The Shakers will be closing the season out in style at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane, as they clinched automatic promotion in their penultimate game at Tranmere Rovers.
Promotion was secured thanks to a 1-1 draw at Prenton Park. Bury had to come from behind however, with Danny Mayor’s second half strike cancelling out James Norwood’s early opener.
The result meant that former striker Ryan Lowe became the first man to achieve promotion with the Shakers as a player and then Manager.
Ryan Lowe’s side will finish second if they beat Port Vale, the spot they currently hold.
The Gaffer was keen to see a good crowd on Saturday, recognising the fans and their contribution this season, “I’d like to see six or seven thousand there if we can, I’m sure they’ll come along and celebrate. Everyone’s played their part, its not just me, my players and staff, it’s the fans as well. They’ve been there with us through thick and thin.”
Adam Thompson wants to end the season the right way, “We’re going to go about our business on Saturday and try and get the win for the fans. Obviously, we want to end on a high, although our target has been achieved now. It will be nice to end on a win in front of our fans to make it more special, and we’ll be respectful to Port Vale.”
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Last Time Out
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of Saturday's game by signing into their account and visiting the match centre. The game isn’t available for domestic streaming.
Overseas subscribers can watch the match live by following the same instructions. We will also have updates over on our Twitter account: @buryfcofficial. There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow.
Eddie Ilderton will be officiating his sixteenth match of the season on Saturday. He has taken charge of one previous Shakers game this season, it was our 3-0 win when we hosted Macclesfield Town. It will be his first Port Vale game of the campaign this weekend.
In his fifteen games, Ilderton has dished out thirty-nine yellow cards and the four reds. His only match where he didn’t produce a card was the Bury vs Macclesfield one.
We’ve Met Before
The Shakers have the better record between the two sides, having won thirty-one games compared to Port Vale’s twenty-seven. The result has ended in a draw between the two teams on twenty-two occasions.
Ryan Lowe’s side won the last home game they played against Port Vale 4-1, with current Valiants striker Tom Pope turning out for the Shakers.
The last ten games would see the Shakers nineteenth in the league table, collecting twelve points via three wins and three draws.
In comparison, Port Vale are twelfth, winning four, drawing two and losing four on their way to fourteen points.