Off the field drama at Gigg Lane came to a conclusion yesterday afternoon as Steve Dale was confirmed as the new chairman of Bury FC, taking over after Stewart Day stepped down from the role.
Dale, a businessman in the property and building industry is hoping his ‘business experience’ will help benefit the club long-term, hoping for the Shakers to become a stable League One side in the future.
Outgoing chairman Day will be long remembered as the man who saved Bury back in 2013 and helped deliver promotion up to League One in May 2015. The club were relegated back to League Two in April of this year.
New chairman Dale made this statement on Bury’s club website today.
‘I’m delighted to have taken over this historic club. My initial plan is to establish Bury as a stable and self-sufficient League One side’.
“I want to re-establish the club in the local community by investing time and resources to something that is vitally important to football clubs’.
Rumours of a potential takeover gathered pace on Monday afternoon with a statement announcing that the club would ‘be in a position’ to make an announcement’ regarding the changeover ‘in the coming days’.
Yet the news of Steve Dale’s buy was announced by the club yesterday, who in the process of the announcement confirmed last season’s relegation from League One ‘hit the club hard financially’.
Dale will be joined on the board by Matt McCarthy who joins the club as a Director. Karl Evans stays on as club CEO.
On the pitch Bury continue to shine, notching up their tenth win of the season in a 2-0 win against playoff rivals Exeter City. on Saturday. Jay O’Shea and Byron Moore put their names to the scoresheet, with Joe Murphy saving a penalty with the Shakers only 1-0 up.
O’Shea scored his seventh goal of the season, all of which coming since October. The Irishmen was player of the month for November in League Two and at the moment is Ryan Lowe’s in-form player.
One of Dale’s first tasks will be to get the likes of O’Shea putting pen to paper on a new contract which of course will be far more likely should the Shakers earn promotion back to League One.
This mission is looking more likely by the game for Bury who went fourth and just two points off the automatic spots.
Lowe will no doubt be relieved that the changeover upstairs is complete. Now all he and his players can do is focus on a derby day win at Oldham this coming Saturday.