Burton Albion

Pirelli Stadium

Capacity: 6,912 (2,034 Seated)
Address: Burton Upon Trent, Staffs, DE13 0AR
Telephone: 01283 565 938
Fax: 01283 523 199
Pitch Size: 110 x 72 yards
Club Nickname: The Brewers
Year Ground Opened: 2005
Shirt Sponsors: Tempobet
Kit Manufacturer: TAG
Home Kit: Yellow and Black Stripes
Away Kit: Sky Blue With White Trim

Main Stand External View
Main Stand External View
Main Stand
Main Stand
Popular Side
Popular Side
East Terrace
East Terrace
West Terrace
West Terrace
Main Stand and East Terrace
Main Stand and East Terrace

In 2005 the Club left their Eton Park ground, which had been their home since 1958 and moved to a new £6.5m purpose built stadium nearby (well almost across the road to be exact!). On one side is the attractive looking Main Stand, which is covered and all seated. The Clubs administration offices and corporate facilities are located in this stand and so at the back of the seated area is a row of windows running across it. Above this glassed area is white paneling, which gives the stand an interesting look. The other three sides are small, steep covered terraces. They are a little ugly looking as they each have a large visible back wall. Each of these terraced stands has solid windshields to either side, apart from one side of the South Stand where there is a Police Control Box present. The stadium is completed with a set of four tall looking floodlights.

Away fans are predominantly housed in the Coors East Stand Terrace at one end of the ground, where just over 1,400 fans can be accommodated. In addition 400 seats are also made available to visiting supporters in the Main Stand. As you would expect from a modern stadium, the view of the playing action (there are no supporting pillars) and facilities are good. The atmosphere is not bad too (although there is a bit of a monotonous drummer in the home end), as well as the grub available including the legendary Faggots & Mushy peas (£3.20). Other food on offer includes; Double Cheeseburgers (£4.50), Double Burgers (£4), Cheeseburgers (£3.50), Burgers (£3.20), Pukka Pies (£3.50), Sausage Rolls (£1.80), Hot Dogs (£3.20), Chip Butties in crusty bread (£2.90) and Chips (£2.50). There is also a bar for away fans in which you can sit inside, There are TV screens showing Sky Sports News and then live coverage of the match itself. The bar is open until 15 minutes after the second half has started.

Also look out for the cumbersome looking 'Billy Brewer Mascot', who is a bit of a character. On one visit the announcer reminded younger supporters that they shouldn't forget to obtain Billy Brewer's autograph! 

On the whole Burton is one of the better days out in the league, with excellent pubs, a good stadium with good facilities, atmosphere and virtually hassle free.

The nearest pub is probably the 'The Beech Inn' which is around a ten minute walk, up the A5121 Derby Road (going in the opposite direction to Burton town centre) on the left. Further on past the Beech pub on the same side of the road is a McDonalds outlet. Otherwise there is the Great Northern pub, which serves Burton Bridge Beers, along with a guest ale. This pub is located on Wetmore Road, which leads off the roundabout near to the stadium entrance, go up and over the railway bridge and the pub is on the left. If you particularly like your real ale then just under a half a mile away from the stadium is the Burton Town Brewery. Situated in a small industrial unit in Falcon Close (off Hawkins Lane, which itself also runs off the main roundabout by the ground), it opens its doors before matches and has available real and craft ales, lagers, cider and wine. Also in the area is the fabulous Tower Brewery on Glensyl Way. Featuring a cosy snug room it also has a large function area that looks out onto the brewing vessels. However it is not always open before matches so check with them first via their website.

Near to the railway station are the Roebuck, Devonshire, the Last Heretic micropub and the Cooper's Tavern which are all recommended, If you walk from the station to the ground, you will pass the Albert Ale House on your left which also serves well kept Burton Bridge Beers. Alcohol is also served within the stadium, with away fans being 'treated' to their own little inside bar/refreshment area. Beer costs £4 a pint. 

