Burton Albion (A) EFL Trophy, Tue 4th Sep 7.45pm


"From Burton here … the smug and silver Trent
Shall run in a new channel"


Having suffered the penalty of being knocked out of the League Cup (see what I did there?) we now have the first match in our “Group of 4” for the EFL Checkatrade competition. The group consists of ourselves and the Brewers plus Port Fail, and Middlesbrough’s U-21 side who we entertain on October 9th; we then play Port Vale at home on November 13th.

Because of the esteem (or lack of it) that this competition is held in, it’s hard to form a realistic assessment of an individual match. Clubs will use these fixtures to give game time to fringe players and/or rest those who evidently need a few days away from the action. It’s a bit of a juggling act for Dean Keates however, as there are rules governing the perceived strength of teams selected, and clubs have been fined in the past for putting out weakened sides (Luton Town the prime example) even when they’ve won!

League One form is perhaps misleading apropos this game, but it should be noted that while we were losing to Macclesfield Town, Burton Albion were progressing at the expense of Aston Villa. :grin: As far as player connections goes, there are no Walsall links in Burton Albion’s current squad - but older members will no doubt recall the name of Frank Gregg, who left Fellows Park in 1973 to join the Brewers and was named their Player of the Year in 1974.

There can’t be many towns the size of Burton-on-Trent to have had 3 Football League teams at one time or another, but Burton United (1892-1907) and Burton Wanderers (1894-97) were both members of League II until they failed to gain re-election and were disbanded. Neither club has any connection with Burton Albion, who were founded in 1950. Burton United’s highest League score, incidentally, was 8-5 against Walsall in the 1893-94 season…

Prediction for this one? Not knowing the extent of Dean Keates’ “resting” policy for this competition it’s hard to say. How about a 1-1 draw, with a Luke Leahy free kick finding the net?





Barring the all-important attendance figures. :thinking::laughing:


How dare you ever post anything again Welsh,after the attendancegate incident yesterday,I don’t know if I can believe a word you say anymore…:weary::grinning:


Keep posting Welsh…not that I am very bothered about this game. I would certainly rest Cook and possibly a CB to give the lad from Wolves a game. Maybe change the full backs too…anyway it will be a draw.


(lack of interest) … Bump !!


I am attending - when I bought the ticket I thought it was for a league match!!


An excellent preview @Welsh_Saddler - wasted on a competition that doesn’t deserve coverage of any calibre (in my opinion).


Totally lost all my morals and decided to go anyway simply because I’ve suddenly started enjoying my football again after a couple of seasons of dross.


Cant fault your previews of games as they are always interesting and informative, lets hope that Saturday v Blackpool was just a Hiccup …UTS


Keep posting Welsh, the pre-match introductions and updates add a lot to the site.


Team: Roberts, Wilson, Fitzwater, Johnson, Devlin, Morris, Sangha, Ronan, Kouhyar, Gordon, Parker

Subs: Dunn, Dobson, Guthrie, Cook, Cockerill-Mollett, Hayles-Docherty, Osbourne


Clearly Dunn not seen as good enough after the Macclesfield game. Shame Cockerill-Mollett isn’t getting a chance.


Is that because we are limited to 3 first team changes? But can make more if loaned U23’s. Probably stuck with Roberts to allow as many outfield changes as possible within the rules.


0-1 Morris 9’


I know it’s a ■■■■■ competition, but it’s all good for the confidence. Morris seems like a new signing this season.


and with Gino said to be fit for Saturday a selection poser up and coming. Good!!


He’s captain tonight, too.


0-2 Gordon 28’


Burton clear off the line. Could have been 3.