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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.

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.

Lowe Should Keep This Back Line Against Cheltenham Tonight If He Wants to Make It Six Games Unbeaten

The 3-5-2 formation deployed by Ryan Lowe this season may have helped solved the leaky defence Bury have.

Bury haven’t conceded anymore than two goals since Crawley back in August when they were narrowly defeated 3-2.

Despite the defeat at Crawley only being Bury’s sixth of the season, it had some fans believing the upcoming season might end of being another to forget.

Since then the Shakers have climbed up the League Two table, with a back three of Will Aimson, Adam Thompson and Chris Stokes making 56 appearances between them already.

At times looking slightly shaky at the back, these three plus wing-backs of McFadzean and Adams have helped make the Shakers tough to beat, suffering just two losses in the league the since the start of September.

Eoghan O’Connell played the early games of the season, yet has suffered through injuries since then, but did make a breakthrough with an impressive goal in a 4-0 win against Stevenage.

After coming on as a sub in the draw at Cambridge, The Irishmen may be given a start by Lowe tonight as Bury look to make it six games unbeaten against a Cheltenham side who lie just outside the relegation places at present.

O’Connell was named as Bury’s key player in the football magazine Four Four Two at the beginning of the season, but Bury’s current back three are building a steady partnership.

It may be best leaving things as they are as Bury look to put Saturday’s draw at Cambridge behind them, but don’t rule out a change in the future. Lowe is keen to keep all players right on their toes.




Why This Man is Bury’s Hidden Gem, In The Shakers Push For Promotion

 You could very quickly forgive players and fans alike for getting giddy about Bury’s high-class performances in recent weeks. Courtesy of The Shaker’s wide array of attacking talent, no fewer than 13 goals have been scored in their last three League Two games.

It’s fair to say Bury are becoming the entertainers of League Two with growing voices saying creative maestro, Danny Mayor is arguably the best player in England’s fourth tier. 

Yet despite talk of the likes of Mayor and Nicky Maynard being Bury’s biggest stars, a player behind them in Jay O’Shea has also put in some high-level performances in recent weeks.  

O’Shea broke the deadlock on Saturday, as Bury took on fellow play-off rivals Stevenage at home. His opener got the ball rolling and by 5 o’clock Bury had another handsome scoreline to their name.

The Irishmen added another to his name as Bury finally found their stride in what was turning into a nervy afternoon at Gigg.

Yet it’s not the first time O’Shea has found the net in recent weeks, he is actually getting into a run in front of goal. 5 goals in his last six games have O’Shea putting in the numbers Maynard, Moore and Mayor would be proud of. 

O’Shea may not be the best technical player in the side, however, he is certainly making a name for himself on the scoresheet. 

All bodes well for Lowe as the busy festive period is only round the corner. Bury may have their very own present in O’Shea, he’s quickly looking like one of many who can take Bury to the top of the League Two tree.