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    GAME OFF: Ramsbottom United (H)

    Once again, the weather has beaten us and this has resulted in a postponement of tonight’s fixture against Ramsbottom United at Gigg Lane.

    After last week’s freezing temperatures and increased levels in rainfall, with first Storm Isha over the weekend and the incoming Storm Jocelyn from today, has left large volumes of water sat on top of the Gigg Lane turf, after being in good condition only this morning following a dry spell on Monday.

    An early afternoon inspection was called when there was no sign that the water was draining away and rain continued to fall.

    A new date will be confirmed in due course, and tickets will be valid for the rearranged fixture.
      Next Up: Skelmersdale United (H)
    We hope to back at Gigg Lane in quick time when Skelmersdale head into town this Saturday for the next game in the NWCFL Premier Division. Tickets, as always, are available below:
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    Match Info: Ramsbottom United (H), Tue 23rd Jan, 7.45pm KO

    As we all sat at home twiddling our thumbs this weekend after another cancellation, we watched the thaw slowly take hold and pitches across the north-west started to breathe again.

    Hopefully that is the end of the freezing conditions as we rocket towards the end of January and look to resume battle in the league. We will be keeping a watchful eye however, over the incoming weather in the hours leading up to the game. Head to social media ( X / Facebook ) or right here at buryfc.co.uk for all the latest updates.

    If it is ‘GAME ON’, what better way to pick matters up than in a local derby, as we welcome Ramsbottom United for their first competitive fixture at Gigg Lane.

    A Macron Cup fixture at The Harry Williams Riverside Stadium last November being the only previous meeting between the two sides, with late goals from both sides leading to a dramatic 2-2 draw and equally dramatic penalty shoot-out. The Shakers came out on top thanks to a Gaz Peet top corner finish as we headed into sudden death. Highlights of that game can be found below.
        For all the details of this big local derby as we finally meet in the league, can be found below in the full match information pack. Head down for opposition details, tickets, parking and live match coverage.
      In Opposition – Ramsbottom United
    Beginning life in 1966, Ramsbottom United began life as a local amateur side building a junior setup that remains an integral part of the club over 50 years later. You can’t say Ramsbottom United without immediately thinking of current (and forever!) Chairman Harry Williams. Involved from the start, you can still find Harry behind the scenes on a matchday, whether it be in the ticket booth, or dishing out pies in the food hut. A stalwart of the club and ex-manager of the first team (1966-1985), who’s name adorns the stadium that the Rams have been based at since 1980. We continue to wish him well after a recent fall has meant some time in recovery. We certainly hope he is well enough to visit Gigg Lane for this special local fixture.

    Following success in both Bury Amateur and Bolton Combination leagues through the late 60s and 70s, the club made the step up into the Manchester League in 1989 before applying to join the NWCFL in the mid-90s. The ground received its grading, with the club gaining promotion from Division Two in 1997, at the same point as they acquired floodlights from local rugby side, Oldham Rugby League Club.

    The Rams remained competitive until tradegy struck in 2001 when manager of the time, Ken Bridge, collapsed and died following a game against Cheadle Town. This stunted some of the club’s progress, before in 2009, Harry handed the reins to players at the time – Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson, for their first tilt at management.

    They made their name in fine style, earning promotion for the first time to the NPL in 2012. Further progression and development of both the ground and playing squad occurred and after just two seasons at the elevated level, they achieved a further promotion following a play-off campaign which first overcame favourites Darlington and then Bamber Bridge to reach the third tier for the first time.

    Bernard and Jonno left for the ‘Class of ’92’ and Salford City later that year, sending the club in a spin which they were unable to turn around until ex-player Chris Wilcox was appointed in October 2018. An FA Trophy run into the last-16, defeated only by high-flying AFC Fylde, was a highlight for the Willcock’s tenure which without the onset of Covid-19 would no doubt have earned the club a further promotion in that period.

    Willcock moved on in 2021 to Workington and the club’s results faltered afterwards, with Lee Donafee struggling to maintain a position in the top half of the league and being replaced, with incumbant David Chadwick unable to keep the Rams in the NPL, with the side slipping back into the NWCFL last summer.

    Former Northwich Victoria manager Steve Wilkes took over the reins for this season, and has the team sat in 15th, with nine wins and seven draws from 27 games so far. The side head into the game with only one point in the last five, losing last time out to Skelmersdale United.
      Tickets & Admission

      General sale tickets are available online HERE, which includes hospitality tickets in the Main Stand.

    We recommend purchasing a ticket ahead of the game to allow us to plan appropriately in the ground.

    Please follow requests from volunteers and stewards for directions if unsure.

