Natalie Kaye - 9th March 2007
The Cards travel to Burton Albion tomorrow. The Brewers are currently 8th in the table.
July 2005 marked the beginning of a new era for Burton Albion as they took up residence in their new Pirelli Stadium, just a stones throw from their previous home of Eton Park where they had played for the previous 47 years. Their first season in the new stadium was undoubtedly the most memorable in the club?s 56 year history. A highest ever finish in the Conference (9th) looked unlikely early in the season but a spectacular FA Cup run, which saw two games against Manchester United, kick started the campaign. After being bottom of the Conference in October, Nigel Clough?s men surged up the table and also witnessed a 24% increase in attendances, the largest in the Conference. Jon Shaw ended up as top scorer, with 11 league goals. Their away form was marginally better than that at home, winning 8 on their travels.
RESULTS SO FAR
Results were indifferent for the Brewers at the start of the season. They won their first match of the season away at Morecambe, thanks to a penalty from Aaron Webster, but then failed to win their next four. Last Friday they beat Altrincham 2-1 at home. Daryl Clare scored both goals, in the 8th and 79th minutes. Away form is slightly better than that at home, having won 8 on the road compared to 7 at the Pirelli Stadium.
THE BURTON SQUAD
Up front Nigel Clough need look no further than the experienced Daryl Clare. The striker joined on deadline day a year ago, after Crawley were beset by financial problems and has scored 13 goals so far this season. He is usually partnered up front by Jon Shaw. The former Sheffield Wednesday forward has been leading goalscorer in his last two seasons and also earned a call-up to the National Game XI squad during the last campaign. Goals also come from the midfield, with inspirational skipper Darren Stride now having netted over 100 goals for the club. He has also represented the England non-league side, and has been captain for more than 6 years. Another influential figure is defender Darren Tinson. He has won promotion with both Macclesfield and Shrewsbury during his career and joined the Brewers in the summer of 2005. Nigel Clough has recently bought in Walsall striker Alex Nicholls on a month?s loan.
The Pirelli Stadium
Burton on Trent
Tel: 01283 565938
OTHER THINGS YOU MIGHT LIKE TO KNOW
? away fans ? are accommodated in the Coors (South) Stand, which is a covered terrace. There are seats for away supporters in the main stand.
? admission prices ? standing: adults ?12; concessions ?10; under 16s ?3; seating: adults ?14; concessions ?12; under 16s ?5.
? food and drink ? usual facilities in ground. The Great Northern and The Beech Inn are nearby. There?s a McDonalds a few minutes past the latter. The nearest chip shop is about 10 minutes? walk through the council estate behind the ground.
? colours ? the Brewers play in yellow and black.
Come on, you Cards!
by coach ? why not take it easy and go on the Supporters? Club coach? It leaves Kingfield at 11am and the cost is ?18 for members and ?22 for non-members. Ring the Club Shop (01483 772470) to book a place.
by car ? from M1, exit at J23A and join A50 towards Derby. Take A38 southbound towards Burton and Lichfield and exit for Burton North onto the A5121. Continue over roundabout past McDonalds and turn right at next traffic island, ground on right. From M5/M6 South, join A42 northbound and exit at J9 onto A446. Follow signs for A38 to Burton, then as above. From M6 North, exit at J15 and follow signs for A50 towards Stoke and Uttoxeter. Exit A50 for A38 southbound, then as above. There is a large car park at the ground, cost ?2. There is also parking available at the Ryknild Trading Estate just off Derby Road, and plenty of street parking.
From M42 Jct. 11 (West Mids) & M5 (South West) -A444
Leave the M42 at its last exit Junction 11 (Just past Tamworth) and go onto the A444 signposted Burton. Stay on the A444 all the way to Burton, going through Overseal and Castle Gresley on the way. On entering Burton, go past the Black Horse and Copper Hearth pubs, straight across the mini-roundabout and you will come to a roundabout with St Peters Bridge in front of you. Turn right at the roundabout into Stapenhill Road (A444), which runs parallel to the River Trent, and then turn left at the traffic lights onto the Trent Bridge. Get into the right hand lane, go straight on through both sets of lights at the end of the Bridge, into Horninglow Street, straight on again at the next lights (next to the newly built Magistrates Courts), then turn right at the traffic lights underneath the Brewery fly-over, into Hawkins Lane. Go through the industrial estate, straight across the mini-roundabout and over the Railway Bridge, once over the Railway Bridge, you will come to a roundabout. Go straight across the roundabout into Princess Way and the entrance to the ground is 300 yards on your right.
by train ? There are services from Woking to Burton-on-Trent which involve changes at Basingstoke and Birmingham New Street. The journey takes about 3? hours. The 10.16 gets into Burton at 13.41 or the 10.35 gets in at 14.19, but involves an additional change at Reading. Return trains depart Burton at 17.22 or 18.07. The walk from the station takes about 25 minutes. Turn left out of the station, then next right into Derby Street. Keep going on this road about 1? miles, straight across the first roundabout by the Derby Turn Pub (left), then immediately left at the next roundabout into Princess Way.