Surprisingly the Burton v Newcastle match is not sold out.
Chairman and majority shareholder Ben Robinson says ‘I’m disappointed with the Burton public, because we’ve not had a sellout yet’.
Manager Nigel Clough had called the game the ‘biggest mismatch’ in English football when taking into account the relative size of the two clubs, yet despite the novelty of having the Magpies in town, the Pirelli Stadium has not sold out it’s slightly less than seven thousand capacity.
The club has rapidly grown and 15 years ago had never even got as high as the Conference (National League), now two promotions in consecutive years have catapulted them into the Championship.
The Pirelli Stadium only has one seated stand and that is sold out, with NUFC allocated a few hundred seats, whilst Newcastle have also got one of the three remaining all standing one which holds around 1,300 – United having around 1,700 tickets in total which instantly were snapped up.
Despite his disappointment, the Burton is still hopeful that the ‘several hundred terrace tickets’ still available will still be sold, giving Burton a new record crowd to beat the 6,746 who turned up earlier this season to see Burton beat Derby 1-0.
Burton Chairman Ben Robinson talking to the Burton Mail:
“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.”