In Both Camps, Burton Albion

Picture: Hamza Choudhury

Burton Albion are one of Leicester’s pre-season opponents and over the years it’s been a number of players in both camps and also managers that have trailed the paths between the two cities. Today Hamza Choudhury is a former player of Burton Albion, spending time on loan at The Pirellis a few seasons back.

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Guy Branston who had his youth up bringing at Leicester, but never got the chance to feature in the first team, made the most out of his football career, travelling the lower leagues and at one time playing for Burton Albion. Branston played for Brewers in 09-10, 19 league appearances.

Kevin Poole is next on the list, playing for Burton Albion after he had reached 50, and for many seasons during the Brian Little era at Leicester, being the first choice goalkeeper, adding up 163 league games during his time at Filbert Street. He played 123 league games for Burton, from 2006 to 2014 also being the goalkeeper coach at the place.

One recent player to be on the books of Burton Albion is Lloyd Dyer, who had a short second spell at the club during last season, adding 5 new league appearances to the 80 he had before. A pivotal player at Leicester with a life at the club from 2008 to 2014, helping Leicester first out of League One and later being part of that PL push in 2014. A total of 230 league games for Leicester and really a legend with this football club.

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Marc Edworthy is also a former player in both camps, but it was all short lived as he had just one performance for Burton and played a handful of games for Leicester. Tom Parkes never played in the Leicester first team but a number of games in the reserves. While with Leicester he also had three different loan spells at Burton Albion, adding up 31 league games, scoring one goal, he has later played for Bristol Rovers and recently signed for Livingston in Scotland.

Adi Yussuf an academy player at Leicester leaving in 2011, made a few appearances also for Burton Albion, adding up 25 in a career that later took him to Lincoln, Oxford and Mansfield.

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Not to forget Billy Kee, the former Leicester academy graduate turning out for Northern Ireland internationally and capped at U.21 level. Kee was with Burton Albion from 2011 to 2014 and played 99 league games, scoring 39 goals, later he was a prolific goalscorer for Accrington Stanley before different health problems made him leave the professional game and today you see him turning out for Coalville in the non-league.

Jacob Blyth is another former Leicester academy graduate that also played for Burton Albion, spending two periods on loan between 2012 and 2015 adding up 24 league games, scoring 5 goals, today Blyth (28) is to be found with Gateshead in The National League North, the 6th tier of English football.

Two former foxes has in recent time been in charge of Burton Albion. Gary Rowett from 2012 to 2014, he had before that played for Burton Albion from 2005 to 2007. After his reign in charge Mike Whitlow took over and had a brief and short managent career at this football club.

Steve Cotterill who was on the Leicester coaching staff a few years back had a number of his early years in the game at Burton Albion before making a move to Wimbledon and later Bournemouth. A total of 44 goals in 74 non-league games made professional clubs aware of the talent of the young striker Cotterill, currently manager of Shrewsbury Town.

Paul Edmunds a number of you might remember during a short spell in the early 80’s with Leicester, playing 8 games and scoring 2 goals, but injuries stopped the Doncaster Belles manager to be, and he drifted down the league ladder and had a short and brief spell in non-league with Burton Albion later and after his time at Filbert Street.

Lee Glover had a short and brief spell on loan with Leicester from Nottingham Forest, later in his career he turned out for Burton Albion scoring two in five, the year was 2002, at Leicester he had his spell in 1989, with most of league experience coming from periods with Macclesfield Town and Port Vale.

One of Leicester’s all time legends Mal Griffiths left Filbert Street and joined Burton Albion in 1956 after finishing his career there, as a fox he appeared 373 times and scored 66 goals in a career spending from 1938 to 1956, and of course missing those years of the war-time. He appeared for Leicester in the 1949 FA Cup final v. Wolves.

Another to be recognized is former Leicester manager and midfielder Rob Kelly, who had a brief spell as a player both at Leicester and Burton Albion, playing non-league football with Brewers in 1989. He played 24 league games for Leicester in the top flight from 1984 to 1986. He was briefly assistant manager to Craig Levein and when he left took over for a year in the chair as manager from 2006 to 2007.

One also to notice was the long serving left back at Leicester Richie Norman who also had a spell in charge of Burton Albion as manager from 1970 to 1973, he also appeared as a player in non-league for Brewers.

Steve Sims did also appear for Burton Albion in non-league football after his career in the top flight had finished. He started off at Leicester and had major years in the game for Watford and Aston Villa, and did also represent Notts County.

One player to also take in to this fold is Mark Robins, who Leicester signed from Norwich with a past at Manchester United, he moved a lot around in football and his last games listed was with Burton Albion in 2004 and 2005.

A list of former players in both camps,

Goalkeepers

Kevin Poole

Defenders

Gary Rowett
Marc Edworthy
Guy Branston
Richie Norman
David Rennie
George Taft
Ian King
Steve Sims

Midfield

Hamza Choudhury
Lloyd Dyer
Sam McMahon
Jacob Blyth
Rob Kelly

Forwards

Mal Griffiths
Lee Glover
Paul Edmunds
Billy Kee
Adi Yussuf
Chris O’Grady
Mark Robins

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