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Burton Albion betting odds have become more popular to bet on since their arrival in the Football League. Odds on Burton Albion to get relegated aren’t particularly popular, considering their rapid rise into the Championship. Instead, Burton Albion promotion odds have seen an increase, particularly after former lower league sides like Swansea City and Bournemouth are now established Premier League sides.

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History

Burton Albion are a professional football club based in Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire. One of the youngest clubs in the Football League, they appeared for the first time in England’s second tier, the Championship, in the 2016/2017 season. Since then, they've suffered relegation and started the 18/19 campaign in League One.

The history of Burton Albion begins in 1950. The club were formed and then entered the Birmingham & District League. Burton Albion finished in second place in the 1953/1954 season. For the 1958/1959 season Burton entered the Southern League North Western zone. 

Burton Albion made steady progress in this division, and were promoted to the Southern League Premier Division in 1966. The club struggled initially and only avoided relegation in 1968 because Stevenage Town folded. After another poor time of it in the 1969/1970 season, Burton Albion were relegated.

Burton were unlucky not to be promoted immediately, just missing out on goal average, but in the 1971/1972 season a second place finish was enough to send them back to the Southern League Premier Division.

An immediate relegation was followed by an immediate promotion as Burton found themselves yo-yoing in and out of the Southern League divisions. In the 1976/1977 season, Burton Albion were relegated once more.

A shake up of the English league system saw Burton Albion move to the Northern Premier League, and in 1987 the club moved back to the Southern League.

The club continued to progress whilst still remaining in the Southern League Premier Division, and in 1998 the club appointed Nigel Clough as player-manager. Clough led his side to two consecutive runner up spots in his second and third season in charge. 

The club moved again to the Northern Premier League for the 2001/2002 season and the club immediately won the title. They won it by 15 points and scored a record 106 goals, paving the way to a place in the Football Conference for the first time in Burton Albion history.

Burton Albion came to the public’s attention when they played Manchester United in the 2005/2006 FA Cup. Burton admirably held United to a 0-0 draw and although they were beaten 5-0 in the replay, pundits and fans alike praised Burton Albion for their performance.

Burton continued to impress. With each season in the Football Conference, Burton improved their final position year after year. In the 2007/2008 season, the club reached the Football Conference play-offs, but were knocked out at the semi-final stage.

Halfway through the 2008/2009 season, Nigel Clough left the club and joined Derby County. Nevertheless, Burton continued to win matches under the guidance of Roy McFarland, and despite a late run of bad form, the club won the Football Conference and were promoted to the Football League for the very first time.

Paul Peschisolido joined the club as manager for the club’s first season in the Football League. The club finished in 13th place in League Two, but the following season Burton hit a poor run of form. In the second half of the 2010/2011 season, Burton Albion endured a 17 match winless streak and only just avoided the drop. Peschisolido was sacked at the end of the season, and replaced with Gary Rowett.

Rowett proved a success, and Burton continued to climb up the League Two table. In the 2012/2013 season, the club qualified for the play-offs but were beaten by Bradford City. The following season, the club again reached the play-offs, but again they were beaten, this time in the final by Fleetwood Town.

Gary Rowett then left to become the manager of Birmingham City. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was given the Burton Albion manager job and immediately led them to promotion. Burton won the League Two title and more history was made, earning a place in the third tier of English football for the first time in Burton history.

Halfway through the 2015/2016 season, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink left the club to become the manager of Queens Park Rangers. This heralded a return to the club for Nigel Clough, who continued Burton’s success by leading them to second place and automatic promotion. The 2016/2017 season saw Burton Albion in the Championship, playing second tier football for the first time in their history.

The club struggled during their first season in the Championship, only just escaping relegation, and the following season more so. A 23rd place finish resulted in Burton returning to League One.

Crest

The Burton Albion crest consists of a yellow shield shape. Inside the shield stands a footballer with the initials BA inside, kicking a football with the letters FC.

At the top of the badge the Burton Albion nickname, the Brewers, is printed. The bottom of the badge features the year that the club formed, 1950.

Colours

Burton Albion colours are yellow shirts, black shorts and black socks. These Burton Albion kit colours have been the typical Burton kit since 1999, though on occasion the Burton home shirt has also featured black stripes.

When the club was first formed, Burton Albion played in half black half orange shirts, worn with white shorts and black socks with an orange trim.

From 1951 to 1955, Burton Albion players wore black and orange striped shirts, with white shorts and black and orange hooped socks.

For the 1955/1956 season, the style of the Burton Albion home jersey changed again. For this season, the club wore black and orange quartered shirts, with white shorts and black socks with an orange trim.

The following season, the kit remained the same apart from the socks, which returned to the previous black and orange hoops.

The 1951 to 1955 kit was reintroduced for the 1957/1958 season, although the socks remained from the previous season.

From 1958 to 1960, the club returned to the black and orange quartered shirts and black and orange hooped socks, but white shorts were worn.

Between the years of 1960 and 1967, the Burton Albion players wore plain soft orange shirts with a black collar, black shorts and orange socks. This kit remained for the period between 1967 and 1969, but the shorts colour changed from black to orange.

In 1969, the Burton Albion kit colour changed from a soft orange to yellow. From 1969 to 1973 the team wore black and yellow shirts with black shorts and yellow socks, though the sock colour changed from yellow to black in 1971.

