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Staff turn on Steve Dale before he announces plans to sell Bury FC

Steve Dale may be about to leave Bury football club in the coming days, after announcing plans to pass the club onto a new custodian saying his role as chairman was damaging to his long-term health.

Dale will go down in history as one of football’s most divisive owners, in the same bracket as Bolton’s Ken Anderson and Blackpool’s Karl Oyston.

Yet as the Shakers third game of the season against Gillingham is set to go the way as the previous two, i.e suspension until further notice. Dale made the most incredible statement yet of his reign, saying he ready to sell the League One side to a credible buyer.

Dale statement, speaking to the BBC

“Due to the agenda with the EFL, my health and recent events at the Club I can confirm I am happy to pass the Club on to the next custodian. For an agreed consideration and them being the right fit for Bury.”

This all came after his longterm staff told the chairman to sell the club after receiving a very good offer. Putting their own jobs on the block in order to save the 134-year-old business from liquidation, something that is now a real possibility in the coming days. Despite saying via Bury’s website he wanted to sell the club before the end of last season, he said last week ‘there was still work to do’ before he bids farewell. Now though, everything has changed.

Staff Statement

‘We can confirm that today we have received an offer for the sale of Bury Football Club, one that we all at the Club believe is a very good offer.

This offer has been conveyed to Steve Dale and we are still waiting to hear from him.

This offer is the only lifeline for the future of the Club and we implore Steve Dale to accept it, as it has the full backing of all of the senior staff at Bury FC’.

The EFL’s stance towards Bury has not changed however since the news of Dale’s announcement. Unless they receive evidence that the current owner, or his successor for that matter, can pay off long term debt to football creditors, their EFL membership will be terminated. Whether the EFL, or football fans do actually believe what the chairman says is another matter.

It seems that should he eventually sell Bury, now will be the time.

‘Hardly a level playing field is it?’ Bury fans react to another game suspension

The Football Manc Cave looks at Bury fans reactions to their next game being called off.

Bury fans have yet again been disappointed with their fourth game against Gillingham being suspended. This comes after Steve Dale has failed to produce plans of how the next game could possibly go ahead, and how he would keep the club going financially.

Fans are getting increasingly frustrated especially as there’s been news of an apparent new bidder for the Shakers, however, Dale has claimed that it’s only an email and he doesn’t count it as a definite reach out to buy the club.

We look at how Bury fans have responded to this…

Is Bury FC heading into their final full week as a professional club?

The situation is simple for League One Bury, football league resident for 134 years. Clear the debts under current owner Steve Dale or sell up and let a replacement deal with the financial crisis.

If neither occurs before the 23rd august, then the Football League will be down to 71 members. The proud town of Bury will have lost their local football club.

As the days go by it looks more likely that the Shakers will eventually hit the wall. After a takeover between Dale and his predecessor Stewart Day was not put through a fit and proper test by the EFL, only now will the real consequences for the club set in following on from mega high outgoings over several years under Day.

When Bury was promoted at Tranmere’s Prenton Park at the end of last season, the summer of supposed excitement simply never happened. A mass exodus of the squad fans saw as heroes, plus manager Ryan Lowe, the financial chaos has only gotten worse.

The situation is now so bad they haven’t even played a league game this season and their Carabao Cup first-round match this Wednesday against Sheffield Wednesday has been suspended. Matchday three this Saturday with Gillingham at home will most likely fall by the waist side too.

Bury’s deadline

The EFL has given Bury till the 23rd of August to meet outstanding financial requirements or their membership of the EFL will be suspended. Dale doesn’t even want to sell up saying there is still work to be done at Gigg Lane, despite one member of staff stating the fact he hasn’t been seen for months at the ground or anywhere near the club.

Wherever he is in the coming days, Dale is the only player in this debacle. While supporter group Forever Bury admit there are potential investors ready to takeover, this is all meaningless unless Dale comes to his senses and walk out the exit door.

Should he fail to realise just how damaging his current actions are, League One can get ready to be known as one with odd numbers.

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.

Simon Jordan puts Steve Dale under the microscope to the delight of Bury fans

Steve Dale was on Talksport yesterday morning to talk all things Bury.

It’s too late for talking, Bury couldn’t field a side on Saturday for their first league match. That’s the big problem right now. Whatever went wrong in the past, now isn’t the time to address it.

Dale needs to either get his hand in his pocket and save the club, by signing players and clearing the debts or hand it to someone that will. It’s not fair on their loyal supporters that are the real sufferers of this demise.

Let’s see how The Shakers’ fans reacted to Dale this morning…

Two players that must start today for Radcliffe Borough

Radcliffe Borough has a big test in the upcoming season, and these two players, in particular, have to be ready.

Radcliffe have found themselves in the National Premier League table after promotion last season. The Boro finish 2nd in the Northern Division 1 West table, 7 points behind winners Atherton Colliers.

The race for promotion last season gave no signs that Radcliffe was outright better than the rest of the competition. There were only 6 points between Radcliffe in 2nd and Prescot Cables in 7th.

