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Bury : Club Background

Bury FC was formed in 1885. They played friendly matches for four years until in 1889 they became one of the founding members of the Lancashire League. Five years later the Shakers joined the Football League and in their first season won the Division Two title. No automatic promotion in those days however, Bury had to beat Liverpool in a forerunner of the play-offs to earn entry into the top flight of the pyramid, where they stayed until eventual relegation in 1912. Bury fans wouldn't have known it at the time but the period from 1900 to 1903 would be the most succesful the club would enjoy to date - achieving a 5th place finish in Div 1 in 1901, but also winning the FA Cup twice during that time, beating Southampton 4-0 in the final in 1900 and Derby 6-0 three years later.

Manchester Road End
The Manchester Road End for the away support
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The club yo-yoed between the top flight and Division 2 following their first relegation in 1912 and achieved their highest ever league position of 4th place in Division 1 at the end of the 1925/26 season, before being relegated from the highest league for the final time in 1929. A long spell in the 2nd Division followed with the Shakers doing, well, nothing much really, until another relegation in 1957. The club found their way back into Division 2 by taking the Third Division title in 1960-61, but by 1971 Bury were down in the basement of Division 4 and in a taste of things to come, deep in financial trouble.

Main Stand
The Main Stand
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More yo-yoing between the lower divisions followed, one step forward inevitably being followed by one step back as the sale of the club's better players to balance the books became a regular feature of life at Gigg Lane. And talking of Gigg Lane, the club's original home was rebuilt in the early 90's, the old wooden stands being replaced by the modern all-seated stadium seen today. The Shakers went to Wembley for the first time in 1995 but lost the 3rd Division play-off final 2-0 to Chesterfield. As usual this friendly and resilient little club bounced back the next season, being promoted on the final day of the season.

South Stand
The South Stand
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The Shakers went one better in the 1996/97 season, winning the 2nd Division championship title under the leadership of Stan Ternant, but yet again financial worries led to the sale of the club's best players, including striker David Johnson for over 1 million. Ternant left for Burnley and Neil Warnock took over but again Bury were doomed and relegation from Division One followed once more. A bad start to the 1999-2000 season and yet more cash flow problems saw Warnock depart to be replaced by player-boss Andy Preece. By all accounts Preece performed a minor miracle in keeping the Shakers relatively solvent and in Division Two for the next couple of seasons, but the inevitable eventually happened and Bury were relegated back down to Division Three at the end of the 2001-02 season. Preece's sacking last season was something of a surprise, as was the appointment of the worthy but rather uninspirational figure of Graham Barrow.
Gigg Lane
Wide angle shot of Gigg Lane
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Barrow was boss when we last played Bury, which was during our 2003-05 stay at League Two level. He left just after that point, in September 2005. He was replaced by Chris Casper, who maintained a steady two and a half year period in charge, before being replaced by Alan Knill, who had a previously unremarkable record as Rotherham United boss. He went on to provide them with a 4th (2008-09) and 9th (2009-10) placed finish, and his side were on their way to another strong finish before Scunthorpe United came calling, taking him from Gigg Lane at the tail end of the 2010-11 season. That could have spelt disaster, but caretaker manager Richie Barker guided them to a 2nd place finish, with a string of six consecutive wins that got him the job permanently.

Their first season in League One showed promise with a 14th placed 2011-12 finish. However, their second season saw them relegated to League Two and that was where they parted company with Yeovil Town. They did rise back up into League One at the end of the 2014-15 season, but unfortunately Yeovil were swapping places with them. They managed three more fairly mediocre seasons in third tier football before once again tumbling downwards, finishing bottom of the 2017-18 table, with only eight wins to their name. They are managed by former player Ryan Lowe, who took over in January 2018, and so can't really be blamed too much for their demise, although the 19 matches that he was in charge for that the end of that season showed no sign that he had managed to turn the corner for them.

