Leicester v Burton – a fixture with some history…

Leicester City meet neighbours Burton Albion at the KPS in the League Cup tonight, a fixture which brings back some memories…

In 1985 City were drawn away at then non-league Burton Albion in the third round of the FA Cup.
It was soon decided that the Brewers’ Eton Park ground would not be able to cope with the fixture and it was moved to the Baseball Ground, Derby.


This proved to be a bad idea, with City’s 6-1 victory being played out against a backdrop of almost constant crowd violence. 1985 was the high water mark for football violence and large numbers of Derby and Leicester hooligans had turned out in a 22,000 crowd.
At one stage the Burton keeper Paul Evans was felled by a missile requiring lengthy treatment, and Burton boss Neil Warnock demanded that the game be replayed.

He got his wish, Gary Lineker’s hat-trick was wiped from the record books and the two sides met again behind closed doors at Coventry’s Highfield Road.
It was a closer encounter with Paul Ramsey scoring the only goal of the game to see City into the fourth round.

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