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AMERICAN BREWERS FAN IS PART OF WORLDWIDE INTEREST IN BURTON ALBION

15 October 2015

BURTON Albion's success story is creating interest with football fans worldwide, with a growing army of overseas Brewers supporters.

The Football League' Stand Up and Be Counted survey asked overseas fans to register their interest in English football clubs and more than 50 declared their allegiance to the Brewers.

Burton Albion is well represented in Sweden thanks to the interest of a band of fans in Gothenburg but Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's team have fans across Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia.

Among the far flung corners of the world where the Brewers have loyal followers are India and Saudi Arabia.

One of the biggest areas of support is in the USA and this week an Albion fan dropped into the club shop on a visit from his home in Chicago.

Mike Babb says: "I have always loved football and during my time following the game I have discovered that I like the lower leagues. It's more pure football I think.

"I stumbled upon Burton Albion Football Club on Fifa and have fallen in love with the club ever since. I think I am going to be a Brewer for the rest of my life."

Mike was given a chance to see the pitch and dressing rooms on his visit and loves the Pirelli Stadium.

"It's beautiful out there. I just wish I had a chance to see a game under lights - that's for my next trip here.

"I follow the scores and the highlights and I'm also always checking the league table.

"I don't play the game but I do love it. American Football, ice hockey and baseball are more popular in America. We call it soccer back home but it's definitely growing in popularity but nothing like over here. And that's why I have had so much fun here. You can talk to everyone about football."

Mike, who left with a collection of merchandise from the club shop,  has high hopes for the Brewers.

"They are going to be in the Premiership in a couple of years," he smiles. "Slowly but surely. I say we are going all the way."

Watch the full interview with Mike Babb here:

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