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Bury v Grimsby Preview

By: Alex Green
Date: 21/08/2009

TWO weeks seem like a millennium ago now and however much optimism is been culminated amongst our resilient rabble the season is already fast snowballing into 08-09 part deux. Nevertheless a small glimmer of hope may well awaken us from our torpor as we visit the very place which kick started our scramble for survival last season.

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Bury came so excruciatingly close last May to play-off salvation, that this season could well have quickly diminished into a circling of upper league vultures ready to pick off any promising talent willing to leave for pastures new. Fortunately Alan Knill has been able to hold on to his most valuable of assets with only Steven Haslam (Hartlepool) and Paul Morgan (Macclesfield) worth noting of departure. In fact the astute purchases of Knill have really put Bury among favourites for promotion, come next May. In has come the ever impressive Ryan Lowe from Chester, Damien Allen of local rivals Stockport and Danny Carlton hoping to find some stability after been loaned out to both Morecambe and Darlington while at Carlisle. The addition of Ryan Lowe to any squad which resides in this division is a huge coup for them; Lowe was on the vast majority of lower league manager's wish lists and such a signing is a state of intent from Knill and those at Bury about their promotion credentials.

The Opposition

Their History

Back in days of yore some things happened which were at the time fairly interesting and now have become totally irrelevant to the vast majority of society as neither involve Jordan, Peter or Jade Goody. To the rest of us we too couldn't careless but try to at least sound interested to give ourselves moral superiority and this is how it went down wig a wah wah! Founded in 1885 by Bury Wesleyans and Bury Unitarian Football Club, Bury Football Club was formed to the joys of the few and indifference of many. Hazzah! They too fell afoul of evil ITV Digital and their brilliant business plan resulting in their all too familiar cascade through the leagues like a beautiful tropical waterfall only to find big boulders at the bottom. So here they lie for a hundred years waiting for their Prince Charming to wake them from their slumber and take them to the third step in the football pyramid.

Last Season Was....

So cruel, so evil, so mean, so what? You think you had it tough care to swap? Losing out in the play-off semis to The Shrew with an equalizing goal in the 88 minute at home resulted in them losing 4-3 on penalties as well as been caught short by a solitary goal in their quest for automatic promotion on the last day is pretty rough but the season in fact wasn't that bad. They had an outstanding home record culminating in an equally impressive away one meant that The Shakers can look back with sympathetic eyes cause in the end it wasn't that bad really they won a lot which is always pleasant and the kit man bought a new car probably.

This Season...

Could be the one I tell ya it could! As already mentioned they have a good squad one that even surpasses the one that preludes the present season or whatever. The league opener was a kick up the arse but as we know promotion and relegation isn't decided on the first match! No it’s decided in the two games after.

Their Biggest Hero Is...

Craig Madden. Joining Bury in 1977 the man from Manchester spent just short of a decade wowing the Gigg Lane faithful in an amazing 5 years which has remained with those in the north west ever since. In 1981 to 82 Madden amassed an astounding 35 goals for the season resulting in Bury having a rather odd finish of 9th but with a 21+ goal difference far surpassing those around them. In 297 matches Madden was able to bag 129 goals to his collection before moving on to a rather disappointing season with West Brom before returning to the north west in Blackpool where his career petered out after a promising start before his playing career ended at Fleetwood in the early 90’s.

The Future Is....

Hopefully bright clubs such as Bury are in an awkward position the lure of the 2 Manchester clubs on their doorstep as well as in the midst of one of the Premier League hotspots with Blackburn, Wigan, Bolton and now Burnley all vying for new fans and that’s even before taking into account the 2 team from Liverpool. AND! Both Oldham and Rochdale a mere 12 miles away it’s amazing how any small club can collect such a healthy fan base.

Most Famous Player to Wear the Shirt...

Bury have a few the cliché of Colin Kazim Richards is banded about by biennial ITV commentators leaving Bury fans to wonder why the hell wasn't he that good for use. As well Richards, scouse-a-gram Terry McDermott also donned the Bury shirt with ever present, impressive and large Neville Southall and wobbly legs Bruce Grobbelaar all very impressive.

Key Player...

