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Leicester City looking to cherry-pick Bury FC youngster

Alan Nixon has reported how Bury could be about to lose another player, this time to Leicester City.

The Football Manc Cave noticed a tweet from Nixon that stated how Leicester City are apparently looking at a possible deal for Bury’s, Callum Hulme. He has also stated that if that could go ahead, it would financially help Bury for a short term.

18-year-old Hume is a midfielder who joined Bury from being a junior player at Man City. In February 2017, he moved to the Shakers on a 2-year scholarship. After being a regular in the youth squad, he signed a full professional contract with the club in January 2019.

This would be a brilliant move for the youngster as he started his career at a big club and he’d be moving back to another top-flight club. That’s every player aim and if the rumours are true, I’m guessing he won’t even be giving this a second thought.

If this was to go ahead, Bury could put a good asking price on the table when it comes to making a deal, so that the funds can help to financially stable the club for the time being. I’m not saying it will completely save Bury’s financial troubles although it’s got to temporarily help.

However, this won’t help them on the pitch. Skint Bury will obviously start the season with a 12 point deduction after agreeing on a rescue plan. To make matters worse, there are hardly any players left. In a friendly against Nantwich just over a week ago, every one of the 22 squad players was trialists.

Paul Wilkinson

Since Paul Wilkinson took over Bury at the start of July, he’s lost 8 players taking the total of departed players this summer to a staggering, 14. From their last game of the season against Port Vale, 9 of those players have jumped ship now and Callum Hume could, unfortunately, add to that number.

As a Bolton Wanderers fan, I’m going through the exact same thing as Bury fans right now and I have full sympathy for you. It’s an awful situation to be in. Obviously, players that are scared about how they’ll cope financially going forward will just leave clubs like ours in their current state to better themselves. Although we completely understand players decisions, it’s still a hard pill to swallow when it gets closer and closer to the start of the season and we don’t have a full squad.

I wish Bury and their fans good luck. For both clubs, miracles will have to happen in the coming days.

Gossip begins to heighten amidst takeover rumours for Bolton Wanderers

Alan Nixon has tweeted a Bolton Wanderers takeover rumour that The Football Manc Cave has a little more news on.

Nixon has revealed how Terry Robinson, an experienced English football chairman and director. Is a name on the agenda for possibly being the director of Bolton Wanderers if Football Ventures can complete the takeover deal.

Terry Robinson has been involved in a few clubs including Bury where he was chairman for twenty years. He’s also been involved in Sheffield Utd, Stoke City and Leicester City. Bolton fans may recognise his name from when he was involved in the club a couple of years back. Robinson left us in 2016 but apparently could be making a return.

A source says…

A source close to us has stated how this may be just gossip. Apparently, Robinson has had some conversations with people about Bolton although absolutely no offer has been made. The conversations he’s had were more him giving advice rather than him being asked to re-join the club. He has no idea where the rumours have come from.

I wish I could write this article and just give you my opinion on this rumour and that be it. Unfortunately, the word, ‘if’ in Alan Nixon’s original tweet has taken centre stage for me. This is because Bolton fans are sick of hearing the word ‘if’ when around three weeks ago Football Ventures were supposed to be completing the takeover.

Now we’ve got players refusing to play over still not being paid, no friendlies going ahead and absolutely no news of what’s going on. It’s about time we stopped hearing ‘if’s and but’s’ and more ‘what’s, when’s, where’s.’

It’s such a sad and disappointing time to be a Bolton fan. We are all dreading the start of this coming season because everyone thought that our club would be financially stable by now. Or at least, have the take over completed so we could work on our squad. Instead, the first game of the season is upon us and we barely have a squad.

Here are 4 players from Man City, Tottenham Hotspur & Wolves’ loan-pool for Bury FC to dip in to

It’s getting worse for Bury FC as they enter League One with a 12 point deduction. After losing 14 players already this summer, Bury is looking to loan players from Premier League clubs.

Nine of the eleven that started in Bury’s last game of last season have departed from the club. Ex-manager Ryan Lowe left the club this summer to manage Plymouth Argyle, taking Will Aimson, Danny Mayor, Callum McFadzean and Dom Telford with him.

