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9 October 2023

Club News


9 October 2023

FACTS and figures relating to tonight’s game at home to Cambridge United from Tony Bentley.


Burton Albion last played on October 9 in 2021. They travelled to Home Park to face Plymouth Argyle in front of 11,915 fans. Argyle took the lead in the 15th minute when Conor Grant fired home from the edge of the penalty area. They doubled their lead in the 43rd minute when goalkeeper Mike Cooper unleashed a massive throw towards Ryan Hardie. Hardie broke to the byline before pulling the ball back for former Albion loanee Ryan Broom to fire home. Lucas Akins reduced the deficit when he turned in the area and fired home in the 59th minute but the home side picked up all 3 points.

Before that it was Saturday 9th October 2010 when Wycombe Wanderers visited the Pirelli Stadium, with Stuart Beavon in their line-up. Gareth Ainsworth put the visitors ahead in the 16th minute with a spectacular long-range effort. Andy Sandell doubled Wycombe’s lead in the 41st minute. Shaun Harrad pulled a goal back five minutes into the second half, but it was Wycombe who took all 3 points in front of 3.042 fans.

Tuesday 9th October 2007 saw the Brewers travel to Altrincham in the Blue Square Premier. A crowd of 1,012 saw a goalless draw with John Brayford in the Burton team, and former Brewers Darren Tinson and Jake Sedgemore in the Altrincham side that night.

In 2004 Eton Park hosted a Nationwide Conference match against Ebbsfleet on this day. Craig Dudley gave Albion a 5th minute lead, which was doubled by Robbie Talbot in the 37th minute. Andy Drury pulled a goal back for the visitors on the stroke of half time, before Andy Ducros made it 3-1 after 63 minutes. Lee Protheroe pulled a goal back in the 78th minute, but Albion secured a 3-2 win in front of 943 fans.


The last time Cambridge United visited the Pirelli Stadium was the penultimate game of last season on Wednesday 3rd May. A crowd of 3,523 saw Mark Helm score the only goal of the game in the 28th minute.  Helm won the ball midway in the Cambridge half and was fouled but quickly regained his footing, and a great advantage by referee Andy Haines, allowed him to advance past several more attempted tackles before firing home from the edge of the box with the help of a slight deflection. Cambridge were still looking for the win in their fight to avoid relegation, and thought Sam Smith had equalised, only for Jordi Amissah to pull off a world class save to deny him late in the game.

Before that Cambridge visited 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 gave 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 2 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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