Bury : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Bury

04/09/1933HomeFrndD3-3McNeil, Page(2)
08/01/1949HomeFAC3W3-1Hargreaves, Hamilton, Wright
04/01/1964HomeFAC3L0-2
24/07/1997HomeFrndW2-1507
01/11/2003AwayDIV3L1-23086Edwards 31
17/04/2004HomeDIV3W2-15172D Rodrigues 55, 59
07/08/2004AwayCCL2L1-33171Caceres 39
19/03/2005HomeCCL2L0-16269
01/10/2011HomeNPL1L1-33127Agard 17
21/01/2012AwayNPL1L2-32527Dickson 10, MacLean 87
20/10/2012HomeNPL1W2-13386Webster 34, Foley 76
27/04/2013AwayNPL1L2-32440Hayter 58, Dawson 90
04/08/2018AwayEFL2L0-13151


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Bury

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Bury : Club Information
Address : Bury Football Club,
Gigg Lane,
Bury,
Lancashire
BL9 9HR
(Click for map)

Telephone Number : 0161 764 4881
Fax : 0161 764 5521
Email: info@buryfc.co.uk
Chairman : Stewart Day
Press Officer : Gemma Goodall
Manager : Ryan Lowe

Capacity : 11,669
Seated : All seated and covered
Covered Terrace : n/a

Record Attendance : 35,000 v Bolton, FA Cup 3rd round 9th Jan 1960

Nickname : The Shakers
Colours : shirts - white with royal blue trim; shorts - royal blue with white stripe; socks - white

Admission Prices :

This 2018-19 fixture has admission prices set as follows:

Adults: 20.00; Concessions: 14.00; Under-18s: 10.00; Under-16s: 7.00; Under-12s: 5.00; Under-5s: FREE.

Concessions apply to Over-65s, Disabled and Under-23s. The Under-12s price is subject to that person being accompanied by an Adult.

Yeovil Town supporters will be allocated the Manchester Road End, sometimes referred to as the West Stand. This is a covered seated stand, housing just over 2,000 supporters. There are a few supporting pillars that can block views partway up the stand, although with the numbers we will be taking, that won't be a problem.

There are no advance tickets available at the Huish Park Ticket Office. You must either pay on the turnstile, or purchase online from Bury's ticketing portal, where there will be a small handling charge. There is no facility to print your ticket. Your ticket can be posted to you or left for collection on the day of the game.

Disabled Access : 6 away supporters wheelchair spaces, all at pitch side slightly elevated. All covered with helpers alongside. 12 spaces with radio commentary for the blind in the Main Stand family section. 12 car parking spaces for wheelchair users 50 metres from stadium entry points. Access level around stadium with short ramps to slightly elevated pitch side viewing areas.

Both Ambulant Disabled and Wheelchair Disabled supporters are admitted for the concessionary price with an assistant admitted free of charge. There are six allocated spaces in away stand. Contact Ben Miles (club SLO) at ben.miles@buryfc.co.uk or on 07702 484137 if you have any on the day requirements.

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Bury : Directions To The Ground
General

Head up the M5 and M6 and Bury is on the north side of Manchester. Is it Lancashire? Is it Greater Manchester? The locals will probably have a strong opinion on that point. If you've been to Oldham or Rochdale, then you'll know roughly where to go bar the last 10 miles or so.

By Road

From M62:
Exit at Junction 17, Follow signs to Whitefield (A56). Go straight over at a double set of traffic lights. Follow signs to Bury (A56). After passing through Whitefield, road forks with the Derby Hotel on left. Follow road bearing right still signposted Bury (A56).

After approximately a mile and a half, you will see the Swan & Cemetery Pub on the left handside, then after a further 400 yards there are playing fields on your left. The next right is Gigg Lane (signposted football ground), but you can't drive up it on match days. Continue another 400 yards to the major junction, and turn right into Parkhills Road. You can park anywhere down this road or the side roads off it.

