Bury F.C.

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Full nameBury Football Club
Nickname(s)The Shakers
Founded1885; 133 years ago (1885)
GroundGigg Lane
ChairmanStewart Day
ManagerRyan Lowe
LeagueLeague Two
2017–18League One, 24th of 24 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Bury Football Club is a professional association football club based in Bury, Greater Manchester, England. The team compete in League Two, the fourth tier of the English football league system.

Bury have been members of the Football League since 1894 and have won the FA Cup twice, in 1900 and 1903. Gigg Lane has been their home ground since 1885.


Formation of the club and the first hundred years (1885–1985)[edit]

Bury Football Club was founded in 1885 by Aiden Arrowsmith following a meeting at the White Horse Hotel in Bury, between the Bury Wesleyans and Bury Unitarians Football Clubs.[1] Gigg Lane's first ever game took place on 12 September 1885 when Bury played a friendly match against a football club from Wigan and won 4–3.[1]

Bury first entered the FA Cup in 1887–88. Drawn to play Blackburn Rovers away from home, they travelled to Ewood Park but scratched before the game; the two teams played a friendly match instead, which Bury lost heavily.[2] The team first contested an FA Cup match in 1891–92: they beat Witton and Heywood Central before losing to Blackpool after a replay in the third qualifying round.[3]

Bury were founder members of and runners-up in the Lancashire League in 1889–90, and won the championship in their second and third seasons.[4] In 1891–92, Bury were Lancashire Challenge Cup winners for the first time in the club's history.[citation needed]

Bury team pictured in 1892

They were elected to the Football League ahead of the 1893–94 season,[5] won the Second Division title that same season by a nine-point margin, and beat Liverpool, the First Division's bottom club, in the test match to gain promotion.[6] They retained their top-flight status for 17 seasons.[citation needed]

During that period Bury twice won the FA Cup.[citation needed] In the 1900 final, they beat Southern League team Southampton by four goals to nil.[citation needed] Three years later, they did not concede a goal in any round as they went on to beat Derby County 6–0, which remains the widest winning margin in an FA Cup final; the ball used in that match is on display at the National Football Museum.[7]

They returned to the First Division for a five-season spell in the mid-1920s, and achieved their highest ever finish, of fourth place, in 1925–26.[citation needed] Relegated back to the Second in 1929, Bury have not played in the top flight since; the closest they came was a third place in 1936–37.[citation needed] They flirted with relegation all through the 1950s, finally dropping into the Third Division North for the first time in the club's history in that league's last season before the regional sections were amalgamated into national Third and Fourth Divisions in 1958.[citation needed]

Chart of table positions of Bury in the Football League.

Returning to the Second Division as Third Division champions in 1961, Bury spent seven of the next eight seasons at that level.[citation needed] In 1962–63, they reached the semi-final of the Football League Cup, losing 4–3 on aggregate to eventual winners Birmingham City.[citation needed] By 1971, Bury were in the Fourth Division, only for a three-season spell, but they were to spend the first half of the 1980s at that level.[4]

The Hugh Eaves years (1985–2003)[edit]

Further spells in the third and fourth tiers preceded two successive promotions in the mid-1990s: third place in Division Three – after the Premier League broke away from the Football League in 1992, the divisions were renumbered upwards[8] – followed by the Division Two title in 1996–97 brought Bury to the second tier for the first time in forty years. The club's greatest benefactor in this time was Hugh Eaves, a local man and an avid Bury supporter. After two seasons they were relegated on goals scored, the only team to have ever done so, and by 2002, financial problems caused by the collapse of ITV Digital brought the club into administration and to the brink of folding.[9] A supporters' campaign raised enough money to keep the club afloat,[10] and in recognition of his role within that process, UEFA presented club press officer Gordon Sorfleet with their Best Supporter award for 2002.[11] Bury were relegated at the end of that season.

