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BURTON Albion opened its doors to 10 secondary school pupils from the local area on Wednesday, offering the opportunity to participate in the club’s press conference.

Alongside BBC Radio Derby and the Burton Mail, youngsters from John Taylor, de Ferrers, Pingle, Abbot Beyne and William Allitt questioned manager Nigel Clough and first-team star Lucas Akins ahead of Bristol City’s visit on Saturday.

After the formal proceedings finished the students were taken on a tour of the Pirelli Stadium and given an insight into the club’s history.

The event is in support of BBC’s News Day scheme and, in pairs from their respective schools, the youngsters have written an article on the club’s history and their experience.

Their efforts will be judged and the winning pair will be invited to join the Brewers’ media team in the press box for Saturday’s game, with their article being published in a future match-day programme.

In continued support of the BBC’s efforts to promote media to students, the event was organised by the Burton Albion Community Trust.

Education Manager, Wayne Chadfield, was delighted with the success once again.

“It’s great to have the opportunity to work so closely with the football club,” he said.

“Young people can gain a real experience of a press conference and the role of a sports journalist. It’s certainly unique and can really help them to see whether this route is for them.”

Albion’s Community Trust has now hosted this event for three years, with pupils at The Pingle Academy in attendance on every occasion.

Assured the students will benefit from the experience, Pingle’s Assistant Principal Deb Holland said: “The confidence they will take away from doing this kind of thing is really important.

“Our students here are only in year 10 so it’s something great to put on their CV already at such a young age, looking ahead to their further education.”

Two lucky pupils would get the chance to join us at Saturday’s fixture against Bristol City, for a full behind-the-scenes experience of match day at the Pirelli Stadium, shadowing the Burton Albion media team. John Taylor High School students Liam Bryan and Georgia Standley were chosen to join us for the piece that they wrote about a history of the Brewers.

Here’s the piece below –

The History of the Brewers

From playing Gloucester City at the start of a big up-hill climb, to playing in the heights of the Championship, Burton Albion have come a long way to be where they are today. This is the story of how burton’s home club (the brewers) have become who they are today.

It all started on the 6th of July 1950 when Burton Albion were officially formed. Their first game was played at Wellington Street in front of 5,000 supporters where they played Gloucester City in the Birmingham league. After four years of hard work, they earned their first precious piece of silverware in 1954 when they won the Birmingham Senior Cup. Later on, in 1975 they reached the FA trophy semi-final. This was a big achievement, as they nearly reached the famous grounds of Wembley stadium!

Many years later, in 1998 Nigel Clough was appointed player/manager of Burton Albion. During his first spell as manager he won many pieces of silverware including the Southern Premier League in 2000 and 2001 and the Northern Premier League in 2002. These amazed the players and made them more determined than ever. However, amid all the winnings, the club moved over the road to the stadium which is now called the Pirelli Stadium. The Brewers officially opened the stadium on the 14th of November by the famous legend that is Sir Alex Ferguson, the manager of Pirelli in Burton Dominic Sandivasci and Barbra Clough. In addition to this, Burton Albion held a friendly game against Manchester United where they would beat United 2-1. Four years after the stadium move, the brewers won the Conference and were promoted to league 2.

After 5 years in league 2, they took part in a brutal play-off final at the home of English football-Wembley. Unfortunately, they lost to Fleetwood and missed out on getting promoted. However due to their defeat, in 2015 they were promoted into league 1 as champions of league 2. In December of that year, Nigel Clough was reappointed as manager and in his first year as manager, he led his team to a triumphant victory. Promotion to the championship. This amazing achievement truly amazed fans all around the country. In addition to this, the brewers survived there first season in the championship. This team has made Burton proud of their team and we can’t wait for the many surprises throughout the years to come! Up the Brewers!!!!!