Maybe not their biggest match of the season as they are involved in a relegation struggle so no doubt other games could be more pivotal to the success or failure of that – but Wednesday night saw a decent 700 or so Burton fans make a midweek trip to form part of their biggest crowd of the season.

Nigel Clough came to park the big yellow bus and it took Newcastle United 68 minutes to get past it.

Prior to that we saw some committed defending from the visitors although Newcastle were turning the screw in the second half in the lead up to Matt Ritchie’s goal.

Interesting comments below and many Burton fans are obviously seeing last night as a total one-off in terms of having the chance to see their team at St James Park, certainly playing on level (league) footing.

It is certainly a game that will be remembered by a lot of people, though that will be solely down to the bizarre actions of referee Keith Stroud and the other three officials.

Burton fans commenting via their top BurtonBrewers message board:

PRE-MATCH:

‘Can we leave (for Newcastle) now? Can’t wait.’

‘Hoping Newcastle underestimate us and favour their big game against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

Gayle is just back from injury so two in a few days may be tough for him. Hopefully.

Though we’ve fired the warning shot to them… So maybe they’ll come out all guns blazing.

A win here would be ludicrous.

A draw would be ludicrous.

A loss would be acceptable, as long as there’s passion and effort from the lads of course. Which I have no doubt there will be.’

‘They are getting 50,000 fans plus for home games

At least we have a few in our squad now who have played in front of that many before

For some it will be an eye opener though!’

‘Perhaps if we had played them at the start of the season we might have been a bit in awe, but actually now i think the size of the ground / number of fans is less relevant, honestly.

We have often played in the big stadiums this season and in addition, the players who have come into the squad recently are not green youths but experienced players.

I don’t know if I am allowed to say this, but the taunts of a fully fledged Georgie , hurled across St James’ Park will be difficult enough to understand. Too.’

‘It’s interesting, Newcastle’s performance at SJP hasn’t been brilliant – for example in the past 3 games:

Draw with Bristol City – 2-2

Loss to Fulham – 1-3

Win vs Wigan – 2-1 (close…)

Will hopefully have a cup feel to it.

Imagine being Mousinho, McLaughlin, or Flanagan – they must be living in dreamland coming from League 2 to St. James’ Park in such a short space of time.’

‘We played in front of 41k at Villa

And 31k at Derby

Good icebreakers but I imagine 51k Newcastle fans aiming for promotion is going to be pretty loud and different.’

‘Which entrance can we drive the big yellow bus through and which end do you prefer we didn’t park it first?’

‘Not a bad turnout from our guys… Safe journey to everyone heading to St. James’ Park tonight, including around 700 from Burton Albion.’

‘Looking forward to the yellow brick wall, last match against them 105 million on the (Newcastle) bench. A good test for our defenders and should give us valuable expertise against top players in our fight to stay up.’

‘50.000 refs means we won’t get a penalty. They will expect one if they have difficulty in scoring,The whole concept of the football world.

Will expect a Newcastle win by hook or by crook, lucky if we finish with a full team.’

DURING THE MATCH:

‘Strange goings on at St James park, penalty awarded to Newcastle and scored but it’s still 0-0, figure that one out.

The ref awards a free kick to the Brewers instead to the side of the pen area WFT!’

‘Ah no. They scored.’

‘We’re one nil down, but to be honest tonight’s result doesn’t really matter, of course it would be fantastic to sneak a point!!’

POST-MATCH:

‘1-0. Decent result. The team can take positives from that.

Lets beat the Villa!’

‘I’d have settled for a 1-0 before we started. After last night’s results, it’s a good result. How a defeat can be good, I don’t know but IT IS.’

‘Great effort by our lads and at least the goal difference hasn’t taken a hammering which it had the potential to do in a game like this one.

On another positive note I bet Huddersfield fans are even more fed up with us especially after their big win tonight. I bet their fans are starting another anti Burton thread on their forum as we speak!

Our position has definitely improved over the last 2 games with two very hard games out the way and our rivals struggling. Finishing line is close but still work to do.’

