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Ryan Lowe’s Two Huge Games in a Crunch Four Days for Bury

Ryan Lowe has taken to management this season like a duck to water but, will need to see steer his side over two giant hurdles. When his Bury side takes on local rivals, Oldham Athletic and then Portsmouth in The Checkatrade semi-final only a few days later.

Although Bury will be underdogs in next Tuesday’s crunch semi-final.  Opponents Portsmouth will come up against an attacking outfit that has outclassed virtually all of their League Two rivals, since the start of the season.

Having scored 85 goals in all competitions this season, the place for football entertainment has been no other than Gigg Lane. Lowe having played as a striker himself has made it no secret in wanting to promote an all-out attack style of play, and his tactics have been merited with Bury’s current league position.

A home win on Saturday could see the Shakers leapfrog Lincoln to the summit of League Two, something which looked unlikely after January’s end to end 3-3 draw. Having had his style of football backed by non-other than Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, this way of playing had every chance of proving to be successful.

And The German has been proved correct so far with the way that Bury have played this season, now in second place in League Two and four points clear of MK Dons who occupy the leading playoff spot (4th place).

Having also picked the brains of Brendan Rodgers and Rafa Benitez, lifelong reds fan Lowe has already had a vocal taste of what a successful life of a manager is like. Benitez having won the 2005 Champions League with Liverpool and, Rodgers dominating Scottish football to the point he’s won the ‘double treble’ in Scotland since moving North of the border in 2016.

Now Lowe has the chance to secure his own success as a manager. A win against either, or both Oldham and Portsmouth – would take his side closer to putting a trophy back in the Bury trophy cabinet, league or domestic cup.


AWAY FANS SERIES: How Fifa 07 Inspired Martin’s Bury Love Affair

As part of our Away Fans Series, we interviewed the head of Bury’s Norweigian supporters group Martin, on how Fifa 07 inspired his Bury journey…

Ian: How are you Martin?

Martin: I´m fine thank you! How are you Ian?

Ian: All good over here! What do you make of Bury’s season in League Two so far?

Martin: It has been a good season so far. We are in the top of the league and are in the semi-finals of the Checkatrade Trophy Cup. We play very entertaining football and there is lots of optimism around the club.

Ian: Especially after last season, the turnaround has been immense the way Ryan Lowe has the Shakers playing – is this one of the best times to be a Bury fan in the recent past?

Martin: Yes of course. Ryan Lowe has changed a lot. You can see what the team wants and as a supporter, you can see a game pattern. Bury plays good football, and more dynamically than before. The last couple of seasons have been tough to be a Bury supporter, but this season has been top notch. We turn matches from losing to win and score lots of goals. It creates enthusiasm

Ian: It really is a great time to be a Shaker, How long have you been a fan?

Martin: My interest in Bury dates back to 2006 when the video game FIFA 07 was released and I, together with my friends, used to play with Bury. Bury was one of the poorest rated teams in the game at the time. For us, Bury was the underdog, and we started to follow Bury in League Two gradually.

We did some research around the club; players, home-grown, history etc. Andy Bishop was the big star! If I recall correctly, David Flitcroft and Chris Brass were also in that team. Furthermore, we were really fascinated about the history of the club, especially the fact that Bury was one of the best teams in England a hundred years ago with two FA-Cup titles and some amazing records. At this initial time, we talked about visiting Gigg Lane one time in the future as well. Then, in February 2016, we founded the Bury FC official supporters club of Norway.

Ian: Wow, speaking to a few fans from different countries it seems a lot are influenced through Fifa

Martin: Hehe, yes. The funny part of my interest is that Bury was really poor.

Ian: Did you win anything with them haha?

Martin: Haha, I don’t think so. It was impossible

Ian: How many Bury recruits do you have in the Norway Supporters Club now?

Martin: Members of the Supporter club is 25 at the moment + we have several Norwegian followers on Twitter. In Norway, it is a lot of Norwegians supporters club for English teams. We are very football interest. 2 % of Norway is a member of a supporter group

Ian: What do you do as a supporter club?