Yo-yoing between the third and fourth tiers (2003–present)[edit]

In May 2005, Bury became the first (and to date the only) football club to score a thousand goals in each of the top four tiers of the English football league.[12] A year later, in December 2006, Bury became the first team to be thrown out of the FA Cup for fielding an ineligible player in a second-round replay win against Chester City.[13] Short after the FA Cup debacle, Bury failed to win in 16 games, and relegation to the Conference beckoned for the first time in the club's history.[citation needed] They survived the relegation battle, where a 0–0 draw with Stockport County ensured they would stay up.[citation needed]

In the 2008–09 season, newly appointed manager and former player Alan Knill led Bury to a fourth place, missing out on automatic promotion by a single goal.[citation needed] In the following play-off semi-final they were beaten on penalties by Shrewsbury Town.[citation needed] During the 2010–11 season, both Knill and assistant manager Chris Brass left the club to take over at Scunthorpe United.[14] Youth team manager Richie Barker took over as caretaker manager and led The Shakers to promotion to League One that same season.[15]

In December 2012, Bury pulled out of the relegation places in League One, but were placed under a transfer embargo after falling into financial difficulty as a result of poor attendance figures,[16] and ended up relegated at the end of the season. Bury finished the 2014–15 season in League Two in third place, with a club-record points haul of 85 and promotion back to League One.[citation needed]

The club finished in last place in 2017–18 and were subsequently relegated to League Two for the second time in five seasons.[citation needed]


The club's nickname is "The Shakers". According to the club website, the nickname was first used at the 1892 Lancashire Cup final against Everton, which Bury won.[17] Prior to the match, JT Ingham, the club manager cum chairman, told the players "We shall shake 'em, in fact, we are the Shakers".[17] It was popularised by the media and the club subsequently adopted "Shakers" as the official nickname.[17]


Bury have a number of rivalries with both local and other clubs.[citation needed]

Bury's most bitter rivalry is with Bolton Wanderers, who are Bury's oldest traditional rivals and the nearest by distance.[citation needed] Since the late 1990s, Bury and Bolton have rarely met as Bolton have been in the Premier League or Championship whilst Bury have remained mostly in the lower leagues.[18] Subsequently, the rivalry has faded somewhat. However, in the 2016/17 season Bury and Bolton were once again playing in the same division, helping to reignite the rivalry. The head-to-head record between the two clubs is: Bury – 30 wins, Bolton Wanderers – 30 wins and there are 19 draws between them.[18]

Bury also have a fierce rivalry with Rochdale, also known as the M66 Derby, a rivalry which has been heightened by acts of hooliganism between both clubs supporters[citation needed]. Animosity between the two clubs has grown as Rochdale have largely been in the same league as Bury since the early 2000s.[19] The head to head record between the two clubs is: Bury – 26 wins, Rochdale – 21 wins and there are 21 draws between them.[19]

Bury's rivalry with York has become one of the lower leagues fiercest fixtures due to fighting and acts of hooliganism between supporters of both clubs.[citation needed] The rivalry dates back to 1993 after York beat Bury in the Third Division play-off semi-finals.[citation needed] Several York fans were injured in a fight after the game and there has been animosity ever since.[citation needed]

Bury also have smaller rivalries with local clubs such as Oldham Athletic, Burnley, Wigan Athletic, Stockport County and Accrington Stanley.[citation needed]


Current squad[edit]

As of 04 September 2018.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Republic of Ireland GK Joe Murphy
2 England DF Tom Miller
3 England DF Chris Stokes
4 Wales DF Will Aimson
5 Northern Ireland DF Adam Thompson
6 Republic of Ireland DF Eoghan O'Connell
7 Wales MF Nicky Adams
8 Republic of Ireland MF Stephen Dawson
9 Jamaica FW Jermaine Beckford
10 England MF Danny Mayor
11 England FW Chris Dagnall
12 England MF Callum Styles (on loan from Barnsley)
13 England GK Mathew Hudson (on loan from Preston North End)
14 England DF Phil Edwards
15 England MF Byron Moore
No. Position Player
16 England DF Ryan Cooney
17 England FW Jordan Archer
18 England FW Dominic Telford
19 Scotland MF Jamie Barjonas (on loan from Rangers)
20 Wales MF Joe Adams
21 Scotland DF Callum McFadzean
26 Republic of Ireland MF Jay O'Shea
27 Switzerland FW Gold Omotayo
28 England DF Saul Shotton
29 England DF Callum Hulme
31 Guyana MF Neil Danns (captain)
32 Canada FW Caolan Lavery (on loan from Sheffield United)
36 England FW Nicky Maynard
37 Zimbabwe DF Douglas Nyaupembe

