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Preview: Bury FC v Walsall

What a summer this has been with player movement on an unparalleled level, including some players departing to further their careers at other clubs. Many will say that the club need overhauling on a new level and Lee Clark has certainly done that, with a raft of new arrivals that saw expectation levels from staff and fans alike climbing on a daily basis.

4 August 2017

Since the January transfer window, 28 players have left the club with just 16 players arriving to replace them but we now have a side packed with quality.

It started with the sudden announcement of Jermaine Beckford and it continued throughout the summer. Will all due respect to those who are no longer with the club the players arriving at the club were of a better calibre, a better quality, packed with experience and packed with quality. Some old  faces re-appeared but they arrived into a completely different club than the one they had previously experienced.

The club, in three short months, has moved to another level. The expectations, over the summer, have risen to another level. The mood and feel around the Shakers Carrington training base has moved to another level.

Lee Clark spoke of his intentions early in the summer. He’d been planning his words since arriving, but he first had to ensure League One survival at the end of the last campaign. Even with a defeat at Southend, the Shakers secured safety barely by the skin of their teeth. A truly horrible season had finished and plans were put into place almost immediately, probably even on the team bus on the way home from Southend.

The retained list was a thin one whilst the released list showed many departures and more were to follow. Then, all of a sudden, they started arriving.  #Confirmed became the watch word of the summer on social media, and you never know, there may still be a time for another before kick off on Saturday.

“Let’s have a right good go” said Lee Clark and now as we sit waiting for the new season to start.  One old boy collecting his season ticket this week said; “I’ve been watching this lot for 60 years, and I’ve never been this excited for a new season, I can’t wait”.

That excitement is powerful, it’s contagious, it runs throughout the club from the Chairman at Carrington down to Carina the cleaner. The lads are chomping at the bit to get started and, from the mood on social media, so are the fans. We all want it to start – NOW!

Lee Clark could hand out 11 debuts although, technically, Joe Murphy has already made his, it was as a loan player and not as a fully-fledged Shaker. The hardest part of the gaffer’s job is telling those lads who are not going to be involved in the game. That’s where man management comes in, but these lads are a grounded lot. It’s all about the team and the season. It’s not about one game, or two games. Nobody gets promoted from winning the first game of the season, to use an old cliché, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

Eoghan O’Connell, Phil Edwards and Danny Mayor will miss the game through injury. The rest of the squad are fit, ready and absolutely raring to go if called upon.

All that matters now is 3pm on Saturday and the season will begin to unfold before our very eyes.  Nobody is daft enough to expect a trouble free and stress-free season. There will be hurdles along the way, we know what to expect. But, before anyone scoffs, this football club has moved to a whole new level, and is approaching the next level beyond that. Don’t stop or it may pass you by. Come along and join in with the ride because it promises to be one hell of a season.

Walsall’s View (Courtesy of the Official Walsall Website):  Jon Whitney has challenged his Saddlers team to “push on” from last season and be competitive in every game.

After finishing 14th last term, Walsall begin the new 2017-18 League One campaign away to Lee Clark’s big-spending Bury tomorrow afternoon, kick-off 3.00pm. And Whitney wants his side to be a test for whoever they come up against.

“We expect to compete in every game,” said the 46-year-old. “We want to push on from where we finished last year and I’m sure we can with this group.

“We can really be competitive this year and make sure we give everyone a game.

“Everyone has got to fight to get something from us and that’s what we’ve drilled into the players. We have to be ruthless, quite resilient and have a bit of quality as well.”

Our first opponents Bury have brought in no fewer than 16 new player this summer and while Whitney admits the Shakers may be something of an unknown quantity, he says the Saddlers will be ready for the task in hand 

“You’ve got to concentrate on yourself and make sure your shop’s in order the first few games,” he added.

“I went up to Salford to watch a few of their players play and I understand the players they’ve brought in.

“You look at the way Lee does things over his time previously, he played a three towards the end at Bury, a four at Kilmarnock.

“He’s played different formations but what you do is concentrate on the players he’s brought in.

“We can watch them so we know about their players. We’ll be concentrating on what we do and see if they can handle us.

“We’ll respect them and have an idea individually of what their players can do and what their strengths and weaknesses are.”

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Last time out: Bury 3 Walsall 3 – 28th January 2017
Walsall fought back from 2-0 down only to concede a stoppage-time equaliser as they drew a thrilling League One encounter 3-3 at Bury.

In-form striker James Vaughan gave the hosts a 22nd-minute lead before Reece Brown scored a 45th-minute free-kick from around 40 yards.

Bury were stunned by three goals in eight minutes through Erhun Oztumer and a Jason McCarthy brace, but Tom Soares pounced at the death to deny Walsall a third straight win.

Tom Pope and Amadou Bakayoko had gone close at each end before Pope crossed for Vaughan to slide in his 17th goal of the season - and seventh in three games.

Neil Etheridge then saved a Pope header and blocked the striker's follow-up, while Bury's Rob Lainton saved a Bakayoko shot.

But Bury doubled their lead as Brown's free-kick caught Etheridge off his line and flew into the top corner.

The Shakers eased off in the second half, though, and Walsall made them pay. Matt Preston had a shot blocked on the line and Lainton denied Isaiah Osbourne from the rebound.

But Oztumer hit a 20-yard free-kick into the bottom corner on 71 minutes to spark the Saddlers' fightback.

Five minutes later, McCarthy fired home from Bakayoko's cut-back before the Southampton loanee headed home from Osbourne's cross.

