Some past connections between the two clubs.
Although only formed in 1950, Burton Albion have enjoyed a rapid rise through the divisions and were promoted to the Football League in 2009.
Manager Nigel Clough has played a significant role in the Brewers’ climb. He had a ten-year spell at the club from 1998 to 2008, leading the club to several promotions before leaving in January 2009 for Derby County with the Staffordshire side enjoying a 13-point lead in the Football Conference.
Although he never played for the Seagulls, Clough did feature on the Brighton bench in December 1973, along with his dad, the manager, as this photograph shows.
The legendary Peter Ward was a striker who did play for the two Albions. Part One of an account of his early days with Burton can be found here.
The second installment of The Peter Ward Story is here, with his breakthrough in the Brighton and Hove Albion first team
Finally, Chris O’Grady is currently on loan at Burton. The highlight of his time at the Amex was undoubtedly this fine strike against Arsenal in the FA Cup.