Much as Newcastle United falling into the Championship deserved to make headlines, so too did Burton Albion.
The club was only promoted into the Football League in 2009 and so to make it into the Championship only seven years later is remarkable.
So after spending most of their days watching non-league football, which clubs are the Burton Albion fans looking forward to playing next season?
Their local newspaper, the Burton Mail, asked supporters the following question:
‘Which match are you looking out for first when Burton Albion’s fixtures are released on June 22?’
They did a write-up of some of the leading contenders and this was what they said about two of the upcoming games:
Newcastle United (Away)
‘St James’ Park is one of my favourite grounds. It truly is a mammoth structure and the atmospheres generated at the home of the Toon are legendary. But it is still a ground I have, unfortunately, never had the fortune of visiting. The same may well be true of the Albion support.
Well, for both of us, that will change next term. The Brewers will be making the long journey towards the North East and stepping out in front of more than 50,000 fans. Albion supporters, meanwhile, will be climbing 14 flights of stairs to their seats in the heavens, and though the pitch may be a little way away, I’m told it offers wonderful views of the Newcastle skyline.
Regardless, Brewers fans will doubtless be making plenty of noise as they have done so proudly in recent years.’
Aston Villa (Away)
‘A much shorter trip this time, but no less impressive. Albion fans will only need to travel 30 miles or so to reach Villa Park and find themselves singing against the famous Holte End.’
The Burton Albion fans were given the option of picking fixtures both home and away, with a few more likely possibilities pointed out for various reasons…
Newcastle and Aston Villa – big name clubs with famous histories, whilst Villa and Birmingham are only 30 miles away.
QPR- former Burton manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink now in charge at Loftus Road.
Derby County – a dream realised playing against big name neighbours with only nine miles separating the two clubs.
Nottingham Forest – Burton boss Nigel Clough returning to his former club and where his dad is so famously associated.
So here was the voting this afternoon after a number of hours of votes being cast:
Derby County understandably feature highly both home and away, whilst that deluded club/fans in the north east has also been noticed, but what about that ‘much bigger’ club ex-Villa player Paul Merson is always going on about….