‘Proud of each and every one of those players tonight. Gave a great account of themselves. If we battle like that for the remaining games then we’ll have no problems staying up.’

‘Yet another gritty performance. I thought we might have held on. Great support tonight in massive numbers. Still unbelievable that I saw little Burton Albion play at St James’Park.’

‘Heads held high. A cracking performance from the lads. Proud to be a Brewer. Villa is the important game now.’

‘Keith Stroud has come out and apologised for making an incorrect decision in disallowing the penalty. He misinterpreted the rules, and thought it should be a free kick rather than a goal to Newcastle.

I must say – it’s a severe lapse… pretty sure everyone knows it’s a retake for encroaching.’

‘Jeff Stelling was OTT on the match reports tonight, yes he got it wrong but to go on and on about it. Sure he’s a secret Toon fan after a Pool fan.’

‘It was a harsh penalty award, Gale seemed to go down in stages, seen it before from him.

Anyways it’s over, on to Sat, won’t cry over losing tonight.’

‘Last night throughout the game I had a strong feeling we were going to get a result (right up to the end of the game)

We are really punching above our weight and I feel confident we will get the points we need to stay up.

I think the mentality and attitude is stronger than at our relegation rivals.’

‘The officials made a pigs ear of the situation but ultimately it wasn’t a penalty and Gayle dived so in a round about way justice was served.

Keith Stroud was the ref when we beat Wolves at the Pirelli and gave them a ridiculous penalty so he’s got previous or at least his crack team of officials have.

Can’t see the game having to be replayed if Newcastle hadn’t won though. Sets a dangerous precedent for when officials mis-apply the laws although if we’d have got a point and stayed up by a point then it would have been interesting.’

‘I’ve looked into it a bit more

There is a precedent apparently. From an England under 19s match in a tournament in 2015.

Same decision where a penalty was disallowed for encroachment and the game was replayed from the penalty and with the same time remaining

That was a tournament though and they only had to bring them back for 2 minutes of play.

They also insisted the players on the pitch were same ones at time penalty was disallowed

Would be very hard to replay and replicate that for this game and with the time taken to re-arrange a game of this level

But wouldn’t have wanted it hanging over us whilst they decided tbh.’

‘Wow, I said the ref would be under pressure from 48 thousand screaming Geordies and he gave a soft penalty to them.

But then the crème le crème. He disallows the goal for encroaching, and gives Burton a free kick–futuristic thinking, if a side try’s to take advantage, by encroaching, then a free kick to be awarded to the opposition, common sense, but not the rule, the man is ahead of his time.

Still it fired the toon army up, And gave the whole place a lift. For our faithflu ,St james park was rocking, and their team. A small town club Burton Albion fc left a legacy and a memory for all, what a moment for our away supporters, to be part of an absorbing contest.

And a memory to last forever, cherish a very special programme, Well done, long journey but a historic event in Burton’s history.’



  • Albert Stubbins

    parked the bus alright. Hard fought win for the lads but we did enough – Ritchie head and shoulder best player on the park

  • Tony Johnson

    Good luck Burton,hope you stay up,decent club and fans.

    • Tony Mann

      I agree totally – had a top day out when they played Sheffield United in a pre-season game a few years ago. Great atmosphere, great beer in the clubhouse and friendly fans.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    They parked the bus ok & as Jose would say, we had Farmer Giles cows chewing the grass at our end

  • Andy Mac

    Looking at the highlights I’m supportive of their “Gayle – Dive” theory and maybe this will be a lesson for the lad to chill his beans before our next penalty kick is taken next time.

    Parking the bus is a long established football tactic and for a while I was beginning to think Rafa hadnt got an answer to it. However we are all now realising, if we hadnt before, what a job he did persuading Matty to drop down a league. Without him this season we’d have been effed

    • Tony Mann

      You’re not wrong about the “Gayle” theory. Diving is a pet hate of mine whether it happens to us or we commit it – It’s cheating.