Bury’s cup game against David Flitcroft’s Mansfield tonight may not have the same ring to it as the FA Cup game against Luton Town just two days ago, but tonight’s Checkatrade game will no doubt offer the Shakers there best ever chance of getting to Wembley.
The Checkatrade isn’t a fan favourite with many fans of League One or Two, attendances at Gigg Lane this season would suggest this competition can’t quite put bums on seats and attract fans other than the core following. No more than a few hundred fans have seen Bury take on Leicester 21’s and Fleetwood Town so far this season.
With another round of Premier League fixtures today and tomorrow, The Checkatrade won’t exactly be the biggest talking point over the next few days in the media.
However, the better Bury do in this competition the new Wembley and a game under the arch will certainly be whispered a lot louder with fans and board members alike. Such the importance of tonight’s tie in Nottinghamshire.
It may only be the second round of fixtures, yet Ryan Lowe’s men will not want another defeat to their name.
This competition has seen Bury blood in the youngsters of the squad and the likes of Dom Telford hit the ground running in the team with three goals in three games.
Lowe suggested after Sunday’s defeat that Bury was never going to win the FA Cup anyway, yet there is no denying the Checkatrade can certainly open up doors for Bury over the next few months.
More wins in this event will equal more TV money for the club no doubt, something the FA and Carabao Cup provides. The Shakers haven’t always had the greatest days in domestic cup games. Tonight’s game offers the perfect chance to change that record and for the Bury fans to say the name of Wembley just a little bit louder.