Opponents: Burton Albion
Date: Tuesday 6 March
Post code for sat-nav: DE13 0AR
Now an established Sky Bet Championship side, it’s become a rarity for Brentford to travel to such a compact ground as Burton’s Pirelli Stadium.
The Brewers moved into their current home – built at a cost of £7.2m on the site of the former Pirelli UK Tyres Ltd Sports & Social Club, in return for the naming rights – back in 2005 after leaving their former Eton Park base, also situated on the town’s Princess Way. It was meant to signify the start of a new chapter for one of the EFL’s youngest clubs and one that had spent the lion’s share of its existence in Non-League. But Burton fans could never have envisaged what the stadium would witness over the years that followed, with the club reaching the lofty heights of the second tier just seven years after winning the Conference title in 2009.
Single-tiered in its entirety, the Pirelli’s South Stand is the stadium’s sole all-seater stand, meaning almost 5,000 people have the rare option to stand on the remaining terraces at full capacity. There are eight directors’ boxes, large conference rooms and the club’s offices based at the site. Meanwhile last summer, prior to their second Championship campaign, the club explored the possibility of increasing the capacity for away fans, but with home gates averaging around the 4,000 mark, further action to make the plans a reality was decided against.
Next Tuesday’s meeting will be just the fourth between the two teams and the second time the Bees have visited the Pirelli, the first of which was the 5-3 triumph in March 2017.
The club has received 1,000 advanced tickets for the trip to Staffordshire on 6 March, with both seated and terrace tickets available. Adult seated tickets cost £24 (£20 terrace), seniors £22 (£18 terrace), young persons £22 (£15 terrace) and juniors £14 (£7 terrace).
Did you know?
Second only to Colchester United’s former home, Layer Road (6,320), with a capacity of 6,912, the Pirelli is the smallest stadium to have housed a Championship club since the Football League’s rebrand in the summer of 2004.
How to get there:
Below is the club’s comprehensive guide to the journey to the Pirelli from the South:
From the M1, exit at Junction 22 (signposted Coalville, Ashby, Burton) and stay on the A511. Stay on this road for approximately 17 miles, by-passing Coalville and going through Ashby-De-La-Zouch, then Woodville and Midway. When you enter Burton, get into the right-hand lane at the bottom of Ashby Road (A511) going straight over the traffic lights and across the Trent Bridge. Staying in the right-hand lane, go straight on through both sets of lights at the end of the Bridge, into Horninglow Street, straight on again at the next lights (next to the newly-built Magistrates Courts), then turn right at the traffic lights underneath the Brewery fly-over, into Hawkins Lane. Go through the industrial estate, straight across the mini-roundabout and over the Railway Bridge. Once over the Railway Bridge, you will come to a roundabout. Go straight across the roundabout into Princess Way and the entrance to the ground is 300 yards on your right.
Given the fact this is a midweek fixture, fans driving to Burton are more likely to be able to park in the stadium’s large dedicated car park (£5), though if spaces are limited, the Ryknild Trading Estate (£5) and Eton Park Junior School (£4) – both of which are nearby – are reliable options.
Burton Railway Station is a 25-minute walk from the ground and fans can pick up the Trent Barton V1 and V2 bus service - running every half an hour – to reach their destination. At this stage, however, train ticket prices are extremely inflated at around £200.00 for an adult return, so fans might prefer to avoid train travel on the day.
Where to eat/drink:
In line with the club’s nickname, The Brewers, Burton upon Trent is, naturally, a haven for the beer, lager and ale enthusiasts amongst Brentford supporters. The town has been famed for its brewing trade and to this day boasts eight breweries including those of multi-national firms Coors and Marstons.
Several smaller breweries, including the Burton Town Brewery in Falcon Close and Tower Brewery on Glensyl Way are usually open on matchdays to serve the fruits of their labour, though it is worth checking beforehand, with the game taking place in midweek this season.
A ten-minute walk from the Pirelli is the Beech Inn on the Derby Road and a little further on is a McDonald’s outlet, while the Great Northern pub on Wetmore Road comes with good recommendations and serves local Burton Bridge Beers. The Roebuck, the Devonshire and Cooper’s Tavern are all situated close to Burton station, too, and micropubs the Last Heretic – which offers a large beer garden – and the Fuggle & Nugget are further options.