Four years ago, Tom Soares goal earned Bury a 1-0 win over Tranmere Rovers, ensuring a top three promotion spot and that The Shakers would play their 2015/16 football in League One. On a rather substantial budget, David Flitcroft’s team won promotion, finishing the season third on 85 points.
Sadly this would be ex-manager Flitcroft and ex-chairman Day’s one and only promotion with the club. 18 months later the now Mansfield boss was sacked from the helm at Gigg Lane whilst Day would flee the club the same year the club were relegated back down to League Two, 2018.
Now on Saturday an all new Bury side will aim to repeat what was achieved on the final day of the 2014/15 season, or at least take them near enough to the finish line. Although the squad has seen a fair few turnovers, the strong contingent of fans remains the same and a sell out visiting end will travel to Merseyside with plenty of optimism ahead of Bury’s final away game of the season.
A win would near enough send Bury back up to League One. This has become a must not lose game for Lowe’s side as any more slip ups could leave them faced in a potential five team final day promotion battle.
Tranmere are certainly not the side there were back in 2015. Then already relegated to the Non-League, now Micky Mellon’s side sit four points off the automatic promotion spots, five behind Bury after 44 games. Within their ranks is none other than James Norwood, league Two’s top goalscorer with 27 goals and player of the season, pipping Danny Mayor and Jay O’Shea to the award.
Mellon will believe his side are more than a match for Bury. Having gone without a win in three away games on the road, putting a dent into The Shaker’s promotion coffin is by no means impossible.
However, the never die attitude of Bury FC is something Rovers will find hard to match. Visiting fans may well see another post match 5pm huddle, something we’ve seen a fair few times in recent weeks.
81 points should be enough for promotion, due to MK Dons and Mansfield going up against each other next Saturday. In the event of a ‘promotion party’ which will probably include a pitch invasion in the Port Vale game, this would mean a fond farewell to the fourth division, but on the flip side, a goodbye to the majority of first team players and maybe even manager due to problems completely out of their hands.
But that article can wait. First let’s see if this present team can collect six points can from their final two games.