FACTS and figures related to our Good Friday home game against Barnsley from Tony Bentley.
ON THIS DAY - APRIL 7
The Brewers have only played once before in the Football League on April 7. It was back in 2018 during their second season in the Championship. Albion made the short trip to face a Birmingham City side containing former Burton player Jacques Maghoma. After a goalless first half Lloyd Dyer scored his customary goal against his former side in the 48th minute to give Nigel Clough’s side the lead. In fact, Dyer scored in all four Championship meetings against the Blues. Unfortunately, Burton didn’t look likely to extend their lead and were punished in the 87th minute when Lukas Jutkiewicz earned his side a point in front of 22,311 fans.
In 2007 York City visited the Pirelli Stadium for a Nationwide Conference fixture. A crowd of 2,718 saw a goalless first half before Martyn Woolford gave the visitors a 71st minute lead. Craig Farrell doubled their advantage in the 80th minute, before Andy Corbett scored a consolation goal for Albion in the 90th minute, in a match in which current captain John Brayford played.
Albion travelled to Wiltshire on April 7 2001 to face Salisbury City in the Southern Premier League. A crowd of 559 saw the home side win 1-0.
In 1990 Gloucester City visited Eton Park for a Beazer Homes Premier League game. A crowd of 698 saw the two sides take a point apiece from a goalless draw.
It was another goalless draw in 1984 when Burton travelled to Hyde United in the Northern Premier League.
The last time Albion hosted Barnsley at the Pirelli Stadium was on Saturday, April 6, 2019 for a League One encounter. Current Barnsley keeper Brad Collins was in goal for Burton, whilst former Burton striker Cauley Woodrow started for the Tykes, with Victor Adeboyejo coming on as a sub in the second half. A crowd of 4,310 saw Jamie Allen give Albion a fifth minute lead. There were no further goals until the last ten minutes. Liam Boyce doubled Burton’s advantage in the 81st minute, before Woodrow pulled a goal back courtesy of an 85th minute penalty. Marcus Harness restored the Brewers two goal advantage two minutes later to complete a 3-1 victory.
On October 31 2017 the two sides played each other in a Championship fixture. 3,761 fans were in attendance as Lloyd Isgrove gave the visitors a 21st minute lead. Matty Lund equalised in the 37th minute, before Brad Potts put Barnsley ahead again three minutes later. Lloyd Dyer equalised for the second time on the stroke of half time to set up an intriguing second half. It was the visitors who took full advantage taking the lead again in the 73rd minute through Joe Williams, before Leicester loanee Harvey Barnes made it 4-2 to Barnsley three minutes from time, to condemn Nigel Clough’s side to a fourth successive home defeat.
Sam Winnall was in the Barnsley side for the Championship encounter in 2016. The two sides played out a goalless draw in front of 4,913 fans at the Pirelli on Saturday November 5.
It was a League One promotion chasing encounter when the two sides met on Saturday April 16 2016. 4,858 fans saw Barnsley boasting a front two of Sam Winnall and Ivan Toney, yet the game finished goalless. Both teams would earn promotion to the Championship in May, Burton finishing runners up to Wigan Athletic, and Barnsley winning the play off final.
All four of the previous League meetings in Burton had seen the Brewers managed by Nigel Clough.
Birthdays this week
8th – Liam Boyce 32, Kane Hemmings 32, Dillon Barnes 27, Oumar Niasse 33
12th – Steven Lawless 32
14th – Alex MacDonald 33, Reece Hutchinson 23