against Barnsley tonight. Scannell tweaked a hamstring in training and missed Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at home to Ipswich.

Joe Mason (back), Will Miller (hamstring) and John Brayford (hamstring) will not be fit to face Barnsley.

Brayford is now not expected to make a return before the international break that begins after the trip to Millwall on November 4.


Adam Jackson damaged his cruciate knee ligament and looks to be sidelined for a while. Angus MacDonald played in his place against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, and he will do so again. Paul Heckingbottom switched to a 4-5-1 at half-time against Sheffield Wednesday, and it's likely that the Tykes will start with that formation.


Jeremy Simpson is the man in the middle this evening. The Lancashire-based referee has taken charge of 13 games this season, brandishing 57 yellow cards and two reds. He will be assisted by Adam Mattewhs and Nick Hopton with David Coote the fourth official.

Simpson took charge of the reverse fixture last season where Burton Albion secured their Championship status on 29 April. 


Albion supporters can still purchase tickets for tonight’s game against Barnsley, and can do so online, over the phone (01283 565938) or in person by visiting the club shop during opening hours.

Ticket prices are as follows (terrace):

Adult: £20.00

Senior 65+: £18.00

Young Person 17-22: £15.00

Under 17: £7.00


Supporters can park in the Pirelli Stadium car park for just £5, as well as the Pirelli Tyres staff car park (£3 per car) and new for this season the Eton Park Junior School (£4 per car). All money collected from Pirelli staff car park will go to charity.

Funds raised at the school will go to its PTA to help benefit pupils.

Burton Albion encourages fans to walk to the ground or use public transport to get to the stadium if possible. Supporters who do come to the ground in vehicles are encouraged to car share.
All supporters are asked to park responsibly and to be aware of parking restrictions and the needs of residents when leaving their vehicles.


The Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) will be hosting a mixture of footballing activities on the Burton Albion Community Football Centre 3G before tonight’s game. Activities include small sided games, penalty shoot outs, skill challenges and much more. It's completely FREE with a match ticket! Just turn up between 6PM and 6.45PM.

The club is aiming to improve the matchday experience for parents and their children by piloting the Family Area.

Fans wishing to use the Family Area should enter the ground by the North Stand turnstiles and then turn right and enter the stand at the far end. They should then use section J of the stand which will be reserved for under 16s and their families. No person will be allowed into this area unless they are with an under 16. There will be zero tolerance of bad language in the Family Area.

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Match Reports


31 October 2017

A six goal Halloween thriller at the Pirelli Stadium resulted in Barnsley returning home to South Yorkshire with the points after a 4-2 victory over the Brewers.

Matty Lund with his first Championship goal and Lloyd Dyer both drew Albion level in the first half after Lloyd Isgrove and Brad Potts had put the visitors ahead but a stunning striker from on loan Everton midfielder Joe Williams handed the visitors the iniative inside the final twenty minutes and a late strike from another loanee, Leicester's Harvey Barnes compounded Albion's misery.

Albion showed two changes from the side defeated late on by Ipswich on Saturday. Sean Scannell was fit to start again and he came in for Marvin Sordell with Lucas Akins restored to the attack to facilitate Scannell's return on the right. Jamie Allen, who picked up an ankle knock against Ipswich was deemed only fit enough for the bench meaning a recall for Hope Akpan as Nigel Clough looked for physicality in his midfield against the Tykes.

The early stages were high on energy but lacking in any realy quality from either side. Albion probably had the first real chance to bear down on Adam Davies goal when Matty Lund won the ball on half way and exchanged passes with Luke Murphy to send Lloyd Dyer scampering forward, his low cross just failing to find Scannell powering in on the opposite side to try and meet it.

Albion were handed a chance to test Davies with a free kick just outside the box when Brad Potts upended Akins but Lund, on free kick duty could only fire his effort into the defensive wall as Barnsley regrouped and cleared their lines.