Terry Doran a visiting Oldham Athletic supporter adds; 'When in Burton-on-Trent, described by Molson Coors as the “Global Brewing Capital”, it is worth while allowing time to visit a few of the local pubs before and/or after the match to sample the town‘s brewing delights:

If arriving at Burton railway station, then turn right for the Roebuck (Burton Ale House) which has a good selection of beers plus televised sports. Continue heading down the right-hand side of Station Street to the Last Heretic micropub and then onto the Devonshire Arms on the corner of Milton Street. The ‘Devvie’ has a large range of Burton Bridge beers, guest ales and an extensive food menu. Also has a range of continental bottled beers as well as traditional fruit wines.

Turn right into Milton Street, cross over and you will see a narrow entry to the Cooper’s Tavern. This gem of a pub is pretty unique, with an interior unchanged since the 19th Century. A small bar and lounge with beers poured straight from the barrel in the cosy back bar. Very friendly local with good value food.

Retracing your route back to the railway station, continue past it and cross over, turning right into Derby Street, which eventually becomes Derby Road and leads direct to the Pirelli Stadium. Along Derby Street on your left is the Alfred Ale House which serves Burton Bridge beers with at least one guest ale and has an extensive food menu.

At the roundabout in front of the Pirelli stadium turn right and walk for two minutes over the railway to the Great Northern on the left in Wetmore Road. Burton Bridge beers and a guest ale are served, along with the usual keg beers associated with Burton-on-Trent. The pub has a big screen showing Sky Sports.

Returning to the roundabout and heading past the stadium along the busy Derby Road you come to the Beech pub on your left between the Pirelli factory and McDonald’s. This is a Marston’s local with a bar on the front, a smaller lounge at the rear and a beer garden.

Continuing along Derby Road going away from the stadium and turning left at Ian Shipton Cars you come to The Mill House, part of a national chain of family bar/restaurants and situated by the canal between Stretton church and Derby Road. It is at least a 10 minute walk from the ground (one minute in the car) and is very handy for people approaching from the A38 - just turn right at the island by Ian Shipton Cars. The food is good, but not cheap, and beers include Bass, Marston’s and Theakston‘s. Children welcome with both indoor and outdoor play areas'.

Alex Winter a visiting Cheltenham Town fan adds; 'In the town centre just off the end of the High Street is the Burton Bridge Inn. Not only does it serve the excellent Burton Bridge Beers (the pub is also known as the Brewery Tap for the nearby Burton Bridge Brewery) but great pub grub too.'

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The ground is situated in North Burton, just off the A5121 (Derby Road). This is about a mile from the A38 which runs across the Midlands. 

From the North (M1)

Leave the M1 at junction 28 and join the A38 towards Derby. Continue on the A38 through Derby towards Burton. Leave the A38 at the Burton North exit and follow the A5121 towards Burton. Go straight across a roundabout and you will then pass a McDonalds on your right. Just before the next roundabout you will see the stadium on your right. Turn right at the roundabout into Princess Way. A short distance along Princess Way on the right, is the entrance to the Club Car Park. 

From the South (M1)

Leave the M1 at junction 22 and join the A511 towards Coalville/Burton. Turn right at the junction of the A5121, towards Burton North. As you come into the outskirts of Burton you will pass a McDonalds on your right. Just before the next roundabout you will see the stadium on your right. Turn right at the roundabout into Princess Way. A short distance along Princess Way on the right, is the entrance to the Club Car Park.

Car Parking

There is a large car park at the ground which costs £5, however this gets full pretty quickly. Away fans are being encouraged to park at the nearby Pirelli factory just off Derby Road (turn into the road beside the Beech Inn pub) which also costs £3 (with the proceeds going to charity). Alternatively car parking is available at the Ryknild Trading Estate (also costing £3), by the roundabout leading to Princess Way. Otherwise street parking. 

