TODAY Burton Albion pays tribute to one of our greatest-ever players on the 25th anniversary of his death.
Simon Redfern played 457 times for the Brewers in 11 years and was only 30 when he died with so many great years and performances on the pitch ahead of him.
A midfield maestro, ‘Redders’ was also a solid defender and had an eye for goal. He was more often than not the best player on the pitch and was at the peak of his powers when he was lost to us.
He had already scored 86 times when he died and was the reigning Player of the Season. As Rex Page said in his Complete History of Burton Albion: “Simon Redfern had made every position along the spine of the team look as though it had been made for him.”
The Brewers were in sparkling form under manager John Barton in the 1997/98 season and had just recorded a fifth straight win with Andy Garner and Steve Spooner on the scoresheet as we won away at Bromgrove Rovers. Redfern, as always, had been a key factor in that victory with another wholehearted performance.
But 48 hours later he was dead having taken his own life at his Duffield home.
The club, the supporters and everyone connected with Burton Albion, was devastated. Redfern’s number eight shirt was retired for the rest of the season and everyone mourned a hugely popular figure who was at the very heart of all things Burton Albion.
John Barton said at the time. “I’m in a state of disbelief and complete and utter shock. There are no words that appropriately express how everyone feels at the club at the moment.”
Burton Albion Chairman Ben Robinson said: “Simon Redfern’s death shook everyone at the club and, 25 years on, we haven’t forgotten.
“He remains fondly remembered by all Brewers fans, and is rightly considered one of the best players to have ever pulled on a Burton Albion shirt.
“Our thoughts as always are with his family and friends and we hope they take comfort from the fact he is remembered with such affection by everyone connected with the club.”
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