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Plymouth Argyle’s latest Bury signing will be looking to add these 2 qualities

Byron Moore has become the fifth player to join Plymouth Argyle from a troubled Bury. FC

The 30-year-old striker has made the decision to follow his teammates and ex-manager, Ryan Lowe to Plymouth as Bury’s financial problems continue.

The striker has gone to the Pilgrims for free which is obviously another blow to the Shakers, although the players have to think of their future. When they are this close to the start of the season and the team they are playing for can’t pay them and are uncertain on their financial state. These players need to make the moves while they’ve got the opportunity. Even though it’s sad times for fans of Bury, Moore seems to have made a sensible choice by following the players and manager he already knows and respects.

What will he add to Plymouth?


The striker managed to find the back of the net 5 times in 18 appearances for the Shakers last season after he joined the club from Bristol Rovers. Imagine the goals he could provide after appearing for a full season. He should also be able to perform well as he will be a part of a stable club where he doesn’t need to worry as much about wages, headlines and behind the scenes problems.

Team and Experience

Plymouth will be taking on League two with a team of players who are used to higher league football so surely that’s a positive to think about for the club. Byron Moore has now added to that experience and he will be reunited with the manager, Ryan Lowe and players, Danny Mayor, Will Aimson, Callum McFadzean and Dom Telford. The side won’t have as much work to do then it comes to trying to gel together as a team as a handful of them already know what it’s like to work together.

It’s an unfortunate time for Bury and it will be hard to keep on hearing of these player departures, hopefully, the problems will be sorted sooner rather than later and some positive news will come.

Plymouth Argyle continue to raid Bury FC to emulate winning blueprint

Plymouth Argyle confirmed the signing of Callum McFadzean from Bury, making it their fourth signing from The Shakers this summer.

The Football Manc Cave are going to look at what the former Sheffield United defender will offer at Plymouth Argyle.

Ryan Lowe was promoted from League Two last season with Bury, after finishing second behind title winners Lincoln City. After a mountain of off-field problems, the entire starting 11 that started Bury’s final game of the 2018/19 campaign, has left the club. A torrid time for a club that should be preparing for a solid season in League One.

The 25-year-old was a pivotal part of Bury’s defence last season and has joined Danny Mayor, Will Aimson and Dom Telford in making the switch to Home Park.

McFadzean is predominantly a left-back, who can also operate at left-midfield. He offers versatility and leadership on the pitch. After loans at Sheffield United, Burton and Chesterfield, he has significant experience of playing in the EFL.

Most importantly, he, and the other three signings from Bury, sign after winning promotion last season. They can help to rejuvenate a depleted dressing room, as Plymouth were relegated last season. It’s vital you have players that are confident, have experienced winning big matches and tasting success. Lowe and his ex Bury stars have certainly had that.

Plymouth has bounced back positively since relegation. Rather than dwell on their failure, they’ve secured a highly-rated young, ambitious manager, and gave him the opportunity to rebuild a squad that can challenge for promotion back to League One next season. You have to trust him, he has done it last season. Why change something that isn’t broke? Just follow the blueprint of last season, and The Green Army will be challenging at the right end of the table come May.

Examining Oldham Athletic’s 19/20 League 2 Opponents: Northampton, Port Vale and Plymouth

Continuing the definitive guide to the 19/20 League Two season for Oldham supporters.

Northampton Town

Northampton appeared to be trying to sign as many players as possible before anybody else in the last few weeks. Unfortunately, most of them aren’t worth having.

Nickname: The Cobblers (quaint)

Sponsor: Doctor Scholls

Star Supporter: Bigfoot

Club Mascot: Freddy the foot fetishist

Half Time Entertainment: Clog dancing

Will Oldham Take Over The Town?: Doubtful but we have taken a decent number in the past

Mad Chairman Score Out Of 10: Kelvin Thomas, search for him on the net and you’ll find stories of dodgy dealings, missing loans and police involvement. 9/10

One to Watch: Harry Smith ex Macclesfield forward. Yes, ex Macclesfield.

Style Of Play: Big hoof

Speciality Pie Flavour: Everything tastes like shoe leather so it doesn’t matter what you buy.

Away End Capacity and Condition: 800 in an awful new build with no decent pubs for miles.

