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🔎 The Opposition: Bury

Joe Glanville takes an in-depth look at Saturday's opponents

7 December 2018

City make the long trip to Gigg Lane on Saturday to face an in-form Bury side who sit fifth in League Two, just two points ahead of the Grecians.

City will be looking to get back to winning ways and hoping to leapfrog their opponents...

Here is the complete lowdown on Bury:

  • Founded: 1885
  • Nickname: The Shakers
  • Honours: Second Division title: 1894/95. Third Division titles: 1960/61 & 1996/97. FA Cup: 1899/00 & 19/02/03

The age-old football club founded in 1885 have plenty of pedigree and history for a fourth tier side.

Not only have the Shakers reached the promised land of top tier English football following a second tier title in 1894/95. They have also tasted FA Cup success on two occasions, placing them alongside or above famous company such as Nottingham Forest and Leeds United.

The manager

Ryan Lowe

The journeyman has made his reputation known with stints across the Football League for the likes of Shrewsbury Town, Crewe Alexandra, Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons, but it’s at Bury where Ryan Lowe has found most of his joy.

The Scouser notched his 200th career goal while playing for Bury in what was his third stint at the club, before taking the managerial reigns in May this year on a permanent basis.

Following relegation to League Two last season, Lowe has been charged with leading a resurgent Bury side back to the third tier and he’s excelling in that regard with the Shakers 5th and two points from 3rd.

The ground

Gigg Lane

  • Capacity: 11,840
  • Year opened: 1885
  • Address: Gigg Lane, Bury, BL9 9HR

Gigg Lane has remained the centre of Bury FC throughout their length history and inception in 1885. The stadium is one of the longest-serving grounds in English football, behind just nine professional clubs, including Chelsea, Liverpool and Sheffield United.

Pre-war the stadium had a maximum capacity of roughly 32,000, which was increased to 35,000 in the 60’s. That many fans flooded in to watch the FA Cup, third round tie against Bolton Wanderers on 9th January, 1960 – a record attendance for the club.

One to watch

Dominic Telford

Bury possess quite an experience squad of veterans, but 22 year-old Dominic Telford has proven himself as one to watch following a summer switch from Stoke City.

Despite, several esteemed strikers such as Jermaine Beckford and Nicky Maynard providing the ammunition for the Shakers, Telford has come up with the goods when called up, by providing four goals in just under 700 minutes of football this season.

Recent form guide

Ten points from their previous four league games have seen Bury assert themselves as a dominant force in the league and one which is desperate to return to League One next season.

Bury have not only been getting the results in recent weeks, having progressed to the third round of the Checkatrade Trophy and moving into the play-off places, but also by doing it in rampant style.

The Shakers have hit four goals or more in six matches across all competitions this season and Exeter will have to be wary of a deadly frontline that have hit 16 goals in their last five home games.

2017/18 season in review

  • Position: 24th – League One
  • Top goalscorer: Jermaine Beckford & George Miller - 8
  • Average attendance: 3,931

A devastating season for the Lancashire side meant relegation with a whimper, as they returned to League One after finishing rock bottom and 15 points adrift of safety.

The Shakers got off to the perfect start with victory against Walsall, but the wheels came off from there and Bury’s season was derailed.

Head coach Lee Clark was dismissed late in October after four successive league defeats, but matters failed to improve for his successor, Chris Lucketti who failed to see out the season due to their ultimately, disastrous season.

Recent meetings

Bury 1-1 Exeter City (League Two - 07/02/15)

A stoic defensive showing from Exeter gave the visitors a well-fought point away to promotion hopefuls Bury.

Arron Davies gave the Grecians the lead, before Daniel Nardiello brought parity on the stroke of half-time.

The visitors then held out for the point with just three points separating the sides thirty games in.

Exeter City 2-1 Bury (League Two - 27/09/14)

Exeter edged away from the relegation zone, as Bury fell from top spot to third following Jimmy Keohane’s late winner at St James Park.

It was a first loss since the opening day of the season for the Shakers, as Matt Grimes early free-kick sent the home fans into ecstasy early on.

Bury responded through Tom Soares after the hour-mark, before Keohane sealed victory in the 83rd minute to give the Grecians a much-needed win.

Head-to-head

  • Exeter: 7
  • Draw: 11
  • Bury: 17

Ticket news

Tickets can be purchased via Bury’s ticketing system by following this link. Tickets are also available on the day at the same prices.

Ticket categories and prices are as follows:

  • Adults: £20
  • Concessions: £14*
  • 
Under-18: £10
  • 
Under-16: £7
  • Under 12: £5 (Please Note: Under 12's must be accompanied by an adult
)
  • Under 5: Free of charge

*Concessions are - Disabled Supporters / Under-23 / 65 and over

Family Ticket prices 

1x Adult plus 1x Under-16: £20
Each additional Child (Aged 5-16) - Plus £5.00.

Please Note: Family tickets and disabled tickets can only be purchased from the Ticket Office.
If you are buying your ticket on the day of the game, you can do so directly from the turnstile, which saves time queuing at the Ticket Office. 

Military Discounts
Bury Football Club offer a discount for all serving and former military personnel.  Adult Tickets and Family Tickets can be purchased at £10 rather than the normal price of £20. Discounted tickets can be purchased by visiting the Ticket Office and displaying the relevant identification.

Blue Light Discounts
Bury Football Club offer a discount for all serving members of the emergency services and HMP. Adult Tickets and Family Tickets can be purchased at £10 rather than the normal price of £20. Discounted tickets can be purchased by visiting the Ticket Office and displaying the relevant identification.

NHS staff can claim their free ticket using their ID card on the day.

Please note that anyone claiming a complimentary or half-price ticket on the day can do so by attending our Ticket Office on the day of the game. These tickets cannot be ordered electronically or at the turnstiles.

  • Advance Discounts? No.
  • Ambulant Disabled supporters: Pay the age related price with the carer going free. 
  • Wheelchair: Pay the age related price with the carer going free. 
  • Matchday Purchase available? Yes.

Up next at St James Park:

City take on Crewe Alexandra on Saturday, December 15 in a 3pm kick-off. Ticket prices are cheaper in advance. Click here to buy online.


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