Bury F.C.

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Bury F.C.
Logo
Full name Bury Football Club
Nickname(s) The Shakers
Founded 1885; 133 years ago (1885)
Ground Gigg Lane
Ground Capacity 12,500
Chairman Stewart Day
Manager Ryan Lowe & Ryan Kidd (Co-Caretakers)
League League One
2016–17 League One, 19th
Website Club website
Current season

Bury Football Club is a professional association football club based in Bury, Greater Manchester, England. The team compete in League One, the third tier of the English football league system.

Bury have been members of the Football League since 1894 and have won the FA Cup twice, in 1900 and 1903. Gigg Lane has been their home ground since 1885.

History[edit]

Formation of the club and the first hundred years (1885–1985)[edit]

The club was formed in 1885 by Aiden Arrowsmith following a meeting at the White Horse Hotel, between the Bury Wesleyans and Bury Unitarians Football Clubs. Gigg Lane's first ever game took place on 12 September 1885 when Bury played a friendly match against Wigan and won 4–3.

In 1887 the first shed was built at Gigg Lane at a cost of £50 (although this debt was written off and never paid for), also in the same year Bury recorded their record defeat, 0–10 v. Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup's 1st round.

Bury's first ever floodlit game took place on 5 November 1889, when Bury were defeated 4–5 by Heywood Central. In 1892 Bury were Lancashire Challenge Cup Winners, before joining the Football League Second Division in 1894, which they won at the first attempt and in this division they stayed until 1912. Bury's membership of the Football League from 1894 is now the 3rd longest ongoing run (after founders Preston North End and Notts County).

Bury won the FA Cup on 21 April 1900 they beat Southampton 4–0 in the FA Cup final at Crystal Palace, and returned to the London venue in 1903. The second win was achieved without conceding a goal in the entire competition, including a record FA Cup Final score of 6–0 over Derby County on 18 April, which remains the highest ever victory in an FA Cup Final.

Bury team pictured in 1892

In 1906 the South Stand was built at Gigg Lane. By 1922, the ground was finally handed over to the club from the Earl of Derby as a gift. In 1924 the Main Stand was built, during this period Bury's ground was one of the best in the Football League.

In 1923 Bury were promoted again, and in 1926 they achieved their highest League position ever, fourth in the First Division. Two years later they were relegated and have never played top-flight football again. Steady decline following this relegation and by 1971, they had reached the Fourth Division.

The Hugh Eaves years (1985–2003)[edit]

The club's greatest benefactor was Hugh Eaves, a local benefactor under the stewardship of whom Bury were promoted to the second tier of English football following back to back promotions.

In 1998–99, Bury were relegated from the second tier on goals scored, the only team to have ever done so.

Bury, along with long-fallen former First Division regulars Huddersfield Town and Grimsby Town pushed to remain at that level, only to see their plans being derailed by the financial crisis caused by the collapse of ITV Digital. In 2001–02, the club was relegated to League Two following a spell in administration for financial irregularities.[1]


Recent years (2003–present)[edit]

In May 2005, Bury became the first football club to score a thousand goals in each of the top four tiers of the English football league.[2]

In 2006, Bury became the first team to ever be thrown out of the FA Cup after fielding an ineligible player.[3]

After the FA Cup debacle, Bury failed to win in 16 games, and relegation to the Conference beckoned for the first time in the club's history. They survived the relegation battle of the 2006–07 season, where a 0–0 draw with Stockport County ensured they would stay up to play another season in League Two.

It was announced on 14 January 2008 that co-managers Chris Casper and Keith Alexander had been sacked, the board terminating the pair's contracts simultaneously. A club statement said the pair had "lost the confidence of a large majority of the fans". Chris Brass, formerly the manager of the club's Centre of Excellence, was given the vacant manager's post on a caretaker basis. His first match in charge resulted in a cup upset, the Shakers knocking Norwich City out of the FA Cup in the third round. Despite this early success, results remained inconsistent, and a more full-time solution was sought by the board after Brass led Bury to a humiliating 5–1 home defeat to MK Dons.

Chart of table positions of Bury in the Football League.

