Burton Albion have made a proud announcement on Saturday morning, with confirmation that today’s Burton v Newcastle match is their first game ever to be sold out.
It looks sure to be a record crowd figure, beating the 6,746 that turned up for the 1-0 win over Derby earlier this season.
Friday had seen Chairman and majority shareholder Ben Robinson express his dismay (see below) that the game at that point wasn’t a sellout, with a few hundred terrace tickets left unsold.
However, these have now been snapped up and no doubt the odd extra unofficial Newcastle fan will have sneaked in…
Burton Albion Official Announcement Saturday 17 December:
‘TODAY’S match against Newcastle United at the Pirelli Stadium has now SOLD OUT.
Newcastle have sold out their away allocation of 1,730 and there are no tickets left in the home areas of the ground.
Fans are being advised not to visit the Pirelli Stadium if they haven’t already purchased a match ticket.
The ticket office will shut 15 minutes before kick off (2.45PM) so all pre-purchased tickets must be collected prior to the closure. Proof of address will be required when collecting tickets. Fans are also being advised to arrive early in order to avoid congestion around the ground.
Parking is available at the Pirelli Stadium on a first-come first-served basis at £5.
Please note tickets cannot be returned or exchanged.’
Burton Chairman Ben Robinson Friday 16 December:
“We’ve still got a few hundred tickets to sell and I’ve got to say, I’m disappointed really with the Burton public, because we’ve not had a sellout yet.
“So those fans that have followed our progress over all these years, there’s another opportunity to come along and buy a ticket – all the seats have gone, but we’ve still got several hundred terrace tickets available. Come along and support your local club, because it’s never just been about football at Burton Albion as we know, it’s been about supporting the community and being part of the community.
“The success the first team has delivered has helped us along that journey with our community support and activities.
“Supporters are not able to buy tickets at the turnstiles on the day, so fans keen on attending the Newcastle clash must pre-buy tickets online or at the Pirelli shop or ticket windows.
“Somebody I know lives in Stretton a short distance away and they say they sit in their lounge and can hear the roar when a goal is scored.
“The atmosphere transcends into the village up the road. It’s a great atmosphere, it’s a small stadium as well, so you can almost touch the players on the pitch unlike the big grounds where they’re some distance away.
Will Newcastle’s visit produce record Burton crowd (current record stands at 6,746 when beating Derby 1-0 on 26 August 2016)?:
“Possibly, I hope so. As I say, we’re still a few hundred short, so let people get down here, buy a ticket today and come and support us tomorrow.”