After 1547 days without competitive football, Bury FC finally returned to league action on Saturday. And what an occasion it was – dispatching a competitive Glossop North End side 5–1 to take a very early position at the top of the NWCFL Premier Division.
We cannot thank the fans enough for cheering us on to victory in the historic occasion at Gigg Lane, with the attendance of 5,451 – a record for this division!
The first away game arrives just three days later at Colne, who suffered a 3–0 defeat at West Didsbury & Chorlton on the opening day. Andy Welsh will not be taking anything for granted and will want a repeat performance against Paul Weller’s side. He is expected to name an unchanged side with no injuries picked up on Saturday.
In Opposition – Colne
Colne FC were formed in January 1996, and moved into the vacant Holt House Stadium, once used by Colne Dynamoes.
The Red Army struggled until the 2003/04 season, when they finished top of the NWCFL Division 2 – 10 points clear of second place and scoring 102 goals. They also made it to the semi–finals of the FA Vase, defeating AFC Wimbledon along the way.
Season 2015–16 saw Colne win the NWCFL Premier Division title, securing 100 points and scoring over 100 goals. They also reached the final of the League Cup. The next few years saw success in the Northern Premier Leagues and various cup competitions, until they were relegated last season.
Pay on the gate is available but it will speed things up if fans get their tickets in advance from the link below:
Prices: £7 for adults, £5 for concessions (over–65s, students & those registered disabled) and £1 for under–16s (all these are subject to small service charges if purchased online).
On the Day & In the Ground
Travel: Follow M65 to end of motorway. Turn left and follow signs for Skipton and Keighley, continue to roundabout, take 1st left up Harrison Drive, across small roundabout, follow road to ground..
SatNav Postcode: BB8 9SJ
Parking: Parking is limited so please arrive as early as possible. There are spaces at the grassed area at the side of the NORI Stadium, the access road, and the public car park by Colne & Nelson Rugby Club. Additional parking can be found at nearby Pendle Leisure Centre, Boundary Mill & Red Lane.
Please park considerately and think of local residents.
Food / Drink: Bars and the Cafe will be open from 6pm.
Matchday Programme: Printed copies available on the turnstiles for £3.
#NonLeagueDogs: Dogs are welcome but please keep them on a lead and take into account that it will be very busy.
Match Coverage & Live Stream
If you are unable to make it to the action at Gigg Lane, we’ll have all the live coverage across our media platforms.
Live Stream: For this game, we will have no live stream. Keep up-to-date with all our video content via the club’s YouTube Channel. Click to subscribe and never miss highlights and match reaction across the season.
Audio Commentary: Roch Valley Radio will be providing commentary for this game. Join the team from the press box at Gigg Lane. Click here ahead of kick-off to listen live. Audio commentary will be provided for every game of the season, so you will never miss a piece of the action.
Social Media: Our team will also bring you in-depth text commentary via the club ‘MatchDay Live‘ Twitter feed, with team news and score-line updates available also on Facebook and feel like you are there with our match galleries and imagery available over on Instagram.
Whatever the weather, wherever you are across the globe, we have you covered.
Up the Shakers!