From a Wigan Athletic fan to Bury fans

What a sad day for English football and the town of Bury, after The Shakers were expelled from the EFL following unpaid debts and poor ownership.

Bury was founded in 1885, 124 years of history, gone. Being a Wigan fan, it’s frightening. Our town isn’t much bigger than Bury, us, Bolton, Blackburn, Rochdale and Oldham – we’re all in the same boat.

Forget football for a second, their’s people’s jobs at stake. People that have mortgages, bills like all of us, and are relying on Bury FC for them jobs. It puts life into perspective, real working-class people need the club to live, not to just support on a Saturday afternoon.

The EFL is to blame. Steve Dale isn’t fit to run a sandwich shop, never mind a football club. He has killed that club and area, single-handedly and doesn’t sound in the slightest bit bothered. How he passed all of the checks and proved himself fit to run a football club, I will never know.

The whole town will be hurting for a long time, people will suffer, businesses and shops too. It’s the heart and soul of a working-class town. On a Saturday, it’s match day. People go to the pub before and after, pop into the newsagents for a paper on the way, buy a pie from the local butchers. The whole area suffers.

A team is for life

Fans have supported that club for life. Looked forward to going every week. All gone because of one man. Frightening and upsetting. Being a Wigan fan, I’m just grateful we have a club. I couldn’t imagine not having a side to support, they are my life, I think about the club every day. I’ve met friends for life and made memories forever following Wigan.

My thoughts go out to everyone who ever supported Bury, and I hope the local businesses and people rally to bring success and happiness back to the town.