With every League Two side, like every English football side, betting on Bury odds is a popular choice with many bettors. League Two is renowned for not only surprise results, but surprise promotions and relegations too. Teams may just escape relegation one season but challenge for the League Two title the next. As such, Bury relegation odds are just as commonly bet on as odds on Bury to win the title.
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Bury FC are a professional football club located in Bury, Greater Manchester. The club have played in the top four divisions in English football during their history. Bury currently hold a place in England’s fourth tier, League Two.
The history of Bury Football Club begins in 1885. Aiden Arrowsmith organised a meeting of which the outcome was the merging of Bury Wesleyans Football Club and Bury Unitarians Football Club. Later that year, Bury Football Club played their first game at Gigg Lane, the home of Bury today.
Four years later, Bury joined the Lancashire League, winning the title for two consecutive seasons in their second and third season in the division. Bury then entered the Football League after being awarded a place in the Second Division.
Bury won the Second Division championship at their first attempt, and gained a place in the First Division after defeating Liverpool in the relegation/promotion play off. Bury were to stay in the top flight for 17 consecutive seasons and during that time they enjoyed success with two FA Cup Final wins. The first came in 1900 when Bury beat Southampton 4-0 to win their first FA Cup, and the club followed this up three years later. A 6-0 win over Derby County, which remains the highest ever margin of victory in an FA Cup Final, saw Bury pick up their second FA Cup in three years.
The club remained in the First Division until 1912. A series of lower table finishes culminated in a 20th place finish in the 1911/1912 and saw the club return to the Second Division.
Mid to lower table finishes became the norm for Bury Football Club, until the 1923/1924 season. This campaign saw the club finished in second place, and with it promotion back to the First Division.
A fifth and fourth place finishing position in their first two seasons back in the First Division saw Bury Football Club establish themselves as a steady top flight side. However, in the 1928/1929 season, a 19th position finish saw the club relegated once more and they have not played in the top tier since.
Bury remained in the Second Division until 1957. For the majority of the club’s time in the second tier, they fought against relegation before a 21st place finish in the 1956/1957 season saw Bury succumb to the drop.
The club entered the Third Division North, and a season later when the Third Divisions North and South were reorganised into a Third and Fourth Division, Bury were given a place in the Third Division following their 4th position finish the season before.
The start of the 1960’s saw Bury Football Club win the Third Division title, and with it a place back into the Second Division. The club struggled to adapt to life back in the country’s second tier, and were relegated once more in the 1966/1967 season.
An immediate promotion was followed by an immediate relegation, and in the 1970/1971 season the club were relegated to the Fourth Division for the first time in Bury history.
Bury were promoted in the 1973/1974 campaign, but the last year of the 1970’s saw Bury demoted once more.
Hugh Eaves invested deeply into the club in 1985, and this investment saw Bury promoted that same year. In the 1989/1990 and 1990/1991 campaigns, Bury twice qualified for and failed in the play offs, and the following season they were relegated once more.
In time for the start of the 1992/1993 season, the Premier League was introduced. This resulted in the Football League divisions being renamed. The Second Division became Division One, the Third Division Division Two and the Fourth Division Division Three. As such, Bury started the 1992/1993 campaign in Division Three.
Play off failure continued to blight the club. Twice in three years Bury reached the play offs, but twice were defeated. However, a third place finish in the 1995/1996 season saw the club promoted to Division Two.
This promotion was followed up with the Division Two championship, and the club enjoyed successive promotions. However, the club couldn’t settle playing Division One football and the 1998/1999 season saw the club relegated yet again. Bury were relegated on goals scored, the only time this situation has ever occurred in English football.
Bury Football Club were relegated once more in the 2001/2002 season. The play off heartbreak the club had endured in the past continued, with another play off semi-final defeat a season later.
Before the 2004/2005 season, the Football League divisions were renamed once again - Division One became the Championship, Division Two League One and Division Three League Two.
Bury remained in League Two until the 2010/2011 season, when a second place finish secured automatic promotion to League One. A relegation two years later followed by a promotion two years after that saw the club back in League One for the 2015/2016 season.
Bury Football Club started the 2016/2017 campaign as a League One side. However, their time back as a League One club was short lived, and after finishing bottom, Bury were relegated back to the fourth tier.
The first Bury crest featured the Bury coat of arms, and this Bury football badge is still used today.
During the 1970’s, a badge featuring a ‘V’ shape was created. Within the ‘V’ shape, the club name was incorporated, and above featured a Lancashire rose.
The club returned to their town’s coat of arms. This Bury FC crest features stripes wove together, representing the cotton industry of Greater Manchester, an anvil representing the engineering history of the town, images of papyrus plants that represent the town’s paper industry, a helmet representing the town’s military history and an image of a bee, a famous image that represents the ‘worker bees’ of Greater Manchester. The crest also features the club’s motto ‘Vincit omnia industria’ which means ‘Industry conquers all things’.
For the club’s 125 year anniversary, a new badge was developed for the 2010/2011 season. This featured the combination of both badges, with the town’s coat of arms on top of the ‘V’ shape. The following season, the club returned to the Bury coat of arms badge.
The traditional Bury colours are white shirts worn with blue shorts and blue socks. These Bury kit colours have been worn consistently since 1961, though the colour of the shorts and socks have occasionally been alternated between blue and white.