From M66:
Exit at Junction 2 and follow signs for Bury Town Centre and "Football Ground". Follow well sign-posted "football ground" signs. After 1/3 mile turn left at lights (signposted Manchester (B6219)). After 0.7 miles turn right at new roundabout, then turn left at next roundabout into Market Street. Follow this road, going over mini-roundabout, and then turning right at T-junction into Gigg Lane. A 1/3 of a mile on left hand side is the ground.

Parking

Bury used to have a club car park years ago but have built all-weather pitches on it - the only car park that remains is a players/officials one. Blue badge holders can apply for a space by emailing lynne.kent@buryfc.co.uk or by calling 0161 764 4881 (Opt 1) in advance. There are five spaces kept aside for visiting supporters, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Otherwise your options lie in street parking, or further away their town centre car parks. The club recommend the Pheonix House car park in Brierley Street which is opposite the stadium. The cost is 5.00 per car. This car park closes an hour after the final whistle. When you return to your car, you need to go through the pedestrian entrance, as the main gate opens using a sensor from inside the building.

Gigg Lane itself is out of bounds for driving on match days, and there are usually plenty of coned off roads in the immediate vicinity. On top of that there are various 'Residents Only' parking schemes in the area, so check signage. That said, we didn't have too much trouble in finding a spot around 10 minutes walk from the ground. If you want an alternative formal car park then head north of the ground towards the town centre, but if you want a free bit of street parking, then going south of the ground (and therefore further away from the town centre) is best.

Coach Parking

The dedicated coach parking location is approximately a 5-10 minute walk to the Stadium. Drop-off outside is not an option as Gigg Lane is a residential street and is subject to a Police order which restricts coaches stopping. Bury can provide space for ONE supporters coach to park on-site next to the First Team coach. If the visiting club is expecting more than one supporters coach to make the journey, you are advised to ensure that those with mobility problems are on the first coach. Bury must be given the name of the coach company and the registration plate of the coach to add it to the car park list. Charges for coach parking can be done on a reciprocal basis - i.e. if Bury are given assurances that they will not be charged for coach parking in their away visit, then they waive charges for parking at Gigg Lane. Thus anyone taking a supporters coach to the game should liaise with both Bury FC in advance, and with their local club's travel co-ordinator - in Yeovil's case the GWSC.

By Supporters Coaches

The Green and White Supporters Club are running coaches to the match for this 2018-19 season League Two fixture as follows:

Huish Park: 7.15a.m.
Adult Members: 32.00; Member Concessions: 30.00
Adult Non-Members: 34.00; Non-Member Concessions: 32.00

To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at paulhadlow@outlook.com

Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number. You may be asked to pay a deposit of 5.00 to reserve your seat for the trip.

By Rail

Bury must be one of the biggest towns in the UK without a mainline station. Bury is well-served by the relatively new tram system - Metrolink from Manchester. Trams for Bury from Victoria or Picadilly in Manchester run every six minutes and the journey time is around half an hour.

From the Metrolink drop-off point (walking): Turn left out of station along a pedestrian walkway underneath dual carriageway, and towards the Town Hall (on left is a park with pyramids, I know but they are Pyramids!!). Follow this walkway until it reaches "Knowsley Street". A newspaper kiosk on the left and opposite the clock tower. Take left and walk down Manchester Road for approximately 1/2 mile. Gigg Lane is on left hand side.

By Bus

The bus from the Metrolink/interchange is No. 135. Bus numbers 90, 92, 134, 135 and 137 are generally the ones you need. Ask for Gigg Lane stop part way down the Manchester Road. They run roughly every 10 minutes although as there are five of them, you should be able to turn up on the fly and catch one fairly quickly, rather than need a timetable.

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Bury : Web Resources
Web Sites

Bury FC
Bury's main club website, powered by the EFL's main platform. Navigation really difficult across the site, given that menu options seem to differ from page to page, whilst there's no visible disabled section. The first time visitor page is handy though.


