Tag: Bury

Can We Have £1m Please? Bury FC’s Surprising Plea To Investors

The eyes of a global television audience were focused upon Old Trafford on Monday night as two clubs who dominate the national football landscape but share the same city played out the latest instalment in a drama that has been rumbling away for decades. Professional football in Manchester, however, is a world of haves and have-nots and this week, seven miles from the centre of the city, a familiar storm is brewing. Bury Football Club has had a wretched season at the foot of League One. Promotion two years ago was always going to be a challenge for a club which plays its home matches in front of crowds of less than three thousand people – less than one-sixth of the number of people that support the division’s best supported club, Sheffield United – but last season the club finished in a mid-table position, safe from the spectre of relegation back from whence they came. This season, however, the wheels have fallen off the wagon. Bury lay rooted to the bottom of the League One table with just thirty-four points from their forty-two league matches so far. Although they are not mathematically relegated yet – and “mathematical relegation”, that decisive point of no return, is as much as supporters of some struggling clubs have left to cling to at this time of the year – they are seven points...

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Match Of The Past: Bury FC

We continue our series of archive videos of the clubs of League One this morning with Bury FC, with highlights of six matches from the ninety-five years between 1902 and 1997. Our first match is from the formative years of professional football, a match between Sheffield United and Bury from 1902. It’s part of the much-celebrated Mitchell & Kenyon archive that is held by the BFI, and while it doesn’t contain a massive amount of match action, it is a fascinating document of what football was like at the turn of the last century. We then follow this up with some haunting home recorded footage of the club’s Gigg Lane ground, recorded in 1979. Our second match, meanwhile, is from the final day of the 1982/83 season and sees Bury at home against Wimbledon in a Fourth Division match. Next up, we skip forward by another three years to see Bury at home against Watford in an FA Cup Fifth Round Replay from March 1986, which was covered by the cameras of the BBC after Bury drew away to their Division One opponents in the first match. We then have match from 1991 which sees Bury at home against Huddersfield Town and a play-off final against Chesterfield from 1995. Finally, we see Bury travel to the Midlands to play Tamworth in the First Round of the FA Cup during...

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Rangers, Scare Stories & The Restructuring Of Scottish Football

When a story of a fantastical nature first appears in a tabloid newspaper, the temptation is to write it off as the delusion of somebody with an agenda and move on. In the case of the rumours now circulating that the owner of “The” Rangers, Charles Green, may – and we should stress the word “may” – be looking to buy an English club as a franchise and move into the Football League, however, the level of self-importance, disregard and underhandedness on display feels entirely in keeping with the rest of this dismal saga and it therefore deserves our attention. The clubs of the Scottish Premier League are shortly to vote on whether to allow “The” Rangers to join the their league from the start of next season. This has become the sixty-four million dollar question of the summer in Scottish football, with a very large number of the supporters of other clubs being firmly of the opinion that there is no way whatsoever that this club should be parachuted into the top division of their domestic game, when the only justification for it offered so far has been the money that SPL clubs raise from hosting two matches against them per season. That “The” Rangers FC will be dropped back into the SPL for the start of next season is far from guaranteed, though, and at the time of writing...

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Keith Alexander: 1956-2010

At the time of writing, England are about to kick off against Egypt in their first friendly match of 2010. This is football as a peculiar mix of Hollywood and pantomime, a story that often seems to have very little to do with what goes on during the matches themselves. It’s a world that frequently feels alien. Away from this, however, there is a whole other world of football going on, a world in which people give up their youth, their other aspirations, relationships and families because they believe in the game. Often away from the spotlight and the wilder excesses of the game, the people that inhabit this world are often easily dismissed as “journeymen”, but they are crucial to our narrative of football. We lost one of them last night. Neither Keith Alexander’s playing career nor his managerial career scaled, as some might put it, the heights. As a player, he spent fourteen years in non-league football before going on to enjoy something of an Indian summer in the Football League with Grimsby Town and Mansfield Town, whilst winning a handful of caps at international level for St Lucia. It was not, however, his playing career that marks out his significance in the game, rather the managerial career that followed it, a managerial career that lasted from 1993 until right up until his death at the tragically...

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