Post Code for Sat-Nav: DE13 0AR

Burton train station is around a mile and a half from the ground. As you come out of the station turn left and go down the hill. Turn right into Derby Road and from there it is a straight road up to the stadium. It should take about 25 minutes to walk. Otherwise there is a taxi rank at the station and the cost up to the ground is around £5.

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Adults £24
Over 65's and Under 23's £22
Under 17's £14

Adults £20
Over 65's £18
Under 23's £15
Under 17's £7

Official Programme £3

Burton Albion FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

Derby County and from a bit further afield Port Vale.

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.

Record Attendance

6,746 v Derby County, Championship League, August 26th 2016.

Average Attendance
2015-2016: 4,089 (League One)
2014-2015: 3,237 (League Two)
2013-2014: 2,720 (League Two)

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Burton Albion v Barnsley
Football Championship League
Saturday 5th November 2016, 3pm
Tom Bellamy (Barnsley fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Pirelli Stadium?

This would be the first time I have been to the Pirelli Stadium. I missed this fixture last season because I was away on holiday. This would only be the fourth time that both these teams have played each other, with Barnsley yet to lose.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I travelled down to Burton by car which only took 1 hour 20 minutes down the M1, then the A35, and A5121. I parked on the main road just past the Stadium, although street parking was difficult to find because there were a lot of restrictions with signs saying " No football parking- Residents only". I noticed there was parking at the ground for £5. There was also some parking on the grass verges on both sides of the road just before the ground on the A 5121.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

The only pub I saw was The Beech inn, which is on the right hand side on the A 5121 just before the Stadium. It was full with both sets of supporters, and with a very friendly atmosphere. There was a burger stand immediately outside the pub, although I didn't have one myself. The Pirelli Stadium is then only a 5 minute walk from the pub.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Pirelli Stadium? 

Although the Pirelli Stadium is only small I was impressed with the facilities. The Barnsley fans were split in two stands, one being a terrace behind the goals with standing room only, and the other was a seated stand adjacent to it. I believe the club have been given notice from the FA to either make the Stadium all seated or build another one close by.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Although there were no goals, which was the same as last seasons fixture, it was a very entertaining game, with Barnsley being the better team in the first half, and Burton being the best team in the second half. It could have ended up 5-3 to Burton if it wasn't for a string of brilliant saves from the Barnsley keeper. The end result was a good away point for Barnsley and 1700 travelling supporters.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It took about 20 minutes to get away from the ground with there being a good away following, but when the traffic eventually thinned out it was okay.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I really enjoyed the day at the Pirelli Stadium and our teams performance on the whole.

Burton Albion v Cardiff City
Football Championship League
Saturday 1st October 2016, 3pm
David (Cardiff City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Pirelli Stadium?

I was looking forward to visiting Burton's unique ground and watch my team Cardiff play.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

It's a pretty straight forward journey from Cardiff. It take about two hours or so, obviously longer with a stop at the Services.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I left it a bit late so had to go straight into the found. Strangely they stopped serving beer before the game but opened up the bar before half time. The away fans bar is near the away turnstiles. The home fans were fine. There weren't many of them to be honest. The Crowd was 4,400 and Cardiff had brought quite a few.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Pirelli Stadium?

The Pirelli Stadium is really small for a Championship League venue. The capacity is under 7,000 and it seemed to be mainly terracing. I don't how Burton survive financially. It's quite remarkable that they have done so well.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The weather was terrible, it rained the whole game and the referee must have been close to calling it off as parts of the pitch were like a lake. As for the game Cardiff then we were poor, really poor. The squad contains some League 2 players. One of our sub's who I shall not mention by name, was visibly shying away from any tackle and he's over 6 feet tall! Embarrassing. It was good to see Ben Turner, ex Cardiff player, doing so well for Burton. Why we let him go is beyond me. He bossed the game at the back. Also see Lloyd Dyer playing was good, he had the energy of a 21 year old. It was no surprise Cardiff lost 2-0. The fans were mocking Paul Trollope our Manager.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

For some reason my Sat Nav took me round in circles on the way home so it took me a while to find the dual carriageway.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Apart from the weather and the result going against Cardiff it was a good day out. It was good fun. Shame the Bar wasn't open leading up to kick off. I should add the Bar is also quite small so be prepared to wait.

