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Burton Albion: Jon McLaughlin has great memories of playing at Pirelli Stadium

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 21, 2014

By Tom Sloan

FLASHBACK ... goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin, then  playing for Bradford, is challenged by Burton's Tony James.

FLASHBACK ... goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin, then playing for Bradford, is challenged by Burton's Tony James.

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JON McLaughlin has great memories of playing at Burton Albion.

The Brewers' new goalkeeper appeared at the Pirelli Stadium early in his Bradford City career.

He saved a penalty in a 1-1 draw between Albion and the Bantams on April 10, 2010.

Two seasons ago he was part of the Bradford side which beat the Brewers 5-4 on aggregate in an enthralling play-off semi-final tie.

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But what sticks in his mind was that early appearance at the Pirelli – McLaughlin's third in professional football – which really got the ball rolling for the keeper.

He has not looked back since.

"I've got great memories of Burton," said the keeper. "Obviously there's the play-off games over two legs.

"It was great coming here in the second leg needing to overturn a deficit and then being able to do that was a fantastic day for that team.

"But my third appearance in professional football was here.

"I'd had two seasons where I'd played one game under Stuart McCall.

"And in my third season with Peter Taylor, I think it was about the sixth game from the end of the season, he gave me the chance to step in and I played well here, saved a penalty, and that set me on the way.

"It's a good memory because from that I played the rest of the season and earned myself a long-term deal at Bradford.

"It really does have happy memories.

"The parents were here, and the missus, I think we've all got nice memories of this place."

Two seasons ago McLaughlin was also at Bradford as they romped to the final of the League Cup before losing 5-0 to Swansea.

Although he only started one of the matches, the 2-1 win at Championship side Watford, McLaughlin thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

He says it is the sort of thing Albion's players should be gunning for when they enter all the cup competitions.

"It was an incredible season all round for a lower league club," he said.

"It was crazy and with about 12 or 13 games to go we were about one game away from it being mathematically impossible to make the play-offs.

"Exeter's downfall and us going on an incredible run culminated in a couple of incredible play-off semi-finals and a final that was a fantastic occasion.

"Those are the kind of things we want to replicate here and it's what every player aspires to achieve."

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