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FA Cup & The Shakers

1 July 2012

All you want to know, and more, on the Shakers and the FA Cup

History and the Shakers go together, especially in the FA Cup. We all know about the two Cup Finals, but we've dug up a few more titbits of information on the clubs long history in the FA Cup.

Bury have played 275 FA Cup Games.Bury's first venture into the FA Cup was on 03 October 1891 when they played Witton at Gigg Lane in a first round qualifier, Bury were a non league club back then.In all FA Cup games, Bury have scored 440 goals, and conceded 429 goals, a goal difference of +11.A total of 3,824,220 people have watched the Shakers in FA Cup action. Giving an average of 13,906 supporters per game.118 games have been played at Gigg Lane, 145 games were 'away' games and twelve were played at Neutral venues.Only 15 games have gone to extra time and only two cup ties have been decided by penalties 

Stats by Round
  • Bury have played three first round qualifying games, three second round qualifying games, three third round qualifying games (with one going to a replay) and one fourth round qualifying game.
  • The club have never qualified for the FA Cup First round via qualifiers
  • Bury have played 74 first round games 
  • 16 First round games have needed a replay
  • There have been only 44 second round games
  • 14 Second round games have needed a replay
  • The Shakers have played 51 third round games
  • 20 Third round games have gone to a replay
  • 5 third round games have one to a second replay
  • 1 game (Stoke City 1954/55) went to a third and fourth replay - The longest ever clash in the FA Cup proper took place in the 1954/55 season between Stoke City and Bury. The teams met at Gigg Lane in a 3rd Round tie on 8th January and played out a 1-1 draw. The replay at the Victoria Ground four days later also finished 1-1 after going into extra-time (the game was actually abandoned 22 minutes into extra-time). A second replay was scheduled for Goodison Park on 17th January where the teams played out a thrilling 3-3 draw, again after extra-time. The fourth encounter came just two days later when the teams met at Anfield. They still couldn't be parted after 120 minutes though and the match finished 2-2. The fifth and deciding match took place at Old Trafford on 24th January with Stoke finally winning 3-2. Incredibly Stoke's winning goal in the final game was scored in the LAST MINUTE of extra-time just as everybody was preparing for a sixth game! The tie lasted an incredible 9 hours and 22 minutes and remains another record that should stand forever!
  • The FA Cup Competition for 1945/46 used a two legged system, the only time this has been used.Bury played two third round games and two fourth round games
  • Bury have played 19 Fourth Round games
  • Four fourth round games have gone to a replay
  • Bury have played Four fifth round games, of which one went to a replay 
  • There is only one occasion where the Shakers reached the sixth round (1931/32) 
  • Obviously the Shakers have appeared in two semi finals and two finals. 
  • Bury were unbeaten during the 2006/07 season after being thrown out of the competition for fielding an illegible player during the Chester game on 12 Dec 2006. 
Stats by Goal
  • The highest Shakers FA Cup score is also a club record. A 12-1 win over Stockton at Gigg Lane in a first round replay (0-0 in the original game). 
  • During individual games, Bury have scored twelve goals once, nine goals once, eight goals twice, six goals three times, five goals seven times, four goals eleven times, three goals thirty two times, two goals 62 times and one goal on 86 occasions
  • Bury have failed to score on 70 occasions and have kept a total of 61 clean sheets
  • Seven goals have been conceded once, six goals on seven occasions, five goals on five occasions, four goals on ten occasions, three goals on 31 occasions, two goals on 65 occasions and one goal on 96 occasions
  • At Gigg Lane, the Shakers have scored 250 goals and conceded 146 goals
  • Away from Gigg Lane, its 163 goals for and 267 goals against, whilst on neutral venues, its 27 goals for and 20 against.
  • Sheffield United are the most common opponents with ten meetings over the clubs history, Stoke City come in second with nine meetings whilst Burnley and Tranmere Rovers share eight meetings 
Players Stats
  • Keith Kennedy has the most number of FA Cup appearances whilst wearing a Bury shirt with 35 games. John Forrest & Norman Bullock both share 32 games
  • The greatest FA Cup goal scorer for the club is Charlie Sagar with a total of 18 goals.  Current player Andy Bishop is the clubs third highest FA Cup Goal scorer with a total of ten goals.
Facts to Boast Abou
  • The Shakers have played two FA Cup Finals, both were won. Ten goals were scored and none conceded.
  • The 1903 FA Cup Final still remains to this day, the highest winning margin for an FA Cup final to date.
  • When winning the 1903 Final, the club kept clean sheets in every single round. 
Facts' to Not Boast about
  • Bury became the first professional side to be thrown out of the FA Cup in the 2006/07 season when the club were thrown out after fielding an illegible player on 12 Dec 2006 v Chester City, on loan player Stephen Turnbull player who played 82 minutes of the game.
Click here to download a pdf document showing the complete FA Cup record

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