After a busy weekend with friendlies against Bradford City & Preston North End, we’ll do it all again tomorrow evening as we welcome 1874 Northwich to Gigg Lane.
It was the first time we’ve seen Men’s football at Gigg Lane in over four years on Saturday, as Mark Hughes’ Bradford City won by six goals to nil, but the result wasn’t the important part it was that football was back!
Sunday saw us welcome back a Bury legend Ryan Lowe, as he brought a youthful Preston side to face Andy Welsh’s side. There was more in the way of goal opportunities for our forward line, but North End went away with a 2-0 victory. You can catch highlights of this game below:
Tuesday’s fixture is our fifth pre-season fixture, and let’s find out more.
In Opposition – 1874 Northwich
It’s a historic week for our visitors. 1874 Northwich played their first fixture 10 years ago this week, they faced local side Lostock Gralam, a game they won 3-1.
The fan-owned club play their football in Northern Premier League West Division, where they have played for the last two seasons after promotion from the North West Counties League during the COVID pandemic.
The management duo of Paul Bowyer & Wayne Goodison had a mid-table finish last term, but will be looking to improve on that for the 2023/24 season.
Tickets are still available for this fixture with 1874 Northwich, you can also pay on the turnstiles by cash or card.
Prices: £8 adult, £2 Under 16s & Free for Under 5s.
Click here to purchase online tickets.
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 best travel routes to the stadium. Directions can be sourced via Google Maps below.
SatNav Postcode: BL9 9HR
Parking: The car park at Gigg Lane are available for players and officials ONLY, with spaces also made available for blue badge holders. Car park operatives are under strict instructions to apply this policy, if your car is not on the list, you won’t be let on the car park. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
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 6.45pm. All spectators will be housed in the South Stand for this fixture.
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: Kiosks are accessible for supporters under the stands following the gates opening at 6:45pm. 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.
The team who compile the award-winning programmes have been at it again with a fresh look for 2023-24. The new look ‘The Shakers‘ programme.
Our second pre-season edition will cover the remaining pre-season games at Gigg Lane and features ‘AFC’s Final Four’ documenting the match reports from the final four games of the 2022/23 season for Bury AFC.
Make sure you don’t miss out on this edition, and grab a copy for just £3 from the sellers in and around the ground ahead of the game.
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 tannoy 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 is going into turning the ground around between games this 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.
#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: For this game, we will have no live stream. Keep up-to-date with all our video contentvia 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 from 7:40pm. 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!
#ShakersTogether | #BuryFC | #PartofIt | #PreSeason
View the full article
Returning to their home ground of Gigg Lane after a four-year hiatus, Bury FC faced a tough test against Mark Hughes' Bantams. The match kicked off the 2023/24 pre-season campaign but ended in a difficult 6-0 defeat for the hosts.
From the start, Bury faced an uphill battle. Emmanuel Osadebe's incisive run and assist to Alex Pattison for the first goal just seven minutes into the game set the tone for the encounter. Bury's defensive solidity was further tested when Andy Cook, last season's top scorer, doubled the visitors' lead five minutes later.
Despite an early onslaught, the Shakers showed resilience. A disallowed goal for Tyler Smith due to a foul brought a brief respite for the hosts, only for City to find the net twice more before half time, with goals from Osadebe and Luke Ridehalgh.
Bury displayed flashes of attacking threat with a promising move that resulted in the ball being in the back of the net, but their joy was short-lived as the offside flag was raised against Benito Lowe, denying what would have been a moral-boosting goal.
After the break, Hughes' side continued their offensive as Bury faced a refreshed City XI. The Shakers' defense was breached again by Matt Derbyshire, bringing the scoreline to 5-0. Despite this, Bury didn't relent. They nearly rewarded their home fans with a goal, only to be denied by a smart save from City's Heath Richardson.
The final nail came in the form of Jamie Walker's goal, rounding off a tough day for the hosts. Although the result was far from ideal, Bury FC took away valuable lessons from this match and the return to Gigg Lane marked a significant milestone in the club's history, offering a stepping stone towards regrouping and focusing on the rest of the pre-season campaign.
