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65 YEARS OF BURTON ALBION MEMORIES

11 August 2015

THIS year Burton Albion is celebrating 65 years as a football club after being officially founded at a Town Hall meeting in July 1950.

To celebrate this landmark we are selecting 65 great memories from the club’s history, which will feature in the match day programme.

If you would like to suggest a great memory – a player, a game, a key event – then email nigel.powlson@burtonalbionfc.co.uk or tweet @burtonalbionfc.co.uk

In our first great memory we look back at Brewers player/manager Ian Storey Moore.

There’s no doubt that former Manchester United player Ian Storey Moore added a touch of glamour to Burton Albion when he joined the club in the 1970s, first as a player and then as a manager.

He was a flair player with the guile and trickery you would expect from a former Old Trafford favourite so it was something of a surprise that he was pulling on the black and amber only a year after playing for United in 1974.

The reason sadly was injury that had ended his top flight career – a career that had seen him chalk up more than 200 appearances for Nottingham Forest before he was on the verge of signing for Derby in the Brian Clough days.

In 1972, Cloughie even introduced him as a new signing before he was stolen by Manchester United at the last minute as they paid a reported £225,000 fee to snatch him away from the Rams.

Despite retiring from professional football through injury, he still had the football brain and skills that thrilled the Albion faithful. He even managed to make opponents look silly as he danced down the wing despite the Brewers rock hard pitches of the time.

He had three spells with the Brewers and ended up being asked to take the manager’s chair as Albion looked to establish themselves as a non-league force.

By this time he was more likely to be seen on the sidelines in a sheepskin coat, urging his players on.

His Burton Albion team contained a smattering of talented ex pros brought in using his Nottingham Forest connections. The team played great football, trying to adopt the passing game that the manager had been accustomed to and always looking to score goals. It was good football for non-league fans in the 1970s and there was a buzz around the club while Ian Storey Moore was in charge.

Sadly, he didn’t stay around long enough to see his plans come to fruition and maybe the thought of long away trips in  midweek to non-league outposts seemed a far cry from the glamour of playing for England – he represented his country in 1970 against Netherlands -  but once he left he took a little of that glamour with him.

Certainly he’s remembered fondly amongst Albion fans even if there is a sense that he never quite finished the job he started so well in the late 1970s.

It would take the brasher and more workmanlike approach of Neil Warnock to restore that same belief in Albion when he had the team looking up again by the mid 1980s.


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