Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Game 9 - Burton Albion v Northampton Town 29th August 2009 Coca Cola League One

As I have been thwarted by the weather over the last couple of weeks it is time to catch up with some visits made earlier in the season. A free Saturday due to Sky scheduling gave me the opportunity to visit the League's new boys, Burton Albion.

We park up opposite the ground, less then a couple of minutes walk away, chatting to a Northampton fan as we do so, who tells us how they are doing so far this season, which apparently is not very well. We leave him at the away turnstiles to go and buy our tickets for the seated South Stand. Once these have been secured we go into the Club Shop to buy the obligatory badge. This must be one of the smallest shops I've been into and it is a surprise considering the Pirelli was only finished in 2005. We make our way around the outside of the ground as usual and you are able to walk round the whole ground. I know they are the new boys but you would think they would be able to pay the players more money to be able to afford better transport!

We go into the ground and first impressions are favourable. Opposite us is a long terraced stand and both ends are also standing. The corners are all open, so each stand is separate from each other. The seated stand we are in is not segregated and so home and away fans use the same facilities and on the day we were here there were no problems which was great to see, lets hope this continues for the rest of the season.

North Stand:

West Stand terracing:

South Stand:

East Stand (Away):

The game kicks off and the Brewers have a fantastic start to the game and are 3-0 up in 11 minutes as the Cobblers make several mistakes and cannot cope with the free flowing football from the hosts. The rest of the half saw the Cobblers just keeping the score from being extended. They are so bad that there are two substitutions before halftime with the visiting fans venting their anger at manager Suart Gray.
The second half sees a more resilient Northampton side and they pull a goal back from Steve Guinan after 50 minutes. The pressure was now on Burton and Northampton continued to make chances and pulled another goal back from the penalty spot on 71 minutes. The game now ebbed and flowed from one end to the other with both teams having opportunities to score again. The bookings tally was added to as both teams got more desperate. With no further scoring Burton ran out 3-2 winners in an enthralling game for the neutral.
We made our way back to the car having thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Pirelli Stadium, very friendly staff, excellent facilities and a cracking game.

Burton Albion 3-2 Northampton Town
Att: 3,321
Admission: £15
Programme: £2.50
Badge: £3

More photos of the Pirelli Stadium here.

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