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EFL Suspend Yet Another Bury Game As Shakers Remain In Crisis

THE English Football League (EFL) have today suspended the Sky Bet League One clash between Rotherham United and Bury FC at the AESSEAL New York Stadium due to outstanding evidence regarding a number of financial commitments which hasn’t been provided by Bury owner Steve Dale.

The suspension of the fixture between the ‘Millers’ and the ‘Shakers’ means Bury have every one of their games this season in the Sky Bet League One and Carabao Cup suspended by the authority.

Bury have also been issued with a a notice of charge after they failed to fulfil the cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday 13 August 2019.

A statement from the EFL read:“The EFL Board has taken the decision to suspend Bury FC’s upcoming League One fixture with Rotherham United on Tuesday 20 August 2019 as the outstanding evidence regarding a number of financial commitments has still not been provided by owner Steve Dale.

It is now the Club’s fourth game of the season not to take place as originally scheduled and they will be referred to a Disciplinary Commission in respect of all suspended League matches.

However, as previously stated the EFL maintains the view that League matches cannot continue being suspended indefinitely, as the pressures of a congested fixture calendar will simply not allow such flexibility and the deadline of 23 August for withdrawal of membership remains in place.

Bury are due to play Tranmere Rovers on 24 August 2019 and, because of the close proximity to the notice of withdrawal deadline, a decision on whether to suspend that fixture will take place in the early part of week commencing 19 August 2019.

In addition, Bury have also been served with a notice of charge in regard to its failure to fulfil the cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday 13 August 2019.

The Club has been given until 5pm on Wednesday 21 August 2019 to respond.  At this stage the management committee of the competition (the EFL Board) will determine the matter or refer it to a Disciplinary Commission under EFL Regulations.”

It seems to be a horrible time for Shakers fans who fear their club could be on the brink of liquidation and could even as early as next Friday (23rd August) have their EFL membership withdrawn if the financial difficulties aren’t resolved by then.

Bury fans let us know your thoughts on the situation in the comments below.

What do you think will happen between now and 23rd August? Will your club survive?

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Carabao Cup: Round One Draw Announced

The Carabao Cup Round One draw was made on Thursday evening from Morrisons, Colindale, North West London.

There were two stand out ties from the draw with AFC Wimbledon playing MK Dons, while newly-promoted Salford City will face Leeds United.

The draw was conducted by two former England internationals in John Barnes and Ray Parlour and was split into two regions – North and South.

Huddersfield Town, the hightest-ranked team in the Northern Section, will face Lincoln City while the highest ranked Southern side, West Bromwich Albion, will face Millwall.

Every club from Sky Bet League One and League Two enter the Carabao Cup in Round One, along with 22 Championship clubs.

Only Cardiff City and Fulham – who finished 18th and 19th respectively in the Premier League last season, will enter in Round Two, alongside the clubs from the Premier League, not in European competitions.

The first round matches are scheduled to take place week commencing Monday 12thAugust, with the final due to take place on March 1, 2020.

Full Round One Draw can be seen below:

North Draw

Tranmere Rovers v Hull City

Grimsby Town v Doncaster Rovers

Wigan Athletic v Stoke City

Port Vale v Burton Albion

Nottingham Forest v Fleetwood Town

Bradford City v Preston North End

Blackpool v Macclesfield Town

Blackburn Rovers v Oldham Athletic

Mansfield Town v Morecambe

Accrington Stanley v Sunderland

Scunthorpe United v Derby County

Rochdale v Bolton Wanderers

Huddersfield Town v Lincoln City

Middlesbrough v Crewe Alexandra

Shrewsbury Town v Rotherham United

Sheffield Wednesday v Bury

Salford City v Leeds United

Barnsley v Carlisle United

South Draw

Colchester United v Swindon Town

AFC Wimbledon v MK Dons

Oxford United v Peterborough United

Queens Park Rangers v Bristol City

Plymouth Argyle v Leyton Orient

Wycombe Wanderers v Reading

Charlton Athletic v Forest Green Rovers

Gillingham v Newport County

Stevenage v Southend United

Luton Town v Ipswich Town

Walsall v Crawley Town

Bristol Rovers v Cheltenham Town

Brentford v Cambridge United

Coventry City v Exeter City

Swansea City v Northampton Town

League 2 Promotion Race Hots Up

Well Lincoln City, are promoted to League 1, this was confirmed after last weekend’s draw against Cheltenham and thanks to results elsewhere, with MK Dons surprisingly losing to Tranmere Rovers.

