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Bury will not be the last time expelled from the EFL, here’s why…

Bury were expelled from the EFL earlier this week, following their takeover fallen through. The club had unpaid debts, and through poor ownership, were not able to pay them.

Unfortunately, this won’t be the last. I expect a spate of clubs to struggle in the coming years, why?

Getting new owners, is purely pot luck. Previous Wigan owner Dave Whelan sold the club to IEC. I wasn’t worried because I knew he wouldn’t see us sold down the river to the first potential buyer. He always wanted to sell to an ambitious consortium, that would have the money to see our progress, and hopefully reach the Premier League again.

The EFL simply need to change their criteria and background checks when allowing new owners to buy football clubs. Steve Dale should never have been allowed to buy Bury. He had no previous experience of running a football club, has never visited the town, refused to pay staff and wouldn’t accept an offer that would’ve kept the club going. Disgraceful.

The transfer market is just ridiculously inflated, which is forcing clubs to spend more they can afford, to stay in their respective division. They are gambling with millions of pounds, if the gamble goes wrong they suddenly find themselves in debt, struggling to run the club and pay staff, then it just spirals from there.

The gap in revenue between Premier League clubs and EFL clubs is astronomical. Man United was paying Alexis Sanchez up to £500,000 a week, while Bury needed £2.7 million to survive. That’s not right. I’m not saying United should’ve bailed them out, as I’m sure that’s not legal or would happen in other industries, but surely the EFL could fund these smaller clubs or put a cap on wages to minimise the ever-growing money gap.

From a Wigan Athletic fan to Bury fans

What a sad day for English football and the town of Bury, after The Shakers were expelled from the EFL following unpaid debts and poor ownership.

Bury was founded in 1885, 124 years of history, gone. Being a Wigan fan, it’s frightening. Our town isn’t much bigger than Bury, us, Bolton, Blackburn, Rochdale and Oldham – we’re all in the same boat.

Forget football for a second, their’s people’s jobs at stake. People that have mortgages, bills like all of us, and are relying on Bury FC for them jobs. It puts life into perspective, real working-class people need the club to live, not to just support on a Saturday afternoon.

The EFL is to blame. Steve Dale isn’t fit to run a sandwich shop, never mind a football club. He has killed that club and area, single-handedly and doesn’t sound in the slightest bit bothered. How he passed all of the checks and proved himself fit to run a football club, I will never know.

The whole town will be hurting for a long time, people will suffer, businesses and shops too. It’s the heart and soul of a working-class town. On a Saturday, it’s match day. People go to the pub before and after, pop into the newsagents for a paper on the way, buy a pie from the local butchers. The whole area suffers.

A team is for life

Fans have supported that club for life. Looked forward to going every week. All gone because of one man. Frightening and upsetting. Being a Wigan fan, I’m just grateful we have a club. I couldn’t imagine not having a side to support, they are my life, I think about the club every day. I’ve met friends for life and made memories forever following Wigan.

My thoughts go out to everyone who ever supported Bury, and I hope the local businesses and people rally to bring success and happiness back to the town.

Bury fans must try and envisage a future, no matter how difficult that may feel

It would be too easy to join the queue of people offering their condolences to Bury fans following their expulsion from the EFL this week. Instead, what is needed is a plan for the future, not just for Bury FC but for all the clubs who might find themselves in the same situation.

There was almost an inevitability to Bury’s expulsion from the league and Bolton’s extension of their extension. I don’t wish to suggest that Bolton were in a less perilous state than Bury, but if both clubs had been treated the same by the EFL and Bury had been allowed to play their fixtures. The situation might have panned out differently.

The people at the EFL meeting that took place after the 5pm deadline, must surely have been aware of the enormity of expelling Bolton Wanderers from the league given their rich history and long membership of English football.

That does not mean that losing Bury might soon be forgotten. However, there is a danger that the impact on the game may be less, given that the club will always be looked upon as a minor side who spent most of their time in the lower divisions.

Bury’s due diligence

It is possible that the EFL may want to see the back of this episode quickly and sweep the whole debacle under the carpet. Therefore, if there is one thing Bury fans can do, it is to keep the club in the limelight and demand an inquiry into how Steve Dale was allowed to pass a test of due diligence.

Consequently, it is imperative that Bury fans dust themselves off and plan for the future as soon as possible, no matter how difficult that might seem at present. There is a great deal of vitriol aimed at Dale on social media but that needs to be abandoned. The Poundland tycoon with his scant regard for the local community and the livelihoods of his employees, cannot harm the people of Bury any more. Forget him and hope that his long-overdue date in the dock is just around the corner.

