All you need to know about the first game of a new season
Bury v Chesterfield
Sky Bet League Two
Sat, 3 August 2013 – 3:00pm
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Team News – Bury: The Revolution moves to the next stage – kick off. The very fact that we are looking forward to the start of the first game of the season is an achievement in itself. A club on the verge of closing down to where we stand today – it’s astonishing what has taken place at Gigg Lane over the last two months.
This club is very much alive. This club is very much thriving. This club has moved forward by decades, in just two months. Stewart Day and his team of directors have brought new lift into the football club –a debt free club and a club with a good bright future.
Championship standards off the field have left the manager worried. He now has the task of bringing the playing side up to speed, to try and catch up with what the chairman has achieved in a very short space of time.
SO many new faces, no many new ideas – at times, it’s difficult to keep up with the pace, things change that fast. There are so many new ideas and a new mentality – about every single decision that happens within this football club.
Before kick-off, supporters will be introduced to the new players, the coaching staff and finally the new chairman will take to the pitch. You won’t have to strain to listen to introductions as the new PA system makes its debut.
And speaking of debuts, it’s possible we could see eleven debuts, though unlikely with the likes of Craig Jones, Tom Soares and Euan Holden more than likely one of the first names on the team sheet.
This is just the start of a whole new era, a whole new chapter for Bury Football Club. It’s a new life and a fresh start.
It’s pointless trying to guess a starting line-up, what shape the gaffer will use, what style of football the lads will play – it’s all new. We can’t guess, Paul Cook at Chesterfield can’t guess – Kevin Blackwell knows though and he’s keeping it all very much under wraps.
Finally, thank you – to those that have taken up the season ticket offer, to those that have taken the option to buy tickets before the game – and the biggest thank you – Stewart Day, Glenn Thomas, Ian Kendall and Gisella Alberici – they bought a football club, they saved a football club – they have kept our passion alive – in the most astonishing transformation any of you will have seen.
Our hash tag #buryareback means a whole lot more – just think what could have been…
Team News – Chesterfield: Injury concerns for Spireites over key players
Chesterfield are sweating over the fitness of a number of key players ahead of this weekend’s season opener at Bury.
Midfielder Jimmy Ryan is struggling with a calf injury picked up in Saturday’s 1-1 friendly draw with Sheffield Wednesday.
Sam Morsy has an ankle knock, Liam Cooper is a doubt with a side strain and club captain Ian Evatt is short on match fitness following a knee injury.
Spireites manager Paul Cook believes the squad he has assembled is strong enough to deal with injuries in any position.
He said: “It’ll be a big blow if Jimmy’s out, he’s 50-50 at the moment but we’ve got depth in the squad and options to cover injuries.
“I’m delighted with the squad in terms of balance and leaders. I think we’ve got goals in the team and defensively we’re looking strong with Ian Evatt joining.”
Sam Hird is in contention with new recruits Ryan Edwards and Matty Brown to fill the centre-back void.
And Cook stated Hird remains in his thoughts, despite putting the former Doncaster Rovers man on the transfer list at the start of the summer.
Cook said: “He’s been playing well; being on the transfer list doesn’t mean you don’t play. The same happened with Neal Trotman last season.
“If something comes up that every party was happy with we’d look at it, if not then he’s available for selection and as we saw on Saturday against Sheffield Wednesday, he’s a good player.”
Jay O’Shea, who missed Saturday’s game through illness, is expected to make a return.
While Nathan Smith continues his rehabilitation from an ankle fracture which has restricted the defender’s game time this pre-season.
Source: The Derbyshire Times
Form Guide (Last six games): Form used is from each clubs last six games. As no games have yet been played, there is no form…
Tipsters Sky Bet Picks: Can you beat the tipster and make a small fortune, we've given our tipping expert £20, on the condition that he makes five bets of £4.00 each and only on Bury game's. Tipsters top tips for the game with Chesterfield are:-
Bet 1: Bury to win the game - on offer now at 15/8 - a £4.00 stake will bring a return (including your stake) of £11.52
Bet 2: Euan Holden to score the first goal - available now at 25/1 - a £4.00 stake will bring a return (including your stake) of £104.00
Bet 3: Bury 2 Chesterfield 0 - currently at 12/1- a £4.00 stake will bring a return (including your stake) of £52.00
Bet 4: Combine all the above, Euan Holden 1st goal and a 2-0 win - it's worth a bet now at 200/1- a £4.00 stake will bring a return (including your stake) of £804.00
Bet 5: Nathan Cameron to score anytime - on offer now at 14/1 - a £4.00 stake will bring a return (including your stake) of £60.00
Follow the tipster on all of the above and you could make a total return of £1,031.52 - The above is just five options from 100's, follow the links to log onto our Sky Bet betting site.
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The Referee: Saturdays referee is Mr Mark Haywood from West Yorkshire.
Mark is no stranger to Gigg Lane having visited at least once in each of the last five seasons. His last game here was last season when he took charge of the game with MK Dons in September 2012. MK Dons won the game 4-1 and yellow cards were shown to Steven Schumacher for Bury along with Don’s striker Luke Chadwick.
In total, Mark took charge of 40 games last season, showing 108 yellow cards and 4 red cards
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Video reaction from the manager and any key players from the game as well as our match report will be live late at some point on Saturday Evening, whilst Martin Ogden's Match Action Images will be live on our official Facebook page late on Saturday evening.
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Finally: Be loud, be proud and support the lads – enjoy the game