Ryan Lowe. So many to pick from lucky Bury! Alas I thought copy and pasting Andy Bishop's blurb from last season would seem rather crude but not beneath me so to brighten up my day as Mock The Week run a horrid clip show let’s talk about Ryan Lowe. Ryan Lowe is in no way related to school friend and chipped tooth cricketer Oliver Lowe of Grimsby who is sailing around the world on that big Hull and Humber clipper thing in the winter. In fact Ryan Lowe was born in Liverpool to parents Mr. and Mrs. Lowe probably the 30 year old joined Shrewsbury in 2000 spending 5 years at the Meadow scoring a lot of goals and keeping the locals happy by not getting into the argument about how to pronounce Shrewsbury. He joined Chester for his first little jaunt at their breeze box emporium of woe in 2005 spending a year getting bored and buggering off to Crewe where he impressed in Dario Gradi’s last year before been sent on loan to Stockport. He returned to Chester where he and Ellison were pivotal in keeping us worried till Bournemouth and now finally he can have something to strive for after a fairly fruitful career I hope Lowe can enjoy sometime at Bury who look to be heading in the right direction.

Recent Form

LTranmere (CC)(a)0-4
Currently 24th in League Two.
LWest Brom (CC)(h)0-2
Currently 9th in League Two.

Team News


  • Nick Colgan (groin), Adrian Forbes (knee) and Nathan Jarman (foot) will both miss out again with long term injuries.

  • Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro is still a major doubt after limping off with a thigh injury against Crewe.
  • Strikers Andy Morrell and Andy Bishop return after hernia operations.

  • Jordan Robertson is back after missing Tuesday's trip to Hereford.

  • Midfielder Damian Allen (groin) is still sidelined, as is striker Danny Carlton (Achilles).
  • Squads

    1GKNick Colgan
    2DFRobbie Stockdale
    3DFJoe Widdowson
    4DFRyan Bennett (captain)
    5DFMatthew Heywood
    6MFPeter Sweeney
    7MFAdrian Forbes
    8FWNathan Jarman
    9FWAdam Proudlock
    10FWBarry Conlon
    11MFDanny Boshell
    12DFJamie Clarke
    13MFNick Hegarty
    14MFPeter Bore
    15DFMatthew Bird
    16DFPaul Linwood
    17MFGrant Normington
    18FWChris Jones
    19MFMichael Leary
    25DFRobert Atkinson
    21GKTommy Forecast (on loan from Southampton)
    26FWJean-Louis Akpa Akpro
    27FWDanny North
    35GKLeigh Overton

    1 GKWayne Brown
    2 DFPaul Scott (captain)
    3 DFDavid Buchanan
    4 MFSimon Johnson
    5 DFBen Futcher
    6 DFRyan Cresswell
    7 MFStephen Dawson
    8 MFRichie Baker
    9 FWDanny Carlton
    10 FWAndy Bishop
    11 MFBrian Barr-Murphy
    12 MFDanny Racchi
    13 FWJordan Robertson (on loan from Sheffield United)
    14 MFMike Jones
    15 FWRyan Lowe
    16 DFEfe Sodje
    17 MFDamien Allen
    18 FWAndy Morrell
    19 MFDavid Worrall (on loan from West Bromwich)
    20 GKCameron Belford
    21 FWDomaine Rouse
    26 DFDavid Thompson
    27 DFJosh Rothwell

    Head to Head

    Grimsby just have the edge over Bury overall, but have done well in recent years winning 6 of the last 10 games between the sides.

    P 69 W 28 D 16 L 25 F102 A 97

    Head-to-Head (38th on The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    Grimsby 1 Bury 2 (Sat 14th Feb 2009)

    One of many days where Town led at half time only to blow it in the second half.



    The Fishy Prediction

    Let’s face it prayers to all religions and denominations may well be needed we can't fall in to November like Ozzy the drunk hoping someone’s dropped the ball accounts wise points need to be picked up and now!

    Bury 1-1 Grimsby

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    Random Fact

    Bury will be styling chocolate and blue halves to commemorate their 125th year anniversary. The kit is not much unlike one of our very first ones where chocolate and blue quarters were I guess the new black. Any of you with mild curiosity may like to know our 125th anniversary was in 2003 when sod all happened to commemorate anything of any sort. Cause hey who cares it’s just Grimsby!

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