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30 November 2017

GOALKEEPING legend Peter Shilton was at the Pirelli Stadium tonight for Burton Albion's annual Sporting Dinner.

The former Leicester, Nottingham Forest and Derby County keeper was capped 125 times by England.

Shilton was the main guest speaker at the annual event at the Pirelli Stadium and he took time out to praise Burton Albion.

He said: "It's a great story for football and shows that the impossible can be achieved. That's taking nothing away from the club but to do what they have done coming from non-league is quite amazing. To stay up last year was testament to the players and Nigel Clough and to the atmosphere in the club. It's a club that players want to fight for and try and achieve the impossible for."

Shilton is looking forward to watching England in next summer's World Cup in Russia.

He said: "We have got a lot more  competitiveness in the goalkeeping department now. Joe Hart had it his own way for quite a while but now we have got a good crop with Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford coming through and Tom Heaton is a good goalkeeer with a good technique and Frazer Forster as well - so all of a sudden there is good competition."

Shilton's son Sam played for the Brewers during the 2004/2005 season and he had previously visited Eton Park but this was his first visit to the Pirelli Stadium.

After a four-couse meal guests not only listened to Shilton but another guest speaker Dr Kevin Jones with Dave Bryon acting as compere.

The main sponsor of the event was McLean Restaurants (T/A McDonalds)

PICTURES: Richard Holmes

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