How are They Doing

Last season Burton finished 16th in L1.

They are currently second bottom of L1 with 19 points, one point less than FGR.

They beat FGR 3-2 in the reverse fixture.

Burton’s top scorer is Victor Adeboyejo with 11 goals.

December Results:-

Boxing Day – Burton 3 v Lincoln 0

Barnsley 2 Burton 0

Burton 2 Accrington 4 (EFL Trophy)

Burton 1 Derby 1

MK Dons 1 Burton 1


Noureddine “Dino” Maamria

Born and brought up in Tunisia for the first 4 years of Maamria’s life his family lived in a tent and owned 2 goats one of which Maamria named Gary after Gary Lineker.

Maamria started his playing career with As Marsa of Tunisia. He left the club in 1994 and spent a season at CO Transports. He moved to England in 1996 and joined Burnley. Maamria subsequently signed for Glentoran, spending the remainder of 1996–97 season with the club. He joined then Conference club Doncaster Rovers in 1998, spending two years there. He spent the 2000-01 at Southport, before signing for Leigh RMI in July 2001. After two seasons at Leigh, Maamria signed for Stevenage for a five-figure fee in February 2003. He left the club after making 10 appearances, joining Charleston Battery in USA. He made nine appearances for Charleston, before re-joining Stevenage in September 2003. Maamria went on to spend three seasons with Stevenage. In July 2006, he re-joined Southport, before signing for Rushden & Diamonds on a free transfer in January 2007. After being released by Rushden at the end of the2006/7, Maamria signed for Northwich Victoria in August 2007.

He made the transition from playing to coaching and management, managing Northwich Victoria, Southport and Nuneaton Town in non-League. During his time as manager of Northwich, Maamria won the Conference Premier Manager of the Year award for the 2007/8 season, during which he guided Northwich to Conference Premier safety having been in administration and 15 points adrift of safety at the time of his appointment. In March 2018, he was appointed as manager of League Two club Stevenage, a position he held until September 2019. Later that month, Maamria was appointed as head coach of Oldham Athletic. He has also been a first-team coach and assistant manager at Stevenage, Preston NE & Newport County.

Following Hasselbaink’s resignation, after his second time as Burton Manager, on 5 September 2022, Maamria was promoted from assistant to manager.

Ones to Watch

Davis Keillor-Dunn scoring one of his three goals against Accrington Stanley.

Davis Keillor-Dunn

Keillor-Dunn spent his youth career at Middlesbrough, Sunderland & Chesterfield before moving to Ross County in 2016 for whom he played 40 times. Ross County sent him on loan to Falkirk in 2019 where he played 11 times. He then briefly played at Wrexham before joining Oldham.

He played over 80 times for Oldham. After scoring five goals in four consecutive matches as Oldham fought against relegation, Keillor-Dunn was awarded the L2 Player of The Month award for February 2022. Following relegation to the National League, Keillor-Dunn was released by the club at the end of the season. He joined Burton in July 22.

Sam Winnall

Gassan Ahadme joined Ipswich on 1 Sept 22 for a six-figure fee, at the time he was Burton’s equal top scorer. Burton then signed free agent Sam Winnall.

Winnall returns to the club he made his EFL debut for during a loan spell from Wolverhampton Wanderers in early 2011, a move that yielded seven goals in 19 games while the Brewers were in League Two. Following further loan spells at Hereford, Inverness and Shrewsbury, Winnall made a permanent move to Scunthorpe United, spending a season at Glanford Park and netting 23 times before being snapped up by Barnsley.

Winnall would make a fantastic impact at Oakwell – playing a key role by scoring 24 times in their 2015/16 play-off promotion season and he would continue his fine scoring record in the Championship, earning a move to Sheffield Wednesday in January 2017.

Following a loan spell at Derby County, Winnall dropped back to League One level in 2020 to sign for Oxford United, for whom he scored seven times before leaving the Us last summer.

