Only a small number of players have represented Boro and Burton Albion. We take a look at five of them who have ahead of tonight’s Carabao Cup quarter-final (7.45pm).
Goalkeeper Connor Ripley has had a number of loan spells at various clubs, and the glovesman had a short stint with Burton last season. Ripley, son of Boro hero Stuart, featured five times for the Brewers, including in their run to the third round of the Carabao Cup which came to an end at the hands of Manchester United. Ripley made two appearances in the league for Burton, defeats to Ipswich Town and Barnsley. He’s currently on loan at League One side Accrington Stanley.
From one goalkeeper to another, Kevin Poole made the move to Teesside from Aston Villa in 1987 ahead of Boro’s return to the Second Division. Poole played just over 40 times for Boro during his four years with us, which included a loan stint at North East neighbours Hartlepool United, helping them to promotion from the Fourth Division. He was part of the squad who reached the Zenith Data Systems Cup final, but didn’t featured between the posts at Wembley. Poole finished his career with over a century of appearances for Burton, and helped the Brewers to a place in the Football League.
Another former Boro and Burton stopper, Peter Taylor spent most of his career on Teesside having joined from Coventry City. 140 matches spanning over six years, it was with Boro Taylor first met Brian Clough, who he would enjoy success with as his managerial assistant at Derby County and Nottingham Forest. Taylor moved on to Port Vale then Burton, where he would hang up his gloves, and take over the reins in the dugout. He led the Brewers to success in the Southern League Cup.
Boro Academy product Bryn Morris became one of our youngest-ever players when he made his debut at the age of 16 in a 4-1 victory against Hastings United in the FA Cup in January 2013. Limited to just two appearances off the bench in the league for Boro, the former England Youth international had five games on loan at Burton in 2014 as he continued his development. Having had stints with Coventry, York City and Walsall on loan, Morris departed the Riverside in 2017 for Shrewsbury Town and he’s currently on loan at Wycombe Wanderers.
Lindy Delapenha was the first-ever black player to play for Boro as well as one of the earliest in the Football League. During his time with the army, he caught the eye of English football scouts and was snapped up by Portsmouth. With limited opportunities, Delapenha moved to Boro in 1950 where his career took flight, finishing top scorer in three campaigns where he played alongside star forwards Wilf Mannion and Brian Clough. After stays with Mansfield Town and Hereford Town, he concluded his career with Burton, where he won the Southern League Cup under the tutelage of ex-Boro and Burton goalkeeper Peter Taylor. When he retired, he worked with the Jamaican Broadcasting Corporation, co-ordinating cricket coverage and the Commonwealth Games as well as helping to bring international football to his native Jamaica.