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Bury Stave Off Administration for Now, Curzon Ashton Boss Mark Bradshaw Talks Cup Chances, Rochdale Making Improvements

This is the EFL and Below Show, your look at all the footballing action in Greater Manchester that doesn’t come from Old Trafford or the Etihad.

Manchester Football Social’s Niall McCaughan is joined by Ian Foran and Aaron Benson of the Football Manc Cave for this week’s podcast.

Bury have struggled off the pitch in recent weeks as financial worries surround the club – is there a light at the end of the tunnel at Gigg Lane?

Curzon Ashton manager Mark Bradshaw chats to us as the Nash chase Manchester Premier Cup success for the first time since 1990.

We reflect on Salford’s promotion ambitions and Rochdale’s chances of safety in League One.

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Heartbreak for Stockport County, Rochdale’s Survival Chances and it’s Too Early to Hand Out Awards!

This is the EFL and Below Show, your weekly look at all of the footballing action in Greater Manchester from outside of the Premier League.

Niall McCaughan from the Manchester Football Social is joined in the studio by Ian Foran and Aaron Benson from the Football Manc Cave.

Stockport County were within minutes of a Wembley final in the FA Trophy but came agonisingly short in a tense affair at Edgeley Park – County commentator Chris Ridgway joins us to chat Stockport’s season so far.

Rochdale picked up a valuable 3 points at the weekend and are still in with a great shout of staying in League One for another season – and the lads fume of the premature awarding of ‘Manager of the Season’ accolades!

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Lowe strikes gold with another award, but The EFL announce this far too soon

Ryan Lowe has been voted League Two’s best manager for 2018/19 season. Nine months of intense competition, 46 league games plus three cup competitions, with one involving youth Premier League sides.

So for the Bury boss to achieve the gong in his first season in full time management deserves some recognition, especially with a club who were scraping the barrel when he took over full time following on from League One relegation.

So with 38 games played and 71 league goals scored this season, the most in the division, with midfielder Jay O’Shea scoring 16 of them, both Lowe and Bury are leading the end of season honours list once again. With eight assists, Danny Mayor joins O’Shea on the ‘player of the season’ nomination list too, making it a very impressive night for the League Two side.

Yet although one can’t argue with appreciation, the fact awards are flying out during the ‘run in’ bit of the season, takes some credibility off the award.

Despite Ryan Lowe’s work on this side being deservedly lauded-Bury haven’t lost a league game since boxing day – it seems unfair to hand out the award as his sides end season position is yet to be decided.

If Bury somehow suffer a collapse in the final eight games and fail to seal promotion, then Lowe cannot be the League’s best manager. At least four would have achieved better than him in taking their respective teams out if the division, maybe five if a coach achieves the ‘great escape’, for example Sol Campbell at Macclesfield turning the tables in the final few weeks of the season.

All this is ‘ifs and buts’ of course. Bury ending the season with promotion would give Lowe as good as argument to deserve the award as any manager. You don’t score the quantity of goals or play a brand of football that Bury have on a regular basis, without a manager encouraging an expansive philosophy that the Shakers ex-striker has done so.

An outspoken admirer of Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola, Lowe has made no secret to the fact he wants his Bury side emulating the best English football has to offer. His latest individual success only increases his ever-growing reputation.

However, the fact he has this award before the season is up with promotion still not secure, he nor his side can start celebrating awards too greatly just yet.

Timings of these awards is of course out of Lowe’s control. As things stand he probably deserves it. For the EFL, it would all look a bit embarrassing if Bury didn’t get promoted now.

 

Can Bury Take Advantage of Lincoln’s Tricky Fixture Run-In To Be Crowned Champions

In today’s football calendar there are very few weekends off, so Bury’s postponement against Cambridge last weekend means it’s been two weeks since a late Nicky Maynard winner saw the Shakers steal all three points over Stevenage, with a performance typical of ‘the hallmark of champions’.