Martin: We who sit on the board, are responsible for the Twitter account and pass on information to the world. We do our best to spread the message of Bury to as many people as possible. We publish goals from iFollow so that as many people as possible get the goals. We often receive emails from Norwegians who will watch football in England and provide information about tickets, transport and other useful information. Bury supporters are very friendly and helpful and we get much positive feedback from Norwegians who have been to Bury match.

Ian: Big operation then, how many times have you managed to get to Gigg lane?

Martin: Since we started the supporter club and we started to follow the Bury on a daily basis, I have been in five games. The first match was at Gigg Lane against MK Dons in February 2016. Last season I was in three games and again I was at Bury-Lincoln in January.

Unfortunately, Bury has never won when I have watched, and until the Lincoln match, I had never seen a Bury goal. Fortunately, there were three goals against Lincoln. Hope that it will be a win next time.

Ian: What a game it was too against Lincoln! If any Norweigians want to jump on the Bury train, where can they reach you?

Martin: We have a website called www.bury.no where there are some travel information and the opportunity to join the supporter club. Can also be reached at post@bury.no and followed on Twitter @BuryFcNorway

In the fall, I move almost six weeks to England to follow Bury up close and develop English skills. Encourage Norwegians and English people to make contact.

Ian: Amazing, Get in touch when you’re over and we can meet up, Thank you for time.

Lowe’s Wise Moves In January Could Be Key To League One Football Next Season

The unusual yet charming bond between Bury and Rangers struck again on deadline day, as Bury saw off ‘two Scottish Premiership clubs’ to sign midfielder Jordan Rossiter on loan until the end of the season.

Deadline day just wouldn’t feel right without a new player coming through the door and Rossiter decided on a move South of the border to end this current season. Having watched the pulsating 3-3 draw with Lincoln City last Saturday, the Rangers man felt he just couldn’t say no at the possibility of a loan move to Bury.

Rossiter grew up and spent his early playing days in the Liverpool academy. The return to the North West will therefore bring Bury’s newest addition closer to home. Rossiter was no slouch in the Anfield set-up and, has played under Brendan Rodgers whilst he was still part of the club before Jurgen Klopp joined in 2015.

Rossiter’s early career has been plagued with injury mostly but will plan to become a permanent fixture on the pitch for Bury rather than the treatment room. Another midfield option seemed rather necessary this window as Bury head onto the home straight.

The 21-year-old will look to become a permanent fixture in the side but will need to shake off a ‘sick note’ tag, which looks to be the only question mark against this signing. Its been frustrating at times for Rossiter having only made 16 appearances for Rangers since his arrival in 2016.

What certainly isn’t frustrating, however, is Bury’s growing force in the transfer market as Ryan Lowe secured his second Rangers signing of the season. The initial addition was Jamie Barjonas who is now back in Scotland following on from his loan stay at Bury.

Rossiter isn’t the only January arrival to the side however. Scott Wharton has also joined the side from Blackburn Rovers this season, he too is on-loan until the season is out and the same age as Rossiter.

Wharton is back in League Two as quickly as he left it,  having started his season at leaders Lincoln making 16 appearances. Lowe’s willingness to add depth to the squad seems appropriate, especially seen as Bury also have The Checkatrade Trophy to fight for between now and May alongside their league form which, all being well, could lead to promotion.

Is Promotion On The Cards For Bury in 2019

Ryan Lowe has raised many eyebrows to those in the football world over Christmas, with his management choices in a variety of ways. Whether they have had the required impact can only be seen long term, yet Bury again struggled on the road this festive season.

In an interview with The Daily Mail, The Bury boss announced he would not be running a training session on Christmas Day, a choice not common in English football. Instead, choosing to monitor the players’ workouts using a GPS heart monitor and a 30-minute training workout.

