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31 March 2024

Club News


31 March 2024

FACTS and figures relating to tomorrow’s home game against Barnsley from Tony Bentley.


The last time the Brewers played on April 1 was last season when they visited Cheltenham Town on Saturday. The two sides played out a goalless draw in front of 3,864 fans, with young defender Thierry Latty-Fairweather making his Football League debut for Burton.

The previous occasion was a truly memorable occasion during their first season in the Championship. Back in 2017 Albion travelled to promotion chasing Huddersfield Town on April 1, where a crowd of 20,154 assembled. David Wagner’s side would eventually finish the season in fifth place, before going on to earn promotion to the Premier League via the Play Off final, beating Reading on penalties at Wembley. As expected, the Brewers were under the cosh for much of the game. Yet the match remained goalless as John Brayford headed a Michael Hefele header off the line in the 88th minute. In the scramble to clear the ball, Ben Turner was flattened by Town’s Dean Whitehead who was subsequently dismissed for a second yellow card offence. The match had moved into the 90th minute when Turner headed away a long throw. Jackson Irvine poked the ball forward to Marvin Sordell, and continued his run. Sordell rode a challenge from Tommy Smith near the half way line and continued into the Huddersfield box, before squaring to Irvine who fired home a precious goal to earn Nigel Clough’s side all three points in their battle for survival.

On April 1 2013 Albion travelled to Accrington Stanley on Easter Monday for a League Two fixture. A crowd of 1,619 saw Will Hatfield give Stanley a 7th minute lead. Matt Paterson equalised in the 36th minute. Padraig Amond restored the lead for the home side on the hour mark, before Zander Diamond equalised for Gary Rowett’s side seven minutes later. Jacques Maghoma put Albion ahead for the first time in the 73d minute, and looked to have won all three points as the Brewers chased promotion. However, James Beattie scored a 90th minute equaliser, which coupled with a 7-1 hammering at Port Vale five days later, ultimately cost Rowett’s side automatic promotion that season. They finished just two points behind third placed Vale, and would lose to Bradford City in the play offs.

It was a Nationwide Conference fixture back in 2006 when York City earned a 0-0 draw at the Pirelli Stadium in front of 2,605 fans.

2002 saw Albion make their only ever visit to Burscough in their pursuit of the Unibond Premier division title. A crowd of 531 were treated to a scrappy game played at times in near horizontal rain. A 0-0 draw was the result, as Nigel Clough’s side moved a point nearer the title.


The last time Albion hosted Barnsley was on Friday, April 7, 2023. A crowd of 4,333 saw Barnsley adamant they should have had a first half penalty for handball, when John Brayford blocked James Norwood’s shot on the line, but nothing was given. In the 50th minute Mustapha Carayol’s low cross was turned in at the near post by Conor Shaughnessy to give Burton the lead. Dale Taylor made it 2-0 in the 87th minute when he received a pass from Joe Powell, turned and curled a shot into the corner of the net. Nicky Cadden pulled a goal back two minutes later with a fine shot, but it was Albion who took all three points.

The previous time the two sides met at the Pirelli Stadium was on Saturday, April 6, 2019 for another League One encounter. Former Barnsley keeper Brad Collins was in goal for Burton, whilst former Burton striker Cauley Woodrow started for the Tykes, with Victor Adeboyejo coming on as a sub in the second half. A crowd of 4,310 saw Jamie Allen give Albion a 5th minute lead. There were no further goals until the last ten minutes. Liam Boyce doubled Burton’s advantage in the 81st minute, before Woodrow pulled a goal back courtesy of an 85th minute penalty. Marcus Harness restored the Brewers two goal advantage two minutes later to complete a 3-1 victory.

On October 31 2017 the two side played each other in a Championship fixture. 3,761 fans were in attendance as Lloyd Isgrove gave the visitors a 21st minute lead. Matty Lund equalised in the 37th minute, before Brad Potts put Barnsley ahead again three minutes later. Lloyd Dyer equalised for the second time on the stroke of half time to set up an intriguing second half. It was the visitors who took full advantage taking the lead again in the 73rd minute through Joe Williams, before Leicester loanee Harvey Barnes made it 4-2 to Barnsley three minutes from time, and condemn Nigel Clough’s side to a fourth successive home defeat.

Sam Winnall was in the Barnsley side for the Championship encounter in 2016. The two sides played out a goalless draw in front of 4,913 fans at the Pirelli on Saturday, November 5.

It was a League One promotion chasing encounter when the two sides met on Saturday April 16 2016. 4,858 fans saw Barnsley boasting a front two of Sam Winnall and Ivan Toney, yet the game finished goalless. Both teams would earn promotion to the Championship in May, Albion finishing runners up to Wigan Athletic, and Barnsley winning the play off final.

Player Birthdays 30th March to 5th April

30th Mar – Scott Fraser 29

1st Apr – Jody Banim 46

3rd Apr – Greg Pearson 39

4th Apr – Stephen Quinn 38

5th Apr – Nathan Broadhead 26

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