Bury FC fell to a spirited Preston North End XI side, with the visitors securing a 3-0 win at Gigg Lane courtesy of goals from Kian Taylor, Lewis Leigh, and Kitt Nelson.
The visiting team demonstrated their individual prowess early on, as Taylor broke the deadlock in the 25th minute, weaving his way through the Bury defence before slotting home. Skipper Leigh echoed this sentiment as he added to the tally early in the second half.
Nelson concluded the Preston onslaught in the 72nd minute, signifying a solid performance by the young Preston outfit.
Despite the result, the atmosphere at Gigg Lane was buoyant, as the hosts marked their weekend with festivities to commemorate their return to their home ground after a four-year absence.
Facing a Preston team filled with upcoming professionals and scholars, directed by ex-Bury player and manager Ryan Lowe, the Shakers demonstrated promising moments. Mikey O’Neill kicked off proceedings in the 15th minute with an ambitious effort from the edge of the box that soared over the bar.
Bury FC's Jacob Slater produced a crucial intervention a few minutes later, denying Tom Kilifin’s cross from reaching Andy Briggs, who otherwise would have had a clear chance on goal.
The Shakers came close again at the 20-minute mark, when Sam Unwin's powerful strike skimmed off the crossbar into the spectators behind the goal.
Preston managed to seize the advantage, as Taylor danced through the Bury backline, firing the visitors into the lead.
Bury FC’s James Pradic made two noteworthy saves in quick succession towards the end of the first half, denying both Jack Tinning’s free-kick and a quick shot from Briggs.
Felipe Rodriguez-Gentile, a key player in the early exchanges of the second half, set up Kitt Nelson whose shot missed the target, before his own effort was saved.
The visitors added a second goal as Leigh navigated his way through Bury's defensive line and clinically finished in the 54th minute.
Nelson added a third for the visitors in the 72nd minute, capitalizing on Kaedyn Kamara's excellent work on the left flank, spinning and slotting past the Bury keeper.
Kamara's attempt at a spectacular long-range goal was thwarted by Jack Atkinson's diving save to his left.
Late in the game, Connor Comber tested Pradic as the rain began to pour at Gigg Lane, but the Preston shot-stopper ensured his side maintained a clean sheet.
Bury Football Club are delighted to announce an exciting annual football game that celebrates the rebirth of both Macclesfield FC and Bury FC! This eagerly anticipated event brings together two historic clubs, each with their own rich heritage and passionate fanbase.
The Reborn Cup marks a significant moment in the revival of both clubs, symbolizing their resurgence after facing challenges in recent years. It represents a celebration of their enduring spirit and determination to reclaim their places in the footballing world.
With the first edition set to kick off this Saturday (15th July), football enthusiasts eagerly await the clash between Macclesfield FC and Bury FC. The atmosphere will be electric as fans fill the stands, adorned in their team’s colours, ready to witness an epic showdown on the pitch.
Football Board Chairman, Marcel De Matas said: “Both Macc and Bury have been through similar experiences, and have risen from the ashes to create vibrant, growing clubs.
“We hope that the Reborn Cup will become an annual event, which allows us to celebrate clubs at the heart of our communities and show that there is an appetite for attractive, exciting football in towns like ours.”
Macclesfield FC Owner, Robbie Savage added: “I’m delighted to announce that Macclesfield FC and Bury FC will take part in the Reborn Cup on an annual basis.
“Given what both sets of fans and communities have been through, having this game will poignantly enable them to celebrate our much-loved Football Clubs.”
The Reborn Cup promises to be a thrilling spectacle, capturing the attention of fans and media alike.
Beyond the game itself, the Reborn Cup serves as a reminder of the resilience and unity displayed by both Macclesfield FC and Bury FC in overcoming adversity. It stands as a testament to the unwavering support of their loyal fans, who have stood by their clubs through thick and thin.
As the annual tradition unfolds, the Reborn Cup will undoubtedly become an emblematic event, forever etching its place in the football calendar. It is a testament to the enduring spirit of the beautiful game and the unwavering loyalty of fans who fuel its passion.
View the full article