The Shakers have a proud history in knock out competitions having triumphed in the FA Cup at the start of the last century, beating Derby County 6-0, which is still the widest margin of victory in a final. However, that achievement was dwarfed in a League Cup tie at the Reebok Stadium in 2002, when Bury beat a Bolton side consisting of reserves, apprentices and someone who had only come to read the electric meter.
Andy Preece’s men were not overawed that night, despite the crowd of 12,621, around fifteen times the number of people they were used to playing in front of, and the event is commemorated every year, with a specially manufactured anniversary black pudding and a procession through the town centre led by the local rag and bone man and his horse.
Things have taken a downturn since then. Bury were thrown out of the FA Cup in 2006 for cheating, and each season features either a battle to hold on to their football league status, a fight against liquidation or sometimes both. A few days ago the club’s directors complained to the media that some fans were saying unkind things on the internet, which was installed in Bury recently.
The tie will take place on 12th August, which should give the Gigg Lane faithful sufficient time to save up the money to hire a mini-bus. Details of the fund raising effort have yet to be finalised, but it will probably be run by www.mannyroadend.co.uk (neat title) one of the busier supporters websites which has around three registered members.
Bolton Wanderers have announced a deal in conjunction with Capital One, whereby childrens’ tickets can be purchased for £1. Given the status of the opposition some Wanderers fans feel that this offer may be overpriced.
– Richard McCormick