Other clubs have started from scratch again and prospered – there is no reason why Bury can’t. Football has long been called The People’s Game. It’s time we took it back.

Football may soon be awash with Bury’s 11th-hour deadline

Football fans should be worried about the future of the game. If they’re not, they should have a pretty good excuse why and be prepared to subject themselves to a fit and proper examination of their mental state.

Bury fans have already subjected themselves to such scrutiny and they won’t want to relive the final hour of Friday 23rd August in a hurry for fear of tipping themselves into madness.

As the minutes ticked by to the EFL’s 11.59 pm deadline, social media appeared to be adding insults to injury. First claiming that Bury had been expelled from the football league and then reporting an 11th-hour reprieve.

None of this did anything for Bury fans who were hoping for a decent nights sleep for the first time in months, as the EFL retired to consider the latest position and extend the agony longer.

You have to wonder how a club like Bury can survive two World Wars, the depression and years of decline in the North of England and yet face extinction due to a man who bought the club for a pound.

Give the game back to the working class

The simple answer is that the game was generally in good hands when it was solely watched by the working class. It only seems to have gone downhill since the people with money came sniffing around the dressing room doors.

There will be other anxious fans watching the situation closely given that the list of owners with financial troubles or questionable agendas grows longer every day.

It is how the EFL deals with the situation which will decide how future catastrophes of this nature pan out. Unquestionably they have the power to avoid this happening anywhere again, but their record in implementing due diligence checks is flawed and in need of a complete overhaul.

Undoubtedly there are clubs who are hanging on by their fingernails to avoid being the next ones facing a winding-up order but as with Bury, success on the field tends to hand supporters a set of blinkers. They are hardly likely to demand to see the accounts if their side is riding high in the table, and booking an open-top bus for the first week in May.

The situation at Bury won’t change anything however as owners may feel that they can deal with the EFL’s due diligence checks with ease. If Steve Dale can and the fans will continue to have tunnel vision as long as the ball is still flying into the net.

Only when we have lost clubs like Bury and Bolton, are people likely to take notice of the crisis in the game but by then it may be too late.

Bury FC handed extension!!

EFL STATEMENT: BURY FC

The EFL Board met this morning in regard to Bury FC.

Shortly before Friday’s 11.59pm Notice of Withdrawal deadline, the EFL received notification that an offer for the Club had been accepted and a request was submitted to extend for a further period in order to successfully conclude a sale.

The Board has fully considered the information that has been made available by C&N Sporting Risk and whilst no formal sale has been completed, despite reports to the contrary, enough credible information was presented to allow the Board to agree to work exclusively with the Club and C&N Sporting Risk over this Bank Holiday weekend in an attempt to finalise the change of control and achieve a positive outcome for Bury FC.

The EFL Board, however, remains firmly of the view that the League cannot be in a position whereby any more of the Club’s 2019/20 fixtures will be suspended due to the integrity of the competition, the impact on other clubs in the League and therefore has stated that matters must be concluded by 5pm on Tuesday 27 August 2019.

If in the event a successful outcome is not achieved by this point, then Bury FC’s share in the EFL will be withdrawn and its membership in the League will come to an end.

Debbie Jevans

Executive Chair Debbie Jevans, CBE, said: “The Board has considered the evidence presented and has determined, in a final effort to allow the Club the opportunity to survive, to grant an extension and work exclusively with the Club and C&N Sporting Risk to see if a takeover is possible.  

“No one wants to see a Club lose its place in the League and we will now work with the potential purchasers over the weekend and ahead of the Tuesday deadline in an attempt to find the solutions required for a sale to take place.”

‘Bought it for 1 quid, ruined it and now wants everyone else to bail him out’ Twitter reaction to Steve Dale asking for 2.7m from Bury fans and businesses by TONIGHT

From one extreme to another. How can one man destroy a football club like this? According to Talksport Bury owner Steve Dale, is now asking fans and local businesses to find £2.7 million by TONIGHT, to avoid the club from EFL expulsion. Extraordinary.

Bury have until midnight tonight, to agree to a deal with a new owner, otherwise, the club will be expelled. The Shakers are yet to play a match this season, after having their first six league fixtures cancelled.

Let’s see how Bury fans reacted to this shocking request…

‘Absolutely gutted. My first ever memories of football were at this place’ D-Day for Bury FC and it’s fans

Bury FC have had their first six games of the campaign postponed, and now they might face folding altogether…

The EFL has ordered Bury to prove that they show sufficient funding by 23:59 Friday 23 August 2019. The BBC reported that ex-director of the club handcuffed herself to a drainpipe outside Gigg Lane, pleading for help from investors and other North-West football clubs.

