Burton Albion fan Q&A: Ben Robinson is the perfect owner

Burton's Jackson Irvine celebrates scoring their first goal

HITC speaks to Burton Albion fan Rebecca Adams, who's been a supporter for 21 years.

Callum Reilly celebrates after he scores Burton Albion's first goalCallum Reilly celebrates after he scores Burton Albion's first goal

Q: What have you made of your team’s start to the season?

A: All in all I've been really happy with the start we've made. We've picked up some big results and are looking like a decent Championship side.

Q: What are your opinions on your manager?

A: I really like Cloughie. He says it how it is which is really refreshing, and he's also a really dab hand in the transfer market. He proved it at Derby and now he's proving it here; Cloughie knows how to buy decent players on the cheap!

Burton manager Nigel CloughBurton manager Nigel Clough

Q: What are your views on the board?

A: Ben Robinson is, in many ways, the perfect owner. He invests when we need it and he's got the best intentions of the club at heart. He's also got a really good eye for a manager, seeing as we've had Gary Rowett and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink before Clough's return. 

Q: Who is your favourite current player?

A: Kyle McFadzean. Proper centre-half. 

Burton Albion's Kyle McFadzean in action with Liverpool's Sadio ManeBurton Albion's Kyle McFadzean in action with Liverpool's Sadio Mane

Q: Who is your favourite ever player?

A: It's a bit of an obscure one, but I used to really like my goalkeepers, and Adam Legzdins was our keeper when I first started going to games, so it would have to be him!

Q: What has been your best memory of the club?

A: Promotion to the Championship or beating Derby 1-0 earlier this season!

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough and Derby County manager Nigel PearsonBurton Albion manager Nigel Clough and former Derby County manager Nigel Pearson

Q: What has been your most shocking moment?

A: Our form under Cloughie towards the end of last season was pretty shocking, as I thought we were going to manage to mess up our promotion, and we nearly did!

Q: Describe the best goal you ever saw at your club’s home ground

A: Any of Jackson Irvine's goals this season, they've all been decent!

Burton's Jackson Irvine celebrates scoring their first goalBurton's Jackson Irvine celebrates scoring their first goal

Q: Which ground is your favourite away day?

A: Pride Park (Derby County). 

Q: Who do you consider to be the club’s biggest rival and why?

A: Derby County, as they're not too far away and the Derby fans are always good for a laugh!

General view of Derby County fansGeneral view of Derby County fans

Q: Who do you feel has been the club’s best and worst summer signing?

A: Jackson Irvine has been the best, without a doubt. I think the jury is still out on Ben Turner, as he picks up one too many bookings and gives away quite a lot of silly fouls. 

Q: Who is your one player to watch out for this season?

A: Jackson Irvine, I reckon we'll do well to hang on to him in the summer.

Burton's Jackson Irvine shakes hands with Lucas Akins at the end of the gameBurton's Jackson Irvine shakes hands with Lucas Akins at the end of the game

Q: Is there a particular youth player that excites you, and why?

A: Matty Palmer is a very good young player. 

Q: Where do you think the club will look to strengthen in January?

A: I think we need numbers in because it's a long old season and there's a lot of clubs that are a lot better than us in the league. Especially teams below us. They've got better squads than we do so I'd like to see us add numbers all over.

Q: Finally, what are your aims for this season, and where do you think your club will finish?

A: Some Burton fans might say midtable or something along those lines but I'd be happy with just staying up and building for next season where maybe we can push on.

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