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TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF PROMOTION TO THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE

26 April 2019

IT'S ten years since the Brewers gained promotion to the Football League for the first time in the club's history.

Burton Albion were crowned Blue Square Premier champions despite losing 2-1 at Torquay United and after a nervy end to the 2008-09 season there was great relief that the finishing line had been reached.

After a run of four defeats from five matches, Albion were out of form and badly missing the guidance of Nigel Clough who had left to join Derby County in the January with the Brewers in what looked like an unassailable lead at the top.

A point in the last game of the season was all that was needed but Torquay needed all three to make the play-off semi-finals for the second year running.

Albion took the lead early on but found themselves 2-1 down and praying that Cambridge couldn't beat Altrincham and pip the Brewers on goal difference.

Thankfully Cambridge could only manage a 0-0 draw and Albion finished two points ahead of them to secure promotion

Roy McFarland, who had taken the helm from Clough was the most relieved man in the ground.

"I'm just pleased I didn't let anyone down," said McFarland. "Had it not happened, it would have been the lowest point of my career and I'm not sure how I would have recovered. I set myself a target of 91 points when I took the job on and we're three short of that at the finish but we still got promoted."

Speaking this week Nigel Clough said: "People talk about getting intio the Championship but the major step was getting into the Football League. That was the dream and an absolute pipe dream 20 years ago and to achieve it was incredible.

"I look now at the Non League Paper and see all the teams we used to look up to and there are eight or ten teams in National League North that we wanted to emulate back then and here we are now half way up League One and having been in the Championship. I think it has been an incredible ten years."


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