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BREWERS MOURN THE LOSS OF GOAL-SCORING LEGEND STAN ROUND

13 March 2024

Club News

BREWERS MOURN THE LOSS OF GOAL-SCORING LEGEND STAN ROUND

13 March 2024

FORMER Burton Albion striker Stan Round has passed away at the age of 86.

Round played for the Brewers from the 1963/64 season to the 1966/67 season smashing records along the way with his goalscoring feats.

He was signed by Peter Taylor in the summer of 1963 from Hinckley Athletic for a then club record fee of £200.

Round was 26 and reaching the peak of his powers and became one half of a feared strike duo with Richie Barker.

In his first season, Round bagged 41 goals but suffered disappointment as a thigh injury kept him out of both legs of the Southern League Cup final.

He was top scorer for the second season in a row with a ‘mere’ 29 goals in 1964/65 but it was the following year that he truly earned his legendary status.

From 56 appearances he scored 59 goals, a club record for a season that has never been beaten. Barker nearly matched him, scoring 56 goals himself and Albion were top scorers in the Southern League First Division finishing third with an astonishing 121 league goals.

In his final season with the Brewers Round scored 20 goals at the higher standard of the Southern League Premier with the Brewers finishing 15th and for once was outgunned as top scorer by Barker.

Overall, he scored 149 goals in 199 appearances at a rate of three goals every four games. His partner Barker played longer for Albion and holds the club record of 157 goals, but from 270 appearances - nobody scored at a quicker rate than Round.

Round’s goal scoring feats include a double hat-trick in an FA Cup tie against his former club Hinckley (with 12 hat-tricks in total) and he twice scored four times in a game.

He left the club after the conclusion of the 1966/67 season joining Worcester City for a small fee.

Such is his legendary Burton Albion status that when Eton Park was demolished a road on the new housing estate was named after him and Richie Barker.

In 2007 he came to see Barker Round Way himself with manager Nigel Clough and chairman Ben Robinson.

Ben Robinson said: “Stan Round is a true Burton legend and our longer-standing fans still talk about his goal scoring feats and his partnership with Richie Barker.

“He is a massive part of the club’s history and everyone at Burton Albion was deeply saddened to learn of his passing.

“Our deepest sympathies go to all his family and friends at this very sad time.”

Stan Round was born on November 30, 1937, and died on March 2, 2024. His wife, Freda, passed away in December 2022. He leaves behind two sons Steve and Keith.

PICTURE: Richie Barker, Stan Round, Nigel Clough and Ben Robinson pictured in 2007 at the new Barker Round Way housing.
Picture courtesy of the Burton Mail.


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