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Aaron Webster: I’m backing Burton Albion all the way to Wembley

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 15, 2014

27/04/13 Burton Albion v Gillingham - DE13 0AR, Burton
Burton Albion vs Gillingham at the Pirelli stadium.Aaron Webster

27/04/13 Burton Albion v Gillingham - DE13 0AR, Burton Burton Albion vs Gillingham at the Pirelli stadium.Aaron Webster

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AARON Webster will be cheering Burton Albion on as they look to reach Wembley for the League Two play-off final.

The Brewers legend, who was released last season after almost 600 appearances for Albion, would love his former club to get past Southend on Saturday.

“I’ll be watching the game on TV at the weekend – I’d love to be there, but it’s not easy to travel away with three young girls,” said the 33-year-old.

“If they get to Wembley, which I really hope they do, I’ll be there supporting them – and if they won I’d probably be trying to get down onto the pitch!”

Webster bears no grudge after he was released last summer following 16 years with Albion, going from the Northern League to the Conference and finally into the Football League.

“Albion was a big part of my life,” he said. “Even though I was disappointed to leave, I can’t turn around now and say I don’t want them to do well – of course I do.

“I’m not bitter – I can’t live like that.”

Webster is still close to a few of the Brewers players who will be involved in the play-off semi-final second leg at Roots Hall as they look to build on a 1-0 lead and go a step further than last season.

“I still talk to the lads,” said the Derby-born defender, who is considering his future in the game after Mickleover Sports lost in the Evo-Stik NPL Division One play-offs.

“I see Billy (Kee) and Robbie (Weir) almost every week and I speak to Damo (McCrory) too.

“I see them when they’re not working.

“Robbie’s just had a kid and Billy has got one on the way – we’re all family men now!”

Webster relished playing under ex-Albion man Glenn Kirkwood at Mickleover this season, but admits he did not expect to end up playing at step four of the non-league pyramid in his first season after leaving the Pirelli.

He will consider his future this summer as he looks to build a future for him and his family.

“In the end I was happy linking up with Glenn and Mickleover,” he said. “It was nice to come from a higher standard and help the lads out.

“But it was a dramatic drop down the leagues and I didn’t see it happening.

“Clubs are doing their business early in the summer and I didn’t get sorted.

“I’m still thinking about next season – it was disappointing to lose in a play-off final with Mickleover in a big derby against Belper.

“I’m thinking it over – football isn’t forever.”

But Webster is hoping he can celebrate another play-off soon – as a fan, with Albion the winners.

“I’d love them to do it,” he said. “I really want the team to do well.”

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