So that leaves a very intriguing race for the remaining two automatic promotion places, between the following teams.

Bury

Mansfield

Milton Keynes Dons

Tranmere Rovers

There are only  3 points seperating Bury from Tranmere, and given the way the seasons has unfolded to this point, you would have to be a very wise man to bet with any certainty on who would take the remaining 2 places.

On paper, you could say that MK Dons, would be one of the two favourites to sneak a place, but this is tempered by the fact that out of the above teams on current form, they  have won just 2 of their last 6 and in the current form table lie, 16th, and have 12 defeats in total.

That is one place above Bury, who have an idential form record to MK Dons having won just twice in the last 6 and have 10 defeats all season.

Mansfield, who on current form lie in 12th Posistion, due to the fact that they have lost only 7 matches all season.

That leaves just Tranmere Rovers, who are enjoying a good season, following their promotion from the National League Last season and who on current form sit second in the league, with just 1 defeat in the last 6 and 11 overall.

So as you can see, its a close call, the only consistency, given that this is a promotion race is the fact that all the teams, instead of being on winning runs as Lincoln are, are doing the opposite and losing at the wrong time.

However, given the depth of the squads involved, you would have to say that both.

MK Dons and Bury, would be the two teams more likely to scrape over the line.

What are your thoughts?

Shaky times for Bury as the club fight for their survival

Not so long ago things were looking very rosy at Gigg Lane, with the Shakers in touching distance of the top spot and one game from a Wembley final, with a team playing brilliant attacking football. Who would’ve thought a month later any hopes of the title are long gone and the club were yesterday in court faced with sizeable debts that could cripple the club for many years to come.

It’s been speculated for many years that Bury were living beyond their means, big wages an expensive training ground but poor performances on the pitch have left the club in serious trouble, narrowly escaping a winding up order yesterday that will be revisited on May the 15th.

Previous owner Stewart Day- who saved the club from extinction in 2013, intended to take the club from League Two to the Championship within five years. Despite a promotion from League Two to League One in 2015, the club never even looked close to reaching the Championship. 17/18 being the ultimate low point as the club (who were expected to reach the play offs before the season began) finished rock bottom and returned to the bottom tier.

Everything was pinned on the club going up last season and it was very much a win or bust situation, not gaining promotion would’ve been a disaster financially, getting relegated will have detrimental effects on the club going forward, if the club survives that is.

To make matters even worse it has now been revealed players and staff have not been getting paid over recent months. A travesty for all involved as everyone working within the club has performed incredibly this season and continue to go above and beyond to give the club the best chance of success.

With five games left the club still have a very good chance of automatic promotion, but with all the behind the scenes issues currently going on promotion has taken a back seat. Promotion would mean having to sign a better standard of player, who’d command a higher wage, something the club may not be able to afford right now. Long term would the club be better off staying in League Two while they recover financially from the Day era? Who knows, but for many fans just having a club at all come the 15th of May will be the priority.

Bury | Promotion Contenders… But Not Paid!

Bury, are in a great posistion in EFL 2, currently sitting 3rd in the league and in an automatic promotion spot, despite being beaten 3~0 by Cambridge at home, yesterday evening.

Following the clubs relegation last season from League 1, they have bounced back impressively under the guidance of former player Ryan Lowe and are strong contenders to bounce straight back up.

However, this success has been achieved against the back drop of a club take over and some severe financial restrictions placed on the club, as a result.

On the 11th December, Bury announced that Steve Dale, a local business man, was the new owner, who outlined his vision for Bury

 

“I’m delighted to have taken over this historic club. My initial plan is to establish Bury as a stable and self-sufficient League One side.

“I want to re-establish the club in the local community by investing time and resources to something that is vitally important to football clubs.”

Just this week, Bury announced that a winding up order to close the club down had been successfully dismissed, with Steve Dale, stating that the clubs cash flow problems, date back to when he took over the club, from the previous ownership.

These cashflow problems have led to the players and staff not being paid, as well as the fans being advised that for the game against Cambridge, that entrance would be cash only due to problems with the credit card machines

It is not known if this arrangement was with Zebra Finance who are known to have issues of their own, which affect several other football clubs both in England and Scotland.

What is certain is that Steve Dale is doing his best to stabilise Bury, and has already introduced a partnership with a renewable energy firm, which should inject some funds into Bury.

So Bury, could be promotion contenders and lets hope they get paid soon.