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Ryan Lowe and son Alfie steal the show at Bury XI match

Ryan Lowe was heartbroken when his former club Bury were expelled from the EFL. When the 134-year-old club is eventually are wound up one can imagine he will feel the same.

Trying to re-create his promotion plan down South with Plymouth Argyle is prooving not be easy, although he still took time out of his busy schedule to play in the Bury XI legends match at Radcliffe FC’s Nueven Stadium.

Leading the line for the purple and green legends, Lowe scored his sides first goal and one of a total 12 (ended 6-6) in an end to end game that had all the comedic elements from a fund-raising game.

Fans of the recent league banished club, have been left short of a footy fix for three months now after the Shakers financial failings came home to roost when the takeover collapse fell through at the final hour.

Now with Bury about to be liquidated, a Phoenix Club is high on fans agenda. Lowe and co’s promotion in May looking certainly to be the last of ‘Bury FC’ as we know it.

Despite this sad news, a sell-out crowd watched Lowe join forces with Craig Jones, Andy Bishop and Steven Schumacher to help raise much-needed cash for the short and long term future. An auction where shirts of ex-players followed post-match too.

Alfie Lowe

On the pitch, Lowe Senior was accompanied by his son Alfie, a tricky right-winger who more than matched the quality of those around him with a fine performance of his own. Rarely losing the ball and always a threat on goal, the youngster could well follow his fathers footsteps in the future.

As for Bury’s prospects, it still remains uncertain with regards to the team and league next season. Yet whatever happens, fans show no sign of disappearing any time soon.

3 Things Football Ventures Have To Do Straight Away At Bolton Wanderers

I am so happy to be able to finally write something positive about Bolton Wanderers. The Football Manc Cave are exploring three things that new owners, Football Ventures need to do with the club.

It’s going to take a lot of time to sort absolutely everything from debts to players but it’s a start. A positive start. As a Bolton fan, I just want us to be playing consistent football, not having to call games off and making a start on rebuilding.

Bolton News reporter, Marc Iles tweeted his take on what should happen next:

Here’s my take…

Settle Debts & Pay Players

All Bolton fans know that we are in debt and there are players that are owed money from the club all over the show. It’s going to take a while to get everything completely finalised, there’s also going to be other issues that fans don’t know about and probably won’t ever find out about. However, these payments need to be settled so that we can start again. Current players need paying so that it proves to everyone that the deal is a good one and it will appeal more to new signings which we also need if our players are finally receiving their wages.

Sort Manager

We obviously need a new manager. I am actually gutted that this takeover has gone through only a week after Phil Parkinson left. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think he is the answer for our long term plans. His style of football isn’t the best but he has stuck with us throughout everything when others would have walked away. I hope he comes back to the stadium to watch a game then we can say goodbye properly and thank him for his efforts.

Moving on, we can finally start talking about who should take the job now. In my opinion, we need Kevin Nolan. One of my favourite players growing up who I’ve met a few times. He has started his managerial career recently and would be the perfect option for us. He knows the ins and outs of the club, has friends still involved with us and has the respect from other clubs who he could ask for favours in terms of loans of players. I also think he would get the best out of the youngsters.

Season Tickets

Fans have been paying per match so far this year with the uncertainty of whether games would go ahead. Now we can finally think about buying season tickets. They will obviously have to be at a cheaper price now that fans have paid per match and they are being issued later in the season than planned.

We should also be offered reduced prices for the absolute hell we’ve had to deal with but that’s another issue. We should also give Bury fans free entry to our games. We could never ask Bury fans to think of switching their support but we could give them some football to watch for the time being. It would also bring us more bodies to fill the stadium.

Can Salford City’s home form be enough to overcome Plymouth Argyle

The Football Manc Cave is giving you a glimpse into what should be an interesting and exciting game this week, Salford City vs Plymouth.

This league is a new challenge for both teams with Salford only being promoted at the end of last season. Alongside that Plymouth being relegated into this league and then having to adapt to a new manager, Ryan Lowe, and a lot of players from Bury who followed in the manager’s footsteps. This should make it an exciting game with a lot of action. Straight off the bat, Plymouth would be favourites, although anything can happen.

