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In Focus: Burton Albion

10 June 2019


In Focus: Burton Albion

10 June 2019

Name: Burton Albion Football Club

Founded: 1950

Ground: Pirelli Stadium

Capacity: 6,912

Manager: Nigel Clough

Last season: Ninth in Sky Bet League One

Burton Albion will play their football in Sky Bet League One for the second season in a row in 2019/20.

The Brewers finished ninth come the conclusion of last term having dropped back down to the third-tier in a campaign which also saw the Staffordshire club enjoy a run to the semi-finals over the Carabao Cup where they were knocked out by eventual English treble-winners Manchester City over two legs.

Nigel Clough’s men won 17, drew 12 and lost 17 of their 46 fixtures that the played, as Burton’s final seven games saw them beat the promoted duo of champions Luton Town and runners-up Barnsley.

Now in his second spell as manager at the Pirelli Stadium, boss Clough will be hoping that his players can build on a positive year when the new season gets underway in August.

The 53-year-old Sunderland-native, who made 630 league appearances in a 24-year professional career, returned to Burton in December 2015.

Clough began his playing days under the management of his father Brian at Nottingham Forest in December 1984, having previously been a youth apprentice at the City Ground.

He enjoyed success during his nine-years by the River Trent, scoring 101 goals in 311 outings in a Forest jersey, winning two League Cups in 1989 and 1990 and two Full Members’ Cup titles in 1989 and 1992.

Clough left the Tricky Tree’s behind in 1994 but would return to Nottinghamshire on loan from Manchester City two-years later after a spell in the Premier League with Liverpool, where he made 39 league appearances at Anfield between 1993-1996.

In October 1998 he accepted the managerial role at Burton, who were then playing in the Southern League Premier Division.

Also registered as a player at Albion, he saw out his career with Burton, turning out 227 times for the then-Conference club prior to hanging up his boots in 2008 to focus fully on management having led them to a Northern Premier League Premier Division promotion in 2002.

He left Burton in January 2009 to take up the vacant managerial position at Championship outfit Derby County, a club his father had also managed.

Clough was in the Pride Park dugout until September 2013, but he was back in management with League One Sheffield United a month later.

At Bramall Lane, Clough oversaw two Cup runs, firstly to the FA Cup semi-final in 2014 before a League Cup semi-final later the following season.

Clough was back at Burton in 2015 replacing Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and guided them to the Sky Bet Championship in 2016.

Tranmere Rovers have played Burton twice, losing both fixtures against the Brewers back in the 2014/15 Sky Bet League Two campaign.

You can still sign up to watch TRFC play League One football at Prenton Park next season! CLICK HERE to buy your season ticket.

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