Matchday guide to: Burton Albion
Our brief preview of Swindon Town’s match versus Burton Albion this Saturday:
19th September 2015, 15.00pm k/o, County Ground
‘A Grade’ Game
Side Stands/Town End
U11 with Junior Red*: FREE / FREE
U11 – £2 / £2
U17 – £8 / £8
17-19 – £12 / £12
Student***/O65 – £19 / £15
Adult – £25 / £19
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- Position: 8th
- Last League Match: vs Barnsley (a) 1-4
- Recent League Form: D-D-W-L-W-L
- Position: 3rd
- Last League Match: vs Rochdale (h) 1-0
- Recent League Form: L-W-W-W-L-W
Last Time We Met:
28th February 2012 – Swindon Town 2 (R.Murray 53′, P.Benson 58′) Burton Albion 0
None, as of yet…
Opposition Pre-Match Quote:
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is expecting a different test from Swindon Town than the Brewers have faced so far in League One…
“Swindon will be a totally different team with a different style, and it’ll be a challenge for us.
We’ll need to adopt and play our game, and dictate ourselves rather than them dictating us.
We need to prepare and make sure we are right, that we have the right points and (our preparation is) spot on.
They are a side knowing what want and what direction they want to go. That’s important.
They play the ball in situations in the right way and put the opposition into difficulties.
But we have to bring our best to the table and put them into difficulties. We have to concentrate on us, the majority of the time, and how we do things.
We have to be right and organised, and play from that organisation.”
Swindon-Town-FC.co.uk Club Connections:
After Ted Vizard’s departure, former Burton player / manager Neil Harris left Swansea Town to become manager at Swindon in June 1939. Due to the impending war, he was originally only offered a year’s contract, but after negotiation, this was extended to end in March 1941.
Just three games into his first season in charge, the Football League programme was abandoned, and Harris remained in charge for the club’s season in the South West Regional League. During this season, players were often called up for military duties in the build-up to a game, and every club in the league used “guests” to make up the starting eleven – sometimes players even played under aliases to avoid detection by their officers. Before one game at Bristol City, Harris, now 45, was forced to come out of retirement himself to make up the numbers. He borrowed a pair of boots which were too small, and lost two toenails as the Town lost 5-2.
By the end of the season, it was decided that the club could no longer continue whilst the war did, and Harris was relieved of his duties in August 1940, with the intention of him returning to the hotseat when the war ended. It was never to happen – Harris tragically died later that year, at the age of just 47.
Louis Thompson returns to the County Ground. He’s 9/2 with Betfair to score (anytime).
Burton Albion Facts:
Essential facts about our opponents to impress your mates with…
- Burton’s former ground was Eton Park until moving to the Pirelli Stadium in 2005;
- In the pre-war years Burton could proudly lay claim to three Football League sides in Burton Wanderers, Burton Swifts and Burton United. When Burton Town ceased to exist it left a void to be filled and the Brewers aimed to fill that gap in 1950.
*To qualify for a FREE Under 11s ticket, children need to join the Junior Red scheme for a one-off payment of £30. Proof of age will be required at the time of purchase. Under 11s must be accompanied by a full paying Adult. There is a maximum of two free tickets per full paying Adult. Junior Red tickets must be purchased through STFC either in store or by ringing 0871 876 1993 and selecting option 2.
**Please note Juniors must be accompanied by an Adult in the FastPlant Town End.
*** Student tickets must be purchased before matchday