Football loves a fairytale story.
Whether it’s Bournemouth’s rise to the Premier League, Greece winning the European Championship in 2004 or this season’s remarkable title challenge by Leicester City; every so often a story comes along and makes people take notice. One that may have skipped past several people, however, is the rise and lesser-told fairytale of League One’s Burton Albion.
Just over 30 miles from Leicester’s King Power Stadium, Burton Albion have been causing shock waves in League One. Newly promoted, tipped for a brave relegation fight at best, they have proved to be more than expected. Currently sitting in the second automatic promotion spot with only six games to go, they find themselves in a great position to achieve promotion to the Championship.
Promoted to the Football League in 2009, Burton will not be the first team to achieve such a rise if they do achieve promotion. Bournemouth, as mentioned previously, have had their own fairytale story by rising from the bottom of League Two in 2009 to the Premier League this year; arguably, with survival in the Premier League looking near certain they’d be the biggest story in football were it not for Leicester. But, unlike Bournemouth, Burton have not been blessed with a Russian billionaire owner. Instead, they have taken a slower, and at times more difficult, route with local people behind the club.
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