Burton – the team
Burton Albion have had a fairytale rise through the divisions, going from the Northern Premier Division to the Championship in 15 years. It’s not been done by spending an obscene amount of money either but by employing promising young managers such as Nigel Clough (now in his second spell), that bloke that is married to Karen Brady, Gary Rowett and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. It would be bloody brilliant for football as a whole if they were able to stay up this season – although they can start winning some points to climb away from 21st after this weekend.
Burton – the place
As you may have guessed from the clubs nickname being the Brewers, Burton is famous for it’s beer industry which needless to say has left our visit in September as one of the best away days of the season so far. We were able to try lots of beers brewed in the town itself such as Coors Light and Carling.
Burton – the people
According to some article on Google we couldn’t be bothered to read, The Stig from Top Gear is one of Burton’s most famous celebrity fans. We’ll take their word for it. Notable residents of the town include Sir Oswald Moseley who was the leader of the British Union of Fascists and Anthony Hardy, a serial killer known as The Camden Ripper. These are but a small example of the people who come from Burton as on our visit there we could safely come to the conclusion that not all the residents we met where fascists or murderers. They were actually bloody friendly.
A good WeAreBrighton.com memory of Burton at home
This will be Burton’s first ever visit to Brighton. We could have put in some witty story about a time we went to a Burton store in Brighton but your correspondent doesn’t think he has even done that before.
A bad WeAreBrighton.com memory of Burton at home
That of course means there are no bad memories either. The movie The Voyage starring Richard Burton was pretty shit though.
The Rock look-a-like Chris O’Grady was of course checked into the Smackdown Hotel in Burton in the summer for a season long loan. Part of that agreement means he is unable to play against us which is just as well as you know – depsite the fact he has just one goal in 25 games – he would be 100% guaranteed to score.
It’s two midfielders who are probably Burton’s biggest threats, with Lloyd Dyer and Jamie Ward having five and four goals respectively so far this season. Defensive wise they are very well organised as we saw when having to rely on a Tomer Hemed penalty for the only goal of the game up at the Pirelli Stadium.
There is little value in banking on a Brighton win but given the form he tends to display at home, Anthony Knockaert is good odds to score anytime at 2/1. O’Grady can be backed to score at a best priced 21/5 but seeing as he isn’t actually allowed to play we would suggest avoiding that one.
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