Currently as I’m at University in Leeds, I’ve had to move out of the Burton area which has unfortunately resulted in me not seeing the Brewers anywhere near as much as I would love to anymore. However, whenever I’m back home I always attend the matches and whenever I get any spare time on my hands I am always looking up the latest Albion news to keep in touch with exactly what’s going on at the club. My passion for The Albion started when I was about eight years old when the club were in the Dr Martens division, which saw a very good Burton side just narrowly miss out on promotion twice in two seasons – this is where my love for the club began as the following season in the Northern Premier League – also known as the Unibond League – they stormed it, helping me realise as a youngster that you didn’t have to support Manchester United to see successful and enjoyable football.
Anyway, my craving to see Burton wasn’t just down to the football, but it was the whole experience of going down to the old Eton Park on a Saturday afternoon for the sense of enjoyment that really used to give me that urge to be there week in week out. I still even get that same feeling now and wish I could be there every week, although whereas when was younger I used to enjoy waiting around the ground and getting the autographs of visiting ex-league players beforehand, I now normally spend my time soaking up the atmosphere in the boozers along with many other Brewers fans who like to treat themselves to a number of those things that Burton finds itself well renowned for brewing.
Throughout my time of watching the Albion, I do believe that there have been more successful seasons compared to bad ones, especially as I’ve never had to see my team be relegated and have only witnessed one managerial change, which can’t be a bad thing as most clubs these days rarely give their managers chance to settle in before sacking them. But Burton have been fortunate and every Burton fan would agree in saying that the club has a fantastic chairman in Ben Robertson, someone who definitely has his head screwed on and has stuck with both Nigel Clough and Paul Peschisolido during difficult times, along with being very clever with his money.
Now I don’t get to see the Brewers as much as I would like to anymore, it really has hit home more this season compared to last, how much I really do miss regularly going to matches. This season’s great form also really hasn’t helped my craving as from what I have seen so far, it’s probably the best side that we have ever had.
Northern Ireland U-21 Captain Billy Kee looks a great buy after scoring his 7th goal in 7 games and experienced defender Kevin Amankwaah has also joined to help strengthen the defence, both adding quality to an already talented squad. Despite recently suffering defeats to Cheltenham at home and Gillingham away, the Brewers have picked up some great results at home to Crewe, Swindon and Bristol Rovers and also another great result away at Rotherham – but it was to get much better.
Despite losing their most recent game to Aldershot on Tuesday night, Burton travelled to Barnet on the Saturday and secured a fantastic 6-3 win, with Billy Kee scoring a top quality hat-trick along with youngsters Adi Yussuf and Jack Dyer getting their first goals for the club. Wins like this make me wish even more I could be going to the games!
Upon looking at everything from the bigger picture when you don’t always get to see every game, it does sometimes help to appreciate what your club does mean to you, in addition to how well they are doing, because sometimes no matter what some fans may say on forums and on the terraces, nobody can question how well the Brewers have started this season.
And, to be fair, despite their latest defeat at Aldershot, the wins Burton have had, especially the 6-3 success at Barnet really has given many of us fans a real sense of optimism for the rest of the season, even the play-offs don’t look too much of a long shot at all. Up the Brewers!
Written by Rob Slater, We Are Going Up’s Burton Albion blogger
Rob tweets at @rslater17