Likely Pre Match Songs: These boots are made for walking

End of Season Prediction: 17th

Port Vale

Burslem was once described as the worst town centre in the UK and it’s gone down a lot since then. However, Vale fans are a cheerful lot and deserve a lot better.

Nickname: The Valiants

Sponsor: Take That Fan Club

Star Supporter: Robbie Williams (eek!)

Club Mascot: Paul the Past It Pop Star

Half Time Entertainment: A Take That Tribute Band

Will Oldham Take Over The Town?: Good chance if we’re doing well

Mad Chairman Score Out Of 10: Carol and Kevin Shanahan Port Vale fans for years made good. Just as it should be. 0/10

One to Watch: Tom Pope, Vale’s only hope up front about to enter his 34th year. Desperate stuff.

Style Of Play: Wing play with an encore

Speciality Pie Flavour: The Robbie Williams Special. Past its sell by date with little substance.

Away End Capacity and Condition: 4500 in an old but pretty decent stadium

Likely Pre Match Songs: Got to be Robbie.

End of Season Prediction: 9th


Plymouth is determined to become the Bury of the South West, not by dabbling with extinction but by signing up anybody going spare at Gigg Lane.

Nickname: The Pilgrims

Sponsor: Captain Morgan Rum

Star Supporter: Sir Francis Drake

Club Mascot: Some sort of Pirate Character

Half Time Entertainment: Keelhauling

Will Oldham Take Over The Town?: Not a chance

Mad Chairman Score Out Of 10: Simon Hallett who sounds pretty normal 0/10

One to Watch: Danny Mayor who will be homesick by the end of August

Style Of Play: Just like Bury

Speciality Pie Flavour: There are no such things as pies south of Exeter Services

Away End Capacity and Condition: 1300 in a ground being refurbished

Likely Pre Match Songs: Sea Shanties

End of Season Prediction: 6th

‘This move still leaves more questions than answers’ Truro City’s Paul Wilkinson becomes new Bury manager

Paul Wilkinson may well not get a managerial promotion like this again in his life. From working in the National League South at Truro City, to now the new figure head of League One Bury.

The standard of Leagues may have gone up, yet the calibre of facility the 54-year-old will walk into has not.

Only on Monday were the Shakers thrown out of Carrington, their training complex previously used by Manchester City for many years. Known to cost an arm and a leg to run, this should have been an overhead owner Steve Dale got rid of straight away in order to balance the books when he took over, instead of not paying staff.

With the latest departures of Nicky Maynard and Danny Mayor to an already depleted squad. The current standard Wilkinson finds himself in may be the worst of his coaching career.

Having spent all of his career as an assistant manager or caretaker manager, this may not be the wisest pick to take over from Ryan Lowe, a fans favourite as player and manager.

Yet after Frankie Bunn walked away from the club training ground on Friday despite being on the verge of becoming manager. The same move Keith hill made when he expressed an interest, it seemed all hope was lost that Bury would ever find a new coach.

Somehow Wilkinson, whose Truro side finished third bottom in football’s sixth division last season, is the man who can solve all the club’s problems. All this seems doubtful, as does the future of the club still.

Defenders Will Aimson and Chris Stokes have become the latest players to flee the sinking ship this week. Seeking first team football at a new club as pre-season gets underway for clubs up and down the country.

Despite the continuous doom and gloom concerning the Shakers, maybe the announcement of Wilkinson could pave the way for a new era at Gigg Lane? Or a more likely story, this move by Dale is a new way to get a form of administration, the much talked about CVA, over the line.

Wilkinson will now try and organise a squad for pre-season friendlies against Blackburn Rovers and Radcliffe Boro in the coming weeks. Amongst that, crossing his fingers the club survives their latest appearance in court in late July.

Despite the new managerial appointment, this move still leaves more questions than answers regarding the future of the 134-year-old club.

Ipswich Town or Plymouth Argyle; Which is the best option for Bury’s Mayor

Bury’s number 10 is a popular man this summer as several clubs are vying for his signature.

Danny Mayor first appeared in a Bury shirt after being signed on a season-long loan from Sheffield Wednesday from 2013 to 2014, when Bury opted to sign the midfielder on a permanent basis.

Bury have entrusted Mayor with 235 appearances in all competitions since joining them at Gigg Lane, where he has impacted the squad with 36 goals and 42 appearances. He also featured in the EFL League Two 2018/19 Team Of The Season.

