From just scraping through to the second round of the FA Cup thanks to a late Maynard strike against National League bottom side Chorley to needing a win over 90 minutes away to Burton Albion in the final game at group stage to progress in the EFL Trophy. That is about the Stags by the time of previewing.
This will also be the first Stags trip to Burton since their first EFL fixture in the calendar year of 2015. Then, Burton won at home to a 2-1 scoreline, the same one as in the game at One Call on August 30, 2014.
Burton later went on to gain promotion to League One as League Two Champions in their then sixth season as a League club following promotion in 2009. The League Two crown was followed by even better things from the Brewers as they went straight through League One by gaining the second automatic promotion spot behind Wigan on the final day of the 2015-16 season thanks to a goal-less draw at Doncaster. A surprise elevation to the Championship was gained, earning the right to play sides like Newcastle, Aston Villa, Derby County and Huddersfield to name but a few. Remarkably enough, Burton managed to stay up in their first campaign at second level in that town for over a century, eventually finishing 20th and above former top-level winners as Nottingham Forest and Blackburn, latter going down. But in the following season, the Brewers were relegated in the final minutes of the entire campaign as they conceded in their final game and another side scored. Home form in 2017-18 was abysmal but the Brewer’s away record was better than that of six sides above them. But it was quite an achievement for Burton to reach Championship level at all considering the fact that they just a decade earlier faced the Stags’ in their first season outside the EFL since 1931. For Burton, proof of making the very most and best out of limited resources. And last season, Burton even reached the semifinals of the League Cup, eventually losing to Manchester City.
The Brewers’ promotion from League Two in 2015 was overdue as Burton in 2013-14 reached the League Two playoff final only to lose against Fleetwood, and in the season before that, the Brewers lost to Bradford City in the semifinal.
Burton’s promotion to the EFL in the 2008-09 campaign saw Burton gain twelve straight BSP wins between November 8, 2008 and January 17, 2009, a run equalled by the Stags in 2012-13 between February 16 and April 1, 2013. And Burton's 2-0 win at Field Mill on December 29, 2008, was the Brewers' ninth in their 12-match run. From the Stags side that then played Burton, no player is still around, while at Burton, Jake Buxton played, and a Stag to be, Craig Armstrong, was an unused sub. Buxton also played in our first visit to Burton for a league fixture, the 0-1 defeat on October 13, 2008, the third in our worst-ever BSP run of five straight defeats.
When Burton went on to be BSP Champions in 2009, it marked the return of League Football to Burton for over a century. Below are some facts:
If anyone thinks that League football never has been played at Burton, anyone are completely wrong. Fact is that THREE different Burton sides did play in the Football League from the inauguration of the second level in 1892-93 up to the 1906-07 when Burton United failed re-election despite winning their final home game 2-0 against recent PL side West Bromwich Albion. Here are the details:
* Burton Swifts were inaugural members of Division 2 in 1892-93 and remained under that name up to 1900-01. During that time, the side played Leicester (then called Leicester Fosse). And that was not for the first time, a Leicester side were to play against a Burton one.
* For three seasons, there were even Burton local derbies at second level! A side called Burton Wanderers lasted three seasons before failing re-election in 1896-97. Elected then: Luton Town!
* In 1901-02, the third Burton league side came into being, The name was Burton United, and that club lasted six seasons in the league, failing re-election in 1906-07. Elected then: Oldham Athletic and Fulham, one of those due to Port Vale resigning that same 1906-07 campaign.
