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TONY'S TRIVIA: NORTHAMPTON TOWN

23 February 2024

Club News

TONY'S TRIVIA: NORTHAMPTON TOWN

23 February 2024

FACTS and figures related to Saturday’s home game against Northampton from Tony Bentley.

ON THIS DAY – FEBRUARY 24

The last time that Burton Albion played a Football League game on February 24 was back in 2018, during their second season in the Championship. A crowd of 4,105 were inside the Pirelli Stadium hoping to see Burton halt their winless home run. However, Millwall’s Ben Marshall scored the only goal of the game in the 61st minute to make it 13 games without a home league victory.

It was a Friday night encounter against Blackburn Rovers on February 24 2017, also in the Championship. The Rovers side that night contained former loanee Darragh Lenihan in defence. The crowd of 5,496 saw the visitors take the lead in the 31st minute when Matty Palmer put through his own net. The points were shared as Marvin Sordell equalised for the Brewers in the 54th minute, netting his first goal for the club after joining from Coventry City the previous month.

On Tuesday, February 24, 2015 the Brewers travelled to Accrington Stanley for a League Two game. Josh Windass scored the only goal of the game for Accrington in the 23rd minute, in a game played in front of just 919 fans. To date that is the lowest ever crowd that Burton have played a Football League game in front of.

Before that we have to go back to Saturday, February 24, 2007 for a Football Conference fixture at Exeter City. The match was goalless up until a young John Brayford was sent off in the 67th minute, for the first sending off of his professional career. Billy Jones scored from the resultant penalty, with Richard Logan adding a second penalty in the 76th minute. Then the late Adam Stansfield netted a third goal in the 90th minute, in front of 3,475 fans.

It was another Conference fixture on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 when the Brewers travelled to Shrewsbury Town’s Gay Meadow. The Shrews team contained future Burton players Darren Tinson and Jake Sedgemore, with another two – Jody Banim and Sam Aiston – coming off the subs’ bench. Luke Rodgers scored the only goal of the game in the 17th minute to send the majority of the 3,115 fans home happy.

NORTHAMPTON TOWN

The last time Northampton Town visited the Pirelli Stadium for a league game was on Saturday, November 21 2020, during the Covid hit season, with no fans in attendance. Harry Smith gave the Cobblers a 2nd minute lead, before netting his and his side’s second goal in the 67th minute. Chris Lines made it 0-3 to the visitors in the 81st minute. Lucas Akins did score a consolation 90th minute penalty for Jake Buxton’s side.

It was the final home game of the 2014/15 League Two title winning season when the two sides met on Saturday April 25 2015. Having secured promotion, the previous weekend at Morecambe, a crowd of 5,720 were present hoping to see the title secured with a win. Burton got a flying start when their former defender Zander Diamond put through his own goal in the 5th minute. Phil Edwards doubled the lead in the 31st minute, before a Lucas Akins penalty in the 41st minute, made it 3-0 at the interval. Lawson D’Ath netted a fine goal for Northampton in the 53rd minute to make the final score 3-1. With Shrewsbury Town also winning, the title race had to wait for the following week at Cambridge United.

Boxing Day in 2013 saw the two sides meet in Burton in front of 3,212 fans. Ian Sharps scored the only goal of the game for Gary Rowett’s side in the 85th minute. One of 17 home league victories that season.

The previous season’s meeting with Northampton came on Tuesday, March 2,0 2012. It was Gary Rowett’s first game in charge of the Brewers, after Paul Peschisolido was dismissed the previous Saturday night. A crowd of 2,692 saw a heartbreak for the Brewers in stoppage time when Kelvin Langmead netted a winner for Northampton for the only goal of the game.

The first ever Football League meeting between the sides at the Pirelli Stadium came on Saturday, August 29, 2009. A crowd of 3,321 saw Shaun Harrad gave Burton a 2nd minute lead. Michael Simpson then added a second and third in the 7th and 11th minutes to give Albion a 3-0 half time lead. Steve Guinan pulled a goal back in the 72nd minute, before a Ryan Gilligan penalty in the 81st minute, made the final score 3-2.

Player Birthdays 24th February to 1st March

24th – Marcus Harness 28

25th Lucas Akins 35, Marvin Sordell 33, Graham Ward 41

26th Calum Butcher 33, Jack Roles 25

28th – Michael Simpson 50, Niall Rodney 33, Kyle McFadzean 37, Ryan Leak 26, Paul Groves 56

29th – Terry Henshaw 44


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