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LEAGUE ONE INSIGHT: Burton Albion

16 June 2015

In this feature, we take an in-depth look at the 23 other teams in Sky Bet League One this season.

Burton Albion

Nickname: 
The Brewers

Founded: 
1950

Ground: 
Pirelli Stadium

Capacity: 
6,912

League position last season: 
1st - Sky Bet League Two

2014/15 top goalscorer: 
Lucas Akins (9)

Manager: 
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink - The 43-year-old will embark on his first full season in charge of Burton Albion after taking over in November 2014.

He replaced Gary Rowett midway through last season after he joined Birmingham City and guided Burton Albion to the League Two title last season, winning it by five points.

Hassselbaink enjoyed an illustrious playing career which included teams such as Leeds United, Atletico Madrid and Chelsea. 

Known for his prolific goalscoring record, the striker made the move to Middlesbrough in 2004 and helped them reach the final of UEFA Cup in 2006.

That game would prove to be his last before he moved to Charlton Athletic and later Cardiff City before retiring in 2008. 

After punditry roles on Sky Sports and BBC, Hasselbaink took the reigns at Royal Antwerp in his native Holland.

The Dutchman left the club at the end of the 2013/14 season after finishing seventh in the division.

After six months out of the game, Hasselbaink made the move back into English football and took over Burton Albion who sat top of Sky Bet League Two.

19 victories out of his 30 games in charge sealed automatic promotion for Burton Albion and now they will look to consolidate that next season in Sky Bet League One.

Key player:
Adam McGurk - The 26-year-old started his career with Aston Villa but struggled to break through into the first team.

After his release, he joined Tranmere Rovers and scored 10 goals in 79 appearances in a three year stint with the club. 

McGurk left the club in 2013 and had a trial with Birmingham City in the summer. However, a move did not materialise despite scoring in a friendly game against Oxford United.

The striker joined Burton Albion instead that summer and has contributed 15 goals in his 69 appearances for the club so far.

Capped at Northern Ireland U21 level, the forward helped Burton Albion gain promotion to Sky Bet League One last season, returning seven goals in the campaign.

Head-to-head:
The history books show that Latics have played Burton Albion only three times, all in the FA Cup, winning one and drawing two.

Latics faced the Brewers back in 2011, winning 3-1 to progress through to the third round of the FA Cup. 

They also faced Burton in the FA Cup back in 2002. After the first game ended 2-2, the replay also finished 2-2 but Latics prevailed 5-4 on penalties to go through to the next round of the competition.  

Sky Bet League One odds:
Win outright: 28/1
Promotion: 9/1
Relegation: 5/1

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