JUST 12 years ago Burton Albion were playing in the Unibond League, yet on May 26 they could be in the same division as Coventry City and Sheffield United.
The Brewers are just three games away from promotion to League 1 and two from a debut at the new Wembley Stadium and what would be the biggest game for the club since the FA Cup third round replay at Manchester United’s Old Trafford ground in 2006.
The Brewers have come a long way in a relatively short space of time and have raised the town’s profile as they have moved from relative non-league obscurity through to the Football League.
Albion are guaranteed a two-legged play-off semi-final spot but won’t know their opponents until after the last round of league fixtures are completed on Saturday – when Albion travel to Southend.
If the Brewers come through the play-off semis they will play at Wembley Stadium on May 26 in a showdown match, with the prize being promotion to League 1 for the first time in the club’s 64-year history.
Now the Burton Mail is urging the whole town and surrounding area to get behind Gary Rowett’s team and we have launched our Come on you Brewers! campaign. We want you to help us cheer the Brewers all the way to Wembley and on to League 1.
Burton Albion chairman Ben Robinson says: “It’s not just about winning football matches on the green grass, it’s about the club’s commitment to supporting the community in so many different areas. That has grown almost beyond belief and it means there is a positive impact taking place in many areas in the wider community.”
The Brewers moving into League 1 would boost that work, as well as bringing even bigger games to the Pirelli Stadium on a regular basis.
Ben adds: “There are lots of big clubs, such as Sheffield United and Notts County, in League 1 and they have a big away following so there would be lots of big games.”
Ben also believes that a trip to Wembley would be a major boost for Burton as a town as well as diehard fans.
He says: “The feelgood factor surrounding the club was at its highest when we played Manchester United and more than 11,000 people travelled on a Wednesday night to Old Trafford. That was the first football match some people had been to as they saw it as a piece of history for the town. It puts a spring in everybody’s step and the feelgood factor is very real and creates so much good spirit.”
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Tell us why you are backing the Brewers. Tweet your support for our Come on, you Brewers! campaign by using #COYB and telling us why you are backing Burton Albion @BurtonMailNews. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us how you think the play-offs will go and what it would mean for you and the town getting to Wembley.
Look out for our thundersticks giveaway coming up before the first play-off game so that you can make some noise for your Burton Albion boys and a special competition for a young supporter next week.
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