Burton Albion v Bradford City
Football League One
Saturday 6th February 2016, 3pm
David Oliver (Bradford City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Pirelli Stadium?    

I have lived in the Midlands for the past 20 years so a nearby away game is always welcome. With Burton top of the table and us struggling for goals I was not expecting the result to go our way. However the chance for a pint, pie and a match close to home is usually a good way to spend the afternoon.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

Burton is about a 30 minute drive from my home. I have been to Burton numerous times through work and previous matches so I knew my way, even without local knowledge I imagine it is easy enough to find. There is a large car park opposite the ground which charges £3 and there is plenty of on street parking if you don't mind a few minutes walk.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

There is a great pub near the Pirelli Stadium called 'The Great Northern'. Inside there was a friendly mix of both home and away fans, bar snacks were available and they served excellent beer. I can thoroughly recommend the locally brewed Burton Bridge Bitter. The Leicester v Manchester City game was being shown on a large screen in the pub with both sets celebrating as the Leicester goals went in. Leicester possibly winning the Premier League was the topic of conversation as we headed towards the ground.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Pirelli Stadium?    

Burton have a very tidy little stadium which reminds you of their recent non-league past. Although fairly new it is terraced on three sides. It struck me that for a club of this size to be knocking on the door of the Championship is a superb achievement which draws comparison to Leicester's involvement in the race for the Premier League title. Burton comes across as a well run club which has steadily improved it's status incrementally rather than through any boom or bust strategy/gamble. I would presume that plans are in place for ground expansion if promotion to the Championship happens.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

Burton were better than us in every department on the field. It was clear to see why they are deservedly top of the table. Other than a ten minute purple patch from Bradford at the start of the second half Burton dominated throughout. Although their first goal took a deflection on the way in, our late consolation goal probably flattered us with a final score of 3-1.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Easy enough to get away from the ground, the car park emptied relatively quickly and we were on our way. The attendance was only about 3,700, from which I guess around 500 would have been away fans. I was surprised it was so low considering Burton's league position and it does make you wonder how long life in the Championship could be sustained.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Disappointing from the point of view of the result and our performance, but otherwise a pleasant afternoon out. Despite my concerns about sustainability in the Championship I hope Burton gain promotion this season, unless of course in the unlikely event of us meeting in the play offs! It is the success stories of the underdogs; Leicester winning the Premier league, Burton promoted to the Championship and Bradford beating Chelsea that keeps our national game interesting.

Burton Albion v Shrewsbury Town
Football League One
Saturday 23rd January 2016, 3pm
Ian Bradley (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Pirelli Stadium?    

Another ground to be ticked off for me, being my 72nd of the 92 visited. Also as the Brewers were top of League One, so it seemed a good time to assess whether their promotion aspirations were genuine.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

I travelled by train from Rotherham where I live. The journey from station to station took around an hour and a quarter. The Pirelli Stadium is located about a mile and a half to two miles from Burton town centre. Luckily I was in good time to enjoy a brisk half hour walk to the Pirelli Stadium.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

I ate in Burton Town Centre before walking to the ground. I chatted to a few home fans explaining that I was a neutral and they came across as a very friendly and welcoming bunch.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Pirelli Stadium?    

The Pirelli Stadium is a neat, functional ground but way too small for the Championship League with it's low capacity. Also the stadium is predominantly standing terracing which was lovely for me. I stood on the Popular Terrace and it took me back to the days of old. However this would not be to the liking of the Football League if Burton were to reach the Championship, where all seated stadiums are a league requirement.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

Firstly the catering. good food with a wide variety and more importantly very reasonably priced. As for the game, Burton started well and deservedly took the lead early on. They seemed in control of the first half and missed some reasonable chances to extend their lead. However in the second period, the wheels seemed to come off as far as the home team was concerned. Shrewsbury came more into the game and equalised from a mistake from the Burton keeper at a corner. From then on, Burton tried to force the game but were leaving gaps at the back and from a fast Shrewsbury break in injury time, Shrews forward Whalley gave them the three points with a well placed first time effort. The atmosphere inside the ground was good to start with, but turned a little subdued as the game went against the home side. 

