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Bury FC’s miserable pre-season continues with the latest hurdle

When Bury owner Steve Dale’s CVA request was officially approved in court last Thursday. Wilkinson and his backroom staff thought they could plan for life back in League One.

Despite going winless in the clubs opening pre-season friendlies against Nantwich and Blackburn Rovers where a teamsheet broke the internet. The silver lining from pre-season so far is the Gigg Lane floodlights have been restored to full working order.

Despite this Bury begin life in League One already bottom despite the fact no games have been played, due to the 12 point deduction the club have been handed.

Yet now a new stumbling block has appeared in front of the clubs noses. The EFL have told the Shakers they need sufficient evidence, that outstanding debt payments can be made to creditors with the deadline in just a fortnights time.

The club could face expulsion from the EFL and therefore be unable to fulfil their 2019/20 fixtures.

The clock is ticking with regards to signing players ahead of the MK Dons match on August the 3rd, although Bury to their credit has a plan with new signings expected to be announced this weekend. Another idea is asking Premier League giants Man City, Tottenham and Wolves to loan them players for the opening games.

Most likely the year ahead could be one of pain with losses left, right and centre. Yet at least there is a club to watch and for the majority of fans, and that’s all they want to know right now.

‘On the fans part at least, they still have a football team to watch at 3 pm on a Saturday afternoon’ as Bury’s CVA is finally passed

Bury FC as we know it will still be in existence by the new season after the proposed CVA was approved in court.

In short, the overall result means the North-West club, who for months have had a threat of liquidation over their heads, will avoid such a consequence despite the period of poor ownership under Steve Dale and Stewart Day.

After months of confusion with serious fears that one of Britain’s oldest clubs may be sent to liquidation or administration. The club may finally be able to look the future with hope rather than fear.

Almost. Owner Steve Dale still has to sell the club and what is needed is for Dale’s time in ownership to end swiftly and new custodians to arrive and steady the ship.

In a statement released on the clubs website, Dale spoke about how he and his team have kept the League One Club alive.

Steve Dale quote

‘Today was a major day for our beloved Club, the old girl is safe. The CVA was passed so our future is secured as I said I would.

We have worked tirelessly to achieve the result today whilst taking a lot of flak, some might say our methods were questionable but we can all pass comment with hindsight, my job was to save Bury FC and that’s done, we have other hurdles but the main one is complete’.

Despite a recent article in The Guardian Newspaper stating his takeover went through without approval from the governing body the EFL. It seems Dale may have done what’s required in order to keep the League One club afloat.

What will follow in the days ahead of the new season is up in the air. Most likely is what consequences this financial mess may have on Paul Wilkinson and his new players.

A 12 point deduction on the opening points tally is almost a certainty. Therefore the club will begin their season on minus 12, the same number of points as near neighbours Bolton Wanderers.

New floodlights need to be purchased at Gigg Lane not forgetting a brand new squad. Time is running out quicker to re-construct a side, than the time Britain’s next Prime Minister has to agree on a new Brexit Deal. On the fans part at least, they still have a football team to watch at 3 pm on a Saturday afternoon.

Bury have hovered over the financial trap door for so long in recent months. Only now are they slowly creeping away from falling into extinction.

It’s a case of trailist & error for Bury FC

Nobody who follows the comedy show at Bury FC will have been surprised by Saturday’s teamsheet at non-league Nantwich Town.

The Shakers began their season with a 1-1 draw and for a period in the second half had the lead.

Nobody quite knows where this season will end for Paul Wilkinson’s side, although one thing we can all guarantee is that it won’t be short of drama.

And all the fun and games began around 2 pm on Saturday when the team sheets were handed out.

Every player listed was noted as a trialist, summing up perfectly the current situation at Gigg Lane.

Owner Steve Dale made a rare appearance at the Weaver Stadium on Saturday, spotted wearing a club coat sat next to former Cardiff City manager Dave Jone who is helping run the football side of the business.

The club is still for sale, although no take-over looks to be completed any day soon.

Jones did suggest light at the end of the tunnel though, saying ‘The club is safe, you will have a club come the start of the season. I have never lied to a supporter’.

Jordan Archer was the mystery man on the scoresheet, yet The Dabbers bounced back through Joe Mwasile.

The Shakers next friendly is a week on Wednesday against championship outfit Blackburn Rovers. The Lancashire club will no doubt provide a stern test for whoever wears the white and blue shirt.

The quantity of trialists on show next week is an interesting question and a teamsheet not to be missed.

