Family of one of the clubs very first players visits Gigg Lane
Bury FC were pleased to hosts guests from Canada on Tuesday when Michael Pray visited Gigg Lane. Michael is the grandson of the late Jack Pray, who joined the club in 1894.
Jack went onto play 202 games for the Shakers – scoring ten goals and captained the Shakers to the 1900 FA Cup Final victory over Southampton. Born in Falkirk, Jack arrived at Gigg Lane after signing from Glasgow Rangers in 1894. He went onto become a regular at BL9 for the best part of seven years before retiring and eventually emigrating to Canada. Jack passed away 1948.
Michael’s father, John – living in Hamilton, Canada, had requested that two photographs that belonged to his father – Jack – be presented back to the club. Michael arrived on Tuesday to hand both photos back to the club.
The first is a squad photo from the clubs first season and features many of the players from that season. Jack Pray himself has annotated all the players’ names on the photo. The second photo is an original photo of the 1900 FA Cup winning side, with trophy. It’s a photo that has become very familiar to Shakers supporters over the years, but his one is unique in that it was one of the photos presented to the players at the time. Both photos will be preserved at Gigg Lane; both will be framed and hung in the director’s room at the club.
The club would like to thank Michael, his father John and the late Jack Pray for this amazing donation.