Burton Albion brought the curtain down on their most memorable season last Saturday, when the players, their families and club officials took part in an open top bus tour of Burton town centre.
Thousands of fans lined the route as the weather couldn’t have been better. Prior to the tour Liz Staples, the mayor of East Staffordshire, held a civic reception at the Town Hall.
Ironically the club was founded in 1950, following a meeting held at the Town Hall, so it was perhaps fitting that the club celebrated its promotion to the Football League for the first time at the same place prior to entering its Diamond Jubilee season.
The Brewers will enter their inaugural league campaign with a new manager at the helm, after caretaker manager Roy McFarland admitted that he didn’t want the full time commitment required when the club start their League Two campaign on August 8. However McFarland will stay on with the club until a new manager is appointed.
That will be chairman Ben Robinson’s number one task, as it is imperative that a manager is quickly in place to oversee the retention of existing players, and the recruitment of replacements for the season ahead. As it stands all players bar Greg Pearson and Aaron Webster are out of contract.
The final action of this season took place last Tuesday night when a good crowd turned up at the Pirelli Stadium for Webster’s testimonial match against Derby County. Prior to the match the club held its awards with defender Jake Buxton winning both the Player of the Year and the Away Players of the Year Awards. Striker Pearson won the award for being leading scorer, as well as picking up the award for the goal of the season for his effort against Cambridge United back in December.
In the match itself, former Brewers boss Nigel Clough played 45 minutes for the Rams before finishing the game in an Albion shirt.
Derby won the game 2-1 with Albion’s goal coming courtesy of a Webster penalty.