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TONY'S TRIVIA: PORT VALE

13 November 2023

Club News

TONY'S TRIVIA: PORT VALE

13 November 2023

FACTS and figures relating to tomorrow’s FA Cup replay against Port Vale from Tony Bentley.

ON THIS DAY – NOVEMBER 14

The last time that Burton Albion played on November 14 was in 2020 when they travelled to Hull City for a League One encounter that was played without any fans. Sam Hughes picked up two quick yellow cards and was dismissed in the 18th minute. Malik Wilkes put Hull ahead in the 62nd minute, before Hakeeb Adelakun made it 2-0 to the home side in the 88th minute. That game was the only league game out of 46, that Lucas Akins didn’t start that season, due to him and several other players contracting Covid that week.

Back in 2009 it was the one and only visit to Darlington and the George Reynolds Arena for a League Two game on November 14. Middlesbrough loanee Curtis Main scored the only goal of the game for the home side in the 7th minute in front of 2,404 fans. Despite getting relegated out of the league at the end of the season, Darlington completed the league double over Paul Peschisolido’s side as they won 1-2 at the Pirelli Stadium the following April.

Eton Park was the venue on Friday November 14 2003, when Halifax Town were the visitors for a Nationwide Conference fixture. A crowd of 1,541 saw Andy Ducros give Albion a 12th minute lead. Lewis Killeen equalised in the 60th minute, before Aaron Webster put the Brewers ahead again in the 82nd from the penalty spot. The points however had to be shared as Craig Midgely netted a 90th minute equalising penalty.

On Tuesday November 14 2000 the Brewers travelled to The Lamb Ground to face Tamworth in the First Round of the Dr Martens League Cup. A crowd of 411 saw Dale Anderson net the Brewers goal in a 2-1 defeat.

It was early in Nigel Clough’s debut management season that Burton travelled to Kingstonian on Saturday November 14 for an FA Cup First Round tie. A crowd of 1,505 saw Gavin Holligan score the only goal of the game in the 65th minute to defeat the Brewers.

THE FA CUP

The last time that Burton Albion played an FA Cup First Round replay was on Tuesday November 19 2019. Salford City were the visitors to the Pirelli Stadium, after the two sides had drawn 1-1 in the original tie. Lucas Akins opened the scoring in the 32nd minute, before Ibou Touray equalised after 52. David Templeton made it 2-1 in the 64th minute, before John Brayford in the 70th and Oliver Sarkic in the 81st made it 4-1 to Burton in front of a crowd of 1,479. They would travel to Dino Maamria’s Oldham Athletic in Round Two.

In 2012 the Brewers faced a trip to Conference side Altrincham for a First Round replay. The match was played on Thursday November 15, and was televised. A crowd of 2,428 saw Albion score two second half goals through Chris Palmer in the 65th and Calvin Zola in the 75th to progress through to the Second Round where they would travel to Crewe Alexandra.

Back in 2005 Nigel Clough’s Brewers hosted Peterborough United in a First Round replay at the new Pirelli Stadium on Wednesday November 16. I remember sitting next to Radio 5 Live’s Steve Claridge who was summarising their commentary. I fondly recall that moments after Claridge had said that he couldn’t see Burton scoring if they played until midnight, Shaun Harrad popped up with what turned out to be a 73rd minute winning goal.

Albion had another televised First Round replay on Wednesday November 27 2002. Having earned a 2-2 draw at League One Oldham Athletic in the original tie, Sky Tv selected to cover the replay. Clyde Wijnhard put Oldham ahead in the 50th minute, before Christian Moore levelled the tie in the 84th minute. Into extra time and Moore then put Albion ahead in the 110th minute, before David Eyres made it 2-2 in the 116th minute. There were no more goals and the Brewers unfortunately lost 5-4 on penalties in front of 3,416 fans.


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