Since that dramatic afternoon, Bury are still capable of winning League Two as the season enters the home straight. In order to take the top spot, they’ll need to avoid any more defeats, home or away. That may seem almost impossible on paper but Bury hasn’t got much choice with Danny Cowley’s Lincoln still six points clear.

With only 8 (Lincoln) and 9 (Bury) games left to play, Ryan Lowe will be hoping for something extra special to end his superb first season in charge at Gigg Lane. Bury have 27 points left to play for, meaning that right now a total of 97 points are the maximum Lowe’s men can reach. Lincoln on 76 points have an achievable target of 100, but can’t afford more than one slip up realistically due to the gap at the top of the table so tight.

What’s likely is neither team will suffer more than two stumbles before the end of the season, but a few stand out matches could cause the odd issue, however.

Back-to-back games against playoff chasing Colchester and Carlisle will be no easy task, the same goes for Tranmere in the final away game who sit in the top seven as things stand. For Lincoln, their games will bring a smile to a Bury fan dreaming of the League Two end of season number one spot.

They’ll play the same opposition as Bury who are listed above plus MK Dons who have a puncher’s chance of automatic promotion. A home game taking on Sol Campbell’s Macclesfield will also throw up a different challenge altogether, and one that shouldn’t be underestimated.

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Many Bury fans will relish the thought of promotion alone this season, going up as champions will merely be a bonus to what’s already been accomplished. In Lincoln’s game at Mansfield last Monday night, several shakers fans would rather have seen an Imps win than three points for former manager David Flitcroft and Mansfield for example.

Bury’s own ambitions will probably rest on how many, or how few points Lincoln drop before the season is out. Therefore, looking at Lincoln’s run in fixtures, fans can dream at least.

Bury Midfield Ace Jordan Rossiter Finally Getting Some Minutes In

For a player who has spent the majority of his early career on the injury table, the past few weeks will have been a blessing for Jordan Rossiter.

Signed on loan from Rangers in January, the 21-year-old has immediately become a hit with the fans playing at the base of the midfield, as Bury chase promotion in League Two.

Manager Ryan Lowe was more than delighted to see Rossiter join his side in January, and the former Liverpool academy star hasn’t disappointed in his early showings for the club.

Now finally fit having suffered more than most over the past few years, the rise to form and fitness can’t come at a better time for Rossiter benefiting both the Shakers and his parent club Rangers

Steven Gerrard is certainly not short of midfield talent at his disposal and despite claims the Scottish League lacks in depth quality, the gulf between the two leagues maybe too big a gap for him, for now anyway.

However, after earning a fair few man of the match displays for Bury in less than ten appearances, Lowe will have nothing but praise to give Gerrard, should the former Liverpool captain ask for a mid-term report on Bury’s number eleven.

Having struggled to ever lay his marker down up north for Rangers, the move south of the border will clearly have down the Liverpool lad no harm at all, especially if his long term goal is to become a regular in Gerrard’s side who will challenge Celtic for the Scottish title no doubt over the upcoming seasons.

Rossiter will no doubt have enjoyed a rare midweek off this week and like his fellow colleagues, glancing through the full time results would have been a joy as Bury’s promotion rivals Mansfield and MK Dons both dropped points on the road.

Both teams now have 65 points and with just 9 games to play, wrestling Bury out of the top three looks a tough ask, especially with Bury still unbeaten in the league since Boxing Day.

Away games: ‘We’ll Look After Your Car’ – When Taking The Car Isn’t Always a Good Idea

Winning at an away ground is a great feeling. The form book has invariably been upset, you’re waving at the home crowd leaving in droves and all there is left to do is applaud your team off the pitch and declare to any home supporters left in the stadium that your team is the best in the league and you would like to play them every week. All that remains is to get back to the car, tune in to 5 live and enjoy the possible misfortunes of your nearest rivals.

It is usually at this point that a nagging reminder of where you left your car starts to interfere with your natural desire to be joyful and untroubled. Memories of that unlit back street where you hurriedly parked it flood back, along with the sight of those unkempt youths eyeing your pride and joy with murderous intent.