Bury Mad
Bury's footy.mad site as it stands is a waste of internet resources. What's the point?


Web Message Boards

GiggLane.Com
Bulletin board style message board that seems to be moderately busy. You can view posts without registering.



E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters



Local Press

Bury Times
Dedicated section from the Bury Times covering the Shakers.


Manchester Evening News
Online section from the Manchester Evening News. Updated only very occasionally - perhaps the city of Manchester has one or two other clubs their local media concentrate more on?



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Bury : Food & Drink
Club Bar :

Bury Social Club in Gigg Lane allows visiting fans in before and after matches, subject to numbers. Entrance is £1.00 The bar serves food, there's a large screen telly with lunchtime sports matches screened (if one is scheduled), and a separate children's area. The away area is at the Manchester Road end on the West side of the stadium. It has its own catering facilities with burgers, hotdogs, pies and pasties.

Local Pubs :

Bury's Wetherspoon outlet in the main square
Bury's Wetherspoon outlet in the main square
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Robert Peel: For those struggling to find food with their drink in Bury the Wetherspoon chain is a generally reliable fallback. This is a typical offering - big and centrally located. With odd exceptions, where the manager is rather more adventurous than the norm, I do find Wetherspoon pubs rather too formulaic these days, but at least in strange towns where pub choice is a bit of a hit and miss affair you pretty much know what you are going to get. This one has the usual Courage Directors, Theakston Best Bitter and Shepherd Neame Spitfire, but makes a gesture towards regional preferences with Thwaites Mild. There is usually a guest available. The standard Guinness, Foster's and Blackthorn are present for those who like to consume very dull liquids. So if JD Wetherspoon is your thing, this is the one in Bury. As with most of the chain's outlets these days children are allowed in. It is wheelchair friendly. Food is served 9.00a.m. - 10.00p.m. Opening hours are 9.00a.m. until midnight with an hour extension to that on Friday and Saturday nights. Expect beer sales to start from 11.00a.m. or thereabouts. CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2011 entry.
Robert Peel, 5-10, Market Place, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0BL. Tel: 0161 7647287. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Cheap friendly pub ten minutes towards the town centre from the ground
Cheap friendly pub ten minutes towards the town centre from the ground
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Rose and Crown: CLOSED as of July 27th 2018. This venue is currently closed, but is believed to be undergoing a refurbishment, and so probably won't be open for our August 2018 visit. Opening times: Mon-Wed 12 noon - 3 p.m. , 5 p.m. - 11 p.m., Thurs-Sat 12 noon - 11 p.m., Sun 12 noon - 3 p.m., 7 p.m. - 10.30 p.m. End of terrace pub with an excellent selection of real ales hidden away just off the A56 close to Bury town centre. Deuchars IPA was the house standard; guests are wide ranging, but often include offerings from the local Phoenix Brewery at Heywood. It does lunches, but not on Saturdays when its roll and sandwich type fare only. Ten minutes walk to the ground. Busy friendly pub. Even better it was ridiculously cheap - well for those used to London prices anyway. Children welcome. Music a bit loud for some tastes maybe.
Rose and Crown, 36, Manchester Old Road, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0TR. Tel: 0161 764 6461. Map: Click Here.

Town centre outlet
Town centre outlet
© Hugh Gleave
The Clarence: Large pub in the middle of Bury. This was known as the Duke of Clarence but has now changed its name. Its now become more of a gastropub, with more upmarket meals charged between 11 and 15 but with the pub boasting of local awards from around 2015. Opening hours are 11.30a.m. 11.00p.m. except Sundays when they open at noon and close half an hour earlier. Serves three real ales, all from the Silver St Brewing Company, with a number of additional rotating guests.
The Clarence, 2, Silver Street, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0EX. Tel: 0161 7636432. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Football fans boozer
Football fans boozer
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The Staff Of Life: The closest pub to the stadium. Used to do real ale but has taken it off entirely. Has a public and lounge bar (children allowed in the lounge) and separate pool room. Two televisions. =Crowded on match days. In the past they've done very simple food and have offered accommodation but no mention of this being done now.
The Staff Of Life, 111-113, Manchester Road, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 9HJ. Tel: 0161 7646246. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