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:    

Quite easy to get away after the game, just a half hour walk back to the train station and back home again.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I had a very enjoyable day out at the Pirelli Stadium and I wish Albion and their friendly fans the best of luck.

Burton Albion v Blackpool
Football League One
Saturday 2nd January 2016, 3pm
John Robertson-Begg (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Pirelli Stadium?    

Family interest on my wife's side was the reason for her first ever visit to a football match. Her cousin's son, Clark Robertson, signed for Blackpool last year after many years with Aberdeen (he is only 22) and against my advice of going to my boyhood club (Preston North End - local rivals of Blackpool). Clark's father follows his son from Aberdeen, is a frequent visitor South of the border nowadays, and was coming to the match so we thought it we be good to meet up. Clark managed to get us tickets. Even though it was Blackpool and I would have to watch amongst their supporters I fancied a day out as the last match I attended was the 2014 Championship play-off final - Derby against QPR at Wembley. As we live in Derby it was only a short hop to Burton. The cousin did not even know where Burton was so had not realised we were so close. It was hastily arranged only the week before when I realised the fixture was on.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

As I am fairly local to Burton I knew where the ground was but did consult the Football Ground Guide for parking advice. It listed three options:the ground itself, a nearby trading estate, or street parking. I tried the ground first at just before 2pm but the full signs were already up. The second option of the trading estate was fine (£3 per car). Many local residents are irked by the notion of street parking judging by the number of announcements prior to the match starting.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

Clark's father flew into Manchester and hired a car for the remainder of the journey. I suggested we meet at the intersection of the A50/A38 (Toyota Island) just North of Burton where there is a service area. We agreed to meet at the Cherry Tree Farm pub in the service area. It was busy, obviously a popular meeting point, but we parked easily and found a table. There was only one football shirt visible - Wolverhampton Wanderers but at 12.30 I decided it was too far for them to get to Brighton for a 3pm kick-off. The pub was pleasant enough and because of a 40 minute wait for food items on the menu we all opted for the reasonably priced medium size carvery option at £7.95 per head. This was good although there were complaints about no roast potatoes being available by some of the clientele. From here it is less than 10 minutes to the ground.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Pirelli Stadium?    

There was a pleasant atmosphere with home and away fans mixing outside the ground. We picked tickets up from the collection window behind the Main Stand. We had our bags searched before entry. My wife had not had a turnstile experience before and it was not pleasant for her - felt like being confined in a cage but once through that and into the ground she was fine. We had seating tickets in the main stand, next to the away end. We were conscious of being watched from the police surveillance team all through the match. This was the smallest ground I had ever been in but at kick off there were over 4300 fans assembled there. My first impressions were that it was a tidy ground. I did wonder about how well supported the team would be given the proximity of Derby and Birmingham. I suppose it was a bit like Wigan Athletic and their proximity to Manchester and Liverpool but they do have a dedicated following as do Burton. I did not know much about Burton apart from their relatively famous manager Nigel Clough being back at the club after spells at Derby and Sheffield United. My son informed me beforehand that Burton trained at the National Football Centre nearby and thought they were in line for promotion. I was impressed by the levels of community involvement by the club and much was in evidence before the kick off - ball boys from a local football team for instance. The programmes are very well produced nowadays and we were delighted to see Clark being identified as Blackpool's star player. We were seated by just after 2pm and there was lots to see. I have not been a regular match attendee since the 1970s at Deepdale but lots has changed since then. The warm up sequences are a lot longer these days and quite intense. Even the officials have a warm up.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

I did sample a cup of gourmet hot chocolate which was very good. I did not feel the need to indulge in a pie so soon after lunch but they looked good. They had a good build up to the kick off with increased music and the announcer did his best to gee up the home supporters encouraging them to get behind their team. The match was played at at fast pace and the visiting supporters had plenty shout about including the first real chance. Burton are a well drilled team and spent a lot of time attacking down the right so a lot of the game was played just in front of use, about five rows back from the touchline. Duffy (on loan from Birmingham) impressed with his work rate.