ISGROVE provided the first moment of real quality with his goal on 21 minutes. Picking up a short pass from Harvey Barnes he used his pace and trickery to burst into the box before firing into the top corner of Ripley's net.

Barnsley were soon hunting a second and as Albion scrambled inside their own box to clear their lines when Ugbo surged into the danger area from out on the right, the ball came out to Potts on the edge of the box, the midfielder firing just too high.

Having looked rattled immediately after the goal the Brewers regained their composure and set about their task of trying to come from behind. Akins, as ever, was proving to be a handful in attack and an angled rising drive on 30 minutes carried on rising over the bar from a tight angle on the right.

Lund was denied on 33 minutes by a block from Andy Yiadom amidst possible shouts for handball. Jake Buxton sent over the deep cross and it was at a night height for the Albion midfielder to launch himself at it with a meaty volley.

The summer signing from Rochdale did not have much longer to wait for his first Championship goal in Albion colours as Buxton was again the provider on the right with a drilled cross that LUND steamed in to head home at the back post.

Parity was only restored for three minutes as Barnsley quickly responded again. Kyle McFadzean and Ben Turner collided going for a ball on halfway and that left Ugbo free to run forwards and although his shot was saved by Ripley the ball broke loose for the supporting POTTS to slam home. There was then a worrying few minutes as McFadzean received treatment after being laid flat out in the challenge with Turner. Fortunately th big defender was ok to continue albeit requiring a change of shirt.

Albion chose the perfect moment, on the stroke of half time to find another equaliser. There looked to be lots to do when Scannell had possession wide out on the right touch line but a neat pass inside invited DYER to drive into the box and find a neat finish inside Davies' near post and square it all up once more.

Half time: Burton Albion 2 - 2 Barnsley

Murphy had a shooting opportunity in the opening moments of the second period but after taking a touch found himself clsoed down and his shot from just outside of the box was blocked. A first time ewffort might have yielded more joy.

Albion were close again on 53 minutes, this time Lund was the provider with a corner to the near post where McFadzean leaded it goalwards, Davies tipping the ball over his crossbar.

Barnsley briefly threatened from a corner but Albion had another chance when Akins darted away down the right and crossed into the middle. Dyer's leap to get a head onto the ball seemed to take the ball out of the path of Lund who was getting up to support.

Burton's first change came on 63 minutes with the guile and creativity of Allen introduced for Akpan.

Lund had another spectacular chance to volley home on 62 minutes but this time he got it all wrong trying to smash home another cross from Buxton.

Barnsley made a double change to try and win the game with the introduction of Tom Bradshaw and George Moncur. McGeehan and Ugbo were the men to make way for Paul Heckingbottom's side.

When it came on 73 minutes though, it was one of Heckingbottom's starting men that broke the deadlock once more. There looked little danger when the ball was played in towards WILLAMS but the youngster launched a booming, dipping shot that flew over Ripley into the back of the net.

Any hope Albion had of salvaging a point disappeared on 87 minutes when Leicester loanee BARNES drove home as the Albion defence stood off and gave him chance to shoot and comprehensively beat Ripley.

What had seemed like a promising first half, by the end turned into a Halloween nightmare.

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Ticket News


26 September 2017

TICKETS are set to go on sale for Burton Albion’s home fixture against Ipswich Town on Saturday, October 28, and Barnsley on Tuesday, October 31.

Season ticket holders and priority members can purchase tickets in the priority window - which  is now open.

All remaining tickets will be released on to general sale at 10am on Thursday, September 28.
There is no limit to the number of tickets that can be purchased.

Ticket prices are as follows (terrace):
Adult: £20.00
Senior 65+: £18.00
Young Person 17-22: £15.00
Under 17: £7.00

Ticket prices are as follows (seats):
Adult: £24.00
Senior 65+: £22.00
Young Person 17-22: £14:00
Under 17: £14:00

The easiest way to buy tickets is online at Alternatively, Albion fans can purchase tickets over the phone (01283 565938) or in person by visiting the club shop during normal opening hours.

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