The Swan & Cemetery
The Swan & Cemetery
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The Swan & Cemetery: A welcoming and popular pub with away fans going to Gigg Lane. Situated just a short walk away from the ground, on the Manchester Road which links Bury to Manchester and the M60, most visiting fans pass it on their way to the match. It's a Thwaites pub, and the choice of beers reflects this. Thwaites is a brewery in definite decline, concentrating more and more on the bland, but it still has a residue of reasonable ales. There was only one real ale from their range on at this particular venue when we used it last time, but more recent reports suggest they may have two or three on now. It has its own car park which is a bonus, and a beer garden at the front. There's a wide screen television to the left of the bar. The clientele is very much football supporters on a Saturday, but the family end of that market, and children are welcome. They also do a fairly expensive looking gastropub 'restaurant' menu, with main courses typically 11 to 18. There are smaller cheaper bar snack things like jacket potatoes and sandwiches if you're on a budget.
The Swan & Cemetery, 406, Manchester Road, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 9NS. Tel: 0161 7641508. Email: sales@swanandcemetery.co.uk. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Train spotters paradise.....but the beer is top quality too
Train spotters paradise.....but the beer is top quality too
© Hugh Gleave
The Trackside: Recent addition to Bury's range of pubs. For those who know the King & Castle at Kiddy that's the closest comparison (though no beer at 1.00!!). A converted waiting room on Platform Two of the East Lancs Steam Railway's Bury station. Has nine handpumps, including local beers, real cider/perry, plus bottled beers and ciders. Food is weekends only, and even then only until 3.00p.m. Opens through the day, with children welcome until 7.00 p.m. Five minutes walk from the Metro station, 15-20 minutes from the ground. Fairly busy when there's a spotters event on (when it opens at 10.00 a.m.). Beware the walk to the toilets, which are outside. If you can avoid being trapped in conversation by an anorak each time you're either luckier, or ruder, than us. Opening hours 12.00 noon - 11.00p.m. Monday - Friday; 9.00a.m. - midnight Saturday; 9.00a.m. - 11.00p.m. Sunday. CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2011 entry, and local CAMRA pub of the year for 2016/17.
The Trackside, Bolton Street Station, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0EY. Tel: 0161 7646461. Map: Click Here.

Old style pub in the town square
Old style pub in the town square
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Two Tubs Inn: One of three pubs in The Wylde, which is a kind of central 'square' in the middle of Bury. Does typical pub grub at 6 - 8 a dish. Three fixed beers with Lancaster Bomber, Thwaites Original and Wainwright on the pumps, with two more guests. An old pub for chilling out generally, it opens from noon until midnight with extensions on Friday and Saturday.
Two Tubs Inn, 19, The Wylde, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0LA. Tel: 0161 7644773. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Another pub in the town square
Another pub in the town square
© Hugh Gleave
Wyldes: A pub in the Wetherspoon style which is right next door to........a Wetherspoon, the Robert Peel (above). Enormous hostelry, good value if unexceptional food, so just like........... a Wetherspoon. Does three Joseph Holt beers and one guest.
Wyldes, 4, Bolton Street, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0LQ. Tel: 0161 7972000. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.


Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

Fairly high as long as you take a crash course in northern vernacular by watching a few episodes of Coronation Street first. They probably think we're cockneys or from Cornwall anyway.

Top-Tip :

You can leave your ear-plugs at home : Gigg Lane home areas were the quietest we've ever come across. It was like a library........and that's when they were winning!

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Bury : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.


Other Points Of Interest

They say things happen in threes: Bury is famed for being the birthplace of traffic cones and the humble black pudding (honestly). One can only imagine what third horror the town will gestate to an uneasily waiting world.

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]

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