Salford’s Form

Salford 2-0 Stevenage

Crawley 2-0 Salford

Salford 1-1 Port Vale

Plymouth Argyle’s Form:

Crewe 0-3 Plymouth

Plymouth 1-0 Colchester

Newport County 1-0 Plymouth

Salford’s home form is obviously a lot better than their away form so far however, that is to be expected from most clubs. Hopefully, their home crowd can get behind them and they can deliver.

Squad News:

Chris Neal has been playing brilliantly for Salford and he’ll have guaranteed his place in the squad. Carl Piergianni received the man of the match for his efforts last weekend. Adam Rooney will no doubt be leading his team out. Richie Towell is the one to look out for and his form will guarantee him a place in the squad too. Mani Dieseruvwe is another player who’s already scored two goals this season and will be looking to add to that tally. Jake Beesley got his first EFL goal last weekend and made the equaliser so he’s another who Graham Alexander will probably be considering giving another chance.


Unfortunately, I do think Salford will lose as Plymouth are looking the stronger side. I do think that with the home crowd, Salford will be able to find the back of the net at least once though.

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.

Here are 4 players from Man City, Tottenham Hotspur & Wolves’ loan-pool for Bury FC to dip in to

It’s getting worse for Bury FC as they enter League One with a 12 point deduction. After losing 14 players already this summer, Bury is looking to loan players from Premier League clubs.

Nine of the eleven that started in Bury’s last game of last season have departed from the club. Ex-manager Ryan Lowe left the club this summer to manage Plymouth Argyle, taking Will Aimson, Danny Mayor, Callum McFadzean and Dom Telford with him.

In Bury’s recent friendly match against Nantwich, their entire squad was made up of trialist players, as manager Paul Wilkinson only has six contracted players with the beginning of the season looming near. This puts into perspective the uphill battle Bury will face in the upcoming season.

As a result, Bury is apparently looking to Premier League clubs to loan their players. According to Alan Nixon on Twitter, Bury has approached Man City, Wolves and Spurs about loans.

Here are players that Bury could be looking to loan to give them a chance of surviving League One…

Luke Bolton

Luke Bolton, 19, is an English right-winger for Man City. He spent a period on loan to Wycombe last season where he got 10 League One games under his belt. With one year left on his contract, he will be itching to prove himself to Pep Guardiola, and he could do it by having a successful season at Bury.

Daniel Grimshaw

This 21-year-old goalkeeper has only made appearances for Man City’s academy. He would benefit from having some first-team action and could act as Bury’s second goalkeeper throughout their next season.

Elliot Watt

This 20-year-old midfielder plays for Wolves and the Scotland youth team. He has 64 career games under his belt so far and having the first-team action at Bury next season would satisfy all parties.

Timothy Eyoma

Eyoma is a 19-year-old right-back for Spurs, he has only ever played as part of their youth set up. However, he has made appearances for England’s youth academy. He would now be looking to get some first-team action and could help Bury tremendously in surviving relegation.

Loaning players looks to be Bury’s lifeline as the season begins on August 3rd. Wilkinson will be desperate to throw a squad together in that time.

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.

Salford City fans should be looking at these 3 key dates next season

Salford City is planning for their first ever season in the EFL, guided by the experienced Graham Alexander.

The Ammies won promotion from the National League after defeating AFC Fylde in the play-off final, at Wembley in May.

Fans from afar will be keeping an eye on Salford City’s results next season, because of that connection with the Class of 92. Sky TV is also keen to host their matches, with the opening game vs Stevenage Boro already being picked.

So, I look at three dates that could make or break their season…

Stevenage (H) August 3rd

With Salford being the bookies’ favourites to win League Two, they will be aiming for a positive start. An opening home game on Sky provides them will a real opportunity to make a statement to the rest of the division. They are the side that everyone will want to beat next season, Salford will have to prepare for that. However, if The Ammies can start well and beat some solid sides, the rest of the league may show them extra respect.

