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2015/16 preview - introducing Burton Albion FC

29 May 2015

Meet Millwall's League One opponents

BURTON ALBION

Founded:
1950

Stadium: Pirelli Stadium

Nickname: Brewers

Position: Champions, League Two 

Manager: The appointment of former Chelsea favourite Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink as Burton manager in November 2014 may have raised a few eyebrows, but the move proved to be a masterstroke as the Dutchman led the Brewers to their first-ever promotion to League One as champions of League Two.

As a player, he began his career with Telstar and AZ before leaving the Netherlands for Campomaiorense in August 1995. He landed at Chelsea in 2000 via successful spells with Boavista, Leeds United and Atletico Madrid, and it was at Stamford Bridge that the Dutch international excelled, scoring 23 League goals in his first season to earn the Golden Boot.

In all he averaged a goal in less than two games for Chelsea, scoring 70 in just 136 appearances for the Blues during his four year stay in south west London.

Further spells followed at Middlesbrough, Charlton and Cardiff City before he hung up his boots, taking up a coaching position at Nottingham Forest before cutting his managerial teeth at Royal Antwerp in 2013.

Floyd-Hasselbaink steered the Belgian side to seventh in the League in his first season, commuting to work from his Surrey home. However he turned down a new contract last summer and when the managerial vacancy arose at Burton, he grabbed the opportunity with both hands.

Key Player: Striker Stuart Beavon showed his worth during a magnificent 2014/15 season in which the Brewers romped to the League Two title, finishing five points clear of second-placed Shrewsbury and just four short of the magical 100 point mark.

Recruited on a permanent basis from Reading last August, experienced frontman Beavon weighed in with seven goals for his team.

Of equal significance, however, he headed the list of assists in League Two by creating 10 goals for his team-mates.

Beavon's fruitful partnership with Lucas Akins was one of the key factors in Burton's successful season and manager Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink will be, pardon the pun, banking on an equally productive time this coming campaign.

Top scorer: Lucas Akins (9 goals)

Head-to-head: History will be made during the 2015/16 season. Neither Burton nor Millwall have ever won, lost or drawn against each other as the sides have never met in a competitive game until now!

Last time we met: N/A

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