    Prices*: £10 adult, £5 16-18, £3 Under 16s & Free for Under 5s.
    1885 Suite: £40* per ticket, EyeLevel Sponsors Lounge: £25 per ticket (email commercial@buryfc.co.uk to book)
    * plus booking fees
    Buy Tickets HERE   Pay on the Gate: Whilst encouraging supporters to buy online ahead of the game, turnstiles will be available to take cash & card payments.
      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. The first 250 season ticket holders who wish to watch from the Main Stand, can do so by admission at 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
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      Parking: Our new car-park policy for the upcoming season is now in force.
      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  Sponsors Blue Badge Holders   If you have a blue badge or mobility issues please email the club secretary at secretary@buryfc.co.uk 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.
      Matchday Programme: You can purchase a programme online now, to collect at the merchandise stall ahead of the game or head to the sellers in and around the ground. 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.

    Food / Drink: Our new catering partner, Quirky Catering, operate the kiosks throughout the ground, 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.
      Starkies bar Starkies: For those with tickets in the Main Stand, access to Starkies will be available from when the gates open, and throughout the game. The bar is limited to a set number and this will be managed by stewards through the day.

    After the game, supporters from other areas of the ground can gain access to Starkies via the ground floor entrance in that corner of the ground – subject to the maximum capacity not being exceeded.
      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: A live stream of the game will be available via Bury FC TV for £6.99! Get access to this on the day of the game from the homepage of the website here.

    Season ticket holders will be informed by email before 7pm on how to access the game for FREE.
     


    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!
      #ShakersTogether | #BuryFC | #PartofIt
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    Incoming: Arthur Lomax-Jones

    Bury FC are delighted to confirm the signing of Arthur Lomax-Jones from Bootle for an undisclosed fee.

    The 19-year-old started at Tranmere’s youth setup before moving to Wigan in 2009 where he played through the ranks until Under 18s, where he then made the move back to Prenton Park.

    Lomax joined Bootle from Tranmere last summer and has made 38 appearances for the Bucks, a number at the start of the season under Dave McNabb.
      He was recalled from his loan at NPL West side, Widnes to be able to sign for the Shakers.

    Manager Dave McNabb commented on his latest addition:
        Lomax-Jones added:
        Arthur will be eligible to face Ramsbottom United on Tuesday evening. Subject to league approval
     
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    GAME OFF: Cheadle Town (A)

    Following a review of the pitch at Park Road ahead of tomorrow’s planned fixture against Cheadle Town, the surface has been declared unfit and the game has been postponed.

    The weather has beaten the efforts of the Park Road ground staff, with frozen pitch affecting attempts to prepare the surface for this weekend.

    A new date will be confirmed in due course, and purchased tickets will be refunded via Cheadle Town shortly.
      Next Up: Ramsbottom United
    With us all thirsty for our next football fix, get a head start for next week and get your ticket for our derby game with Ramsbottom United at Gigg Lane this Tuesday evening!

    Click here
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    Match Info: Cheadle Town (A), Sat 20th Jan, 3pm KO

    After the weather put paid to a mid-week top-of-the-table clash against Wythenshawe, attention turned to Park Road this weekend as we take on Cheadle Town this Saturday.

    And a repeat of last Saturday’s performance, will do nicely if Dave McNabb’s charges can put another show for the travelling faithful. Two goals each from Andy Briggs and newly-crowned league player of the month, Dec Daniels, alongside a return to the goalscoring charts for Andy Scarisbrick and another goal for youngster Joe Hobson resulted in a 6-0 hammering at Litherland Sports Park. Highlights can be found below.

    The win kept up the pace in the league, with both Wythenshawe’s winning also, the race for top spot continues to hot up. The increase in the temperature for the league can be directly linked to the drop off in air temperature nationwide, with many games impacted by the freezing conditions over weekend and then the snow that came in to follow.

    The low temperatures are set to continue until Friday, with a hope of improvement in time for the game. Keep across our social media profiles in the run up to kick-off for the latest up-to-date information.

    For your all matchday details, we spoke to Cheadle Town Social Media Manager, Jamie Lynch about what supporters can expect as we make our first competitive visit to Park Road, in this week’s ‘Playing Away’ episode on YouTube. A link to that is below.
        ‘Playing Away’ – Episode Six
        Opponents – Cheadle Town
    The club was established in 1961 (as Grasmere Rovers), playing U16s Sunday league football in the Manchester & District League, developing up to U21s and winning their first championship in 1968, with a Premier Division title two seasons later.

    The club made the step up into Saturday football by entering the Manchester League in 1972, moving in Park Road Stadium ten years later. A year later and now known by its current name, the club joined the newly-formed NWCFL.

    One promotion to the top tier of the leagues was achieved in 1996, which they relinquished in 2001. With hopes high for a return to the top flight last season, the club achieved that under the stewardship of current manager Paul Marshall with a 3-1 play-off win against Sandbach United last summer.

    Town have had a tough start to life back in the Premier Division and lie in 20th going into the weekend, with nine wins and four draws from 27 games so far. A run of four losses at the end of December has been improved upon with back-to-back wins as we’ve entered 2024, winning 5-0 and 3-1 respectively at Barlick and AFC Liverpool.