Plymouth (A) August 20th

How good is Salford, is it media hype or are they the real deal? This is the game that could answer all the questions. Plymouth will be a promotion rival, managed by Ryan Lowe who is building a very good side for League Two. It’s important for sides fighting at the top, to beat their rivals and gain points on them. The Ammies will be targeting this game. It’s an opportunity to show they’re here to win the league, not just a gimmick that some people are suggesting.

Bradford (A) December 21st

As an early prediction, I think Bradford will win League Two next season. They’ve signed two good strikers in Clayton Donaldson and James Vaughan while being lead by Gary Bowyer and a brilliant fanbase, they look ready-made to challenge for the title. This game is played on the eve of a gruelling Christmas period, will Salford have the squad depth and be prepared for that? Probably. However, Valley Parade will be bouncing that night. Two title rivals facing each other on 21st December, it will be a thriller.

Bury’s Nicky Maynard will bring 2 crucial qualities to Mansfield Town

Mansfield confirmed the signing of striker Nicky Maynard on a free transfer, following the expiration of his contract at Bury.

Since Bury was promoted from League Two last season, they’ve lost their manager and two best players in Danny Mayor and Maynard. It’s a torrid time for The Shakers and there’s a massive amount of work to do for them to be ready to kick-off their League One campaign on 3rd August.

So, Mansfield has been quick to snap up Maynard. What will he bring to The Stags?


Simple, but you don’t win games without them. Maynard was the difference between Bury finishing in the playoffs and winning automatic promotion. He scored 22 goals last season and I’m predicting he’ll hit the 20 goal mark again next season in League Two.

The 32-year-old has played for some top clubs over the years, West Ham, Cardiff and Wigan. Although he’s lost his electric pace, Maynard is still quick and an instinctive finisher in the box. Create him chances and you’ll be fighting at the right end of the table come May.


Mansfield lost out in the play-off semi-final vs Newport County, after losing on penalties.

In these type of games, I feel you need as much experience on the pitch as possible and goal scorers. Neither side overly commits to winning the games, always very tight and scoring opportunities are limited. What you need is an experienced striker, who will score a chance if given one. Someone like, errr Nicky Maynard?

He’s a perfect signing for The Stags. In close games, he only needs one chance and he might be the difference between getting one point or three. That might propel you to promotion instead of having to settle for playoffs.

‘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.

Frankie Bunn and Clarke To Bury Wasn’t Every Shakers Fans Dream Team

When Bury fans celebrated their automatic promotion to League One after the draw at Tranmere last April, the euphoria will have done a great deal to numb the pain of what was going on behind the scenes at the club.

However, the reality of court hearings, unpaid staff, debt, departing players and managers lay ahead. Even when Shakers fans thought they had reached their lowest ebb, another setback was just around the corner.

With manager Ryan Lowe having departed along with several key players. The immediate question has been whether Bury would have enough players to start the new season, and who would fill Lowe’s boots.

One of those questions looked to have been answered with ex-Oldham manager Frankie Bunn the favourite to fill the vacant post. Peter Clarke, released by Oldham at the end of last season was also rumoured to be installed as his number two.

The choice wasn’t the most popular one according to the Football Manc Cave’s poll…

So what would Bury fans have been getting with the new appointment? In a nutshell, there is little evidence that Bunn could have done anything to improve the situation at the club other than to set his sights on avoiding relegation. The possible deduction of points, lack of funds and general malaise which surrounds Gigg Lane is not going to be overcome by installing a manager who is yet to prove himself at any level over a full season.

It is clutching at straws to believe that Bunn or anyone else for that matter, can organise a squad of players who may not have been paid, are facing a points deduction and an uncertain future into a team that can play a full season in League One.

The one slim sliver of hope would have been Peter Clarke as a player/assistant manager, given that he was afforded an almost Godlike status at Boundary Park in his role as captain. Clarke is highly respected in League Two, and building a team around him might have given Bury some chance of performing a miracle and getting themselves back where all the supporters needed them to be.

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