Before this time, Bury played in white shirts but their shorts and socks colour was a much darker blue, with socks alternating between dark blue and dark blue and white hooped socks. This has been the standard Bury kit colours since 1894.
When the club were formed in 1885, the Bury FC colours consisted of half brown half light blue shirts, worn with white shorts and brown socks. Two seasons later, the brown and blue colours remained but instead of half and half shirts, the club wore brown and blue striped shirts, with black shorts and black socks.
White and blue first made an appearance in 1888, when the club wore what would become their traditional kit colours of white shirts, dark blue shorts and dark blue socks. However, in 1892, the club colours changed to red and white striped shirts worn with dark blue shorts and dark blue socks, before the kit we know today returned in 1894.
For the 2018/2019 season, the Bury players wear white shirts with a navy blue trim, navy blue shorts and navy blue socks.
The Bury Football Club stadium is Gigg Lane. Also known as the Energy Check Stadium for sponsorship reasons, Gigg Lane has been the home of Bury since 1885, with the stadium purposely built for the football club.
The current Bury FC stadium capacity stands at 11,840. Gigg Lane has also been used by Manchester United and Bolton Wanderers for their reserve team games.
The Bury stadium layout features four main all seater stands. These are the South Stand, also known as the Les Hart Stand, the Manchester Road End, the Cemetery End and the Main Stand. The Main Stand also houses the Family Stand area of Gigg Lane.
Bury’s training facilities are at Carrington, the former training base of Manchester City who moved to SportCity, at the City Football Academy.
The majority of Bury supporters hail from Bury and other parts of Greater Manchester. There are, however, a variety of Bury supporters clubs up and down the country, including Forever Bury, which is the Bury FC Supporters Society founded in 2002.
Bury supporters enjoy a huge rivalry with those of Bolton Wanderers. This rivalry began in the early history of both clubs, and despite the very few meetings between the two since the Second World War, this rivalry is still as fierce as ever.
Bury supporters also have a rivalry with Rochdale, which has heightened over the years due to both clubs being members of the same division regularly. Meetings between the two are known as the M66 Derby, and has seen hooliganism and violence from both sets of club fans.
The current Bury Football Club owner is Stewart Day. Day is also the chairman of the football club, and took over in 2013.
Stewart Day and Chief Executive Glenn Thomas have undergone the redevelopment of the Gigg Lane stadium, with plans for a new stadium to be built by the end of this decade.
The club are reportedly suffering from financial worries, though £1 million was raised through the sale of extra shares.
The current Bury players list consists of 27 members of the first team squad.
Notable ex Bury players include Craig Madden, who was voted the club’s all-time club hero and is also the club’s record goalscorer. Others include David Adekola, Chris Lucketti, Greg Farrell, Colin Bell and Bruce Grobbelaar.
Grobbelaar holds the record for the oldest player to represent Bury Football Club in a league game, at the age of 40 years and 337 days. Jimmy Kerr is the youngest player to have represented the club in League football, making his first appearance aged 16 years and 15 days.
Bury stats begin with the club’s all time leading appearance maker. This honour falls to Norman Bullock. Bullock made 539 appearances for Bury Football Club between 1920 and 1935.
The club’s all time leading goalscorer is Craig Madden. Madden scored 153 goals for Bury from 1977 to 1986. Madden also holds the record for most goals scored in a season, after scoring 43 goals for the club during the 1981/1982 campaign.
Ryan Lowe holds the club record for most goals scored consecutively. Lowe scored ten goals in nine games during the 2010/2011 season.
The most internationally capped player whilst playing club football for Bury Football Club is Bill Gorman. Gorman earned 11 caps for the Republic of Ireland whilst on Bury’s books.
The record attendance at Gigg Lane is 35,000. This number of spectators watch Bury take on Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup in 1960.
Bury Football Club’s record victory is 12-1. The club beat Stockton by this scoreline in the FA Cup in 1897. The club’s record victory in League football came in 1970, when Bury beat Tranmere Rovers 8-0.
The club’s record defeat is 10-0, and this scoreline occurred on two occasions. Firstly, Bury were beaten 10-0 by Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup in 1887, and this scoreline was repeated almost 100 years later, when West Ham beat Bury 10-0 in the League Cup in 1982.
Bury became the first club, and to date still the only club, to score over 1000 goals in each of England’s top four professional divisions. They gained this record in 2005.
The current Bury manager is Ryan Lowe. Lowe became manager in January 2018, taking over from Chris Lucketti. Lowe had previously spent time as caretaker boss in 2017.
The longest serving Bury manager in terms of games taken charge of is Dave Russell, who took charge of 352 league games from 1953 to 1961.
During Bury’s time of FA Cup success, the team was picked by committee. It was Norman Bullock in 1945 who became the first Bury manager given full responsibility of picking the Bury side.
Eight former Bury players have also held the position of Bury manager. These are William Cameron, Norman Bullock, Bob Stokoe, Dave Hatton, Martin Dobson, Andy Preece, Chris Lucketti and current boss Ryan Lowe.
The youngest manager in Bury manager history is Bob Smith. Smith took charge in 1973 aged 29 years and 280 days. Smith went on to manage the club for four years, before being replaced by Bob Stokoe in 1977.
The Bury honours list consists of two FA Cup wins (1900, 1903); one second tier title (1895); two third tier titles (1961, 1997); on League Cup semi-finalist position (1963); 10 Lancashire Cup wins (between 1892 and 2015); and 11 Manchester Cup wins (between 1894 and 1968).
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