     
      Tickets
    Advance tickets for this game are now onsale here
     
    Adults – £6 Concessions – £4 (Over 60 / Under 16) Disabled (with carer) – £4   Travel & Parking
    Ground: Park Road Stadium

    Address: Park Road, Cheadle, Cheshire

    Postcode: SK8 2AN
     
     
    Driving:
    If you are travelling clockwise on the M60…. Leave the motorway at junction 3 (signposted A34 Congleton) and follow the slip road. You will come to a set of lights at the end of the slip road (just before you join the A34) and then again at a main crossroads shortly afterwards. Turn left here. Follow this road (the A560) and go straight ahead at the next set of lights, taking you through Cheadle village with The White Hart pub and St Mary’s Church on the left.

    At the next set of lights at the end of Cheadle village – where the George & Dragon pub is on the right – bear right and follow the road. You will pass a BP petrol station on your left. You will need to turn right immediately after the small park on your right. This is Park Road. The ground is at the bottom of the road past the cemetery gates.

    If you are travelling anti-clockwise on the M60…. Leave the motorway at junction 2 (signposted A560 Cheadle) and follow the slip road to the end – a roundabout – where you will need to turn right. Get in the right-hand lane as you approach the traffic lights and go straight on, taking the first left after the row of shops. This is Park Road. The ground is at the bottom of the road past the cemetery gates.

    Parking: There is limited parking on Park Road itself and visitors are kindly asked NOT to park on the same side of the street as the houses. Please park on the opposite side of the road. We recommend driving down to the cemetery gates on arrival, turning around and heading back up Park Road before finding a space to park – that way you are “pointing in the right direction” for when you leave at the end of the match.

    If parking is unavailable on Park Road then you can try one of the side streets off Councillor Lane or Stockport Road (A560) and take the short walk to the ground.

    For evening kick-offs all visitors to Cheadle Town FC are kindly asked to respect our neighbours that live on Park Road and return to their vehicles quietly after the match.

    Nearest Railway: Gatley (1.4 miles) / Stockport (2.4 miles)

    Nearest Bus Route to Ground: The 11, 11A and 310 all pass the end of Park Road. Ask for Councillor Lane, Cheadle. All of these services depart from Stockport Bus Station and are relatively frequent.

    On the day: The clubhouse will be serving hot and cold drinks and alcoholic beverages on match day. The newly opened ‘Town Cafe’ offers an variety of hot and cold snacks. The Main Stand offers seating and standing that is sheltered from the elements. Toilets are located inside the clubhouse
      Match Coverage & Live Stream
    If you are unable to make the game, 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. 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 half time and full time 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
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    Treasureline: Week 34

    This week’s Treasureline Winners for Week 34 –17th January 2024 are in! The rollover this week was £1000 and remember it can reach up to a life-changing £10,000!!

    Want to be part of it? Join here
    Prize Draw No. Members Name £1000 Rollover HL0385 NO WINNER £1000 HM6548 J JACKSON £100 ND5718 H BASSON £50 HB1983 G HOLDEN £50 LN3689 J DIBB £25 PC5250 MR WASPE £25 HA3319 I NICHOLSON £10 OA4072 D TAYLOR £10 SB1849 E NIELD £10 HJ5743 M GREENWOOD £10 NB2574 J LAWSON £10 HB0974 J CRACKNELL £10 NG1432 M HEDLEY £10 LL3477 D PITTENDREIGH £10 AG2303 D JOHNSON £10 HJ5446 N BATEMAN £10 LJ6413 S BROCK Bury FC is a partner of NYCDA and a beneficiary of the NYCDA Weekly Draw. Gambling Commission account number 5166. Registered Office: 1-2 Frecheville Court, Bury, BL9 0UF. Responsible Person: Mr M Brocklehurst. For more information, please visit www.nycdaweeklydraw.co.uk/treasureline.
     
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    Club Shop: Opening Hours

    We were thankful to our superb volunteer team of sellers prior to Christmas, for setting up the pop-up shop in the old Main Stand ticket office. These Tuesday and Thursday afternoon opening times allowed Shakers supporters the chance to grab their last minute stocking-fillers!

    After the Christmas rush, the Club Shop opening times have been confirmed for the next few weeks:
     
    Thursday Afternoons (12noon – 3pm) From 2 hours before kick-off prior to all home games at Gigg Lane, plus for a short period after the final whistle

    The shop has a selection of stock items from our kit and merchandise partners, including:
     
    Home, Away & Training Shirts Bobble & Beanie Hats Range of Scarves Club Mugs, Flasks & Keyrings

    If you can’t get down to the shop or need a wider range, our Hope + Glory online shop is available 24/7 for all your needs.

    Grab t-shirts, performance training wear or more fashion pieces from the ‘1885’ Collection by heading to the shop micro-site here.
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