These kits alternated until the 1999 season, when the current strip of a yellow shirt, black shorts and black socks became the standard Burton Albion kit.

Burton Albion Stadium

Burton Albion’s first ground was the Lloyds Foundry, but as attendances began to grow the club needed a new stadium. A new ground was built on Princess Way and opened in 1958. This ground was called Eton Park.

The current Burton Albion stadium is the Pirelli Stadium. Built in 2005 on the same road as Eton Park, the ground was built on the site of the Pirelli UK Tyres Ltd. Pirelli donated the land to Burton Albion and in exchange they received the naming rights.

Since the ground was built, the Pirelli Stadium has undergone minor changes. The Burton Albion stadium capacity currently stands at 6,912.

The Burton Albion stadium layout features four one tiered stands. The South Stand is the only all seater stand and is home to both home and away fans; the West Stand, a terraced stand that was called the Bovril End and now is known as the Don Amott Stand; the North Stand, a terraced stand that is also known as the ColaRebell Stand; and the East Stand, a terraced stand that is also called the Coors Visitor Stand.

Supporters

Whilst the majority of Burton Albion supporters come from Burton upon Trent and its surrounding areas, Burton have developed a following in other parts of the country, and even further afield. 

There are a number of Burton Albion supporters clubs across the country, and Burton Albion supporters have their own football team, the Burton Albion Supporters Football Club.

Since their adventures in the Football League, Burton Albion have developed rivalries with sides close to their geographical proximity such as Port Vale, Crewe Alexandra, Chesterfield and Notts County.

When Burton were playing non-league football, their rivals included Nuneaton Borough, Tamworth, Gresley Rovers and Stafford Rangers.

There has been a friendly rivalry with Derby County that’s grown over the last number of years. Some Derby fans have seen Burton as their ‘second’ team, and a number of ex-Derby County players have played in Burton Albion colours.

Ownership

The Burton Albion owner is Ben Robinson. Robinson is also the chairman of the club.

There are nine directors who sit on the Burton Albion FC board. These are Frank Spiers, Phillip Brown, Charles Simpson, Paul Simpson, Rob Brown, Ian English, Terry Clarke, John Williams and Colin Brodie.

Stats

Burton Albion stats begin with their all time leading appearance maker. This honour goes to Darren Stride, who made 646 appearances for the club between 1993 and 2000.

Burton Albion’s leading appearance maker in the Football League is Jacques Maghoma. Maghoma made 155 appearances for the club from 2009 to 2013.

Four other players have made over 100 Football League appearances for Burton Albion. These are John McGrath, who made 123 appearances between 2007 and 2013; Andrew Corbett, who also played in 123 games between 2003 and 2012; Jimmy Phillips, who took part in 121 matches from 2009 and 2015; and Aaron Webster, who made 108 Football League appearances for Burton Albion from 1998 to 2013.

Burton Albion’s all time leading goalscorer is Richie Barker. Barker scored 159 goals in 270 appearances for the club over two spells, firstly from 1960-1962 and then from 1963 to 1967.

Two other players have scored over 100 goals for Burton Albion. These are Stan Round, who scored 149 goals, and Darren Stride, who scored 124 goals for the club.

Billy Kee is Burton’s record goalscorer in the Football League. Kee scored 37 goals in 95 appearances for the club from 2011 to 2014.

Burton Albion’s all time record win came in 1954. Burton played Coalville Town in the Birmingham Senior Cup and beat them 12-1.

Burton’s record defeat came in 1970. Barnet beat Burton 10-0 in the Southern League Premier Division.

Burton Albion Players

The number of Burton Albion players who make up their current 2018/2019 squad is 25. This first team squad is backed up by Burton Albion Academy players.

The current Burton Albion player of the year is Lucas Akins. Akins won both the Fans' and Players' Player of the Year awards.

Notable ex Burton Albion players include Bobby Goodwin, Phil Annable, John Beresford, Nick Goodwin, Alan Kamara, Mark Blount and Frank Gregg.

Burton Albion’s record transfer signing is Liam Boyce, bought for £500,000. The highest transfer fee Burton have received is £2 million, for Jackson Irvine.

Burton Albion have had five players represent their country whilst playing their club football at Burton. These are Jacques Maghoma (Democratic Republic of the Congo); Aurelien Joachim (Luxembourg); Jackson Irvine (Australia); Lee Williamson (Jamaica); and Jamie Ward (Northern Ireland).

Burton Albion Manager

The current Burton Albion manager is Nigel Clough. Clough became Burton Albion manager for the second time in 2015, having had a previous managerial spell at the club between 1998 and 2009. 

Nigel Clough is also Burton Albion’s longest serving manager, with a match total so far of 742 matches. 

In terms of Burton Albion in the Football League, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is the Burton manager with the highest win percentage. Hasselbaink won 33 of the 54 Burton matches he took charge of, leaving him with a win percentage of 61.11.

The first Burton Albion manager was Reg Weston. Weston managed the club from 1950 to 1957.

Honours

The Burton Albion honours list includes one fourth tier title (2014/2015); one fifth tier title (2008/2009); and one sixth tier (Northern Premier League) title (2001/2002).

Burton Albion have also enjoyed success in cup competitions. They have won the Southern League Cup on four occasions, the Northern Premier League Challenge Cup on one occasion, the Staffordshire Senior cup on one occasion, the Birmingham Senior Cup on two occasions and the Bass Charity Vase thirteen times.

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