Date: 3rd December 2011 at 7:04pm
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Right then, it`s time for the weekly round-up of players out there who no longer wear the yellow and black shirt of Burton Albion FC.

As it is FA Cup weekend we might as well start there and see how our old boys fared.

Well after predicting a win for AFC Wimbledon I`ve learnt one thing – to keep my predictions to myself. Bradford ended up the victors of this one, winning 3-1. The sole Brewers alumnus, Matt Duke, sat this one out as one of the unused substitutes. Still, at least he got a good seat to watch from.

Down at Griffin Park another prediction was thrown back in my face as Wrexham came away with a 2-1 win against their League 1 opponents. Lee Fowler played the full ninety and, apparently, a good time was had by all. Well, all except the Brentford fans I`d imagine; although at least they get to concentrate on their league position now and as Burton fans will tell you, there`s no disgrace in that.

And yet another prediction bites the dust with Tamworth having the temerity to come back from Gateshead having beaten their hosts 2-1. How rude is that? I mentioned yesterday that Jon Shaw had scored three in the FA Cup already this season, well that is as good as it is going to get for him as he fired blanks today and was unable to help out his team mates.

I sort of got the next one right in that I said I thought Cheltenham Town would win at Luton, which they duly did, but was not even close to the final scoreline, which was 4-2 to Cheltenham. Russ Penn managed to complete the game this week and even ended up with a goal in the 93rd minute. Well done Russ.

As predicted here yesterday, the Salisbury v Grimsby match was a dour draw and even the absence of Serge Makofo couldn`t conjure up a goal. All back to Blundell Park then for a repeat of the misery dished up today.

Surprisingly a couple of loanees found themselves involved today, with Greg Pearson on the bench for Aldershot in their 1-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday. The bench was as good as it got for our Greg this afternoon though unfortunately. Another loanee, Guy Branston, was allowed to play for Rotherham in their 2-1 defeat at Shrewsbury. A first-half yellow card saw the man known as Mr. Branston substituted on sixty minutes, probably for his own safety. He missed the opportunity to come up against James Collins, as he was introduced to the action on seventy-six minutes. Oh yes, and he didn`t score.

Sixty minutes seems to be a recurring moment in time as that was when Robin Shroot entered the fray for Stevenage away to Stourbridge. A good thirty one minutes it was for our former loanee from Birmingham as he bagged Stevenage`s third and final goal on ninety one minutes. 3-0 to the team I don`t like very much.

Now onto league matters?.

Derby County played at Palace last night, securing a point with a 1-1 draw. John Brayford was injured, but Adam Legzdins and Jake Buxton were named on the bench for the Rams. Three substitutes were used by Cloughie during the match, but guess who the two players were who remained as spectators? Go on, have a guess. You know don`t you?!

Also in the Championship, Nottingham Forest continue to slip down the table like a free-faller with a half-opened parachute. Today it was a 1-0 defeat away to Brighton and Lee Camp could do nothing to stop Will Buckley securing the points in injury time. A very uninteresting fact for you here: Lee Camp and I made our Burton Albion debuts on the same day – 8th February 2003. Lee was, of course, our goalkeeper in the 7-4 home defeat against Telford. I was the fat bloke in the Popside eating a pie, watching his first ever Brewers game. Oh yes, back to today. The Steve Cotterill miracle still waits for lift-off at the City Ground.

In the BSP, Nialle Rodney was on the bench for Mansfield Town, coming on late in the second half of their 4-1 win at home to Braintree Town. Also appearing in that game for Mansfield was Adam Murray who, you may remember, joined us for a short loan spell from Derby some years ago. A bit of a Burton Albion appreciation society is happening at Mansfield, as Shane Redmond was named sub goalkeeper for the Stags this afternoon. Three ex-Brewers? That`s an alumni, that is.

Down in the BSN Solihull Moors racked up an impressive 5-1 home win against Harrogate Town, with Lee Morris bagging the second for the Moors. He probably injured himself celebrating and will miss the next month, but fair play to the man he got a goal. Not too sure whether Richard Walker played in that one, but as sure as eggs are eggs, he didn`t score.

Another interesting BSN fixture (have the words “interesting” and “BSN” ever been used in the same sentence before?) was that between Colwyn Bay and Droylesden, where Jon Newby steered the mighty Bay to a 5-2 win, having taken over the managerial reins last month.

That`s pretty much all I can find in the way of ex-Brewers and scores for today, but I have uncovered a few more players out there in football land.

Down the road at Gresley, Marc Goodfellow is banging them in quite regularly in their Midland Alliance fixtures, and may or may not have been present as they beat Gornal Athletic 4-2 in the FA Vase third round this afternoon.

Over in Neath, Garyn Preen is used occasionally in their Welsh Premier League campaign, although whether he appeared today in their Welsh Cup match against West End I really couldn`t tell you.

And in the land of shamrock and Guinness, another former Burton loanee is doing well for himself. Gary Twigg, who joined us on loan from Derby way back in the 2003/2004 season, is something of a goal-scoring hero at Shamrock Rovers, and is enjoying their Europa League campaign immensely if news reports are anything to go by.

And finally, because I think I`ve gone on long enough already, who can ever forget the name of Paris Simmons? Yes, he of the ability to clear the ball over the roof of the away end at the Pirelli, whilst standing on the goal line, shooting into an empty net! Well it may surprise you to know that he now turns out for New Orleans Jesters (very apt) in the USL Premier Development League, where he comes up against teams with names such as “Rio Grande Valley Grandes” and “FC Jax Destroyers”, which all sound a little too much like Birmingham street gangs for my liking.