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TONY'S TRIVIA: CAMBRIDGE UNITED

2 May 2023

Club News

TONY'S TRIVIA: CAMBRIDGE UNITED

2 May 2023

FACTS and figures relating to tomorrow's game at home to Cambridge United from Tony Bentley,

ON THIS DAY - MAY 3

Burton Albion last played on May 3rd back in 2014. The Brewers travelled to Roots Hall Southend for the final match of the regular season. Both sides already knew they would face each other the following week in the Play Off Semi Final 1st Leg. Brewers boss Gary Rowett decided to rest three key players – Ian Sharps, Adam McGurk and Billy Kee – completely from the game. Southend won the match 1-0, courtesy of Barry Corr’s 22nd minute goal. Phil Brown’s side may have won that battle, but it was the Brewers who would progress to the Wembley Play Off final.

Back in 2002 it was the final match of the Brewers Unibond Premier title winning season. Bishop Auckland were the visitors to Eton Park, as Steve Evans headed Albion ahead after 15 minutes. Aaron Webster doubled the lead courtesy of a 41st minute penalty, before Terry Henshaw fired home a third goal 13 minutes from time. The 1,432 fans in attendance went home happy having seen their side reach 104 points, scoring 106 goals and conceding only 30 during the league season.

It was a local Northern Premier League “derby” in 1980 when Matlock Town were the visitors. A crowd of 1,032 saw Albion triumph 3-2, with the goals being scored by Steve Dolby, Graham Collier and Kevin O’Kine.

May 3rd 1979 saw Banbury United visit Burton for a Southern League Division 1 North fixture. Graham Fearn and Phil Annable scored the goals in a 2-0 win, in front of just 209 fans.

CAMBRIDGE UNITED

Cambridge United last visited the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday 12th February 2022. A crowd of 2,578 saw Gassan Ahadme give Albion a 2nd minute lead from the penalty spot. Harvey Knibbs equalised after 25 minutes to make it 1-1 at half time. William Kokolo restored Albion’s lead scoring his only Brewers goal after 62 minutes, before Sam Smith scored the final goal after 72 minutes to make it 2-2.

Cambridge earned a 3-1 victory when they visited on Friday 3rd October 2014 to inflict a first home defeat in the league that season on Gary Rowett’s side. A crowd of 2,683 saw Tom Elliott give Cambridge a 35th minute lead, which was doubled by Ryan Donaldson in the 64th minute. Elliott made it 3-0 in the 76th minute, before Lucas Akins scored a consolation goal nine minutes from time.

It was another Friday fixture when the two sides met in Burton on May 2nd 2008. It was the first leg of the Blue Square Premier Play Offs. Daryl Clare put Albion ahead from the penalty spot after 66 minutes. Darren Stride made it 2-0 just three minutes later, before current Captain John Brayford saw a third goal disallowed. Seemingly cruising to a comfortable victory, referee Simon Hooper then took centre stage when he adjudged Paul Hurst to have handled a shot that hit him from less than a yard away. Lee McEvilly converted the 78th minute penalty, before firing home an 84th minute equalising free kick from outside the area. This time Hooper adjudged Andy Corbett to have fouled McEvilly when he actually lost his footing. Cambridge went on to win the second leg 2-1 to progress to the final.


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