If you want to find a die heart bunch of football fans, look no further than the three thousand or so Bury fans that watched their team enjoy a 4-0 mauling of Grimsby Town yesterday.
Yet this is the least the loyal Shakers fans deserve. In the South Stand yesterday right opposite the dugout, they’ve seen no fewer than four managers over the past two years. The first in – David Flitcroft who was fired after a run of 11 winless games whilst his successor, Lee Clark, was given a bumper summer budget yet saw his new recruits fall to the basement of League One.
The consequence of last year’s shambles meant relegation to League Two was inevitable. After a slow start, Bury have enjoyed the rare delight of back to back league wins over Morecambe and yesterday, Grimsby Town.
Although it’s been easy for the Shaker’s fans to turn their backs, the supporters of the North West club were given something to shout about as they enjoyed a comprehensive victory. Ryan Lowe’s side left fans singing in the rain as club stalwart Danny Mayor scored two superb solo goals, the second of which may go down as ‘Goal of the Season’.
The midfielder cut inside from the left and fired a shot into the top right-hand corner. It had the South Stand jumping with delight.
They were probably just as shocked being honest.
Yet after suffering for the best part of two years, Shakers fans could smile at long last and actually enjoyed watching their team.
Gigg Lane lies 11 and 14 miles from two football grounds in Manchester. They just happen to be Manchester City and United, two of the World’s biggest football clubs. They see performances like this on a regular basis, to them it’s not a novelty.
Yet for the Shakers, this was something of a rarity.
For the fans sake, let’s hope they enjoy more days like this. They deserve it more than anyone.