Radcliffe have a pre-season game against Workington AFC on Saturday 3rd August. Workington is currently in the league Radcliffe belonged to last season, and will be a good chance to prove that they truly are of higher quality. These two players need a run in the form to keep Radcliffe in the Northern Premier League this season…

Danny Mitchley

In Radcliffe’s recent 3-1 local derby defeat against EFL League One side Bury, the one goal the side got was from a piece of Danny Mitchley genius as he played a fantastic pass for Ben Wharton who buried it home. The new signing previously captained Marine, scoring 81 goals in 170 games for the club.

Chairman Paul Hilton had this to say about the player: “He was captain of Marine and was at the club for four years, so he will bring the leadership we have been looking for.”

The 29-year-old striker will be important in The Boro’s success in their new division this season and should feature heavily in order to gel with the squad.

Ben Wharton

An exciting duo. Ben Wharton can bring Danny Mitchley straight into action by having a natural link-up with the new signing. Having these two goal machines in form could result in more than a satisfactory season. Wharton scored 18 times last season, and both 29-year-old experienced strikers can lead the team from the front. Expect to see a heavily attacking Boro this season.

Has Bury FC been given the final nail in their survival coffin?

10pm on Monday night and Bury fans were fearing the worse regarding the future of their club, again.

The EFL, governing body of the Shakers plus 71 other clubs including Bolton, Southend, Blackpool, Coventry and Charlton. Were unable to see enough evidence that Bury could pay off long term debts to football creditors.

Therefore, their game against MK Dons on Saturday on the opening day of the new season has been postponed. What worse is that the following weeks’ match at Lancashire rivals Accrington Stanley could go the same way

After a pre-season that saw an away win at Port Vale, Bury could soon cease to exist. They run the serious risk of being thrown out of the football league and as the domestic season returns, being left without a league to play in at all.

Club fan group Forever Bury and Bury North MP James Frith have called for owner Steve Dale to sell up quickly, due to the fact, there are rumoured investors ready to take over.

Bury up for sale

Despite Dale putting Bury up for sale, he seems unwilling to compromise and hand the keys to someone else. Even though he saw the CVA application pass through, ‘the old girl’ doesn’t seem so safe now.

The finger for all this trouble can be pointed at past and present owners, Day and Dale, plus the EFL. Why did they wait so long for evidence from Bury about their finances and shouldn’t they have done this weeks ago, perhaps even before the fixtures were released back in June?

Sadly no answers to this mess have been released from the English Football League governing body despite a statement just being release by Dale.

If a takeover fails to occur within the next few days, the consequences will be unbearable to think about for one of English football’s founders.

‘Nothings stopping the likes of Man Utd & Everton stepping up & arranging a fundraiser, like they do in Germany’ Bury & Bolton Wanderers fans react!

The EFL has issued a statement regarding the future of Bolton Wanderers and Bury FC, here is what Twitter has to say…

Fans of Bolton Wanderers have more to be happy about than Bury fans right now. Although both clubs are in terribly murky waters.

An official statement from the EFL has finally been released. They have concluded that Bolton Wanderers have ‘satisfied that they are sufficient to meet the requirements of the League’. Therefore, ‘their opening day fixture with Wycombe Wanderers and it will remain as originally scheduled on Saturday 3 August 2019 at 3 pm‘.

Bury, on the other hand, have not supplied sufficient evidence ‘in regard to the outstanding information it requires that demonstrates how the Club will be funded moving forward’.

Bury’s opening fixture against MK Dons has been suspended. Should necessary evidence not be presented to the EFL board by Friday 2nd of August, their fixture the following day against Accrington Stanley will be suspended also.

Let’s see what EFL fans have to say about the news…

The general consensus is that the corporation side of the sport has brought devastating results to the clubs and fans.

Bolton has been granted permission to play the opening fixture. However, fans fear that their journey afterwards may not continue…

Some fans feel as though the richer clubs in the country should hold out a helping hand.

Both Bolton and Bury are respected amongst the football community. Hopefully, the Greater Manchester clubs can pull through these tough times.

Photo Credit: EFL

Bury FC’s miserable pre-season continues with the latest hurdle

When Bury owner Steve Dale’s CVA request was officially approved in court last Thursday. Wilkinson and his backroom staff thought they could plan for life back in League One.

Despite going winless in the clubs opening pre-season friendlies against Nantwich and Blackburn Rovers where a teamsheet broke the internet. The silver lining from pre-season so far is the Gigg Lane floodlights have been restored to full working order.

Despite this Bury begin life in League One already bottom despite the fact no games have been played, due to the 12 point deduction the club have been handed.

Yet now a new stumbling block has appeared in front of the clubs noses. The EFL have told the Shakers they need sufficient evidence, that outstanding debt payments can be made to creditors with the deadline in just a fortnights time.

The club could face expulsion from the EFL and therefore be unable to fulfil their 2019/20 fixtures.

The clock is ticking with regards to signing players ahead of the MK Dons match on August the 3rd, although Bury to their credit has a plan with new signings expected to be announced this weekend. Another idea is asking Premier League giants Man City, Tottenham and Wolves to loan them players for the opening games.

Most likely the year ahead could be one of pain with losses left, right and centre. Yet at least there is a club to watch and for the majority of fans, and that’s all they want to know right now.

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.

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