Upon helping Bury clinch promotion back into League One, several clubs are seeking to add him to their ranks, such as Ipswich Town, Plymouth Argyle and Tranmere Rovers being the more vocal of options for the 28-year-old midfielder.

For the progression of Danny Mayor’s career, what are his best options this summer?

Ipswich Town

Ipswich was recently relegated from the Championship into League One, and with Mayor having over 120 games worth of experience in the third tier of English football, he could be a valuable and creative asset to the squad. Furthermore, Mayor could spend some time competing in the Championship, should he impress Ipswich and help them get back into the second tier of English football, a competition Mayor has only appeared in 36 times.

Plymouth Argyle

Argyle has reportedly given Mayor a tour around their stadium, which is a promising sign for the team who will be competing in League Two next season. There is no doubt that Mayor would massively increase Plymouth Argyle’s chances of gaining promotion back to League One next season, which would make him all the more renowned as a prolific midfielder. This would almost ensure that he would be in League One next season, whereas Bury will likely get relegated due to reports of them starting the season off with a 12 point deduction.

Danny Mayor’s next move could dictate what standard of football he is involved in towards the end of his career. Should he opt to stay with Bury he would likely be a part of a struggling side in the upcoming season, and find himself in League Two the season after. Ipswich Town, looking for promotion, could give Mayor the opportunity to make a name for himself in one of the world’s most competitive leagues; the EFL Championship.

Plymouth Argyle looking to cherry pick Bury’s best players

Ryan Lowe is set to raid former club Bury for a number of players to join Plymouth. After a number of off-field problems, Lowe opted to switch Gigg Lane for Home Park, now he’s hoping his former players will follow suit.

It’s reported that Plymouth will target the attacking trio of Danny Mayor, Jay O’Shea and Nicky Maynard who combined to help Bury achieve promotion from League Two last season. The manager clearly knows how to get the best out of the players, why change something that isn’t broken?

Sign all three and do what they did last season, bobs your uncle, promotion sorted. If only life was that easy.

O’Shea, 30, played an integral role for The Shakers last campaign, scoring an impressing 16 goals in 50 appearances. Striker Maynard managed 21 goals, which ultimately proved the difference between Bury being promoted and finishing in the playoffs. The situation surrounding Mayor is different, as his contract expires at the end of the month.

Bury fans will probably be frustrated that Lowe is looking to return to Gigg Lane for signings, however, he’s Plymouth manager now. Forget the past, he has a new challenge and job. If he got the best out of players that resulted in promotion, it’s common sense to want to work with them again.

‘I’d Have Him Here Tomorrow’ 68% of Bury fans Want Keith Hill as The Next Manager

A recent twitter poll showed 68% of Bury fans would take former Rochdale boss Keith Hill as manager next season.

Although this may sound a hellish thought for Bury fans, somewhere in the upcoming plans the club will have to plan for life without Ryan Lowe.

Should there be a club after the 19th June, the successor to Lowe will take over the role in dealing with a threadbare squad and possible points deduction, not to mention one trying to get over two hopeless owners.

An early contender to fill the Gigg Lane hot seat is former Rochdale manager Keith Hill. A surprise too perhaps to see the Dale favourite as a candidate, yet it seems Shakers fans wouldn’t seem to mind Hill in the home dugout next season.

Many fans left their views on Twitter. The footballmanccave.com took a look at the opinions which favoured the football league stalwart.

Opinion: Bury’s Danny Mayor linked to Plymouth, a good move?

When a manager moves clubs, there is always speculation about who he will be bringing with him, both on and off the pitch. The latest rumour of this type is that Bury winger Danny Mayor could be set to follow his old manager Ryan Lowe from Bury to Plymouth Argyle.

The winger is out of contract this summer so would be a good move for Plymouth. Having been a key figure in Bury’s promotion season with 11 goals and 10 assists in 42 appearances in all competitions as they got promoted out of League Two, the division that Plymouth now find themselves in.

So is it a good move?

For all parties involved, we’d be inclined to say yes, for Danny Mayor he escapes all the off-field carry on that is currently drowning poor Bury Football Club. He gets a solid pay-check and a manager that already believes in him, and is very aware of just what he is capable of producing. The only negative we can see is that he could perhaps take a gamble and look for a team slightly higher up the ladder, having already proved his class in League Two, reaching double figures for goals and assists.