Bury fans and football fans across the country are torn up by how a lack of good ownership has killed and buried a 134-year-old establishment.

Upon the financial takeover of an EFL club, the EFL must first condone. Steve Dale has a long list of failed businesses but was still granted the ability to take over the club. Once again, he has destroyed what he’s touched.

The only way Bury can be saved is if Dale sells the club to a suitable investor who can also provide proof that they can adequately finance and maintain the club…

Social Media has been flooded with heart-wrenching stories and opinions from long-serving Bury fans about how the abandonment of their club will affect their lives.

Fans are also displeased with the EFL. They are aware that they have the power and ability to save the club.

Steve Dale famously bought the club for £1. Which means he would incur any of the withstanding debt that the club owed at the time. He purchased the club on the promise of improving the financial situation. Now, Dale is holding out for £2million for his ‘time and resources’, making the chances of finding an investor all the less likely.

We all want Bury to survive

Any true lover of the sport would never want to see a club fold due to poor ownership, regardless of their loyalties. The time, effort, joy, tears, money, love and life poured into the team you love all to be taken away.

The Football Manc Cave hopes to see Bury standing strong for another 134 years.

‘Tell the fans the truth, not give them false hope’ Bury fans clock watching as the second’s tick by

Son of former Manchester United keeper, Joe Sealey insists “I am 100% interested in buying the club.”

The Shakers have just two days to save their place in League One, with the EFL set to decide their fate on Friday.

They have had to pull out of six games already this season, following Tuesday’s postponement vs Tranmere Rovers, and Steve Dale seems to have zero intentions of trying to sell the club.

Let’s have a look at how Bury fans reacted to the news that Sealey is interested in buying The Shakers…

Twitter reacts: ‘Goodbye Bury’

Fans are growing tiresome after another Bury FC fixture is postponed due to ‘outstanding evidence regarding a number of financial commitments has still not been provided by owner Steve Dale.

Bury have been unable to compete in four League One fixtures and one EFL Cup game so far. They wither away in the 24th spot on minus twelve points.


Bury fans are furious. Many stating that they just want football to watch, as of right now, they have none.

The Bury FC side of Twitter looks like a mourning ground. Many fans of many clubs are leaving their condolences for the historic club.

It may well be the case that Bury follow suit of many clubs that have found themselves in a financial crisis. This would result in one of England’s most cherished football clubs disappearing or plummeting down to non-league football.

Curzon Ashton made a fantastic gesture for Bury fans, showing how football can provide the kindest of acts…

Hopefully, Bury can pull through this dilemma. Though it looks like their season and their club, maybe coming to an end.

OPINION: ‘As a Bolton Wanderers fan, I am praying for Bury FC’

On Monday night, news broke that Bury owner, Steve Dale is finally ready to sell the club. There’s apparently a buyer and this is looking like the reason to why there weren’t any statements made about the 9 am deadline the EFL gave the club.

Bury’s next match against Gillingham was up in the air to whether it would go ahead, and the club had to prove to the league that it could meet the commitments to creditors. There was a 9 am deadline put on the club yesterday to see if Dale could produce a plan of action that would see their next game go ahead, however, fans were left worrying.

Now the League One club have apparently received a bid and the senior staff want to sell the club. I think it’s safe to say that all of the clubs, whether it be fans, players, staff and management are all praying that Steve Dale accepts this lifeline thrown at the club in order to save and secure the future of Bury FC.

As a whole, the EFL has given Bury till the 23rd of August to produce the plan that will see them remain a football club and stay in the Football League. Fans expected to hear some sort of update or a statement by now and started asking football journalist, Alan Nixon for answers on twitter.

Looking to Twitter for answers

One fan asked, ‘So what happened to Bury’s 9 am the deadline? Any ideas?’ To which Nixon replied, ‘hear league giving Dale extra few hours.’ This implied that with the supposed interest and possible new owners being spoken to, the football league had given the Shaker’s owners some extra time to try and secure some sort of deal or plan to put forward.

Now it has finally been announced that the game this weekend will not go ahead after the plans have failed to impress the league. This makes it Bury’s fourth game that has gone suspended.

As a Bolton fan, I am praying for Bury too. No club should have to go through this mess. I’m hoping there’s some sort of statement made soon that will confirm how Dale is in talks and plans to sell on the club so that fans can finally stop worrying as much.

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