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Opinion: Are Burton Albion currently the greatest story in English football?



Leicester City are currently deservedly getting a lot of media attention and praise for their fairytale rise to the top of the Premier League.


The performances of the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy give hope to many Football League fans that their team also have the ability to replicate the success of the Foxes. However, if you look across the East Midlands you find an arguably even more remarkable story at the Pirelli Stadium.

Burton Albion are a club that have spent the vast majority of their history in the non-league.

Not only that but most of this time was spent in the regional Birmingham leagues.

Yet they are now a club on the brink of the Championship, with potential ties against Derby County, Nottingham Forest and even Aston Villa next season.

The Brewers’ 1-0 victory over Chesterfield on Friday night meant that they are now five points clear at the top of League One, and seemingly showing no sign of slipping up.

What is incredible about Burton Albion in recent years is that they are seemingly relentless in aspiring to climb the football pyramid, despite constant setbacks.

They lost their manager Nigel Clough when they were on the brink of entering League football but it didn’t affect them.

They lost in the League Two play-off semi-finals in 2013, so they made the play-off final in 2014.

They lost that final, so went on to win the league outright the next season. They lost manager Gary Rowett to Birmingham City, so brought in Hasselbaink who led them to the League 2 title last May.

The Dutchman also guided them to the top of League One before leaving to join QPR, so they re-appointed Nigel Clough who has picked up where Hasselbaink left off.

The Burton story shows no sign of coming to an end.

Their recruitment with such a tight budget is a lesson a lot of football league clubs can learn from.

If you can spend well and develop a real winning mentality around a football club, you can go much further than where anyone would have thought possible.

Leicester continue to defy expectations in the Premier League, but they may not be the only supporters celebrating history in the East Midlands in May.

Burton fans…What do you think? Can your team go on to lift the League 1 title? Could you ever have imagined your team playing in the Championship? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!

University Student and Coventry City fan. Looking to move into journalism in the future.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Opinion: Are Burton Albion currently the greatest story in English football?

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