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Why Bolton’s no fixture last weekend is a sad time for football

Wondered why Bolton Wanderers never played a game this weekend? It’s because they were meant to be playing Bury. In a sad time for the game, The Football Manc Cave reflects.

A lot of football fans haven’t had a game to watch this week because it’s the international break. Bolton fans have had no game because the team they were meant to be playing were expelled from the league.

Bury fans haven’t got any games to watch.

It’s about time the people in power started to look at struggling clubs a little closer, and help them instead of putting them in situations like this.

Just imagine for one minute, the EFL would have given Bury more help and extended their time to try and sort the issues they were having. I know a lot of people are now going to say that they had enough time. However, in my opinion, with the supposed new bids on the deadline day, the EFL should have seen that as a possible way to save the club so should have helped.

If they would have and a deal could have been made. Just imagine Bolton vs Bury. The money that that game would have brought in because both sets of fans want their clubs to survive, the attention the game would have got and what it would have meant for either team to score, gain any points or most importantly, win.

Instead, the EFL removes Bury from the league. The fact that there was no fixture for Bolton this weekend, just made me realise how lucky I am to be a Bolton fan. We actually have games to watch now thanks to Football Ventures. It doesn’t matter whether we win or lose, we have football to watch.

Sad times for Bury

It’s a sad time for the game and I really do hope that Bury can solve the issues they have and work their way back into the leagues. It’s not fair, football is all about money and there’s so much of it, so why are Bury facing these issues? Because the EFL let a man, sorry, a coward, take over a club, not have the funds, not willing to sort a sale out and then the EFL end up expelling them from the league.

Maybe they should have run tests more accurately, and actually done a background test on Dale before just shattering the fans, staff and players.

I hope that once we are up and running properly, we could maybe give Bury fans free entry so that they’ve got some football to watch. If not that, then I really do think we should have some sort of game that raises money for Bury. Football fans that are laughing, mocking or saying that Bury deserves this in any way, I really hope that your club never has to go through what they have – because it’s heartbreaking.

‘Bury must start again from the bottom. Not handed a lifeline! Other clubs will think they can do it otherwise’ Football fans react

The Football Manc Cave is looking at your reactions to the fact that Bury could make a return to League Two if plans go ahead…

Fans were devastated when Bury’s expulsion from the league was announced and thousands signed a petition to overturn the decision. The EFL didn’t help with the situation and now Paul Wilkinson and Bury MP, James Frith have spoken about plans to try and get their team into league two rather than lower league football.

James Frith had announced yesterday that he will submit plans to the EFL for this to happen next season and here are your reactions…

Personally, I can’t see the EFL allowing this and in terms of how things are supposed to go officially, it would be unfair to place Bury in League Two. Especially, when other teams are fighting to be there, however, the way that the EFL have handled the situations with the likes of Bolton and Bury, I think they should do something to help The Shakers now.

Most won’t agree but at the end of the day, the league should want their football teams to survive.

Bury fans must try and envisage a future, no matter how difficult that may feel

It would be too easy to join the queue of people offering their condolences to Bury fans following their expulsion from the EFL this week. Instead, what is needed is a plan for the future, not just for Bury FC but for all the clubs who might find themselves in the same situation.

There was almost an inevitability to Bury’s expulsion from the league and Bolton’s extension of their extension. I don’t wish to suggest that Bolton were in a less perilous state than Bury, but if both clubs had been treated the same by the EFL and Bury had been allowed to play their fixtures. The situation might have panned out differently.

The people at the EFL meeting that took place after the 5pm deadline, must surely have been aware of the enormity of expelling Bolton Wanderers from the league given their rich history and long membership of English football.

That does not mean that losing Bury might soon be forgotten. However, there is a danger that the impact on the game may be less, given that the club will always be looked upon as a minor side who spent most of their time in the lower divisions.

Bury’s due diligence

It is possible that the EFL may want to see the back of this episode quickly and sweep the whole debacle under the carpet. Therefore, if there is one thing Bury fans can do, it is to keep the club in the limelight and demand an inquiry into how Steve Dale was allowed to pass a test of due diligence.

