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Salford City fans optimistic following point ‘Not that far of promotion places’

Salford CIty boss Graham Alexander

Despite an own goal giving Port Vale the lead, Salford City managed to get a point this weekend. The Football Manc Cave takes a look at your reactions.

Salford City hasn’t been doing too bad in League Two. This weekend saw them face Port Vale away.

Graham Alexander’s side managed to keep it level until half time. However, Cameron Burgess managed to put the ball in the back of his own net in the 55th minute of the game.

Fans were thankful that Tom Elliot saved the day for Salford City when he managed to equalise in the 75th minute.

The players thought they were unfortunate not to grab a winner. However, this has put Salford 11th in League Two.

Here are your reactions…

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Oldham Athletic can build on win by lining up with this midfield against Northampton

Oldham will be looking to build on their recent results this weekend. They face Northampton and their midfield should line up like this.

Recently, Oldham fans have been quite frustrated. However, a 2-0 win over Walsall last week and a 0-0 draw with Port Vale have lifted their spirits a little.

They now sit 19th in the league. They have a tough game on thwir hands this weekend as they face an 8th placed Northampton.

However, they are at home so that factor may help. If they want to earn some more points this weekend, this is how their midfield should line up…

Jonny Smith

The 22 year is quite comfortable on the left. He handelled the Port Vale game well.

Now he will be looking to build on his last performance as he adapts to League Two.

Christopher Missilou

The defensive midfielder acts as a bit of a leaded in the middle.

He also works well with Smith and should be at the side of him go guide him.

Chris McCann

The experienced midfielder only joined Oldham on the 18th of October.

He was thrown straight into the team and has coped extremely well.

Filipe Morais

The right winger got sent off a few weeks ago which was a big blow.

However, now that he’s back, he should definitely be in the squad. If there are any problems or if he gets cautioned, Chris Eagles can always replace him.

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

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

‘Yes!! Come on The Ammies!!! Live on Sky Sports!’ ‘On Sky straight away… what a surprise’ Salford City already causing a stir before the seasons started

Fixture day has arrived and Salford’s first games in League Two are here. 

After The Ammies managed promotion last season, the fans have been waiting on their fixture list to weigh up how they think their team will progress.

As Salford’s official Twitter page revealed their opening games this morning, I expected fans to be giving opinions and talking more in general about their upcoming season, however, it’s been more a case of ‘who’s on TV.’

Salford will face:

Stevenage FC at home to kick off their league two campaign on the 3rd of August.

Crawley away on the 10th of August.

Port Vale at home on the 17th of August.

Sky has revealed how the Stevenage game will be aired on the opening week but that seems to be the talking point for all fans today. With Salford being the newly promoted team, you do expect them to be a hot topic. Although a lot of fans are suggesting that because of the Class Of 92’s money, input and influence on the what happens with the team, this is why they are getting televised matches when other teams should get a look in.

There are some who have given more of an opinion on the fixtures themselves, and some even having a dig at Paul Scholes’ recent betting scandal. Television aside, what’s your opinions on the opening fixtures?

Statements, Rumours and Protests – A Pre-Season of Hell For Bury

Bury FC Gigg Lane

The decision taken by Scott Burgess to leave Bury could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

The 21-year-old’s decision to take a step down the footballing ladder from League One to Two would usually offend a normal club on the back of promotion, but with regards to Bury, nothing is normal at present.

Fans of the club staged a protest outside the house of Steve Dale on Bank Holiday Monday. Still the club is for sale, still, club staff are yet to be paid.

The reaction to the joint player statement was met with national sympathy last week. It seems the financial drama surrounding chaos has reached a new audience in the past few days.

Nevertheless what is needed more than ever is a successor to Dale and fast. If not, the lack of activity regarding the boardroom changeover will lead to the breakup of this squad, full of attacking talent and a manager who has taken to management like a duck to water.

Although Burgess may not have been key to promotion, his decision to walk away may be backed by his fellow colleagues in the coming weeks. With the court date of the 19th June looming ever nearer, how the club can prepare for pre-season is anyone’s guess.

Although a pre-season friendly against Blackburn Rovers has been pencilled in for 24th July, whether that game will even take place looks doubtful.

After another confusing statement by Dale opening his letter with ‘Without Prejudice’, he looked to have passed on the baton of blame to his predecessor Stewart Day.

While neither men cover themselves in glory and are both responsible for the mess Bury find themselves in, the need for a new and improved custodian is the minimum fans deserve.

On May 27th, staff were told not to come into work until ‘further notice’.

Forget pre-season or any glamorous fixtures against Rangers or Liverpool, it looks as though there might not even be a club as things stand.

The clock is ticking. Nobody can predict what will happen next.

Three players Bury Just Can’t Do Without Next Season In League One

As the 2018/19 football league season draws to a close, the question of promotion for Bury has finally be answered. Yes, of course Ryan Lowe’s side would eventually join Lincoln City in League One next season, as confirmed on Tuesday night at Tranmere Rovers.

Other than the division change, the thought that Bury could be without their best players and even manager is a worrying thought all fans will not even want to consider.

So as the Shakers look to prepare for life in League One, without or without Lowe and his backroom staff, we take a look at the three players Bury will want to cling onto next season…

Danny Mayor 

Scorer of the goal that earned Bury promotion in their 1-1 draw with Tranmere on Tuesday night, the key to the side’s creativity throughout this season as well. Missed so much during April in defeats against Cambridge and Carlisle through suspension, the idea the upcoming League Two club could lose their midfield man isn’t really an option anybody with an affiliation to the club would want to consider.

With 12 goals and 11 assists this season in all competitions, Mayor will no doubt be in hot pursuit for many League One and even Championship clubs. With the club back up for sale and with no takers at present, Mayor may look elsewhere to extend his playing career, especially considering the fact he turns 28 and arguably in the prime of his career.

Nicky Maynard 

Again another obvious choice to list, yet considering he is the clubs top goal scorer this season in a promotion winning one, Maynard’s first season in Greater Manchester may well be his last.

His 21 chart stopping season is bettered by only two players in League Two this season in James Norwood (Tranmere) and Tyler Walker (Mansfield Town). He didn’t start his playing season till September either, so his record in front of goal is one any other investor couldn’t ignore. Like Mayor, the ex-Aberdeen man will not want to see a salary reduction. The chances of him remaining as the frontman of Bury are most definitely in doubt.

Dom Telford 

Potentially a left field name to mention in this list yet after starring in the Checkatrade Trophy run this season, the 22-year-old is someone the Shakers will want to keep hold of and not let a relatively young striker head out the exit door.

Even though players like Jay O’Shea or Nicky Adams may be standout options, 14 goals in only his second full playing season is no bad total. With youth on his side, he could well be the long term choice up front for Bury and an immediate successor to Maynard up top.

Bury host Port Vale in the final match of this memorable season back in League Two. How many players make the team sheet for opening fixtures in August is anyone’s guess however.