Patients at Queen’s Hospital Burton were treated to a surprise visit from Carabao Cup semi-finalists Burton Albion yesterday.

Manager Nigel Clough and members of the Brewers squad celebrated their famous win over Middlesbrough the night before by spreading Christmas joy around the hospital wards.

The players handed out Christmas presents, took photographs and signed programmes for patients during a tour of the children’s department and chemotherapy, trauma and orthopaedic wards.

Match winner Jake Hesketh and several other players that played on Tuesday night also stopped to take photos and chatted with different members of staff to thank them for all of their hard work.

Nigel Clough said: “We all look forward to the annual visit to Queen’s Hospital and we love to meet the staff who work so hard all year round as well as Christmas and the patients who may well have to spend December 25 on the wards rather than at home.

“There was a great buzz after the excitement of the win in the Carabao Cup the night before and we were delighted to see that the success of the team has given so many people a big lift.

“We would like to thank everyone for making us so welcome and want to wish them all the best for the festive season.”

Chris Maddox, Community and Corporate Partnership Manager at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton, said: “It was great to welcome the players and management team to our hospital, and to congratulate them on their recent win.

“We are very proud of our town and our staff and patients were delighted to meet everyone and join in the celebrations.

“We have a great partnership with Burton Albion and we thank them for continuing to support our hospital.”

Matt Hancock, Burton Albion Community Trust Head of Community, who arranged the visit said: “The hospital visit at Christmas is a great tradition and something that everyone enjoys.

“We want to thank all the staff at the hospital who made the visit possible and all the patients who welcomed us on the visit.”