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?


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.

‘I’d Have Him Here Tomorrow’ 68% of Bury fans Want Keith Hill as The Next Manager

Bolton Wanderers Keith Hill

A recent twitter poll showed 68% of Bury fans would take former Rochdale boss Keith Hill as manager next season.

Although this may sound a hellish thought for Bury fans, somewhere in the upcoming plans the club will have to plan for life without Ryan Lowe.

Should there be a club after the 19th June, the successor to Lowe will take over the role in dealing with a threadbare squad and possible points deduction, not to mention one trying to get over two hopeless owners.

An early contender to fill the Gigg Lane hot seat is former Rochdale manager Keith Hill. A surprise too perhaps to see the Dale favourite as a candidate, yet it seems Shakers fans wouldn’t seem to mind Hill in the home dugout next season.

Many fans left their views on Twitter. The footballmanccave.com took a look at the opinions which favoured the football league stalwart.

Why It’s Imperative Bury FC Fans Sign Up To Forever Bury

Nearly a week on from the Bury supporter summit where supporters group Forever Bury announced they were going to fight till the lights go out to keep their beloved football club afloat, the re-vamped supporters club is really starting to take shape.

300 fans turned up to join Dave Giffard and his team as they look to keep their local team alive for future generations.

Bury FC was founded in the 1800s, although financial issues over the past few years had led to the club on verge of liquidation.

Productive work across social media had lead to the supporter’s group seeing more fans sign up over the past few days. A week ago only 700 members were apart of Forever Bury in a 9,000 nationwide fan base. That figure has risen considerably over the past seven days.

There have been more than 400 new signups since last Saturday at Gigg Lane alone, with a total of £68,000 raised. With a mission to buy the club in the near future and to see the club find themselves back into safe hands, only fan support can save the Shakers from liquidation. It really is that simple.

With work by Dean Hamer alongside Giffard, there is now renewed hope that the League One club will run for years to come. Hamer set up a ‘Go Fund Me’ page yesterday, raising £465 at the time of writing with a target of £500,000.

It hasn’t been the easiest time for clubs in Greater Manchester recently. Only a short drive from Gigg Lane stands Bolton Wanderers, long-standing rivals yet fans with a shared goal of keeping their respective clubs in business.

The likes of Blackpool, Macclesfield, Charlton and Coventry also have also had a fair few problems with ownership this season. A growing trend which overshadows the competitiveness that the EFL is spanning three divisions.

Despite only 10 miles from Manchester City and Manchester United, the League Two runners up are worlds apart from this long-standing football league club.

Yet better than non-existent, a point no fan wants to admit but knows the prospect is possible. Only by following Forever Bury can fans hope to keep their club in safe hands.

You can sign up to Forever Bury below using this link


Danny Mayor’s Comments Speak Volumes Regarding The Future of Bury

‘Tell us what is happening’ were the latest comments said to Bury chairman Steve Dale regarding the club’s future and wages for all of the club staff.

The author of those comments was Danny Mayor, who alongside fellow critic of Dale Nicky Adams, speaks volumes for the worries held within the dressing room.

Mayor was at the heart of Bury’s success last season but is yet to sign a new contract keeping him at Gigg Lane. Having spent six years with the Shakers, Mayor has seen everything from promotion to relegation.

Despite dipping in and out of form at times, the number 10 was on top form notching up many goals and assists helping his side to promotion, including the decisive goal at Tranmere in the final week of the season.

Yet he may have played his last game due to the grave uncertainty regarding the future of the club. Speaking to the Bury Times, Mayor spoke out against the chairman and the issues surrounding wages.

“I’m the same as the other lads, I don’t really know what’s going on,” said Mayor.

We’ve not been told anything about whether the club’s going to be sold or not.

We’re kind of in limbo, really.

We saw the statement but we’ve heard a lot of things before and it’s not come to fruition so we have to take it with a pinch of salt.”

Mayor has been linked with several clubs including Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday over recent weeks. There were even reports about a move to near neighbours Salford City as they began their transfer window with the signing of Richie Towell.

However, despite numerous transfer talks, the midfielder seems happy working with Ryan Lowe as are so many of his colleagues. Up to 70% of players want to stay working with their manager this upcoming season.

Despite the positive comments regarding their future which will certainly please fans, no fans would argue with a mass exodus should Steve Dale fail to pay wages or his successor as club chairman.

A nightmare worry could still become a damming reality if a new owner is not in place by June 20th, the day of the new fixture release.

