IT was an early start for reporter Laura Hammond as she made her way down to the Pirelli Stadium and headed to Wembley with a bus full of Brewers fans.
One the way to the stadium fans were full of optimism and hopeful of a good result.
Hazel Shepherd, from Rolleston, and husband Roy were heading down together.
She said: “It’s Burton on Trent at Wembley. It’s exciting.
The Eves family, from Rolleston, decided to dress for the occasion.
Harrison, 10, and Jack, 9, dressed as old school brewers, with Brooke, 15, dressed as a bee.
Mum Sarah said: “I feel nervous and excited.
“It’s great to be here and there’s a brilliant atmosphere.”
Keith Simpson said: “We’ve had a fantastic journey these past few years, and I think our time has come.
“We’re going to enjoy the day whatever happens.”
Wembley Way filled up quickly and you could spot the Brewers fans a mile off.
Excitement was ‘definitely building’ as people filed in.
Horns were being played with chants of ‘yellow army and Brewers’ ringing in the air.
However, as is most often the case with football, 90 minutes later, the mood had changed from jubilation to despair.
Rob Slater, of Branston, said: “It hurts.
“I’ve been through some times with the Albion, but as proud as I am of everyone, it’s really tough.
“It’s going to be tough to start the season as a League Two team again.”
Paul Young, of Church Gresley, took his fiancée and three children.
He said: “The game was very entertaining and I though Burton played better football, but they couldn’t finish it.
“It will make the team stronger.
“It’s been an experience and a good family thing.”
Carl Whetton, from Stanton, came with his dad in 87 and brought his children this year.
He said: “Gutted is an absolute understatement.
“We came down all excited, and we’re gutted.
“We dominated the second half to lose with a goal like that.
His son Nate, eight, said he was ‘upset’.
The mood on the coach was very subdued on the way back home – lets hope its all smiles in 12 months time.