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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.

 

Who should win the League Two player of the season?

With the League Two season drawing to a close we here at 24/7 football decided to look at three candidates who could win the League Two player of the season. With the awards being presented next month we have compiled the nominees to see who could win the award. Last season saw Accrington starlet Billy Kee scoop up the award with the forward bagging 25 goals, 9 assists in 46 league games for Accrington Stanley.

1. James Norwood

Tranmere Rovers leading goalscorer, James Norwood, is the first candidate for the EFL League Two player of the season with the 28-year-old notching up 26 goals so far this season. The Eastbourne-born forward has been on fire this season with the Rovers striker currently the highest scoring player in England’s top four divisions. Norwood played a key part in helping to guide Tranmere back to the Football League last season with the forward contributing to 30 goals over the season ( 20 goals, 10 assists). Norwood has continued the fine form that he displayed in the National League and has adjusted to League football well with Norwood contributing to 46% of Tranmere’s goals this season. Furthermore, if Norwood can continue his stupendous goalscoring form, the forward could become League Two’s highest ever scoring forward in a season with the current record being held by Tom Pope who scored 31 goals in the 2012/13 season. Norwood looks a strong candidate for the award especially if the 28-year-old breaks the scoring record. Furthermore, if Norwood can guide Tranmere to back to back promotions he’s more than likely to be a favourite for the award.

2. Jay O’Shea

League Two’s highest-scoring midfielder is the second candidate for the EFL League Two player of the season with the Dublin-born attacking midfielder currently sat on 15 goals for the season. O’Shea, who started out his career at Home Farm FC, has been a pivotal player in Bury’s promotion push with the attacking midfielder helping to contribute to the Manchester-based side becoming the highest scoring team in League Two.  O’Shea, who has already achieved promotion for League Two before with Chesterfield back in 2013/14 season, looks to be helping Bury bounce back to League One at the first time of asking. O’Shea is currently experiencing his best ever season in front of goal and has formed a strong relationship with Bury’s top goalscorer Nicky Maynard. O’Shea, like Norwood, appears to be highly influential in their team’s play and if the Dublin born midfielder can guide Bury to the League Two title he’s more than likely to be one of the favourites for the award.

3.Danny Mayor

The second Bury player on this list of nominations for the Sky Bet League Two player of the season is Leyland-born Danny Mayor. Mayor has been a key creative figure for the Shakers this season with the winger contributing to 15 goals (7 goals, 8 assists). Mayor, who has played for Bury since 2014, has contributed to 18% of Bury’s goals this season. Mayor is also up for the EFL goal of the year this season with his goal against Grimsby on the 8th of September earning him a chance of another prestigious award. Mayor’s style of play has had a big influence on O’Shea with the winger creating space for O’Shea to fire shots off and score goals with O’Shea even stating in an interview “I think confidence and the way the team is playing is what has allowed me to get so many opportunities in front of goal and the way the team’s been performing has allowed me to chip in with a few myself.” If Mayor can continue his fine vein of form that earned him a nomination he’s bound to be one of the top contenders for the award.

Bury VS Oldham| Who needs the win more?

Tomorrow sees a huge clash not just in the League Two promotion race but for the bragging rights in Lancashire. The game between Bury and Oldham is a fiercely contested fixture which brings huge crowds and big tackles. Both sides have adapted qute well to life in League Two with Bury sitting pretty in second place just two points behind Lincoln and Oldham in 11thjust six points off the play offs but they now have Manchester United legend Paul Scholes at the wheel.

The home side have not lost in 2019 with The Shakers winning eight out of a possible ten since the turn of the year. An impressive feat for manager Ryan Lowe as he must be feeling that promotion is a very real possibility. However, with this being their third game in just eight days he may have to rotate his squad. To make rotation harder Bury could be without Scott Wharton after he picked up a groin strain against Exeter, this on top of being without Stephen Dawson (foot) and forward Jermaine Beckford (knee). 

Paul Scholes has tasted every result possible on paper from his first three games in charge of The Latics as he has a win, a draw and a loss. This will be the new managers first taste of a derby from the dugout and from both his supporting and playing days he will know exactly what this means for the fans. 

Bury and Oldham have played forty-eight times, with both sides being deadlocked at fifteen wins each. Meaning the remaining eighteen games have ended all square.

In the last three meetings between Bury and Oldham, there has been thirteen goals scored.

A loss wouldn’t be a disaster for Bury who can’t fall out of the automatic promotion places with a defeat but The Shakers will surely want to keep momentum going heading into the crunch end of the season. A draw would definitely be something that Ryan Lowe may secretly settle for considering anything can happen in such a big derby.

Paul Scholes will know that a defeat could leave Oldham nine points off the play-offs with only twelve games to play so you can bet he will demand a big performance from his players. Callum Lang and Tom Hamer are both doubtful for Oldham coming into the game with Lang in particular a huge miss. This blow could be offset with Oldham set to take nearly 3000 fans to Gigg Lane it could be an atmosphere to remember and if the game is half as good as the crowd we are in for a cracker. 

Its certain to be a great game at Gigg Lane with Oldham possibly needing the three points more than their hosts Bury. Who do you think will win this huge derby?