A day later a whole host of changes at Mansfield were made as players including Callum McFadzean, Captain Neil Danns and Nicky Maynard were left on the bench as rare starts in the league were given to so-called ‘squad players’ in the side.

The reason for the changes were put to ‘squad rotation’ and ‘niggles and injuries’, still the eleven put out couldn’t record an away win and Bury are still left with a total of only three away wins in the league all season after 25 games.

At table propers Notts County Lowe rotated the squad again, but Bury were fortunate to  leave Meadow Lane with a point as County man Jon Stead missed a 12 yard spot kick for the home side skying the ball over the bar.

After just one point from a possible six, and one from nine counting Oldham who sacked Frankie Bunn less than fortnight after Bury were beaten 4-2 at Boundary Park. Now Bury have it all to do against Crewe on New Years Day, yet the Cheshire side know they’re in for a tough afternoon.

Gigg Lane has proved to be a fortress so far this season, no team since Carlisle in September have left North Manchester with a win. The Shakers will look to make it a happy new year as they say goodbye to 2018 which saw the club relegated from League One and a takeover in the boardroom with Steve Dale replacing Stewart Day as chairman in December.

Despite financial losses in 2018 off the pitch, Bury are in for a promotion race in the New Year, and with 10 points separating MK Dons in Second to Grimsby in 13th, League Two should be a league to watch very closely.

However as we head into The New Year, Bury will be a team you’d want to back down the bookies for promotion, the home form being their biggest calling card. Upcoming games against leaders Lincoln and MK Dons under the home lights should test their promotion metal.

Out with the old and into the new. Bury can finally look to a promising twelve months under Dale and Lowe, with many opportunities to be grasped in 2019. Compared to twelve months ago, this is something to cheer for.

Bury Can See Automatic Promotion Becoming a Huge Possibility IF They Beat Oldham

If you’d have told fans of Bury that they’d be heading near enough into Christmas week in the automatic promotion spots, fans would have bitten your arm off. Following last seasons struggles in League One, making the playoffs would have been an achievement.

Should Bury beat local rivals Oldham at Boundary Park tomorrow and Colchester lose at Carlisle, Ryan Lowe’s men will go into the game against Tranmere in League Two’s top three.

Any football fan who has followed the goings on at Bury over the past week will know that last season’s relegation hit the club hard in the pocket, so much so the club are still suffering the consequences from last seasons disaster.

However, in the second half of 2018, Bury have turned things around considerably to the point you could say it’s been a ‘strong recovery’. Not to the point things are perfect but things are looking up on the pitch at least.

Not many fans would have predicted a new owner a fortnight ago never mind last season, the vision of new owner Steve Dale suggests Bury should be a ‘stable League One club’ in the not too distant future.

Dale’s comments this week would look accurate if Bury picks up three points on the road tomorrow. It would have been hard to imagine the Shakers being in this position with only two away wins in the league all season, the last coming in September at strangely enough, Colchester.

It would be easy to dwell on the stuttering away results, but more optimistically the home form which has seen the side fly up the table. Jay O’Shea has contributed to the majority, the most recent of them the first in last Saturday’s 2-0 win over Exeter, his seventh goal in his last ten games.

The Irishmen is flying at present in Bury’s team and other than Joe Murphy between the sticks, most likely the first man on the team sheet in current form.

Frankie Bunn and his Oldham side will no doubt look at Bury’s inconsistent away form and games against Crewe, Port Vale and Cambridge to give them confidence a result in this weekend’s local derby is a possibility.

But hopefully, Bury’s away crowd tomorrow can whip up some Gigg Lane atmosphere.

Then Oldham knows they’ve a game on their hands.

New Era at Gigg Lane! Steve Dale Takes Over The Reins As Things Stay The Same On The Pitch

Off the field drama at Gigg Lane came to a conclusion yesterday afternoon as Steve Dale was confirmed as the new chairman of Bury FC, taking over after Stewart Day stepped down from the role.