The current Burton Albion side was formed in 1950 when local people in Brewers Country were keen to re-establish football at Burton after an absence of ten years. The Brewers have on a few occasions reached the FA Cup third round, and did even better in 2010-11 when reaching the fourth round after slaying Middlesbrough 2-1 at home on January 8, 2011. Well there, Burnley became the terminus of Burton's so far best-ever FA Cup run. Here are some details on previous Burton cup runs:
Already in 1955-56, Burton Albion reached the FA Cup third round for the first time. After beating the 2000-01 FA Cup semifinalists Wycombe Wanderers away 3-1 in the first round, the Brewers travelled to Halifax Town and managed 0-0, replay at home. Burton, then playing in the Birmingham League, joined the giant-killers ranks by winning 1-0 at Wellington Road (the Brewers' first ground) on December 14, 1955. The reward was an away tie at then Division One Charlton. At The Valley, Charlton proved far too strong and kayoed Burton 7-0. Burton, later switching leagues several times, had to wait some 30 years before reaching the third round again. After beating Staines 2-0 at home in round one, and the old Aldershot club by the same scoreline AWAY in the following, Burton were rewarded with a plum home tie against then Division One Leicester. But that game was to be remembered for all the wrong reasons, the evil called hooligans. Due to the expected large crowd, the game was played at Derby County's old Baseball Ground. Sadly, a number of hooligans had found the way to Rams' Land, and well there, the Burton goalie Paul Evans (who played six league games for the Stags in the 1975-76 season, the first at Wrexham on November 1, 1975, the last at home to the Spireites on Boxing Day, 1975) was hit by a missile from the crowd. Leicester won 6-1, Gary Lineker scoring a hat-trick, but the missile incident left then Leicester boss Gordon Milne fuming big style when he said that what should have been a joyous day for a small club like Burton was ruined by some mindless raspberry. After an investigation, the game was ordered to be replayed behind closed doors at Coventry, where Leicester won 1-0.
In 2002-03, Burton, then guided by Nigel Clough just like now, tasted Conference football for the first time, and the Brewers remained there until 2009. In 2005-06, the Brewers hit national headlines again. The reason was being drawn at home to Manchester United in the FA Cup third round! But before that, the classic giant-killer Peterborough tasted their own medicine in the first round. Thus in a replay at Burton. In the second round, Burscough (giant-slayers themselves in the first round by beating Gillingham at home) were dumped out. On January 8, 2006, the day after our brave performance at Newcastle, mighty Manchester United travelled to Burton's new ground, and just managed a thrilling 0-0 draw. A dream trip to Old Trafford followed, where Burton took some estimated 10.000 supporters. Even though Man U won the replay 5-0, Burton more then held their own against their illustrious opponents, both on and off the field.
Although the Stags before the 2008-09 season NEVER had played any Burton side before, a number of players have appeared for both sides. Even a couple of former Stags players have managed Burton. Paul Evans is already mentioned. Others include Alex John-Baptiste, goalkeeper Martin New, Barry Foster (one of the 1976-77 championship side players, also played in 1974-75) as well as Lee Bell, who had three Burton spells.Three former Stags have also managed the Brewers. Two are Frank Wignall and Jack Stamps. The third one is one of our 1968-69 FA Cup heroes. The name: Phil Waller.
Played for both sides: Craig Armstrong, Danny Bacon, Chris Beardsley, Lee Bell, Calum Butcher, Jake Buxton, Daryl Clare, John E Cottam, Digger Daley, Colin Daniel, Lindy Delapenha, Zander Diamond, Dimitar Evtimov, Paul Evans, Barry Foster, George Foster, Lee Glover, Ian Hall, Ashley Hemmings, Colin Hoyle, David Hunt, Alex John-Baptiste, Alex MacDonald, James McGowan, Les McJannet, Billy Kee, Brian Moore, Adam Murray,Tom Naylor, Martin New, Anthony Parry, Stuart Reddington, Shane Redmond,.Mark Rhodes, Nialle Rodney, Michael Rose, Jon Shaw, Scott Shearer, Steve Spooner, Jack Stamps (also manager), George Taft, Ben Turner, Tyler Walker, Phil Waller (also manager), Andy White, Frank Wignall (manager), Lee Williamson, Adam Willis, Adi Yussuf.
Come on Mansfield !
Stockholm, July 4, 2008, 15.00 GMT. Good news came, K.H. gone. March 1, 2012. Ground purchased.