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Match Previews

Match Preview: Bury vs Port Vale

3 May 2019

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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Match Coverage

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.

Form Guide

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.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Bury 1-1 Port Vale

4 May 2019

Bury concluded the 2018/19 campaign with a 1-1 draw with Port Vale at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane. Tom Pope gave the visitors the lead before Jordan Rossiter scored a screamer to secure second place for the Shakers!

With automatic promotion confirmed, Ryan Lowe made a few changes to his side. Notably, Ryan Cooney came into the side, taking the armband. Joe Adams, Callum Hulme and Femi Seriki all earnt a place on the Bury bench.

The game got off to a cagey opening fifteen minutes, with both sides struggling to create anything worthy of a mention.

A defensive error almost allowed Tom Pope to make it 1-0 to the visitors. A ball across the box was intercepted by the former Shaker, his first touch was a diving header that was just wide of Joe Murphy’s post.

Pope was proving to be dangerous for the Valiants. A cross into the middle saw the forward rise the highest. Joe Murphy did exceptionally well to keep the ball out low to his left corner.

Next time around, Tom Pope made no mistake in finding the back of the net. A long ball into the box saw the striker bring it down on his chest before calmly slotting the ball underneath Joe Murphy.

Caolan Lavery almost levelled the scores for the Shakers after some brilliant play by Jay O’Shea. He burst into the area, exhibiting his incredible dribbling talent, before pulling the ball back to Lavery, who steered an effort onto the upright. Port Vale were able to collect the loose ball and clear it before Maynard could sweep up.

For yet another time this afternoon, Tom Pope found himself in space in the box. He was the first to meet David Worrall’s cross, glancing a header just wide of the mark.

Straight up the other end, there was another chance for an equaliser for the Shakers. A swift move saw Maynard lay the ball off to O’Shea who couldn’t keep his strike down, sending it into the East Stand.

Nicky Maynard then showed his brilliant ball control, bringing a high ball down comfortably, before wrong-footing a defender and poking an effort on goal. Unfortunately, it was straight at Scott Brown who caught the effort with no issues.

Jordan Rossiter opened his Shakers account on the final day of the season with an incredible strike! He carried the ball forward brilliantly, before finding Danny Mayor for a one-two. Rossiter then hit the ball first time on his left foot from twenty-five yards, sending an effort curling away from Brown and into the top corner on the stroke of half-time!

Theo Vassell had a late chance for the visitors, picking the ball up just inside the Bury box. He fired a strike on goal, but Murphy was equal to it with a smart stop.

HALF-TIME: Bury 1-1 Port Vale

Byron Moore used incredible acceleration to create a brilliant chance for the hosts. He cut in from the right with real purpose, playing the ball square to Nicky Maynard. However, Bury’s top scorer saw an effort behind via the crossbar from four-yards out.

There was a brilliant chance for the visitors to retake the lead. Joe Murphy came to collect the ball from Pope, but a collision with O’Connell meant the ‘keeper spilled the ball. Thankfully for the Shakers, the danger was eventually cleared.

The second period was very much like the opening to the game. With just fifteen minutes remaining, very few clear-cut chances had been created despite both sides having possession at the business end of the pitch.

Scott Brown was called into action in the Valiants’ goal as Byron Moore again proved elusive to the Port Vale defenders. He tried to slot the ball into the far corner from the right, but Brown was able to keep the ball out, saving the strike with his legs.

Tom Conlon gave Joe Murphy a real test with six minutes remaining. He struck a venomous effort towards Murphy’s near post, but the veteran ‘keeper was on hand to keep him out.

FULL-TIME: Bury 1-1 Port Vale

Bury: Murphy (GK), Thompson, O’Connell, Mayor, Rossiter, Cooney (C) (66’ Nicky Adams), Wharton (26’ Moore), McFadzean, O’Shea, Lavery (66’ Telford), Maynard

Unused Subs: Moloney (GK), Joe Adams, Hulme, Seriki

Port Vale: Brown (GK), Joyce, Legge, Kay, Worrall (45’ Montano), Pope (C), Hannant (60’ Whitfield), Crookes, Smith, Vassell, Conlon

Unused Subs: Hornby (GK), Pugh, Elliott, Turner, Green-Birch

Attendance: 6719 with 954 visitors! Thank you for your brilliant support this season! See you in Sky Bet League One!!!  

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Ticket News

Bury v Port Vale Tickets

2 May 2019

Tickets for the Shakers' game against Port Vale are now available on Eventbrite.

Adults: £20.00

Concessions: £14.00*

Under 18’s: £10.00

Under 16's: £7.00

Under 12’s: £5.00 (Please Note: Under 12's must be accompanied by a paying adult).

Under 5's: Free of charge

Family Ticket: (1 x Adult plus 1 x Under 16): £20.00. Each additional child (Under 16): Plus £5.00. (A Family Ticket can only be purchased from the Ticket Office).

*Concessions are classed as Disabled Supporters / Under 23’s / 65 and over. (Disabled Ticket can only be purchased from the Ticket Office). 

Tickets are now available to purchase here, once you have purchased your ticket you can download or print.

Fans can also pay on the day at the turnstiles and at the Ticket Office

Military Discounts

Bury Football Club offer a discount for all serving and former military personnel.  Adult Tickets and Family Tickets can be purchased at £10 rather than the normal price of £20.  Discounted tickets can only be purchased on the day of the game, by visiting the Ticket Office and displaying the relevant identification.

Blue Light Discounts

Bury Football Club offer a discount for all serving members of the emergency services.  Adult Tickets and Family Tickets can be purchased at £10 rather than the normal price of £20.  Discounted tickets can only be purchased on the day of the game, by visiting the Ticket Office and displaying the relevant identification.

Tickets are now available to purchase here, once you have purchased your ticket you can download or print.

Fans can also pay on the day at the turnstiles and at the Ticket Office.

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