Victor Adeboyejo

Top scorer Victor was born in Nigeria and at the age of 24 years  is enjoying possibly his best season.

He had spells at various London Football Academies, including Arsenal, before joining Orient permanently.

His only other permanent club, apart from Burton, is Barnsley but he has been on loan at several clubs including Bristol Rovers & Cambridge. He has played twice for Chelsea U23s too.

Club History

Nigel Clough – Burton Manager 1998-2009 & 2015-20

The club moved its home ground in 2005 to the Pirelli Stadium from Eton Park.

Although the ground opened for business in July 2005 with a low-key pre-season friendly against Chester City, the Pirelli Stadium was officially opened in November 2005 by Manchester United who ironically returned to the Pirelli two months later in the FA Cup third round with Albion holding the Premiership giants to a 0-0 draw in front of a then record ground attendance of 6,191 before losing in a replay at Old Trafford.

The club’s nickname, The Brewers, evokes the brewing heritage of Burton upon Trent.

Burton Albion were formed in 1950 and initially joined the Birmingham District League before switching to the Southern League eight years later. They were promoted from the Southern League Division One in 1965–66, 1971–72 and 1973–74 and were relegated from the Southern League Premier Division in 1970, 1973 and 1977. Burton spent 1979 to 1987 in the Northern Premier League, before reverting to the Southern League Premier Division. They re-joined the Northern Premier League in 2001 and were promoted to the Conference as Northern Premier League champions in 2001–02. Nigel Clough spent seven seasons as the club’s player-manager in the Conference (the first of two spells as manager) and then led them into the EFL as champions of the Conference in 2008–09. They lost the 2014 play-off Final but went on to win the League Two title in 2014–15 and were promoted from League One in 2015–16. Burton spent two seasons in the Championship until relegation in 2018.

Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink Burton manager 2014-15 and 2021- 22.


The club mascot is Billy Brewer who despite the scary face is apparently quite a character. Billy has recently found love and there is now a Bettie Brewer as well, by an amazing coincidence her name is alliterative too. The children in the photo look too normal to be Billy or Bettie’s.

FGR Supporting Shelter Homelessness Campaign – #NoHomeKit

FGR are supporting Shelter’s #NoHomeKit campaign this festive period.

Shelter is a charity that campaigns to end homelessness in England and across the UK.

FGR will be wearing their pink away kit against Burton Albion. FGR are also encouraging our supporters to wear their away shirts to the game – and to send photos to FGR on Twitter (@FGRFC_Official) with the hashtag #NoHomeKit.

Supporters can donate directly to Shelter, here.

For more Information click here – FGR supporting Shelter’s #NoHomeKit campaign | WE ARE FGR

Shelter not only assist homeless people but can also provide advice on, for example, tenants rights etc.

For information about the Shelter Charity click here – Home – Shelter England

Bass Brewery

Derby County Shirt 1984-86 – Bass sponsored various sports teams including Derby County, Crewe Alexandra, Blackpool, Yeovil & Bristol Rugby but never, ironically, Burton Albion.

Michael Bass (1799 – 1884) was born in Burton.
His grandfather William Bass founded the family brewery business in 1777, which Michael joined and expanded considerably. He helped improve working conditions both as employer and Liberal MP (1848-83). His son, Michael Arthur Bass became Baron Burton in 1886.

Following decades of closures, consolidation, Bass was left by the end of the 20th century as one of only two large remaining breweries in Burton. The Bass company decided to focus on hospitality rather than brewing and Bass’ brewing business was sold to the Belgian brewer InterBrew. in June 2000. The UK government’s Competition Commission raised concerns about the monopoly implications arising from the deal and instructed Interbrew to dispose of the Bass brewery facility in Burton along with the Carling and Worthington brands, which were all sold to Coors.

With only hotel and pub holdings left in the Bass company’s portfolio, the company renamed itself Six Continents which itself split into Mitchells & Butlers and InterContinental Hotels in 2003.

