FACTS and figures relating to tomorrow’s game at home to Carlisle United from Tony Bentley.
ON THIS DAY – FEBRUARY 13
The only previous occasion that Burton Albion have played a Football League game on February 13 was in 2020 during the Covid hit season, when they travelled to Northampton Town. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side took the lead in the 77th minute following an indirect free kick inside the Northampton penalty area. Cian Bolger had played the back towards goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell, who then picked it up eight yards from goal. With the whole Northampton team on the goal line, Sean Clare rolled the ball sideways for Michael Bostwick to smash an unstoppable shot into the net. The match had moved into the 90th minute when Ryan Edwards broke away from deep in his own half. With his manager screaming to take the ball towards the corner flag, Edwards cut inside Bryn Morris and advanced into the area before clipping the ball past Mitchell for a second goal to confirm Albion’s second successive away win.
Before that we have to go back to 2001 when the Brewers hosted Halesowen Town at Eton Park for a Southern League Premier match. A crowd of 1,006 saw Darren Stride score the only goal in a 1-0 victory.
In 1999 Bath City were the visitors for another Southern League Premier game. A crowd of 741 saw the visitors secure a 0-1 win.
It was a chastening afternoon on Saturday, February 13, 1995. The Brewers made the short trip to Hednesford Town and were on the end of 5-1 defeat, with Dave Hadley scoring the Albion goal.
Dover Athletic were the visitors to Eton Park on Saturday, February 13, 1993. A crowd of 725 play out a goalless draw in the Southern Premier League.
Albion were still chasing promotion from League Two back in 2015, when Carlisle United made their only previous Football League visit to the Pirelli Stadium on Tuesday, April 15. The struggling visitors took a shock second minute lead through a Danny Grainger free kick, and despite the Brewers having almost non-stop pressure the visitors looked to be on course for a shock win. However deep into stoppage time, with the clock showing 97 minutes and 51 seconds, Denny Johnstone scored an equaliser to send the majority of the 3,892 fans home happier than they might have been.
The only other occasion that Carlisle United had played in Burton was on Saturday, April 16, 2005. The Cumbrians were looking to return to the Football League at the first attempt, having being relegated to the Conference the previous summer. Current United manager Paul Simpson was in charge of the visitors that day as a crowd of 1,914 were gathered inside Eton Park. Derek Holmes scored the only goal of the game in the 28th minute to earn all three points for the visitors. In the Carlisle side that day was former Crystal Palace, Brighton and England striker Glenn Murray. At the end of the season Carlisle beat Stevenage 1-0 in the Conference Play Off final at Stoke City to return to the Football League.