In Bury’s recent friendly match against Nantwich, their entire squad was made up of trialist players, as manager Paul Wilkinson only has six contracted players with the beginning of the season looming near. This puts into perspective the uphill battle Bury will face in the upcoming season.

As a result, Bury is apparently looking to Premier League clubs to loan their players. According to Alan Nixon on Twitter, Bury has approached Man City, Wolves and Spurs about loans.

Here are players that Bury could be looking to loan to give them a chance of surviving League One…

Luke Bolton

Luke Bolton, 19, is an English right-winger for Man City. He spent a period on loan to Wycombe last season where he got 10 League One games under his belt. With one year left on his contract, he will be itching to prove himself to Pep Guardiola, and he could do it by having a successful season at Bury.

Daniel Grimshaw

This 21-year-old goalkeeper has only made appearances for Man City’s academy. He would benefit from having some first-team action and could act as Bury’s second goalkeeper throughout their next season.

Elliot Watt

This 20-year-old midfielder plays for Wolves and the Scotland youth team. He has 64 career games under his belt so far and having the first-team action at Bury next season would satisfy all parties.

Timothy Eyoma

Eyoma is a 19-year-old right-back for Spurs, he has only ever played as part of their youth set up. However, he has made appearances for England’s youth academy. He would now be looking to get some first-team action and could help Bury tremendously in surviving relegation.

Loaning players looks to be Bury’s lifeline as the season begins on August 3rd. Wilkinson will be desperate to throw a squad together in that time.

2 strengths and 2 weaknesses that will see Bury struggle this season

It’s been an absolute disaster of a year for Bury. A mountain of off-field problems resulted in their manager and the entire promotion-winning team leaving. Paul Wilkinson has recently been appointed as manager.

Dan from The Football Manc looks at a couple of strengths and weaknesses that will see Bury relegated from League One, the strengths were very, very difficult.


Bury have a loyal fan base, and I’m sure they will get behind the manager. It’s going to be a tough year for The Shakers regardless of who buys the club, and which players they sign.

However, the fans must stick with them. The new manager and players will give everything, support them and you just never know what will happen. Hard work, commitment and a bit of talent can get you far in League One.

They’ve got a manager & assured they’ll have a team come August

I know it’s not much of a bonus, however, I’m sure Bury fans doubted whether they’d even have a team to field in August. They’ve been assured that definitely won’t be the case, Bury will be playing on August 3rd. I hope their fans have a side they can be proud of, they were brilliant last season. It would be a real shame to see it all wasted, and they get relegated without a fight the following campaign.

They’ve lost every player

They have not got one player that started the final game of the 2018/19 season. What a turnaround. It just shows how quickly things can turn in football, it’s frightening. It’s not time to dwell on the past, they must move on and just try to sign a new squad. It’s all they can do now.

They’re in League One

If they were still in League Two, it wouldn’t be as difficult to build a side and consolidate, however, League One is a completely different ball game. It’s very competitive and there are some good sides. To compete, you need that balance between quality and experience, with very limited funds, I think Bury will have to settle for veterans who will give their all for the shirt. It may not be enough to keep them in the division, their effort will be undoubted though.

What can exciting Bury 18y/o bring to Brentford

Brentford stole Bury’s youth academy product Joe Adams for an undisclosed fee yesterday.

Joe Adams, 18, is described as an ‘exciting winger’ in his farewell message from Bury FC. The youngster has been a part of Bury’s set up since playing at the under 8’s level.

Despite being a boyhood player for Bury, Adams has swiftly exited the squad in a time of great trouble. In their financial stress, Bury may be starting their campaign with a 12 points deduction. After their fantastic promotion, it is likely that the club will be relegated after this season.

Adams is taking a leap up the EFL by being snatched by Brentford, a side who finished 11th in the Championship last season.

The Welshman Adams made six senior appearances for the club. Regularly taking the armband on many occasions for the Youth Academy, it demonstrates that this youngster has quality as well as leadership skills.

What can he bring to Brentford?

