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CANARIES SET FOR FIRST MEETING WITH BURTON ALBION

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10:00 22nd September 2016

by Norwich City Football Club

Brewers secured promotion from Sky Bet League One last season

NORWICH City will face Sky Bet Championship newcomers Burton Albion for the first time in a competitive fixture when the two teams meet at Carrow Road on Saturday (3pm).

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The Brewers completed back-to-back promotions last term to earn their place in the second tier, and are the only side in the division City are yet to face throughout history.

They have enjoyed a remarkable rise from non-league football over the past decade, with the period of success involving manager Nigel Clough at both the start and end of the journey.

Clough was appointed player-manager in 1998 with the Club then playing in the Southern League Premier Division, and four years later steered them into the Football Conference for the first time.

He left to join Derby County - who had previously been managed by his father, Brian Clough - in January 2009 with Burton 13 points clear at the top of the table.

They went on to secure promotion that season, and made the League Two play-offs during the 2013-14 campaign under the stewardship of manager Gary Rowett.

Rowett himself left for Birmingham City during the subsequent season, with his replacement Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink going on to guide Albion to the title.

In December 2015, Hasselbaink departed with the Club at the top of League One to take over at Queens Park Rangers, leaving the door open for Clough to return.

He did so shortly after, and further secured his legendary status at the East Staffordshire outfit by completing the job of taking them into the Championship for the first time in their 66-year history.

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