ONCE again it is back-to-back home games for the Brewers, starting off with this Saturday’s visit of Gillingham to the Pirelli Stadium (kick-off 3pm).
This fixture is our designated Heads Up campaign fixture, in association with the mental health charity Mind. The initiative looks to encourage the conversation about mental health and overcoming the difficulties and stigma that come with it. Brewers and Gillingham fans will see a host of activities and programmes on offer to them organised by Burton Albion FC and Burton Albion Community Trust, including:
- A pop-up Barber Shop and Body MOT drop in at the Burton Albion Community Football Centre from 9am to noon;
- Appointments for haircuts need to be booked with BACT - appointments every half hour;
- Body MOT to include weight, height, blood pressure all on offer;
- Eton mess cafe open serving tea and coffee.
Fans are encouraged to join in the conversation on Twitter using the #HeadsUp and #KickOffAConversation. For more information, please visit www.headstogether.org.uk/heads-up.
HEAD 2 HEAD
In what will be our 13th meeting between Gillingham and ourselves, the Brewers will look for a repeat of our first away game of the season; a 2-1 victory, in which two goals from Nathan Broadhead shortly before half-time secured the three points.
Overall the Brewers have won five of our 12 meetings against Gillingham, whilst drawing one and losing the remaining six.
Burton Albion have also faced a Steve Evans-managed side on a number of occasions, including Crawley Town and Boston United.
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Manager Nigel Clough will be buoyed by a near fully-fit side, with previous doubts Nathan Broadhead returning from Everton following treatment and Reece Hutchinson who featured last-time out against Rotherham United.
Ben Fox has also returned to first-team training, but there will still be several weeks ahead for young Brewer, who suffered a knee injury in pre-season.
Gillingham come into this fixture of the back of a 2-0 home win against Shrewsbury Town on Wednesday. Goals from Olly Lee and Stuart O’Keefe were enough to take the three points.
The Gills are currently unbeaten in their last six, with two wins book-ending four draws.
Officiating tomorrow’s match will be Alan Young, supported by Christopher Husband and Ravel Cheosiaua, with Thomas Harty the Fourth Official.
Young has officiated 27 matches this season, of which seven have come in the third tier. In those games he has awarded 31 yellow cards but no red cards, whilst also awarding three penalties. Young oversaw our 2-1 loss to Tranmere in September, whilst he has officiated Gillingham once also this season - a 1-1 draw against Portsmouth on New Year’s Day.
Home fans will be able to pay in cash on the turnstiles when they arrive at the game tomorrow. Terrace access will be available in the UK Waterproofing Solutions Stand (Popside) and the Don Amott Stand (West). Fans wishing to have a seat in the Carling Stand will be required to purchase a ticket from the ticket office beforehand.
The Russell Roof Tiles Stand (away terrace) will be closed for this fixture and away fans are advised that they will need to buy a ticket from the ticket office to sit in the Carling Stand (away seated stand).
Please note that prices increase by £2 each on matchday, so anyone wishing to attend can save by purchasing their tickets in advance before 5pm today.
Earlybird prices are:
Senior (65-plus): £20
Young Person (17-22): £20
Senior (65-plus): £16
Young Person (17-22): £13
Call 01283 565938, visit the club shop during normal opening hours or go to www.burtonalbionfc.co.uk/tickets.
This game is not available for streaming domestically but you can buy an audio only pass for £2.50 HERE.