FACTS and figures relating to tomorrow's home game against MK Dons from Tony Bentley.
ON THIS DAY - MAY 7
It was back in 2017 during Burton Albion’s first Championship season when they last played on May 7th. The Brewers hosted Reading just a week after securing their Championship league status for another season. A crowd of 6,264 saw Joseph Mendes gave the Royals a third minute lead. Jordan Obita made it 2-0 after 21 minutes, before Yann Kermogant made it 3—0 to the visitors after 64 minutes. Ben Turner reduced the deficit, scoring his first Burton goal after 69 minutes. Cauley Woodrow gave Burton even more hope making it 2-3 just three minutes later. However, it wasn’t to be as Lewis Grabban scored the final goal of the game six minutes later to earn Reading a 2-4 win.
The Brewers hosted Accrington Stanley in League Two on this date in 2011. A crowd of 3,491 saw Russell Penn put Burton ahead straight after half time. Dean Winnard earned Stanley a point when he equalised in the 84th minute. Current striker Sam Winnall was a 27th minute substitute in the game. The 1-1 draw meant that Paul Peschisolido’s side finished the season with three successive score draws. Remarkably they then started the following 2011/12 season with another three consecutive score draws!
It was a Southern Premier league game back in 1994 when Albion beat Solihull Borough in front of 481 fans, with goals from Peter Howell and Shearer.
In 1993 Gateshead were the visitors to Eton Park for a Northern Premier division fixture. A crowd of 649 saw a 2-1 for the Brewers with their goals being scored by Andy Harrison and Paul Froggatt.
Hillingdon Borough came to Burton on this date in 1977 for a Southern Premier Division match. The match finished as a 2-2 draw with Phil Annable and Eddie Hogan scoring Albion’s goals.
The last tie MK Dons visited the Pirelli Stadium was on Tuesday 25th January 2022. A crowd of 2,171 saw the match remain goalless until stoppage time when Scott Twine scored a winner for the visitors.
MK Dons were also the victors when the two sides played behind closed doors on Saturday 20th March 2021. Former Burton midfielder Scott Fraser gave MK Dons a 15th minute lead converting a penalty. Warren O’Hora made it 2-0 to the visitors after 61 minutes, before Lucas Akins pulled one back for the Brewers also from the penalty spot 16 minutes from time.
Burton last tasted victory over MK Dons in their first ever Pirelli Stadium meeting on January 14th 2020. The 1-0 win in front of 2,005 fans would turn out to be the last home win of a season, which was curtailed because of Covid 19, in March. Nigel Clough’s side would go on to win just one more game, of the remaining 10 played, away at relegated Southend United. Liam Boyce scored the only goal after 20 minutes, his last goal for the club, as he was sold to Hearts later in the month.
Birthdays 7th to 13th May
7th – Josh Clarke 28
8th – Charlie Lakin 24, Adam Reed 32, Mark Byrne 40, Gary Crosby 59
10th – Devante Cole 28, Christian Saydee 21
11th – Jake Edwards 47
12th – Jamie Ward 37
13th – Joe Mason 32