Consequently, it is imperative that Bury fans dust themselves off and plan for the future as soon as possible, no matter how difficult that might seem at present. There is a great deal of vitriol aimed at Dale on social media but that needs to be abandoned. The Poundland tycoon with his scant regard for the local community and the livelihoods of his employees, cannot harm the people of Bury any more. Forget him and hope that his long-overdue date in the dock is just around the corner.

Other clubs have started from scratch again and prospered – there is no reason why Bury can’t. Football has long been called The People’s Game. It’s time we took it back.

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.

Two Players To Look out for this season for Radcliffe FC

The Football Manc Cave are picking out two Radcliffe players that will make the difference this coming season.

I got the chance to see them in action against Bury in pre-season. Although they lost 3-1, there was some good play that will see them do well in the Northern Premier League.

Radcliffe did well to gain promotion last season and they’ll be hoping to be successful in this new league challenge. With that being said, here are two players who should stand out to fans throughout their campaign…

Danny Mitchley

The 29-year-old striker spent his youth years at the likes of Oldham Athletic, Wigan Athletic and Blackpool. He made his senior debut with Blackpool and has had a long list of clubs such as Southport, Mansfield Town, Skelmersdale United and Marine to his name since.

Despite only signing for Radcliffe this summer, he’s had a brilliant pre-season campaign that has seen him score, come close to or assist in every friendly he’s played. He’s blended in with the team extremely well which is only a positive going forward.

Ben Wharton

Wharton is also 29 years old who has played for the likes of Rochdale, Buxton and Warrington Town. Fans like to see him in action.

Rick Smith is another standout player to be mentioned as even when he’s not got the ball he makes a big impact on the other players, knows how to lead and drive the team forward and influences his teammates. However, the play between Wharton and Mitchley was particularly good against Bury as Mitchley assisted Wharton to Radcliffe’s only goal.

FC United Women welcome former Bury striker with open arms

The Women’s football season will soon be starting and clubs are finalising their squads. FC United announced on Sunday night that they have a new number 10.

Jordan Bailey is a skilful striker who has been looking to move away from Bury this summer. On the 17th of July, Bailey put out a tweet to ask if anyone knew of any open age Women’s teams who were looking for players. Fans were quick to jump on and help her although most stated how they didn’t want her to leave the Shakers women’s team.

It hasn’t taken her long to find another club as FC United announced the news over the weekend. Bailey will be taking the number 10 shirt ahead of the new season. Upon joining FC United, she has stated that she is ‘so happy to be signing for this club.”

FC United have also made a statement in which they have said, “Jordan is a quick skilful attacker who will be sure to cause problems in the league this year.” Even though the club are happy with their new signing and she is excited to get started with them. Bailey has built up a level of respect at Bury and has received lots of messages from not only fans and teammates but also coaching staff which is nice to see.

One coach tweeted, “good luck Jordon. Big loss and my girls will miss your skills down the wing. You’re a brilliant asset to any club.”

The Football Manc Cave wishes Jordan a successful season with her new club and also good luck to Bury who is also recruiting at most levels within the women’s and girls teams.

Photo Credit: @FCUnitedWomen

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?

Goals

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.

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.

Shrewsbury Town complete GK double after another Bury FC player walks away from Gigg Lane

Another day goes by and another player walks away from the fire that is currently engulfing Bury FC, in what has become a nightmare summer.

Goalkeeper Joe Murphy is the latest to walk out of Gigg Lane, as he moves to Shrewsbury Town this season.

What is Sam Ricketts’ side getting with the addition of Murphy?

Experience

Goalkeeper Joe Murphy started every game in last seasons promotion under Ryan Lowe, and the 37-year old will no doubt be an older and wiser head in the dressing room.

Yet despite potentially having only one or two seasons left in the locker before retirement, Murphy has already declared he wants to be number one at the New Meadow come August.

A winners mentality

Last season saw the ‘keeper win not only promotion but also named in the League Two team of the year. What more can you want from a keeper?

A point worth mentioning is the recruitment by Shrewsbury of Brian Jenson, the goalkeeping coach at the Shakers until only last week.

It looks as though Jenson may have encouraged Murphy to make the move down South. No doubt both will be hungry to achieve back to back promotions.

‘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.

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