A new era begins in BL9 this week, after the Shakers unveiled their new manager on Monday evening. Dave McNabb joined up with the squad for the first time last night ahead of Tuesday night’s clash with the visiting islanders from the Isle of Man.
And he is itching to get going. Find out a bit more about our new manager here and listen to the manager’s first interview on our YouTube channel from early on Tuesday morning, by subscribing here.
Interim managers, Leon Mike and Stephen Sheil return to take the under-23s and they go with our thanks for stepping in during turbulent times. They left with a bang, following up the win on the Fylde coast last Tuesday with a thumping 4-1 against Colne at Gigg Lane on Saturday. Results which keep us right in the hunt at the top-of-the-table.
Catch highlights of Shakeel Jones-Griffiths grabbing his first goal at Gigg, alongside Harry Brazel and Andy Briggs with a second-half brace in the link below.
Striker Benito Lowe sat out the final game of his delayed three-match suspension on Saturday, and will be back in contention for Tuesday’s nights visit of FC Isle of Man.
Heading to Gigg Lane for the game? Get all your match information below and make some noise in South Stand, Block A to bring the boys home!
In Opposition – FC Isle Of Man
FC Isle of Man was founded in 2020 and is a community-based football club which represents the island as a whole.
The Ravens, like ourselves, were officially accepted into the English non-league pyramid for the 2020/21 season. However, due to Covid restrictions and border controls into the island, the club were temporarily suspended from the league as it was not possible to fulfil all their fixtures by 31st May 2021, as required by the English FA.
With the entire season eventually scrapped due to further Covid outbreaks in early 2021, the 2021/22 season became their first in the non-league system.
Despite going top of the division temporarily in February after a dramatic 4-3 victory over eventual league champions West Didsbury, the Ravens ultimately finished second in the league but were promoted at the first attempt after defeating New Mills in the play-off final in front of more than 3,000 spectators at the Bowl. Last season, they finished a respectable 13th with some good late season form which moved them comfortably away from the relegation zone which had begun to look on the cards during mid-season.
So far this season, after a fast start with five wins in the opening seven games, results have tailed off and the Ravens are without a win in six. Last time out, they took part in a seesaw battle with AFC Liverpool and a share of the spoils in an eight-goal thriller.
For more information on the visitors, you can head to the NWCFL website HERE.
Tickets & Admission
General sale tickets are available for the Main and South Stands, plus hospitality for the Main Stand. Purchase your ticket below:
We recommend purchasing a ticket ahead of the game to allow us to plan appropriately in the ground.
Prices*: £10 adult, £5 16-18, £3 Under 16s & Free for Under 5s.
1885 Suite: £40* per ticket
* plus booking fees
Pay on the Gate: Whilst encouraging supporters to buy online ahead of the game while we make a decision if turnstiles at the South Stand will be available to take cash & card payments. The Cemetery End will be CLOSED for this fixture, with Pay on the Gate supporters able to gain access via into the South Stand.
Away Supporters: There will be no hard segregation on the day, with Away supporters encouraged to buy tickets for the South Stand, and congregate towards the ‘SH’ end of this stand.
Season Ticket Holders: We have recognised the requests from some season ticket holders who wish to be sat in the Main Stand, instead of the currently allocated South Stand. Whilst general sale tickets for the Main Stand are available again, the first 150 season ticket holders who wish to watch from the Main Stand, can do so by admission of the turnstile.
Please arrive early to secure your seat, with allocations made on a first-come, first-served basis.
Click here to purchase online tickets. Read here on how to access your tickets digitally.
On the Day & In the Ground
Travel: Gigg Lane is accessible by car and is well served by public transport, please see our page on the TfGM website, which advises the best travel routes to the stadium. Directions can be sourced via Google Maps below.
SatNav Postcode: BL9 9HR
Parking: Our car-park policy is now in force, as outlined below.
Due to the limited space within the car park at Gigg Lane, it is reserved for the following:
- Team Playing Staff and Management
- Match and Competition Officials
- Club Staff and volunteers transporting matchday equipment
- Members of the 1885 Suite (season ticket only)
- Blue Badge Holders
If you have a blue badge or mobility issues please email the club secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org at least TWO days before the game. Blue Badge holders shall be prioritised for a parking space.
Entrance to the car park is strictly controlled and includes the areas within and in front of the fenced area. Please contact the Club Secretary with any other related queries.
There is on-street parking in the residential areas surrounding Gigg Lane, with supporters reminded to be respectful and considerate of the local residents at all times, as well as being mindful of and adhering to the parking permit measures in place in close proximity to the ground.
Stadium Entry: Gates will open at 6:30pm.
Our matchday volunteers will be on hand, both outside the turnstiles and inside the ground, to guide supporters to where they need to be. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask those who are there to help the day.
Food / Drink: Our new catering partner, Quirky Catering, will be operating the kiosks this weekend and throughout the season, and are accessible for supporters under the stands. A selection of hot and cold snacks will be available. Alcohol will be sold, and can be consumed anywhere in the stand. Please respect the advice from stewards on managing this process on the day.
Matchday Programme: You can purchase a programme online now, to collect at the merchandise stall tomorrow afternoon or head to the sellers in and around the ground ahead of the game at the price of £3.
Pound for the Ground: Our ‘Pound for the Ground’ half-time raffle tickets will be on sale in and around the ground, £1 per entry. Sellers accept cash or card, with 40% of the total pot going to the winning ticket with results announced over the PA system and on the scoreboard.
Keep #GiggGleaming: With so much work gone into Gigg Lane to get us to this point, we want to keep it that way and a lot of work goes into turning the ground around between games each weekend. We have a team of volunteers lined up to clean the stands following the game.
With this in mind, we urge all supporters to make sure any rubbish is processed in the correct manner, using the available bins where necessary, or if possible please take any rubbish away with you.
Designated Smoking Areas: Supporters are not allowed to smoke / vape anywhere within the stands at Gigg Lane. Designated areas are set aside to do this, follow guidance from stewards on this and only smoke / vape within these areas.
#NonLeagueDogs: For now, dogs are NOT permitted in the ground.
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: You can access a live stream of this match, via our Bury FC TV service for £6.99*. Click on the image below to watch the game from the comfort of your own home.
*Season Ticket holders should receive an email an hour before kick-off on how to access this service free-of-charge (queries directed to email@example.com)
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!