Dale, a businessman in the property and building industry is hoping his ‘business experience’ will help benefit the club long-term, hoping for the Shakers to become a stable League One side in the future.

Outgoing chairman Day will be long remembered as the man who saved Bury back in 2013 and helped deliver promotion up to League One in May 2015. The club were relegated back to League Two in April of this year.

New chairman Dale made this statement on Bury’s club website today.

‘I’m delighted to have taken over this historic club. My initial plan is to establish Bury as a stable and self-sufficient League One side’.

“I want to re-establish the club in the local community by investing time and resources to something that is vitally important to football clubs’.

Rumours of a potential takeover gathered pace on Monday afternoon with a statement announcing that the club would ‘be in a position’ to make an announcement’ regarding the changeover ‘in the coming days’.

Yet the news of Steve Dale’s buy was announced by the club yesterday, who in the process of the announcement confirmed last season’s relegation from League One ‘hit the club hard financially’.

Dale will be joined on the board by Matt McCarthy who joins the club as a Director. Karl Evans stays on as club CEO.

On the pitch Bury continue to shine, notching up their tenth win of the season in a 2-0 win against playoff rivals Exeter City. on Saturday.  Jay O’Shea and Byron Moore put their names to the scoresheet, with Joe Murphy saving a penalty with the Shakers only 1-0 up.

O’Shea scored his seventh goal of the season, all of which coming since October. The Irishmen was player of the month for November in League Two and at the moment is Ryan Lowe’s in-form player.

One of Dale’s first tasks will be to get the likes of O’Shea putting pen to paper on a new contract which of course will be far more likely should the Shakers earn promotion back to League One.

This mission is looking more likely by the game for Bury who went fourth and just two points off the automatic spots.

Lowe will no doubt be relieved that the changeover upstairs is complete. Now all he and his players can do is focus on a derby day win at Oldham this coming Saturday.

If Bury Want to Beat Exeter, They Must Play This Trio

The past few seasons at Bury will have provided a fair bit of chaos for the men who print out the team sheets. At times it was guesswork when deciphering which players would make the starting eleven on any particular week.

Yet something has changed this season. Now you can name every on the team sheet as Ryan Lowe has begun to establish continuity in the side.

The midfield looked slightly different on Tuesday night. Stephen Dawson, Callum Styles and Jamie Barjonas all started in the win, but Ryan Lowe is likely to go back to the players who’ve been scoring for fun this season.

Saturday’s game sees 5th take on 7th in League Two as Bury face Exeter before a local derby with Oldham the week after. To help notch up another home win, Lowe should start these three players.

 Jay O’Shea

Bury have found not only a grafter in midfield but a goalscorer. O’Shea is in a rich vein of form having scored six goals in his last nine games and is playing a huge role in Bury’s promotion challenge this season.

Having recently been named November’s player of the month in League Two, O’Shea is more than proving what a special talent he can be. Bury will be desperate the Irishmen remains in form heading into the hectic festive period.

Eoghan O’Connell 

Brought back into the team last Sunday and avoiding injury will most likely be a starter till May. Gets the nod ahead of Adam Thompson as Bury’s best defender and will provide that extra protection needed in front of Murphy in goal.

The 3-5-2 formation seems to work for Bury as Lowe looks to have found a method that works. The back line looks to be the Shakers weakest area in the team at present but hopefully, young O’Connell can help cut out the silly mistakes Bury continue to leak when under pressure.

Dominic Telford 

Half of Telford’s goals this season have come in the Checkatrade Trophy, the latest coming at Mansfield on Tuesday.

Fans and no doubt Telford himself will want to start converting those Cup goals into League ones after Tuesday night’s contribution. Competing alongside Byron Moore for a place alongside Nicky Maynard in Bury’s starting eleven, making an immediate impact tomorrow against Exeter wouldn’t go amiss.

Having not scored in the league since October yet still starts most games, it’s time he repaid Lowe’s faith with a goal in another of Bury’s promotion battles.

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