Soares then glanced in Brown's cross to rescue a point but Bury remain in the relegation zone 

Match day Links:  All the essential info needed ahead of the game

  • Match Coverage – Click here
  • Interview: Stephen Dawson – Click here
  • Ticket Arrangements – Click here
  • Safety Announcement: Car Park – Click here
  • Interview: Chris Maguire – Click here
  • iFollow – Lee Clark – Click here
  • iFollow – Stephen Dawson – Click here
  • iFollow – Chris Maguire – Click here
  • Ticket news – Click here
  • Gigg Lane – First Time Visitor Guide – Click here

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Jermaine Beckford's first half goal was enough to secure all three points on the opening day of the season

5 August 2017

Bury began the season with an opening-day victory after overcoming Walsall despite having two penalties saved.

Jermaine Beckford’s early spot-kick was saved by Mark Gillespie, but the forward made amends by heading the Shakers in front on the edge of half-time.
 
Gillespie then pushed away Chris Maguire’s second-half penalty, but the Shakers held on to take all three points.
 
The new-look Shakers side featured eight debutants following a busy summer of transfer activity at Gigg Lane.
 
Lee Clark’s side were presented with the perfect opportunity to make a dream start to the new League One campaign when Stephen Dawson was tripped inside the penalty area after just three minutes.
 
Beckford, a summer signing from Preston North End, stepped up to take the penalty, but his effort was tipped around the post by Gillespie.
 
The Shakers’ wastefulness was almost punished on 16 minutes when Simeon Jackson’s shot deflected off Stephen Dawson and skimmed just wide of Joe Murphy’s right-hand post following a neat passing move from the visitors.
 
After an electric start, a feeling of restlessness was palpable among the home support as Bury struggled to impose themselves on the game.
 
With a drab first half drawing to a close, the Shakers were awarded a free-kick on the right-hand side.
 
Maguire’s whipped cross was flicked on by a Walsall defender and Beckford made amends for his penalty miss by heading home from close range to send the Shakers into the break in front.
 
The Shakers returned for the second period looking to push on and add a second goal. They came close on 53 minutes when Maguire’s free-kick forced a save from Gillespie at his near post.
 
After creating the first goal, the Scottish forward appeared intent on getting his own name on the scoresheet, and came close again on 62 minutes when his rasping 25-yard drive was beaten away by Gillespie.
 
Maguire scored two free-kicks at Gigg Lane while playing for Oxford United last season, and gave the Shakers faithful a further glimpse of his set-piece ability on 69 minutes when his 30-yard free-kick drifted just wide of the left-hand post.
 
The home side had the opportunity to extend their lead when they were awarded yet another penalty after Jon Guthrie brought down Zeli Ismail.
 
After Beckford’s previous miss, it was Maguire’s turn to step up this time, however, the end result was the same, with Gillespie saving well down to his right.
 
Maz Kouhyar then spurned a fantastic opportunity to equalise for the visitors on 84 minutes, after Erhun Oztumer’s picked him out with a lobbed pass, but his tame volley was pushed behind by Murphy at his near post.
 
With the visitors pressing for a late equaliser, Ryan Lowe broke free and played Ismail through on goal, but the winger’s low shot was saved comfortably by Gillespie as the Shakers held on to wrap up an important three points in the August sunshine.
 
The Shakers will be in action again on Thursday night when they host Sunderland in the Carabao Cup.
 
Attendance: 4,240 (681 visitors)
 
Bury starting line-up: Murphy, Jones, Leigh, Thompson, Aldred, Dawson, Reilly, O’Shea (Ismail 54), Maguire (Lowe 88), Ajose (Dai 60), Beckford
 
Unused subs: Edward-Williams, Whitmore, Tutte, Humphrey
 
Walsall starting line-up: Gillespie, Kinsella, Wilson, Guthrie, Leahy, Chambers, Cuvelier (Kouhyar 74), Edwards, Morris, Oztumer, Jackson (Bakayoko 74)
 
Unused subs: L Roberts, K Roberts, Cockerill-Mollett, Flanagan, Candlin
 
Referee: Mark Heywood
 

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Ticket News

Bury v Walsall – Tickets available online

Tickets and Hospitality for the opening game of the season are now available to purchase using our ‘Eventbrite’ online ticketing facility

2 August 2017

Supporters can now use the Eventbrite Ticketing facility to purchase tickets for the first game of the season vs Walsall

Fans can now buy online match tickets at any time, wherever they are, in a matter of seconds, and on the device of their choice, e.g.: On Bury FC’s website, accessed either from a desktop computer or a mobile phone, in the ‘Tickets’ section, via local event listings for Bury on Eventbrite.co.uk or by using the Eventbrite App on a mobile device (download required), Directly on Facebook (for selected matches)

Once tickets are ordered, they will be delivered instantly in a variety of digital formats:

  • Via email, as PDF attached to the email order confirmation, for printing out at home
  • In the Eventbrite app (most convenient, no print out required)
  • In the Facebook app, provided fans bought them there (no print out required)

Fans who cannot find their tickets anymore can simply enter their email address at

eventbrite.com/gettickets to retrieve them or contact Eventbrite’s 24/7 customer experience team.

Supporters should be aware that using the Eventbrite system will incur a standard (percentage) booking fee for all tickets purchased, similar to the process of the previous facility.

From now and for the rest of the new season, any article featuring details for a specific game, will also feature the order form for tickets for that game.

To purchase tickets for the Walsall game, please follow the links above, or use the Ticket Order Form below

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