The Blackpool supporters were in good voice and there was the usual chants against Preston which I tried to ignore. They were particularly vocal when it came to the sending of of Weir after two yellow cards. A draw must be on the cards at least I told my wife. The second half began with an impressive all out attacking display by Burton at their supporters end. You could sense the anticipation of a gall and Duffy duly delivered with a well taken shot from inside the penalty area. The home crowd erupted. Shortly afterwards there was disappointment in our party when Clark sustained an injury. It looked like the recurrence of an old problem and he had to go off. His dad texted furiously to find out more. As the match went on both sides had opportunities to score. The Blackpool fans became increasing frustrated with the team's performance against ten men and even questioned the players fitness to were the tangerine shirt. The "Oyston Out" banner was seen and they gave the players verbal abuse after the whistle had gone. Several players and Clark's father were visibly upset about this. There is clearly some deep-rooted stuff going on at Bloomfield Road.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting out of the ground was easy. We waited by the players entrance to see Clark who was philosophical about the injury. At least six weeks to recover he thought. It was interesting to see behind the scenes activities like delivery of pizzas for the return coach journey - they need their carbohydrates after all those exertions said Clark's dad. We were the last car left in the car park at the trading estate so it was easy to get away.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

This was a pleasant day out and nice introduction for my wife. The atmosphere was non-confrontational. I would like to see both teams doing well. Burton look better placed at the moment and impressed with their speed, fitness and work rate. Blackpool have a bit to do on current form but I will follow their progress with interest. Duffy deserved his man of the match.

Burton Albion v Coventry City
League One
Sunday 6th September 2015, 2.30pm
Russ Moore (Coventry City fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Pirelli Stadium?

It was the first ever league meeting between these two clubs and only a short trip for the mass of travelling Sky Blues fans.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Traveled by train and caught a taxi up to the Beech Inn just down the road from the ground. The taxi cost £6.50.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Went to the Beech Inn pub. It was very reasonable at £3 for a pint of Carling. It also sold cold filled cobs at £2 each and in the car park was also a burger van with cheese burgers priced at £3. No home fans in the pub but met a few walking towards the ground and they were very friendly.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

Tidy little ground with terracing and seating for away fans which in my opinion is the best way to watch footy.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Atmosphere was electric as there was 6,433 fans inside and with Coventry selling out there allocation made the day even better. Even with the game being shown on television it was a good turn out.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Walked back to the train station which took roughly twenty five minutes and didn't see any trouble with both sets of fans mixing well

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A great first visit to the Pirelli Stadium, especially as Coventry won the game 2-1. This took the Sky Blues above Burton in the league and into second place.

Burton Albion v Peterborough United
League One
Saturday 22nd August 2015, 3pm
Kevin Chestney (Peterborough United fan)

Why were you looking forward to going to the Pirelli Stadium?

I have previously visited the Pirelli Stadium some years before when Burton were in the Conference. We had the misfortune of going there for an FA Cup Replay and lost 1-0. I remembered it was a modern compact stadium.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

Finding the ground was very simple. We came off the A50 and Burton was signposted, the route taking you past the ground. Car Parking is at the stadium cost £3.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

We visited the 'Burton Bridge Inn' in the centre of Burton to sample some nice real ales and in an old traditional pub. The pub has many alcoves and some fans were already in there on our arrival at 12 noon. The locals were very friendly. We opted for a Ploughmans at £6.50. When it came it was a lot more than cheese, bread and pickle. It also came with ham off the bone, half a pork pie, homemade coleslaw and a warm ciabatta bread with butter. Probably one of the best I've had!

