BURTON’S MP paid tribute to the town’s football club and its supporters after the Brewers just missed out on promotion.
MP Andrew Griffiths, who had flown in from his Spanish holiday especially for the game at Wembley, paid tribute to everyone involved with the club.
He told the Mail: “It’s been a long day with a 2.30am start.
“But I would not have missed the moment.
“I have huge praise for the club in coming so close and know in my heart of hearts it will be third time lucky next season.
“There were thousands of fans here from Burton and they did themselves and the club proud. It was terrific to look out on a sea of yellow and black.”
The politician was overjoyed as he watched the Brewers secure only their second visit to Wembley, as he sat with the club’s chairman Ben Robinson at Southend’s Roots Hall home.
But it was with a tinge of horror that he soon realised the play-off final coincided with his eagerly awaited trip to Marbella – and worse still when it struck him that he would have to break the news to wife Kate.
The MP had to think quickly, and decided he would share his time between Kate and the Brewers, flying out to Spain on Saturday before hastily returning – leaving her pool-side – on an early-morning flight yesterday to cheer the team on.
After Mr Griffiths had arrived at Wembley, Football League chairman Greg Clarke praised both clubs – Burton and opponents Fleetwood - on their rise from non-League status and spoke of his ‘great belief in the pyramid system’.
He also hailed both for their ‘good, solid local leadership’ that helped both clubs rise to the cusp of promotion.