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We've Met Before - Burton Albion

8 July 2014

Burton Albion was founded in 1950 and competed in non-league until their promotion to the Football League in 2009.

The club play at the Pirelli Stadium, having moved from Eton Park in 2005. The new stadium was built directly opposite their old ground which made way for housing. Their nickname is The Brewers, which stems from the town’s brewing heritage.

One of the first cup games at the new ground was on 8th January 2006 which saw the Brewers secure a famous 0–0 draw in the FA Cup third round against Manchester United. The replay resulted in a 5-0 defeat at Old Trafford where 11,000 Brewers travelled to watch their side, a record number for away supporters at Manchester United.

The club then embarked on a couple of seasons competing at the top end of the Conference, with manager Nigel Clough masterminding a promotion campaign in 2008/09. Despite losing Clough to Derby County the club were still promoted to the Football League under Roy McFarland.

After a lengthy search, ex-Sheffield United striker Paul Peschisolido was named as the new manager. The Brewers finished 13th in their inaugural Football League campaign before a 19th placed finish the following season. Peschisolido was sacked after a dismal run towards the end of the 2011/12 season but Gary Rowett made an instant impression, as Burton finished 4th the following year before suffering a 5-4 play-off semi final aggregate defeat against Bradford City. Rowett enjoyed a similarly successful campaign last season, eventually finishing 6th, but the Brewers lost the play-off final 1-0 to Fleetwood Town at Wembley.

The Brewers released Gary Alexander, Jack Dyer, Michael Symes, David Gray and Freddy Hall this summer. Manager Gary Rowett has brought in Shane Cansdell-Sherrif on a permanent deal, as well as George Taft, John Mousinho and Lucas Akins. Rowett has also pulled off two major coups, loaning Stuart Beavon for the season from Preston North End and Callum McFazdean, also on loan, from Sheffield United.

The Chairboys host the Brewers at Adams Park on Saturday 15th November 2014.

The reverse meeting sees the Blues travel to The Pirelli Stadium on Monday 6th April 2015.

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