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Twitter Reacts to the ‘Agenda against Bury FC’

Owner of Bury FC claims that there is an agenda against his club and demands talks with EFL on Monday.

Speaking to TalkSport, Bury FC Chairman Steve Dale said “Clearly there’s an agenda here. We’re hearing rumbles in League Two that they’ve heard there might be another place for going up, so they’re actually counting us out.”

The situation Bury have found themselves in due to poor ownership and complications has left fans bickering. The Football Manc Cave bring you the two sides of the Bury dilemma.

Some fans see that the EFL are the only ones who can co-operate with their club to the extent of forgiveness, to allow them to continue their season undisturbed. However, there are some disagreements…

Bolton is in a similar situation to Bury, both receiving a 12 point deduction from the get-go of the EFL League One season. But Bolton was granted the ability to play their first two fixtures whilst Bury were not.

Both Bolton and Bury were given sufficient time to prove that they can be sustainable in the league. Given deadline extensions, Bury were the ones to hand in their homework late…

Though some fans are sticking to their guns, they genuinely believe that Bolton has seen preferential treatment over Bury. Hence why Steve Dale is opting to meet with the EFL face-to-face.

There are clearly two sides to this story, dividing an already unhappy fan base right down the middle.

Bury FC fans right to demand season ticket money back

It gets worse for Bury FC as fans begin to rally together for refunds on season tickets, and the Football Manc Cave can understand why.

Several loyal Bury fans who have purchased season tickets are now demanding refunds, and are urging other fans to follow suit.

The beloved Greater Manchester club, formed in 1885, is on the verge of a shutdown after being plagued with debt in the region of £8million.

Staff have admitted to not being paid on time since January 2019, as well as players.

Fans are successfully receiving refunds under The Consumer Rights Act (2015) “The goods supplied must match any description given to you or any models or samples shown to you at the time of purchase.”

A letter from a fan

One fan sent an email to Bury’s support team which read the following:

“I’m getting in touch regarding a refund for my season ticket, which I wish to request today.

I bought this on the premise of an exciting season in League One with the basis of the team that got promoted last season. As this is being ripped apart by our chairman, I don’t wish to be associated with the club on this level.

I don’t agree with staff and players not being paid either – I was under the assumption season ticket monies would go some way to help pay our hardworking staff and players but it’s obviously being siphoned into another account seeing as the club account is frozen, and I don’t wish to line Mr Dale’s pockets.

This is not my club, I don’t identify with it, and I would like a refund.”

Bury fans also raised £900 in shopping vouchers and £1000 in cash to go some way into helping their ‘hardworking staff players’. An act of immense kindness no fan should be feel obliged to do, as they already show financial support by purchasing tickets and merchandise.

Regardless of whether or not the club survives this traumatic debt. Fans have every right to boycott the club and demand refunds, as consumers who have been falsely sold to.

One Twitter user stated “I’ll buy a season ticket once Mr Dale has left… If there’s a #buryfc left then that is. “

Any football fan would hate to see a historical club go down the gutter due to financial and business complications. We hope here at the Football Manc Cave that Bury FC can resurface and dust themselves off in the future.

Bury fans have other worries than the fixtures released today ‘Just need a team, manager, asst manager, ground staff etc now any more news about this’

Many Bury fans will be pleased to see their on-the-verge club being a part of the EFL League One fixture release.

Under Bury’s recent circumstances, it is a pleasure to see that the club’s fixtures have been announced. Allowing us to presume that they will be able to partake in the EFL League One season, despite owing over £1million and are currently in the process of seeking new ownership before the new season begins.

Due to the state of the beloved Greater Manchester club, Bury fans have been vocal on Twitter after the release of next season’s fixtures…

With Bury having issues with paying players, they may not even have a team to bring out in August. Luckily for them, one lad is willing to step up!

Amongst the understandable worry, fear and pain being expressed by Bury’s loyal fan base, one fan is ready and waiting for the away games which he can attend.

This particular fan has summed up Bury’s beginning to the new season before a ball has even been touched.

For Bury, it will be an interesting season indeed. All fans of Greater Manchester clubs, or even, all fans of English clubs, should have a degree of respect for the history, successes and longevity of Bury Football Club and hope that they can continue for many years to come.

It would be disappointing to see ownership run Bury’s legacy into the ground

Bury have been given more time to find a buyer to save their historic club.

Owner Steve Dale, who bought the club last December from Stewart Day, has unsuccessfully paid players and staff for the past few months, despite their fantastic efforts to be promoted to the EFL League One after finishing second in the 2018/19 EFL League Two.

Bury are suffering from debt in the region of £4.5million, and are seeking a potential buyer. Of which there are currently “at least two live considerations to buy the club with both interested parties having signed NDAs [non-disclosure agreements] as part of this commitment to progress”.

It is amazing to see Bury managing to perform and get promoted under the circumstances of the club, and if they can rid the weight of debt and an insecure future, it could allow the club to progress and blossom. However, if Bury resort to selling off a large number of players, it could be an incredibly embarrassing season in League One for Bury.

Being one of England’s most historic football clubs, it would be disappointing to see ownership run its legacy into the ground. Hopefully, the Greater Manchester side can find suitable ownership which can allow them to remain in League One next season and build from there.