From 2000 to 2005, Bass was produced under licence by Molson Coors in Burton, in the original Bass brewery. When Coors’ licence to brew draught Bass came to an end in 2005, a new licence was awarded to Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries (later Marstons), which transferred production of Bass to its own brewery, also in Burton. The former Bass brewery in Burton, under Molson Coors ownership, underwent renovations in the early 21st century, and as of 2021 brews Carling and other beers for the UK and European market.

So, Bass now have nothing to do with beer or brewing

                                                                  It has gone for a Burton.

There are still though still 8 breweries in Burton.

Manet’s 1882 ‘a Bar at the Folies-Bergères’ (Courtauld Gallery, London)

 The beer bottles depicted are easily identified by the red triangle on the label as Bass Pale Ale, and the conspicuous presence of this British brand instead of German beer has been interpreted as evidence of anti-German sentiment in France in the decade after the Franco-Prussian war. We’ll discuss the issue of the mirror and perspective another time.

Rovers Connection


The first jar of Marmite was produced in Burton in 1902. Burton thanks to its excellent water is the capital of British Brewing. Marmite is an off-shoot of the beer industry there, the by-product yeast needed for the paste was supplied by Bass Brewery to make the nutritious – rich in B vitamins – spread, you legendarily either love or loathe. Marmite is still made in Burton at their Wellington Road factory.


Marmite was owned by the Bovril Company (both owned by Unilever since 2000). Napoleon lll partly blamed France’s defeat in the Franco-Prussian war on the lack of food for his army. In 1870 John Lawson Johnston, a Scottish butcher living in Canada was ordered to deliver a beef-based product for the French troops. This resulted in the creation of Bovril. The name Bovril is a combination of part of the Latin word for ox – Bovinus – and a reference to a novel of the time – ‘The Coming Race’ (1871) about a superhuman race who lived on a super food called Vril.

And the Beet Goes On – Vegan Bovril (an oxymoron)

In November 2020, FGR announced a collaboration with the makers of Bovril to create a Beet-based version of Bovril.

This prompted one correspondent, possibly neither a vegan nor FGR supporter, to write to the Stroud News & Journal.

‘I am however moved to comment on FGR’s dietary foray into Bovril. It begs the question how soon will it be before they substitute their animal or petrochemical based footwear and ball for heavily starched socks and a hessian bag stuffed with straw? And supporters chanting baa baa.’

Famous Fans

The Stig from TV’s ‘Top Gear’ – In February 2014 Jeremy Clarkson tweeted that ‘Just heard from The Stig. It seems he supports Burton Albion.’

A YouTube clip of Burton’s 3-2 win against Bristol Rovers in 2011 appears to back this claim up – The Stig at Burton Albion FC – YouTube

Paddy Considine, the popular actor currently starring in TV’s ‘House of Dragons’ was born in Burton in 1973 and still lives there despite his parents’ repeated requests for him to move out. Considine is reported to be a Burton supporter, but this photo clearly shows him wearing a FGR shirt under his jacket.

‘Gone for a Burton’

Gone for a Burton’

 A common phrase meaning something which has ‘gone for a Burton’ is no longer functional – a reference to a person who had died or an item that was broken.

It dates from the 1940s and the first reference to it in print that I know of is from the wartime diary of RAF pilot Colin Dunford Wood. His entry for 22nd May 1941 includes:

Front gun jams so I have to come home, quarter of an hour after the other two, to find the camp being bombed, and 110s just finished and they all think I have “gone for a Burton”.

Very soon afterwards, in November 1941, the American newspaper The Akron Beacon Journal published a list of aviation related jargon terms, including this:

“Go for a Burton – Killed in action.’

There are various etymological explanations of the phrase’s origins, but one is that

To go for a Burton’ refers to the beer brewed in the Midlands town of Burton-upon-Trent, which was and still is famous for its breweries. RAF pilots who crashed, especially those who crashed into the sea, that is, ‘in the drink’, were said to have ‘Gone for a Burton’.