Bury FC

Bury FC

I was hugely disappointed to hear today that Bury have been expelled from the EFL and have lost their place in League One. As we all know they have had challenges for a long time and have had their first six games cancelled this season. Nevertheless it was a disappointment when the official news came through.

I have many happy memories of Gigg Lane. As a Gillingham fan we have had some classic battles at their compact ground just north of Manchester. As a Swinton Rugby League fan, I enjoyed some great matches after we lost our Station Road ground. Whilst I was on my cycle ride, I spent four days at Bury and was treated to excellent hospitality. My friend Mark Catlin takes up the story.

Mark was the Commercial Director of Bury FC back in 2010. He is now CEO at Portsmouth. He has been a great supporter of The Shirt project and immediately offered Björn a Bury shirt when has was approached. It’s a nice shirt as you can see and this is now sewn into the massive shirt in South Africa. He also kindly introduced me to The Best Of Bury who have been very supportive too.

“Everyone at Bury FC is delighted that Steve has chosen to base himself at our club when he is in the North West. We are very much a family and community based club. As a follower of Gillingham FC for 45 years he understands how important the football club is within the local community. Steve is a football fanatic and will be doing all that he can to promote our Treasureline as he cycles around the town wearing a Bury FC shirt with pride!
 
Steve, both for trying to raise awareness for such a noble cause focusing on the sad plight of refugees and helping us to promote our Treasureline, which is a valuable source of income for our club, we thank you.
 
For those who do not know Bury FC we are a proud English league 2 football club. We have just celebrated our 125 year anniversary and have a strong bond between the club and our supporters, affectionately known as ‘the Shakers’. We have twice won the English FA cup and hold the record for the biggest FA cup final victory ever, a 6-0 victory against Derby County.
 
We are very excited about Steve promoting our Treasureline. This is a huge source of income for the club and also gives those who take part in it a fantastic opportunity to win £1000 each and every week, all for just a £1 stake!
 
Personally, and on behalf of the Shakers, we would like to welcome Steve to OUR family and hope that many of our fans will take the opportunity to meet up with him. We wish him well on his trip around the 92 league clubs and sincerely hope that he enjoys his time with us.”
 
So, yes, I have a very personal reason for being upset at the demise of Bury. There are now fears that Bolton Wanderers may follow soon and, in reality, there are a rack of clubs among the 71 remaining members of the EFL whose finances are perilous. I trust all will strengthen and that Bolton will manage to finish this season and that they will put all this behind them.

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