League One Lowdown: Bury

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 09 July 2017

Vital Statistics

Founded: 1885

Chairman: Stuart Day

Last Season: League One - 19th

Nickname: The Shakers

Rivals: Rochdale, Bolton Wanderers

Major Honours

FA Cup: 1900, 1903

Scheduled Matches

Portsmouth vs Bury: Saturday, December 16th (3pm)

Bury vs Portsmouth: Saturday, April 28th (3pm)

Bury: A brief history

Formed in 1885, Bury were one of English football's early successful clubs. They won their first major honour after thrashing Southampton 4-0 in the 1900 FA Cup Final and then delivered an even bigger 6-0 beating to Derby County in the 1903 Final, a record scoreline in the FA Cup Final which still stands to this day.

Bury were a top flight club until 1928 and haven't been back since. A steady decline followed and, like Pompey, the Shakers found themselves in the fourth division for the first time in the 70's but eventually got back up to the second in the 90's thanks to the backing of Hugh Eaves.

Recent history has seen Bury in the bottom two divisions of English football as they were relegated to League Two alongside Pompey in 2013 but bounced back to League One two seasons later.

The Manager: Lee Clark

The 44-year-old midfielder spent most of his playng career at Newcastle although he also played for arch rivals Sunderland until he was spotted wearing a "Sad Mackem Bastards" T-shirt during the 1999 F.A. Cup Final. That blunder saw him move to Fulham before finally finishing his playing career back at St. James' Park.

Clark has had more clubs as a manager as he made a name for himself at Huddersfield, where the Terriers set a new Football League undefeated record of 43 games. Despite this, Clark failed to win promotion to the Championship and was sacked in 2012.

Since then he has managed Birmingham, Blackpool and Kilmarnock and his win ratios with the former two clubs were poor, albeit under difficult circumstances. In February 2017 he was brought in to keep Bury in League One, which he achieved.

The Ground: Gigg Lane (Capacity: 11,800 - Away: 2,000)

It may be known as the JD Stadium now but Gigg Lane is one of the more famous football grounds in lower league football. The Manchester Road End (below) is where the away supporters are usually sent but due to Pompey's massive numbers last season, this stand was left virtually empty instead.

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Bury's noisiest stand is the Les Hart Stand due to the contingent of the Shakers "yoof" who drum away whilst giving the visiting fans some abuse to go with it.

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The Main Stand is slightly strange due to its elevation from the pitch and the window structure at the bottom of the stand. One of the more unique places to watch football in Lancashire.

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Pompey fans were given the Cemetery End because of their numbers and it can hold up to 2,500 fans as the stand also includes the corner part of the ground too.

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Below is a close up of the scoreboard in the corner of the Cemetery End and a scoreline which will live in infamy.

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And here is a picture of the Pompey fans going mental after the final whistle...

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Overall, Gigg Lane is one of the better grounds in the division. There's a decent sized fan bar outside the ground and a few watering holes nearby too. The ground itself is condusive to a good atmosphere and the facilities are better than most of what this division has to offer, even if the canteen did run out of food when Pompey visited last time! 

Portsmouth Match Reports

Sky Bet League One Sat 18th November 15:00

Portsmouth 1 - 0 Southend United

Last game - Match Centre


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