It is clear that the boy has an abundance of talent. Hence why a club of much higher quality has sealed the deal for him.

For starters, Adams will bring excitement to the fans, and seeing a youngster shine is one of the greatest feelings in football.

Should we see him feature regularly on the pitch, Adams will most definitely provide many assists for Brentford. In just 90 minutes of game time, Adams got 1 assist for Bury in the EFL Trophy, according to Transfermarkt.

The purchasing of Adam indicates that Brentford’s scouting is of great quality. It also tells the fans that Brentford is looking to build for a more prosperous future.

It is unsure as to whether Adams will get much first-team football this season, but he is most definitely a name to keep an eye on. Joe Adams.

Ipswich Town to capture Bury’s promotion-winning defender, 2 things he’ll bring with him

Ipswich Town is trying to finalise a deal which would see former Bury captain Adam Thompson head to Portman Road.

The Blues are targeting a quick deal for the defender, as it’s being reported that a number of League One and Two clubs are interested in signing the Northern Ireland international.

The Football Manc Cave take a look at how he would benefit Paul Lambert’s side…

Captained promotion-winning side

Ipswich will be hoping to bounce straight back to the Championship, under the guidance of Lambert. In order to do this, they need leaders and winners. Thompson captained Bury last season, in which they won promotion from League Two. He was one of their top performers across the season, a real leading figure at the back, he set the standard and the rest of his side followed suit.

Ipswich only has a couple of experienced central defenders on their books, Luke Chambers and Toto Nsiala. So the gaffer will be looking to add a couple before the season starts on August 3rd.


Thompson can operate at right-back, which is a huge plus. Chambers is a very good defender, I imagine he’ll be the player they build their side around. Perhaps Thompson will slot alongside him, a potent defence with plenty of experience. It’s important you have two, strong leaders in League One. There’s lots of direct football and crosses into the box, these two will be absolutely prepared for that.

If Ipswich has injuries or suspensions across the defence, Thompson is more than capable of filling in, which will be hugely beneficial to Lambert.

It’s a shame for Bury that he’s left for free, as he may have attracted quite a sizeable fee. A very good player that would improve most League One sides.

2 League One free agent’s Bury should be looking at

Amid financial woes, Bury FC should focus on these two free transfers to give them a lifeline in League One next season.

The beginning of the League One season could be a solemn time for Bury. Bury will face a 12 point-deduction when the league gets underway, according to BBC.

However, in a season where staff suffered late payments and the future of the club itself was under scrutiny, Bury saw promotion by finishing second.

New manager Paul Wilkinson has an uphill battle to face. But the resilience of Bury and their fan base could help see the team survive relegation.

Despite this, though, Bury need improvements to their squad as they cannot rely on faith alone. In an attempt to strengthen the squad, Wilkinson should look at these two free agents…

Paul Taylor

31-year-old striker Paul Taylor has been without a club since January 2019. His contract with Doncaster Rovers came to an end and is surely desperate to get back onto the field. The Englishman has featured across man English teams, accumulating 89 Championship appearances and 87 League One appearances.

Taylor has 23 goals and 8 assists in the EFL, a disappointing figure from over 175 games. However, Taylor will be keen to make a mark on his return to football, and if he can bag over 10 goals as a squad rotation player, the chances of Bury surviving relegation will surely increase.

Stephen Hendrie

At only 24 years of age, Scotsman Stephen Hendrie has had 195 career games worth of experience. The left-back has played 70 Championship games and 36 League One games, he knows the English Football League.

Being young and currently unsigned, Hendrie will be itching to prove himself in a starting eleven and make a mark on the squad. Should he successfully aid Bury in their battle to remain in League One, the club would have no doubt about extending his contract. Unless he catches eyes elsewhere.

Is Rochdale’s 23y/o ready to make his mark this season

There is a gem within the Rochdale ranks waiting for a big League One season, could it happen in the upcoming campaign?

Born in Stockport, Northern Ireland international Callum Camps has been a part of the Rochdale set up since 2012, beginning in the youth academy. The 23-year-old proudly wears the number 10 shirt in the centre of midfield.

