FORMER Burton Albion striker Shaun Harrad was disappointed – and surprised – with the stick he got from Brewers fans when he turned out for Bury on Saturday.
The 28-year-old was at the Pirelli Stadium for five-and-a-half years, netting 75 goals and helping the club win the Conference title in 2008/09.
When he came on as a second-half substitute on Saturday he was greeted with hostility from the home end – more than on previous returns to the Pirelli.
“I can’t say I expected it, to be honest, but that’s football for you,” said Harrad after the 2-2 draw. “I’ve only been gone a few years and they seem to have a short memory.
“I’ve still got very good memories here – probably the best memories of my football career.
“I’m not going to be disheartened by that, because I know what I did for the club.
“But that’s past now and there’s only one or two people I know from my time here.
“There’s only Gaz Rowett, Jimmy Phillips, Jack Dyer and the kit man Rocky left from when I was here.
“And Burton’s is always one of the first results I look out for when I finish on a Saturday.
“I’m not going to take anything away from his club.”
Harrad missed a late chance to put Bury into a 3-1 lead and was disappointed after his side lost a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2.
“We were very unlucky to concede late on and we were devastated in the dressing room,” said the ex-Brewer. “We played some great football, but there was a strange last 20 minutes.
“We were more than comfortable and from nowhere Burton scored two goals
“For my shot, I was half-expecting it on my right side and my feet didn’t work as quickly as I would like and I screwed it to the left of the goal.
“If it was the other side I would have fancied myself, but I was off-balance for the final ball.”
Bury, back from the brink of a financial crisis, now face Premier League Norwich City in the League Cup.
“We’ll take heart from our performance and we’ll put it to one side and take it on for Norwich,” said Harrad.
“Playing Norwich will be a great experience for the lads.”