Bury FC Management Staff Profiles

David Flitcroft
First Team Manager

David Flitcroft was confirmed as the new manager of Bury on December 10, 2013.

Flitcroft began his footballing days with Preston North End. After four years at Deepdale and a brief loan spell at Lincoln City, the midfielder moved to Chester City where he amassed more than 200 first-team appearances.

In 1999 he moved to Rochdale, helping the Dale to the Division Three play-offs in 2002 before his four-year stay at Spotland came to end - joining Macclesfield Town for six months. He later moved back to Lancashire, signing for Bury where he made a century of appearances as a stalwart in the middle of the park. Overall in the Football League he made over 500 appearances for Preston, Chester, Rochdale, Macclesfield and Bury.

Midway through the 2006/07 season, Flitcroft teamed up with Keith Hill at Rochdale - becoming Hill's assistant.

The management duo were highly successful during their time at Spotland, after guiding the Dale out of League Two via the play-offs and then to their highest ever position in forty years - ninth in League One, at the end of the 2009/10 campaign.

His first managerial appointment at Barnsley followed a brief spell as caretaker manager and prior to that he was assistant manager to Keith Hill at Oakwell from June 2011. After taking charge, Flitcroft went onto secure the club's Championship status for the 2013/14 season.

During his first full season at the Shakers in the 2014/15 season, Flitcroft steered Bury to promotion from Sky Bet League Two, with the highest points tally in the club's history.

Chris Brass
Assistant Manager

Chris Brass began his career at Ipswich Town before progressing through the youth system at Burnley as a trainee. 

Chris captained Burnley's A team in 1994, the year that they won the Lancashire League. In October 1994, Chris joined Torquay United on loan in order to gain some first team experience. 

He returned to Burnley in 1995, making his debut for them as a substitute in a 1–0 defeat away to Portsmouth. Chris established himself in the centre of Burnley’s  defence, and remained there for three seasons.

In 1998 Stan Ternent replaced Chris Waddle as manager of the Clarets, and made Chris captain. In 2000 he went on a one-month loan to Halifax Town. After the loan was up he returned to the Burnley, before joining York City on a free transfer in March 2001.

Chris joined the Minstermen at the age of 25. He quickly became a key figure in the side, being named captain in his first season. In his second season at the Club, at the age of just 27, he became York’s player/manager. He was their youngest ever manager and the youngest League boss for over 50 years.

After a positive start to the campaign results started to take a turn for the worse, the side failed to win any of their final 20 league games and as a result they were relegated to the Football Conference. The following season the side started poorly and Chris was sacked and replaced by Viv Busby. Chris stayed on as a player under the new management team.

Loan spells at both Harrogate Town and Southport followed, with Chris securing a permanent deal at Southport.

In January 2006, Chris joined the Shakers on a contract until the end of the season. He signed a new one-year contract with the Club in June 2006, being released at the end of the 2006–07 season, but was asked to return to pre-season training. He joined Hyde United as a player but combined that with a role at Bury in charge of the Centre of Excellence.

On 15 January 2008, Chris became caretaker manager at Gigg Lane following the sacking of Chris Casper. His first game in charge was an FA Cup replay against Championship side Norwich City, which the Shakers won. He remained in post until the appointment of Alan Knill in February 2008. 

At the beginning of 2009, Chris left Hyde having made 62 appearances for the Club, after being appointed Assistant Manager to Knill at Bury. When Knill was appointed Manager of Championship side Scunthorpe United in March 2011, Brass followed him as Assistant Manager. Knill was later dismissed by Scunthorpe United and moved on to Torquay United where Chris joined him once again as his Assistant Manager, both on an interim basis until the end of the season. The pair went on to ensure Torquay United's Football League safety, which saw them both appointed on a permanent basis.

December 2013 saw Chris return to Bury, this time as Assistant Manager to fellow Shaker David Flitcroft.

Ben Futcher
First Team Coach

Ben Futcher is the latest in a line of 'Futcher's' that have played professional football - Son of Paul Futcher, Nephew of Ron Futcher and cousin of Fulham's Danny Murphy.  Six foot seven Ben started his career at Oldham Athletic as a trainee but was quickly loaned out of local non league side Stalybridge.  That loan soon turned into a full time transfer though he was soon to be off on his travels again when he joined Doncaster Rovers in 2002.  The move to Yorkshire only lasted three months though before he signed for Lincoln City where he was to spend the next three years, where he linked up with the late Keith Alexander for the first time.  After making over 150 appearances for the Red Imps, he left in June 2005 but stayed in the Lincolnshire area and signed for Boston United.

His stay at York Street was brief though and he moved across the county to Grimsby Town where he was to spend the remainder of the 05/06 season.  Upon being appointed manager at Peterborough United, 'Futch' again linked up with Keith Alexander and followed him to London Road, but again it proved to be a short stay with the Posh and he lasted just one season.  Keith Alexander, by now director of football at Gigg Lane, made Ben his first signing in June 2007.  Now in his fifth season at Bury, he has the unique record of appearing in six play off campaigns - but has yet to be successful in any, despite playing in three play-off finals.

Futch spent part of the Shakers promotion season on loan at Oxford United before returning to Gigg Lane in time to feature in the run-in to getting out of League Two.  After several un-successful play off campaigns for several clubs, Futch finally gained his first promotion medal with the Shakers.

Recently graduated with a 2:1 in Sports Science and becoming a first time father - all in the same week.  Futch has also spent three months on loan at Mansfield Town plus a spell at AFC Telford and Macclesfield Town last season and did not make any appearances for the Shakers.  Ben has recently signed a new contract with the club that will see him combine his playing career with that as development coach, and will take charge of the clubs new development squad.

In total, Futch has made a total of 136 appearances, scoring five goals for the Shakers (upto and including the 2011/12 season).

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