Rochdale is looking to improve from last season, where Brian Barry-Murphy’s squad finished at an unsatisfactory 16th place.

Camps has made over 170 appearances for Rochdale and has already captained the squad on several occasions. With his contract coming to an end after the upcoming campaign, the midfielder will be keen on impressing his employers in order to extend his services for the club he loves. The length of his service with Dale so far demonstrates the trust and support the team have in the youngster to shine. Although there have been moments of excellence, it is a certainty that he has much more to offer the League One side.

Competition for places

Other midfield talents, such as the highly regarded ex-Manchester United man Oliver Rathbone, will drive Camps to compete for first-team football throughout next season and make his mark on the club. Allowing him to glow on manager Barry-Murphy’s radar.

Camps will be keen on remaining with Rochdale, or potentially catching the eyes of clubs of higher quality. As opposed to being released to a lower tier club come to the end of his contract in 2020.

Despite not being the most prolific player in Rochdale’s ranks, next season will be crucial for both himself and his squad. This hidden gem could step up his game and assert his dominance on the team.

Fellow Greater Manchester clubs Bolton Wanderers and Bury FC are suffering incredibly crippling financial woes, resulting in points being docked from both teams come the beginning of the EFL League One season. As a result, Rochdale could emerge as the most successful Greater Manchester side of the three at the end of the 19/20 campaign.

What can Bolton Wanderers be excited about? Here are 3 reasons ahead of next season

I know what you’re thinking because I’m thinking the same, in Bolton Wanderers’ situation, what can we be excited about?

Bolton has obviously had a hard time over the last year with financial problems, that have seen players and staff go unpaid resulting in relegation to League 1 football. As a Bolton fan myself, I am not optimistic about the season ahead. We don’t even have a full senior squad right now, and we still have ongoing rumours regarding our management.

However, I’ve decided to try to look on the bright side at things we can look forward to…

No More Anderson

It’s been announced that Bolton have a preferred bidder when it comes to buying the club and Football Ventures are apparently the new owners. This means we are rid of Ken Anderson and can focus on football.

Players will now be paid and hopefully, new recruits will be brought in if the takeover goes as planned. The fans spent a large period of last season campaigning for Anderson’s departure. So now that he’s gone, we can all focus on the football and the league.

New League

Yes, it was disappointing that we ended up being relegated last season. Nevertheless, you have to see a positive in this and that is the team’s we will now be facing. The league may be easier for us and fans might see some exciting football games. I could be completely wrong, we could end up even worse off, and have the most boring football play going. Again, I’m being optimistic.

Local and Seaside Away Games

If all else fails, at least we will have good away games. As well as having local games such as, Bury and Rochdale, we will also have matches that aren’t too far away and are by the sea. Blackpool and Fleetwood will definitely be go-to games, if not for the football, for the pubs, arcades and fish and chips.

3 Key dates for Rochdale next season

Before League one gets underway, I’ve picked 3 games that will be key for Rochdale.

Brian Barry-Murphy did a good job of keeping Rochdale up last season after a short period in charge. Now that he’s about to take them into a new season, fans are wondering how they will do. They managed a 15 place finish out of 24 clubs so they’ll be hoping to finish a little higher this season.

Now that the fixtures have been released, I have picked out some games that should be big for the Dale. Games they may be able to collect 3 points from and games that will be big at the time in the season.

Bolton Wanderers

Both meetings should be interesting for the team and fans and personally, as a Bolton fan, I think Rochdale will have the chance to take some points off us. We don’t even have a full squad right now, so imagine us trying to merge a squad together before the start of the season. The first meeting with Bolton is on the 19th of October.


Bury at home, 14th of December. This one should be a good match. As much as I feel for Bury and all the problems going on behind the scenes, this should be a good game for Rochdale as they could again gain some points and it’s a derby after all.

Lincoln City

Sunday the 3rd of May will see the season come to a close, so this match could be a match that determines Rochdale’s league fate. Personally, I’m hoping that Brian Barry-Murphy can do well for the club and not have a relegation battle on his hands. Somehow I think they’ll stay up because of the unfortunate situations, teams like Bury and Bolton are going to struggle even more.

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