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.
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.