“It’s tough for everyone. I’d love to say everything’s going to work out and I’ll stay at Bury but I can’t sign anything when it’s not been offered.

I can’t keep waiting around to see what they say, hoping the club gets bought. A lot of lads are in the same situation.

They’re out of contract and they’ve got families, and they’ve got to do what’s best for them.”

Why Bury’s Danny Mayor Pips Jay O’Shea to The PFA Player of Season Award

Danny Mayor and Jay O’Shea can’t keep out of the headlines when it comes to the end of season awards, leading the nominations for the fans player of the season.

Although Tranmere Rovers James Norwood may be tough to beat when it comes to taking home the prize, the midfield duo will both run the eventual winner very close.

Or on the other hand, of course, one of Mayor or O’Shea does take the award home. It would be hard to find a reason why either player shouldn’t take the prize, especially due to their individual presence in Ryan Lowe’s team.

Scoring the most important goal of Bury’s season arguably, the equaliser at Tranmere to secure the Shaker’s promotion, 2018/19 was the year we saw Mayor back at his best.

Whereas O’Shea may have just had the best season of his career, the number 10’s performances were a true reflection of his ability. Known to be shy off the pitch, his real trouble has been the level of consistency shown week in, week out.

Many critics and pundits will say he was the best player of League Two. Not knocking O’Shea of course, his run of goals between October and February came in Bury’s best run of form, particularly the period at the turn of the year when the eventual runners up went on a long unbeaten run stretching to the end of March.

The 30-year-old suddenly found where the net was working with Lowe, maybe he found his true form with former midfielder Steven Schumacher part of the backroom staff.

Part of a midfield duo in front of firstly Neil Danns then Jordan Rossiter, the work of the loanee from Rangers helped both Mayor and O’Shea find even more ways to create chances.

Mayor was suspended for games including Cambridge, Carlisle and Colchester as news of Bury’s financial troubles came to light. On the pitch, he was missed more than ever. Winning one of the three games the creative spark was flickering but certainly lacking in brightness.

O’Shea would have been less of a miss than Mayor. The latter can cover both roles, the former less so. Not because O’Shea isn’t a good player, he is, just less of one than Mayor.

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Fans Turn Up United to Help Save Bury FC

There are few occasions in this world where a back street social club can save a football club, however, the Victoria Community and Youth Centre in Whitefield may have just bucked the trend.

Despite chairman of Bury FC Steve Dale being a no show once again, club director Matt McCarthy took to the microphone to answer questions Shakers fans have been dying to answer for weeks.

On an early spring night against Cambridge United, rumours began to fly around regarding just how bad the money situation was concerning the League Two runners up.

Now two months since the drama surfaced, over 250 fans came together alongside the board of directors to help save one of England’s oldest football clubs.

The aim of the night was to ‘be united’ and end the deep divide between any Bury fan or club official who has taken aim at how the Shakers have been run.

By the end of the night, board member McCarthy was receiving warm applause from all sections of the room. There you can work out how well the night had gone.

The situation regarding Bury is still a mess, so to speak. Staff are yet to be paid, players can follow Scott Burgess out of the club at any given time. Ryan Lowe can leave the club for Plymouth or potentially Tranmere Rovers if he wants to at any moment.

Yet the beauty of having an ex-player as a manager means, Lowe will do no such thing. Fans were told Lowe and the majority of players would stand by the club. The training pitch at Carrington may have to go to save costs. All being well, however, if Bury are to be sold and bought again, the manager and his staff want to be training at Lower Gigg as soon as possible.

Right now though Steve Dale is the chairman and until any changes are made as far as he is concerned, Bury Football Club still remain in trouble. Attendees were asked not to shout or hurl abuse at Dale anymore. This Saturday a protest will be held outside the ground at 1 pm.

The good news regarding a sale is potential investors still remain. One of whom is Forever Bury where Dave Giffard has launched a potential takeover bid, but he said his expected claim will be turned down.

The good news is, far too many people in the area don’t want to see Bury go into liquidation. Everybody, however, wants Dale to sell up and never to think about them again.

McCarthy will hold talks with the EFL today with regards to the clubs future. As we all know, however, this turmoil cannot last forever.

With the 2019/20 fixtures due to be released on June 20th, the chances of another court adjournment are impractical. Nobody who loves football wants to see a club founded in the 1800’s go bust.

Sadly far too many custodians of 21st century football have threatened for clubs to fall beneath the waistline. On a positive note, far too many won’t let that happen, as a meeting on a warm May night in Whitefield proved.

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