At the end of October Mike attendee the Bury FC Legends Vs Bury All Stars match at Radcliffe Borough. Mike was delighted to meet his 1970s hero, striker Derek Spence, pictured below.
It’s been a tough time of late with the incredibly disappointing news that Bury have been expelled from the English Football League after not being able to secure new ownership before the deadline.
Despite this and the impact it’s had on not just Bury fans but Bury as a town, suffering loss of business on match days for example, we wanted to focus on the positives that have come out of a terrible situation.
The match on the 20th of October was superbly organised by 3 Bury fans and saw both ex/retired players together on the pitch. There were over 2000 people in the crowd, all loyal fans. There was an auction following the match, giving fans the chance to bid on players shirts in order to support funding for the Phoenix club. The match raised over £20K, take a look at the video here to get a taste of the atmosphere on the day.
Despite the Phoenix club not yet being launched due to uncertainty around the future of the club, people are still showing their support.
There’s a huge sense of community spirit still, with pubs in the area committed to showing highlights of past matches and providing a place for regular match goers to meet as they usually would, providing income for the pubs that would have been lost. Mike recently featured in a news piece by ITV Granada Reports about this, you can take a look here.
There’s even a pop up exhibition being organised for the 23rd and 24th of November called We Are Bury, featuring memorabilia and kit. We’ve been keeping up with the latest news around the club on the @BuryXI twitter page so if you’re as big a fan as Mike is, get following!