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17 April 2023

Club News


17 April 2023

FACT and figures relating to tomorrow's home game against Bolton from Tony Bentley.


The last time Burton Albion played on April 18th was a memorable occasion. They visited Morecambe in League Two hoping to secure promotion to League One for the first time in their history. Damien McCrory had already missed a penalty after Stuart Beavon was fouled, before Lucas Akins put Albion ahead in the 30th minute. Beavon earned another penalty in the 60th minute, this time converted by Akins to double the lead. Morecambe scored a 90th minute consolation goal though Mark Hughes as Albion ended the game not knowing if they had done enough to celebrate promotion. The game between AFC Wimbledon and Wycombe Wanderers was late running, and once that finally finished 0-0, Albion could confirm promotion because Wycombe could no longer match their points total.

It was a Blue Square Premier fixture back in 2008 as Stevenage visited the Pirelli Stadium. A crowd of 2,160 saw current captain John Brayford give Burton a 58th minute lead. Daryl Clare doubled the advantage from the penalty spot in the 77th minute, before Brayford scored his second in the 81st minute to earn a 3-0 victory.

Albion travelled to Southport for a Nationwide Conference fixture in 2006. A crowd of 1,488 saw the two sides play out a goalless draw.

Burton won the Dr Martens League Cup on this date in 2000. Already with a 2-1 advantage from the first leg, Albion beat Hastings Town 4-1 at Eton Park in front of 1,529 fans. Goals came from Darren Stride, Aaron Webster, Allan Davies and Andy Garner.

It was a Southern League fixture in 1998 when Merthyr Tydfil were beaten 3-0.  A crowd of 1,001 saw goals from Darren Grocutt, Mickey Cotter and Pat Lyons earn the three points.


The last time Bolton Wanderers visited the Pirelli Stadium was on Tuesday 15th February 2022 in front of 3,487 fans. Burton took the lead in the 11th minute when Tom Hamer’s long throw was headed on by Conor Shaughnessy for Joe Powell to poke home. Three minutes later Powell turned provider, sending in a deep corner for John Brayford to powerfully head home to double the lead. In the 18th minute Brayford had another when, after another Powell corner, the ball was recycled to the Burton captain who headed into the corner of the net to give his side a 3-goal lead. Bolton managed to score a 90th minute consolation through Dion Charles.

The meeting on Tuesday 10th March 2020 was the final fixture played in the 2019/20 season, due to the league being suspended due to Covid 19. Former Burton player Ryan Delaney gave Bolton a 20th minute lead. Rangers loanee Jamie Murphy levelled for Burton in the 28th minute, before Ethan Hamilton restored the visitors lead in the 38th minute. Murphy scored his second of the night in the 65th minute to earn a share of the points, in front of 2,034 fans. It was to be the final time Albion fans got to see Murphy who recorded 7 goals in his 10 appearances for Nigel Clough’s side.

The first league meeting between the two sides came in the Championship on Saturday 28th April 2017. A crowd of 6,535 were present to see if Burton could make it three successive Championship wins for the first time, and take their fight to avoid relegation to the final game of the season. The answer was yes as Hope Akpan gave Albion a 28th minute lead, before Lucas Akins doubled the advantage in the 36th minute. The 2-0 win for Nigel Clough’s side did take the fight to Preston North End in the final game, but it was Wanderers who survived with a last gasp win over Nottingham Forest to condemn Albion to relegation.

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