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
22 England FW Chris Sang (on loan at Marine till 5 November 2018)
23 England DF Joe Skarz (on loan at FC Halifax Town till 30 June 2019)
24 Scotland DF Tom Aldred (on loan at Motherwell till 30 June 2019)
No. Position Player
33 England FW Harry Bunn (on loan at Southend United till 30 June 2019)}}
35 England MF Scott Burgess (on loan at Wrexham till 1 January 2019)
43 England GK Scott Moloney (on loan at Skelmersdale United till 7 October 2018)

Coaching staff[edit]

First Team Management[edit]

  • Sporting Director: Lee Dykes
  • Manager: Ryan Lowe
  • Assistant Manager: Rob Kelly
  • First Team Coach: Steven Schumacher
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Brian Jensen
  • Sports Scientist: Jamie Hesketh
  • Head of Medical & Performance: John Lucas
  • Sports Therapist: Tom Walsh
  • Performance Analyst: Jimmy Dickinson

Academy Management[edit]

  • Youth Team Manager: Ryan Kidd
  • Academy Manager: Mark Litherland
  • Youth Development Coach: Dave Fitzgerald
  • Lead Foundation Phase Coach: Graham Hastings
  • Head of Academy Sports Science and Medicine: Joshua Birtwistle

Former managers[edit]

Manager Caretaker manager From To
T Hargreaves 1887 1887
Harry Spencer Hamer 1887 1907
Archie Montgomery 1907 1915
William Cameron 1919 1923
James Hunter 1923 1927
Percy Smith 1927 1930
Arthur Paine 1930 1934
Norman Bullock 1934 1938
Charlie Dean 1938 1944
Jimmy Porter 1944 1945
Norman Bullock 1945 1949
John McNeill 1950 1953
Dave Russell 1953 1961
Bob Stokoe 1961 1965
Bert Head 1965 1966
Les Shannon 1966 1969
Jack Marshall 1969 1969
Les Hart 1970 1970
Tommy McAnearney 1970 1972
Allan Brown 1972 1973
Bobby Smith 1973 1977
Bob Stokoe 1977 1978
Dave Hatton 1978 1979
Dave Connor 1979 1980
Jim Iley 1980 1984
Martin Dobson 1984 1989
Sam Ellis 1989 1990
Mike Walsh 1990 1995
Stan Ternent 1995 1998
Neil Warnock 1998 1999
Steve Redmond 1999 2000
Andy Preece 2000 2003
Graham Barrow 2003 2005
Chris Casper 2005 2008
Alan Knill 2008 2011
Richard Barker 2011 2012
Kevin Blackwell 2012 2013
David Flitcroft 2013 2016
Chris Brass 2016 2017
Lee Clark February 2017 October 2017
Ryan Lowe October 2017 November 2017
Chris Lucketti November 2017 January 2018
Ryan Lowe January 2018 Present


League Championships[edit]


Minor wins[edit]


English football records

  • In 2005, Bury became the first (and still only) club to score 1,000 goals in all four professional tiers in England.
  • First European club to sign a player from the Indian sub-continent, Baichung Bhutia.[20]
  • Bury holds the record for the biggest win in the FA Cup Final (6–0, 1903).

Club records

  • Record League victory: 8–0 v Tranmere Rovers, 10 January 1970
  • Record Cup victory: 12–1 v Stockton, FA Cup, first round replay, 2 February 1897
  • Record defeat: 0–10 Blackburn Rovers, FA Cup Premlim, 1 October 1887; 0–10 West Ham United, FL Cup second round, 25 October 1982
  • Furthest progress in the League Cup: Semi-final, 1962
  • Top goal scorer in a season: Craig Madden, 43 goals 1981–82 season (35 league & 8 Cup)
  • Top goal scorer overall: Craig Madden, 153 (129 league, 25 cup) goals from 1977 to 1986
  • Most Appearances: Norman Bullock, 539 (506 league, 33 Cup) games from 1920 to 1935
  • Youngest player in a league game: Jimmy Kerr – 16 years and 15 days
  • Oldest player in a league game: Bruce Grobbelaar – 40 years and 337 days
  • Most capped player: Bill Gorman, 11 caps for Ireland
  • Record league attendance: 40,000 v Manchester City, First Division, 30 August 1924
  • Record cup attendance: 35,000 v Bolton Wanderers, FA Cup third round, 9 January 1960
  • Most undefeated league matches: 18 games – 1960–61, 2002–03
  • Most undefeated home games: 25 – 1967–68 season
  • Most undefeated away matches: 9 – 2015
  • Most goals consecutively scored: Ryan Lowe, 10 goals in 9 games, 2010–11


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