FACTS and figures relating to tomorrow's game as the Brewers travel to Cheltenham from Tony Bentley
ON THIS DAY - APRIL 1
Burton Albion have only ever played twice before on April 1 in the Football League. The last occasion was a truly memorable one during the first season in the Championship. Back in 2017 Albion travelled to promotion chasing Huddersfield Town where a crowd of 20,154 assembled. David Wagner’s side would eventually finish the season in 5th place, before going on to earn promotion to the Premier League via the Play Off final, beating Reading on penalties at Wembley. As expected, the Brewers were under the cosh for much of the game. Yet the match remained goalless as John Brayford headed a Michael Hefele header off the line in the 88th minute. In the scramble to clear the ball, Ben Turner was flattened by Town’s Dean Whitehead who was subsequently dismissed for a second yellow card offence. The match had moved into the 90th minute when Turner headed away a long throw. Jackson Irvine poked the ball forward to Marvin Sordell, and continued his run. Sordell rode a challenge from Tommy Smith near the half way line and continued into the Huddersfield box, before squaring to Irvine who fired home a precious goal to earn Nigel Clough’s side all three points in their battle to survive.
On April 1 2013 Albion travelled to Accrington Stanley on Easter Monday for a League Two fixture. A crowd of 1,619 saw Will Hatfield give Stanley a 7th minute lead. Matt Paterson equalised in the 36th minute. Padraig Amond restored the lead for the home side on the hour mark, before Zander Diamond equalised for Gary Rowett’s side seven minutes later. Jacques Maghoma put Burton ahead for the first time in the 73d minute, and looked to have won all three points as Albion chased promotion. However, James Beattie scored a 90th minute equaliser, which coupled with a 7-1 hammering at Port Vale five days later, ultimately cost Rowett’s side automatic promotion that season. They finished just 2 points behind third placed Vale, and would lose to Bradford City in the Play Offs.
It was a Nationwide Conference fixture back in 2006 when York City earned a 0-0 draw at the Pirelli Stadium in front of 2,605 fans.
2002 saw Burton make their only ever visit to Burscough in their pursuit of the Unibond Premier division title. A crowd of 531 were treated to a scrappy game played at times in near horizontal rain. A 0-0 draw was the result, as Nigel Clough’s side moved a point nearer the title.
It was a Southern Premier League fixture on 1st April 2000 when Albion travelled to Grantham Town. A crowd of 786 saw Christian Moore score the only goal of the game from the penalty spot to earn all 3 points.
The last time that Burton Albion travelled to Cheltenham Town was on Saturday January 8, 2022 in League One. A crowd of 3,201 saw the home side take the lead through Callum Wright in the 21st minute. Burton improved in the second half and Daniel Jebbison scored a 51st minute equaliser to earn his side a point.
Prior to last year the two sides previously met in League Two on Saturday 7th February 2015. Burton were pursuing their charge towards the league title, as Stuart Beavon gave them a 21st minute lead. Adam McGurk doubled the lead in the 36th minute, before Phil Edwards made it 3-0 four minutes into the second half. Wes Burns pulled one goal back for the home side, but it was the Albion fans in the crowd of 2,389 who went home happy.
It was the opening game of the 2013/4 season when the two sides met a Whaddon Road on Saturday 3rd August 2013. Gary Rowett named five debutants in his starting line-up, including current England goalkeeper – Jordan Pickford – who made his Football League debut in the game. The four others were Phil Edwards, Rory Delap, Chris Hussey and Adam Reed. The evergreen Jamie Cureton gave the home side an 18th minute lead, when Pickford misjudged the bounce of a long ball forward. Byron Harrison doubled the Cheltenham lead in the 32nd minute. Billy Kee pulled a goal back from the penalty spot right on the stroke of half time. The Brewers earned a share of the points when Rory Delap scored a debut goal in the 56th minute.
Albion’s last defeat at Cheltenham came on Saturday 12th November 2012 when Chris Zebroski scored a 86th minute winner in front of 2,804 fans.
Birthdays this Week
1st – Jody Banim 45
3rd – Greg Pearson 38
4th – Stephen Quinn 37
5th – Nathan Broadhead 26
6th – Owen Gallacher 25