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?  

The ground looked modern and tidy. We opted to stand on the terrace as there are not many grounds left nowadays that have terracing for away fans.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

We had about 850 away fans of the 3,500 crowd and the away end enabled a lot of atmosphere to be generated. We played with a 4-3-3 instead of or normal 4-4-2 due to injuries. We conceded in the first half and again early in the second. Then to make matters worse we went down to 10 men after one of our centre halves was red carded. This kick started a revival and we got a goal back and then in the dying seconds of the game had a goal disallowed for no apparent reason. We consoled ourself with the local faggots and peas from the food outlet in the away end.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away was easy and we were back on the road withing 10 minutes.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

The real ale pub experience was brilliant along with the Ploughmans, but the game was disappointing as was the result. Hopefully back next season to do it again!

Burton Albion v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Pre-Season Friendly
Saturday 18th July 2015, 1pm
Aimee Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers fan)

1. Why were you looking forward to visiting the Pirelli Stadium?

FOOTBALL IS BACK! After two and a bit months of pretending to like cricket, then tennis for a fortnight, I could finally go back and watch my beloved Wolves. Following a week of training in France, the boys in Old Gold were kicking off their domestic  friendlies in Staffordshire. The opponents were last season’s League Two Champions Burton Albion, managed by the former Chelsea and Leeds striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. It was also the first day of my six week summer holiday (I knew there was a reason for being a teacher!), so it was a no brainer. 

Main Glass Fronted Entrance

Buron Albion Main Entrance

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Me, my brother, my dad and my ‘Uncle’ Tony (he’s not really my uncle, we just call him that) decided to go on the train to this one. The 1pm kick off meant a reasonably early start, but after a few bacon butties, we got on the train to Birmingham just after half 9. We changed at New Street, getting  the train to Nottingham at twenty past ten, and arrived in Burton just before ten to eleven. The ground is pretty easy to find from the station, take a left after leaving the station, then a right, and it’s then a straight road to the Pirelli. The only problem is it is a very long road. It’s a good fifteen, twenty minute walk. The ground is signposted though. The walk itself is pleasant enough, past various shops, some imposing Victorian factory buildings, and rows of houses. We were also serenaded at one point by a passing car playing that popular mid-July anthem, “Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly”. Only in England.

The Away Terrace

Away Terrace

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

As the arduous train journey had tired out my Uncle Tony (ahem), we stopped for ‘rehydration’ in The Alfred, a friendly little pub located on Derby Road, the long road we were walking along anyway. There were a few away fans in their already, and they were happy to accommodate us. They also had food on offer. We then made our way to the ground, in time to greet the players off the coach. It was good seeing them again. I went for a quick look in the club shop. It was pretty small, but had all the usual things you’d expect- replica shirts, hoodies, badges/keyrings etc. There was a nice moment too when one of the Burton players, resplendent with lush blonde hair and tattoos aplenty, walked in, to say hello to the staff. He was also excited as he and his wife had just found out they’re expecting a baby. A nice reminder that amongst all the money, footballers are still real people. 

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

As you arrive at the Pirelli along the main road, the first thing you see is the glass fronted entrance. It seems to me, from my travels, that more and more grounds have these. I think they’re nice, but they’re not very ‘footballish’, if that’s even a word. More like an office block. The ground is very smart looking though. Feeling flush, we decided to fork out the extra £3 to sit in the seated area to the side, rather than the terrace. The seats were comfortable enough, but there was not much legroom. I was alright, but my Uncle Tony struggled. He often describes himself as having an athletic body, though I do think the athlete in question is a sumo wrestler…

North Terrace

North Terrace

You get a pretty good view of the game, as there are no obstructions, and the ground is quite tight. It’s fair to say that the Pirelli won’t be the biggest ground in League One, but I can imagine if it’s full, there’s a fair amount of noise. 

