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Is there anyone out there who thought Burton Albion would be top of league one at Christmas ? Come to think of it would anybody expect us to be in the play-off places ?
I think even the most die hard Albion fan would have found it hard to imagine.
Are we genuine contenders for an automatic or a play-off spot ? Albion fans are beginning to dream it is a possibility !
 

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For me it's still play offs. Think the back end of the season will ramp up.
But if we get to march I may start to change my mind.

That said, Coventry and Walsall aside no one has really impressed me much this season. Like the premier league it's anyone's that wants it
 

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Weak league with 24 teams with little between them, no one of the ilk of MK or Bristol City so no reason why Burton can't win it.
 

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I expect Coventry and Peterborough to be the top two come May. Playoffs would still be a great season for both Burton and Walsall.
 

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Weak league with 24 teams with little between them, no one of the ilk of MK or Bristol City so no reason why Burton can't win it.

Nail on head. Little quality this season from what I've seen (which isn't that much to be honest)
 

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As others have said, it is a weak league. We have thrown away silly points a number of times this season but are still second.
 

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Nobody thought Shrewsbury would win it in 1979 ........so yes Burton can win it!
 

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In all fairness football is weird this season, just look at the Premier League and the bizarre weakness of that this season with Leicester :( top, seems to be a distinct lack of quality around in the pyramid at the moment (or its just more evenly distributed).
 

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I think the prem is refreshing. I would love to see Leicester win it just to upset the aristocracy.
League one is more down to the fact that most teams are average at best. As you said, no mk Dons or Bristol city.
It's frustrating for 15 or so teams because of if they got their arse into gear they could win it.
 

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You know it's a fucking gash league when Coventry have the chance of finishing in the top six for the first time in 89 years.
 

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You know it's a fucking gash league when Coventry have the chance of finishing in the top six for the first time in 89 years.

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Irrespective of whether the league is weak or not it is Burton Albion who will be top at Christmas.
 

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Irrespective of whether the league is weak or not it is Burton Albion who will be top at Christmas.

Clough will fuck it up for you unfortunately. Hope he doesn't like but if you do go up you better hope you don't do what the last similar sized club to you did. Yeovil that is down,down and looking good to go down again. Worst thing that ever happened for em.
 

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Clough will fuck it up for you unfortunately. Hope he doesn't like but if you do go up you better hope you don't do what the last similar sized club to you did. Yeovil that is down,down and looking good to go down again. Worst thing that ever happened for em.
I don't know the reason why but I would love to know why Yeovil fell so quick. Spectacular collapse
 

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Clough will fuck it up for you unfortunately. Hope he doesn't like but if you do go up you better hope you don't do what the last similar sized club to you did. Yeovil that is down,down and looking good to go down again. Worst thing that ever happened for em.
Not worried about Cloughie, he's always done brilliant for us. But I take your point regarding Yeovil , personally I don't think that is any particular worry for us either as the club is so well run financially. We are a smaller club than Yeovil, if we did manage to reach the championship I am fairly confident we would be the smallest club to ever play at that level since the league changed name from the first division.
 

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If Burton do go up and fair play to them if they do then the big long term test will come. Yeovil were kept financially we'll run and there budget was less than some League Two sides.

Next season Burton will likely have half the budget of even the 23rd biggest club in the Championship and would almost certainly go down, so after a few years of confidence around the club it's how they cope with a difficult season.

That said looking at the division whichever three clubs go up would have a mammoth task to survive at the next level next season.
 

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Good morning Shrimpurh what's up can't ya sleep.

Is the fact we are top doin your head in that much, or is it cause Berry might beat ya 4-0 tonight
 
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Is there anyone out there who thought Burton Albion would be top of league one at Christmas ? Come to think of it would anybody expect us to be in the play-off places ?
I think even the most die hard Albion fan would have found it hard to imagine.
Are we genuine contenders for an automatic or a play-off spot ? Albion fans are beginning to dream it is a possibility !
If. And it's a big if we do go up we would come straight back down. But I'm sure we would try to enjoy it as much as we could. Don't think we would get spanked every week but it would be bloody tough...
Be nice to claim a few scalps though.
All hypothetical though. Second half of the season will seperate the men From the boys.
 

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Any side that goes up this season from League 1 is going to struggle, if not come back down - unless they are backed hugely financially with most of the clubs at the top currently wouldn't be. It's such a huge gap, not only financially but quality wise to the Championship - it's like the old Championship/Premier League gap used to be.
 

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We still have our annual 10 game winless streak to come yet, so I think Burton and Peterborough will be automatically promoted. Walsall, Coventry, Sheffield United and Gillingham will be below them.
 
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Would have to agree that it will be very difficult for most of the smaller clubs if promoted to the championship but I would think teams such as Coventry, Peterborough, Sheffield United, Wigan, Millwall etc would have a fighting chance.
 

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Any side that goes up this season from League 1 is going to struggle, if not come back down - unless they are backed hugely financially with most of the clubs at the top currently wouldn't be. It's such a huge gap, not only financially but quality wise to the Championship - it's like the old Championship/Premier League gap used to be.

The gap really isn't that collossal, very little between any of the sides from 4th downwards in terms of what you see on the pitch. Even your Derbys and Boros aren't blowing teams out of the water.

We're not doing too bad at the moment, the only player we've spent money on is out for the season and made about 4 substitute appearances. 6 of our current 11 were with us in League One (7 if Beckford was available), any team coming up just needs to use the loan market well.

Grayson said in an interview a month back that when we played QPR they had Sandro on £70k-a-week and we had a player in our first eleven on £70k-a-year (Alan Browne I presume). From what I saw that day, I know which one of those two i'd want to have in my team and he didn't cost about £8m.
 

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The gap really isn't that collossal, very little between any of the sides from 4th downwards in terms of what you see on the pitch. Even your Derbys and Boros aren't blowing teams out of the water.

We're not doing too bad at the moment, the only player we've spent money on is out for the season and made about 4 substitute appearances. 6 of our current 11 were with us in League One (7 if Beckford was available), any team coming up just needs to use the loan market well.

Grayson said in an interview a month back that when we played QPR they had Sandro on £70k-a-week and we had a player in our first eleven on £70k-a-year (Alan Browne I presume). From what I saw that day, I know which one of those two i'd want to have in my team and he didn't cost about £8m.
Thanks for that SF, nice insight.
 

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Good morning Shrimpurh what's up can't ya sleep.

Is the fact we are top doin your head in that much, or is it cause Berry might beat ya 4-0 tonight
They might but they probably won't
 

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