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Introducing Burton Albion

1 June 2015

Albion were crowned League Two Champions last season

Name: Burton Albion Football Club
Stadium: Pirelli Stadium
Capacity: 6,912
Manager: Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Last season: First in League Two (promoted as Champions)

Burton Albion will compete in the third tier of English football for the first time in their history when the Sky Bet League One season kicks-off in August.

The Brewers won promotion to League One in style last term, finishing the 2014/15 campaign as title holders in the fourth tier.

Following their promotion winning exploits, Albion will be keen to push on under a manager who is already a familiar face to football fans in Britain.

Managed by former Chelsea forward Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, the ex Dutch international took over from Gary Rowett in November 2014, having previously held a position at Royal Antwerp.

During his prolonged playing career, and aside from his four years at Chelsea, the 43-year-old also plied his trade with Leeds United, Middlesbrough, Charlton Athletic and Cardiff City whilst on British shores.

Hasselbaink will be hoping that experienced forward Stuart Beavon can come up with the goals as Burton look forward to their inaugural season in League One.

Beavon signed for Burton on loan last summer before making a permanent move in August from Preston North End.

Born in Reading, Beavon started his playing career at Ipswich Town before dropping down to non-league level by turning out for Ardley and Wallingford. A move to Didcot Town in 2004 would be next on the agenda.

During his three years at Didcot, he found the net a 107 times before fellow conference side Weymouth came calling in 2007.

His time at Weymouth would be the springboard for a loan move to Wycombe Wanderers in 2009, which was later made permanent when the Chairboys gained promotion from League Two.

The striker scored 28 times on a 115 occasions in Buckinghamshire, which caught the attention of Preston North End, who he signed for in August 2012.

Whilst at Deepdale, Beavon scored nine goals in 59 games during a two-year stay with the Lilywhites, and was loaned to Burton last June in a deal which was made permanent shortly after.

Following his move to the Pirelli, Beavon scored seven times last term as he helped Burton to promotion.

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