On 4 February 2008, Bury appointed Alan Knill as manager. A former player with over 140 appearances, he went to coach the side from second-to-bottom up to 13th position during the 2007–08 season. In his first full season in charge, Knill led Bury to 4th place, missing out on automatic promotion by a single goal. In the play-off semi-final they were beaten on penalties by Shrewsbury Town. Bury finished the following season 9th, and partway through 2011–12 Knill and Assistant Manager Chris Brass left the club to take over at Scunthorpe United.[4] Youth Team Manager Richie Barker took over as caretaker manager and led the Shakers to promotion.[5] Barker was subsequently appointed as the club's permanent manager, and led Bury to a 14th-place finish.[6] During the 2012–13 pre-season Barker left to become the manager of newly promoted Crawley Town. His assistant, Peter Shirtliff, was appointed as caretaker manager but, after a poor run of form and the club in the relegation zone, was replaced on a permanent basis by Kevin Blackwell in September 2012.[7] Bury pulled out of the relegation places, but in December were placed under a transfer embargo after falling into financial difficulty as a result of poor attendance figures,[citation needed] and ended up relegated at the end of the season. After a 12th-place finish in 2013–14, Bury finished 2014–15 third in League Two, with a club-record points haul of 85 and promotion back to League One. At the conclusion of 2015–16 Bury were 14th in League One but, almost two months later, were deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player for the final 15 minutes of their final game and dropped down to 16th in the amended table.[8]

Nickname[edit]

The club's nickname is "The Shakers". According to the club website, the nickname was first used at the 1892 Lancashire Cup final, which Bury won. Prior to the match, J T Ingham, the club manager cum chairman, told the players "We shall shake 'em, in fact, we are the Shakers". It was popularised by the media and the club subsequently adopted "Shakers" as the official nickname.[9]

Rivals[edit]

Bury have a number of rivalries with both local and other clubs.

Bury's most bitter rivalry is with Bolton Wanderers, who are Bury's oldest traditional rivals and the nearest by distance. Since the late 1990s, Bury and Bolton have rarely met as Bolton have been in the Premier League or Championship whilst Bury have remained mostly in the lower leagues. Subsequently, the rivalry has faded somewhat. However, in the 2016/17 season Bury and Bolton were once again playing in the same division, helping to reignite the rivalry. The head to head record between the two clubs is: Bury – 30 wins, Bolton Wanderers – 30 wins and there are 18 draws between them.

Bury also have a fierce rivalry with Rochdale, also known as the M66 Derby, a rivalry which has been heightened by acts of hooliganism between both clubs supporters[citation needed]. Animosity between the two clubs has grown as Rochdale have largely been in the same league as Bury since the early 2000s. The head to head record between the two clubs is: Bury - 26 wins, Rochdale - 17 wins and there are 20 draws between them.

Bury's rivalry with York has become one of the lower leagues fiercest fixtures due to fighting and acts of hooliganism between supporters of both clubs. The rivalry dates back to 1993 after York beat Bury in the 3rd Division play-off semi-finals. Several York fans were injured in a fight after the game and there has been animosity ever since.[citation needed]

Bury also have smaller rivalries with local clubs such as Oldham Athletic, Burnley, Wigan Athletic, Preston North End, Stockport County and Blackburn Rovers.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 18 November 2017.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Republic of Ireland GK Joe Murphy
2 Wales DF Craig Jones
3 England DF Greg Leigh
4 England MF Andrew Tutte
6 Republic of Ireland DF Eoghan O'Connell
7 Scotland FW Chris Maguire
8 Republic of Ireland MF Stephen Dawson (captain)
9 Jamaica FW Jermaine Beckford
10 England MF Danny Mayor
12 England GK Connor Ripley (on loan from Middlesbrough)
14 England DF Phil Edwards
16 England MF Zeli Ismail
18 England MF Josh Laurent (on loan from Wigan Athletic)
19 England FW George Miller (on loan from Middlesbrough)
No. Position Player
22 England FW Chris Sang
23 England DF Joe Skarz
24 England MF Callum Styles
25 Hong Kong MF Dai Wai-tsun
26 Republic of Ireland MF Jay O'Shea
27 England DF Nathan Cameron
28 England DF Ryan Cooney
30 England MF Rohan Ince (on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion)
31 Guyana MF Neil Danns
32 England FW James Hanson (on loan from Sheffield United )
33 England FW Harry Bunn
36 England DF Peter Clarke (on loan from Oldham Athletic)
39 England FW Ryan Lowe

