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Match Reports


30 September 2023

ALBION picked up a point from a scrappy and goalless League One encounter with Reading.

The home side arguably had the better openings and chances to break the deadlock but a combination of good saves from Max Crocombe and some stubborn defending ensured that Albion’s unbeaten run was extended.

After his impressive return to action in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night, Mason Bennett was restored to the starting line-up in the league as Albion looked to continue their improved form at the home of the troubled Royals.

The Royals made a positive start to the game and an early move down their right allowed Femi Azeez to send in a low cross towards the back post that took a crucial deflection off an Albion defender to ensure it dropped wide of the far post instead of presenting a tap in.

Joe Powell blazed a good Albion chance over the bar on ten minutes when a long throw from Tom Hamer was only cleared to the edge of the box.

Play was suspended on sixteen minutes as home fans protested against current off-field issues causing the referee to take both teams from the pitch.

When play resumed it was the home side on the front foot and Kelvin Ehibhatiomhan who headed over from a set piece awarded after the youngster had been fouled.

Charlie Savage was a whisker away from giving the Royals the lead on 40 minutes with a curling effort from the edge of the box that brushed the roof of the net on its way over.

Helm nicked the ball away from Tom McIntyre as a back pass failed to reach its destination and the Royals skipper was in the book giving Powell the chance to load a free kick into the box but the Reading skipper atoned by getting in the clearance to keep scores level.

Azeez hit a long-range effort eight minutes into added on time which Crocombe had to beat away from danger as the Royals looked to finish the first half on a high.


Reading nearly got off to a lightning start when the second half got underway. A loose clearing header from Hughes landed at the feet of Azeez but he could not find the target.

Ehibhatiomhan then forced a good save from Crocombe as Albion struggled to get a foothold into the game after the break.

Harvey Knibbs ran onto a god through ball just after the hour mark, but Crocombe got his angles right to block and was similarly effective when Azeez tried to head home moments later.

Bennett got to the 65th minute as he continued to build his fitness back up and he was replaced by Josh Gordon for the final quarter of the game.

Ehibhatiomhan and Azeez both forced good saves from Crocombe as the home side continued to press for the opening goal and with time starting to ebb away.

Baah was replaced by Mustapha Carayol for the final twelve minutes as Albion looked to try and nick a winner in what remained of the game. And it almost paid dividends as chances came for Powell and Helm from the boot of the substitute with neither able to quite apply a final touch or shot to break the deadlock.

Substitute Dom Ballard got ahead of his marker to meet a right wing cross but could not steer his close-range effort on goal as chances continued to come for the hosts as the game ticked on.

Lewis Wing decided to have a go from long range inside the final five minutes and Crocombe needed two attempts to safely gather the ball in as two Reading strikers tried to pounce on the loose ball.

A scoreless outcome was probably a fair outcome of the game as neither side showed the quality to find a goal and Albion could go back home with another precious League One point.

ALBION: Crocombe; Hamer, Hughes, Sweeney, Seddon; Helm, Powell, Oshilaja; Bennett (Gordon, 65), Lubala, Baah (Carayol, 78).

Substitutes: Blackman, Harper, Walker, Caprice, Gilligan.

Referee: Sam Purkiss

Attendance: 13,554 (176 away)

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Ticket News


7 September 2023

TICKETS for our Sky Bet League One fixture away at Reading are now on sale.

The game takes place on Saturday, September 30, with a 3pm kick off.

Brewers supporters have been allocated seats in the South Stand with Burton Albion Season Ticket holders being able to buy at a discounted rate.

Advanced ticket prices for BAFC Season Ticket Holders only are:

Adults: £22
65 and over: 
Aged 18-24: £13
Aged 17 and under: £8
Aged 12 and under: £6

Advanced ticket prices for non-BAFC Season Ticket purchasers:

Adults: £27
65 and over: 
Aged 18-24: £16
Aged 17 and under: £11
Aged 12 and under: £9

Family Area ticket prices Burton Albion Season Ticket holders:

Adults: £18
65 and over: 
Aged 18-24: £13
Aged 17 and under: £5
Aged 12 and under: £2

Family area ticket prices for non-Burton Albion Season Ticket purchasers:

Adults: £23
65 and over: 
Aged 18-24: £16
Aged 17 and under: £8
Aged 12 and under: £5

Reading advises family groups to book tickets in the Family Area. No adults without children and no children without adults are allowed in this area.

Season Ticket price reductions apply to Season Ticket holders only and if they are buying extra tickets for non Season Ticket holders these must be purchased at the full price. 

Disabled supporters pay the respective ticket category with personal assistants free if in receipt of middle or higher rate of Disabled Living Allowance or higher rate of PIP.  There are limited number of full headsets available for visually impaired supporters.

Parking and blue badge parking can be pre-booked in advance by calling 0118 968 1313 or go to

Official away coach travel is available for this fixture:

Price per seat: £18.00
Departs at: 10.30am
Expected return time: 8pm approx.

Book your tickets right now via our online ticket store or, if you are purchasing on your mobile phone use our web-based app:

You can also purchase tickets by visiting the Club Shop at the Pirelli Stadium or you can call 01283 565938.



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