You recall stories of exorbitant fees charged by garages to respray ‘keyed’ cars or worse, still, you could find your only option of getting home propped up on bricks with the wheels missing.

There are certain grounds where groups of youths exercise an entrepreneurial scheme, where they take money off you in return for not damaging your car. I met such a bunch of young tycoons at Gigg Lane last Saturday.

I’m not doing such a great job of describing them as ‘youths’, they were considerably younger and seemingly new at their chosen venture. After stowing anything that looked vaguely saleable in the boot, I locked the car and was met with the sight of a handful of beaming young faces. “We’ll look after your car for £5, er £3,” said one of them offering me a reduced rate whilst hardly pausing for a breath.

Why would I want to pay you that? I replied knowing the answer before it came. “It might get damaged“. I had two choices here, tell them to take a running jump (or words to that effect) or cough up. I chose something between the two. “Tell you what, I’ll give you 50p now and when I get back I’ll give you the rest if my car is ok” I offer, with no intention of keeping my part of the deal.

I was amazed that they accepted this impasse so readily, their budding scheme seemingly faltering on the first rung of the ladder.

The game held my attention for the next three hours and I didn’t even think about the car, given that Oldham had put in another highly questionable performance and scuppered their chances of getting anything out of this season.

However, as I approached the car I was pleased to see that it was untouched and still had four wheels. As I was about to get in I noticed the kid who I had given the 50p to sat in the bay window of the nearest house. Surely he hadn’t stuck to his side of the agreement and been watching my car for over three hours?

I was immediately stricken with guilt at my intention to drive off, so I knocked on the door intending to make his takings up to a pound. The door was answered by a woman who was singularly unimpressed by my explanation of her son’s financial dealings. “Get here you!” she shouted. “Have you taken money off this man?”. He nodded”. “Give it him back and say sorry“. He returned my 50p and I was left on the doorstep facing their closed door.

Get here you!” she shouted. “Have you taken money off this man?”. He nodded”. “Give it him back and say sorry“. He returned my 50p and I was left on the doorstep facing their closed door.

He may have been taught a valuable lesson but I was taught several. Don’t succumb to extortion. Don’t assume you’re doing the right thing when you know it’s wrong and last but not least – stop being so tight and pay the £5 to park your car!

Ryan Lowe’s Two Huge Games in a Crunch Four Days for Bury

Ryan Lowe has taken to management this season like a duck to water but, will need to see steer his side over two giant hurdles. When his Bury side takes on local rivals, Oldham Athletic and then Portsmouth in The Checkatrade semi-final only a few days later.

Although Bury will be underdogs in next Tuesday’s crunch semi-final.  Opponents Portsmouth will come up against an attacking outfit that has outclassed virtually all of their League Two rivals, since the start of the season.

Having scored 85 goals in all competitions this season, the place for football entertainment has been no other than Gigg Lane. Lowe having played as a striker himself has made it no secret in wanting to promote an all-out attack style of play, and his tactics have been merited with Bury’s current league position.

A home win on Saturday could see the Shakers leapfrog Lincoln to the summit of League Two, something which looked unlikely after January’s end to end 3-3 draw. Having had his style of football backed by non-other than Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, this way of playing had every chance of proving to be successful.

And The German has been proved correct so far with the way that Bury have played this season, now in second place in League Two and four points clear of MK Dons who occupy the leading playoff spot (4th place).

Having also picked the brains of Brendan Rodgers and Rafa Benitez, lifelong reds fan Lowe has already had a vocal taste of what a successful life of a manager is like. Benitez having won the 2005 Champions League with Liverpool and, Rodgers dominating Scottish football to the point he’s won the ‘double treble’ in Scotland since moving North of the border in 2016.

Now Lowe has the chance to secure his own success as a manager. A win against either, or both Oldham and Portsmouth – would take his side closer to putting a trophy back in the Bury trophy cabinet, league or domestic cup.

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