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Burton were unlucky not to take the lead in the first couple of minutes. A speculative long range effort was spilled by Carl Ikeme, and it fell for Burton striker Lucas Akins. Perhaps caught by surprise, he could only stab the shot onto the post. Wolves took the lead in the 10th minute, when Benik Afobe intercepted a loose pass, before slipping Nouha Dicko in on goal with a lovely pass. The Malian striker, fresh from signing a new contract, advanced on Brewers keeper Jon McLaughlin before rifling a shot into the far corner. Wolves enjoyed a good spell of pressure immediately after, with winger Michael Jacobs fizzing a shot just wide, and Afobe denied a good chance on goal by a late offside flag. At the other end, Ikeme had to be alert to snaffle a first time strike from Calum Butcher, the stopper holding onto the well struck shot at the first time of asking. The only Wolves new boy on show, £2m signing Conor Coady, was impressing, showing plenty of composure on the ball, and plenty of tenacity off it. Dicko was just crowded out when well placed, and Afobe racing onto Tommy Rowe’s clever cut back, only to miss the ball completely. The half time whistle came with Wolves looking decent value for the 1-0 lead, though Burton had had their chances. 

The second half began with Burton’s Stuart Beavon testing substitute keeper Jon Flatt, the youngster equal to Beavon’s low drive. At the other end, Michael Jacobs jinked and jived past two or three challenges before being brought crashing down by Robbie Weir. Jacobs himself took the free kick, but his curled effort floated just wide. Wolves then had a chance to double the lead. Again, some hesitancy in the Brewers backline allowed Afobe to snaffle possession. This time he went on alone, swerving a desperate late challenge, before firing past McLaughlin. The shot thudded against the post, and bounced agonisingly away from Lee Evans, who was following up. At the other end, Burton did have the ball in the net following a scrambled corner, only to be denied by an offside flag, whilst Flatt made one more comfortable save, this time low to his left. The flurry of substitutions did disrupt the flow of the game, but did allow Wolves fans a glimpse of two potential stars of the future. Nigerian striker Bright Enobakhare showed some nice pace and skill, whilst diminutive midfielder Connor Ronan, who looked about 14, did not look out of place either. The game petered out, and whilst the 1-0 score line perhaps doesn’t dazzle or excite, it represented a good 90 minutes for Wolves in the build up to another Championship season. 

There was a very relaxed atmosphere, with it being a friendly. I would say the Burton stands were around a third full, whilst Wolves fans packed out the terrace behind the goal, as well as a good section of the seated area to the side too. The PA system did its best to get the atmosphere going before the game, including playing Britpop classic “Life of Riley” by the Lightning Seeds. Though, at one point the system seemed to be stuck on Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida”. We heard the intro at least four times, when once is more than enough…

Home End Terrace

Burton Albion Home Terrace End

Burton’s mascot, who I later found out was called ‘Billy Brewer’, is a rather strange fellow. He’s a sort of cross between Dennis the Menace and one of the Tweenies, and spent most of the game walking round with a selfie stick. 
The food on offer inside the ground was very reasonably priced, and I was surprised to see that the menu offered Faggots and Chips. Not seen that at a football ground before. In the end I played it safe and had a cheeseburger. The concourse was small but well organised, and there was a programme seller inside. I paid £1.50 for the programme, which, as is the case with friendlies, was fairly plain, with just a few pages on each team and the usual articles from chairman and manager. 

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Very straightforward, out of the exit and back onto Derby Road. From what I saw, many Wolves fans who had driven up to Burton had parked on Derby Road, rather than at the ground. We were back on the train for about half three, where we bumped into a rather inebriated Wolves fan, who was good fun. He did inform us that the game had in fact kicked off so early so as to accommodate a wedding taking place at the stadium later in the day. 

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Really enjoyed my trip to Burton. The weather was nice, the atmosphere was friendly and relaxed, it was a really nice way to kick off another season of ups and downs following the Wolves…

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Updated 6th November 2016