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8 December 2023

Club News


8 December 2023

FACTS and figures relating to tomorrow’s home game against Stevenage from Tony Bentley.


The Brewers have only previously played a Football League game on December 9 on two occasions. The last was in 2017 during the second season in the Championship. A crowd of 3,659 saw Preston North End visit the Pirelli Stadium. Second half goals from Tom Clarke in the 66th and Daryl Horgan in the 83rd put Preston 2-0 up before Lucas Akins netted a 90th minute consolation for Burton as they slipped to a seventh successive home league defeat.

In 2012 Accrington Stanley were the visitors for a League Two encounter. A crowd of 2,530 witnessed Billy Kee score the only goal of the game in the 10th minute, against his former side.

Cambridge United were the visitors on December 9, 2008, for a Blue Square Premier game. John McGrath gave Albion a fifth minute lead, before Shaun Harrad made it 2-0 from the penalty spot in the 42nd minute. Scott Rendell pulled a goal back for Cambridge in the 63rd minute, before McGrath was sent off four minutes later after picking up a second yellow card. The ten men weren’t to be denied through as Greg Pearson made it 3-1 in the 84th minute to earn Nigel Clough’s side an eighth successive league win in front of 1,804 fans.

A young Michael Oliver refereed the Brewers on this date in 2006. Aldershot Town were the visitors for a Conference fixture played in front of 1,876 fans. Lee Fowler gave Burton a 26th minute lead, which was cancelled out by Rhys Day in the 37th minute. Andy Corbett put through his own net in the 41st minute, before John Grant made it 3-1 to the Shots in the 47th minute to earn all three points for the visitors.

Yet again Albion were at home on this date in 2000. Worcester City visited Eton Park for a Southern League game, which Albion won 1-0 courtesy of a Phil Starbuck goal in front of 1,284 fans.


This will be the fifth time that Burton and Stevenage have faced each other in the Football League, and the first time that Graham Westley won’t be in the Stevenage dugout.

Stevenage will be the fifth different Football League team that Steve Evans has managed against Albion at the Pirelli Stadium. He has previously been here in charge of Crawley Town, Rotherham United, Peterborough United and Gillingham.

The last time Stevenage played here in the Football League was on Monday, March 30, 2015 in League Two. A crowd of 3,024 saw an unusual occurrence with both teams scoring for the opposition in a 1-1 draw. Tom Naylor put through his own goal in the 12th minute, before Bira Dembele equalised for Albion in the 45th minute, when he too put through his own net.

On Tuesday, March 22, 2011 a crowd of 1,962 saw future Brewers captain John Mousinho saw both goals for Stevenage in their 2-0 victory. He got his first in the 4th minute, before making it 2-0 in the 88th minute from the penalty spot. Future Burton players Michael Bostwick and Darius Charles were also in the Stevenage starting eleven that day.

In 2008 the two sides met in the Blue Square Premier Division at the Pirelli Stadium on November 22. A crowd of 1,944 saw a brace of goals from Michael Simpson, in the 32nd and 70th minutes, earn a 2-0 victory for Nigel Clough’s side.

It was another Blue Square Premier encounter on Friday, April 18, 2008. A young John Brayford opened the scoring in the 58th minute. Daryl Clare made it 2-0 with a 77th minute penalty, before Brayford got another in the 81st minute to earn a 3-0 win in front of 2,160 fans.

Birthdays 9th to 15th December

9th Robbie Weir 35, Martin Taylor 57

11th – Shaun Harrad 49, Jack Dyer 32, Shaun Kelly 35

15th – Jason Banton 31

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