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
5 Northern Ireland DF Adam Thompson (on loan at Bradford City)
13 Republic of Ireland MF Callum Reilly (on loan at Gillingham FC)
15 Scotland DF Tom Aldred (on loan at Motherwell FC)
17 Jamaica MF Chris Humphrey (on loan at Barrow AFC)
England MF Scott Burgess (on loan at Macclesfield Town)

Youth Team[edit]

As of 1 December 2017

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
32 Nigeria MF Wealth Da Silva
37 Zimbabwe DF Douglas Nyaupembe
41 England GK Mark Edwards-Williams
42 England GK Scott Maloney
43 England DF Saul Shotton
No. Position Player
44 England MF Cameron Hill
45 England FW Rob Harker
46 England MF Callum Hulme
48 England DF Jack Hatton

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Manager: Ryan Lowe
  • Assistant Manager: Ryan Kidd
  • First Team Coach: Steven Schumacher
  • Goalkeeper Coach: Joe Murphy
  • Head of Medical & Performance: Tom Walsh
  • Physio: Paul Smith
  • Sports Scientist: Jamie Hesketh
  • Performance Analyst: Jimmy Dickinson
  • Chief Scout:
  • Youth Team Manager: Ryan Kidd
  • Academy Manager: Mark Litherland

Former managers[edit]

Honours[edit]

Championships[edit]

Cup wins[edit]

Minor wins[edit]

Records[edit]

  • English football records:
  • In August 2005 Bury became first and still only club to score 1000 goals in all four professional tiers in England
  • First European club to sign a player from the Indian sub-continent, Baichung Bhutia[10]
  • Bury FC hold the record of the highest winning score in the FA Cup Final (6–0, 1903)
  • Club records:
  • Record League victory: 8–0 v Tranmere Rovers, 10 January 1970
  • Record Cup victory: 12–1 v Stockton, FA Cup 1st rnd Replay 2 February 1897
  • Record defeat: 0–10 Blackburn Rovers, FA Cup Premlim 1 October 1887, 0–10 West Ham United, FL Cup 2nd Rnd 25 October 1982
  • Furthest progress in the League Cup: Semi-final 1962
  • Top goal scorer in a season: Craig Madden 43 goals 1981–82 season (35 league & 8 Cup)
  • Top goal scorer overall: Craig Madden, 153 (129 league, 25 cup) goals from 1977 to 1986
  • Most Appearances: Norman Bullock, 539 (506 league, 33 Cup) games from 1920 to 1935
  • Youngest player in a league game: Jimmy Kerr – 16 years and 15 days
  • Oldest player in a league game: Bruce Grobbelaar – 40 years and 337 days
  • Most capped player: Bill Gorman, 11 caps for Eire (Ireland)
  • Record league attendance: 40,000 v Manchester City First Division, 30 August 1924
  • Record cup attendance: 35,000 v Bolton Wanderers FA Cup 3rd Round, 9 January 1960
  • Most undefeated league matches: 18 games – 1960–61, 2002–03
  • Most undefeated home games: 25 – 1967–68 season
  • Most undefeated away matches: 9 – 2015
  • Most goals consecutively scored: Ryan Lowe 10 goals in 9 games, 2010–11

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shakers' fans take control". BBC News. 31 May 2002. 
  2. ^ "1000 goals for bury". BBC News. 25 August 2005. Retrieved 1 October 2007. 
  3. ^ "Chester take bury's FA Cup place". BBC News. 20 December 2006. Retrieved 20 December 2006. 
  4. ^ Bury FC confirm departure of Alan Knill
  5. ^ "Statement from the directors – Richie Barker takes charge". buryfc.co.uk official website. 1 April 2011. Archived from the original on 5 April 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Barker promoted to Bury manager". BBC News. 1 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Kevin Blackwell named new manager of Bury". BBC News. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Bury: League One side punished for Callum Styles registration error". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 July 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "Why are Bury FC Called Shakers?". buryfc.co.uk. 18 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "Indian striker joins English club". BBC. 30 September 1999. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 

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