Is it a good move for Plymouth?

Again the answer is yes. As we mentioned, Mayor is a very good winger at League Two level, one of the best in the division. Therefore, under the right manager, that they already have, by the way, can be a game winner. As Argyle looks to bounce straight back up to League One next season, signing players like Mayor is a great way to start and show the intent that the club that wants to go places.

Danny Mayor’s Comments Speak Volumes Regarding The Future of Bury

‘Tell us what is happening’ were the latest comments said to Bury chairman Steve Dale regarding the club’s future and wages for all of the club staff.

The author of those comments was Danny Mayor, who alongside fellow critic of Dale Nicky Adams, speaks volumes for the worries held within the dressing room.

Mayor was at the heart of Bury’s success last season but is yet to sign a new contract keeping him at Gigg Lane. Having spent six years with the Shakers, Mayor has seen everything from promotion to relegation.

Despite dipping in and out of form at times, the number 10 was on top form notching up many goals and assists helping his side to promotion, including the decisive goal at Tranmere in the final week of the season.

Yet he may have played his last game due to the grave uncertainty regarding the future of the club. Speaking to the Bury Times, Mayor spoke out against the chairman and the issues surrounding wages.

“I’m the same as the other lads, I don’t really know what’s going on,” said Mayor.

We’ve not been told anything about whether the club’s going to be sold or not.

We’re kind of in limbo, really.

We saw the statement but we’ve heard a lot of things before and it’s not come to fruition so we have to take it with a pinch of salt.”

Mayor has been linked with several clubs including Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday over recent weeks. There were even reports about a move to near neighbours Salford City as they began their transfer window with the signing of Richie Towell.

However, despite numerous transfer talks, the midfielder seems happy working with Ryan Lowe as are so many of his colleagues. Up to 70% of players want to stay working with their manager this upcoming season.

Despite the positive comments regarding their future which will certainly please fans, no fans would argue with a mass exodus should Steve Dale fail to pay wages or his successor as club chairman.

A nightmare worry could still become a damming reality if a new owner is not in place by June 20th, the day of the new fixture release.

“It’s tough for everyone. I’d love to say everything’s going to work out and I’ll stay at Bury but I can’t sign anything when it’s not been offered.

I can’t keep waiting around to see what they say, hoping the club gets bought. A lot of lads are in the same situation.

They’re out of contract and they’ve got families, and they’ve got to do what’s best for them.”

Why Bury’s Danny Mayor Pips Jay O’Shea to The PFA Player of Season Award

Danny Mayor and Jay O’Shea can’t keep out of the headlines when it comes to the end of season awards, leading the nominations for the fans player of the season.

Although Tranmere Rovers James Norwood may be tough to beat when it comes to taking home the prize, the midfield duo will both run the eventual winner very close.

Or on the other hand, of course, one of Mayor or O’Shea does take the award home. It would be hard to find a reason why either player shouldn’t take the prize, especially due to their individual presence in Ryan Lowe’s team.

Scoring the most important goal of Bury’s season arguably, the equaliser at Tranmere to secure the Shaker’s promotion, 2018/19 was the year we saw Mayor back at his best.

Whereas O’Shea may have just had the best season of his career, the number 10’s performances were a true reflection of his ability. Known to be shy off the pitch, his real trouble has been the level of consistency shown week in, week out.

Many critics and pundits will say he was the best player of League Two. Not knocking O’Shea of course, his run of goals between October and February came in Bury’s best run of form, particularly the period at the turn of the year when the eventual runners up went on a long unbeaten run stretching to the end of March.

The 30-year-old suddenly found where the net was working with Lowe, maybe he found his true form with former midfielder Steven Schumacher part of the backroom staff.

Part of a midfield duo in front of firstly Neil Danns then Jordan Rossiter, the work of the loanee from Rangers helped both Mayor and O’Shea find even more ways to create chances.

Mayor was suspended for games including Cambridge, Carlisle and Colchester as news of Bury’s financial troubles came to light. On the pitch, he was missed more than ever. Winning one of the three games the creative spark was flickering but certainly lacking in brightness.

O’Shea would have been less of a miss than Mayor. The latter can cover both roles, the former less so. Not because O’Shea isn’t a good player, he is, just less of one than Mayor.

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