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5 July 2013

Pre-season starts in earnest with visit to Stainton Park

It’s the time of the year when expectations amongst many are high, when hopes are raised and when supporters flock to Stainton Park to see a new look team, only this time – it’s different in so many ways.


Season ticket sales have gone through the roof, the positivity and that good feeling coming from Gigg Lane is nothing but good.  The new look Shakers will be there for all to see with so many new faces, so many trialists and new faces within the Stainton Park board room to top it all off.

The revolution moves to the next step as Kevin Blackwell puts his side out for their first real test.  Pre-season is two weeks old now, fitness levels are coming but there’s no better test than a good competitive game – and we know from previous years, that a competitive game is just what the lads will get.

For two players, the very fact they are kicking a ball again will be more than enough positives for their own reasons.  Adam Lockwood and Shane Byrne will be involved after overcoming injury and illness over the last season and summer.

Five new faces will be on show, a new look side and shape.  Gareth Roberts, Nathan Cameron, Andy Procter, Greg McDermott and Ashley Grimes will be joined by Euan Holden & Tom Soares – both well-known and now both with proper long term contracts.

Add to that the continental flair from French, Dutch and Belgian trialists – plus the odd German, Italian and a Brazilian – plus a handful of English lads – all on trial, all looking for a club and all keen to impress Kevin Blackwell.

This isn’t the Bury FC that took to the field 12 months ago – this is the NEW Bury FC, smarter, fitter, stronger and above all – still alive.

The result means nothing to Kevin Blackwell or his staff.  It’s about getting minutes in, getting time on the pitch, bonding as a team and getting to know each other.  They can live in each other’s pockets all they want – time in the team is a valuable lesson for all concerned.

Has the Shakers revolution stalled?  It’s hardly got going yet, but the shake-up has begun.  It’s rolling forward, at a fast rate of knots.  Get it right off the field – it will be right on the field.

Expectation from fans is high – but the expectation from everyone at the club is higher and better.

3pm on Saturday - #buryareback

Admission Prices:  Adults:  £7 – Concessions: £5 – 16 to 18: £2 – Under 16 free of charge if with an adult, or £1 if not

Website Coverage:  There will be no commentary from Stainton Park.  We will be tweeting team news and goal updates as they happen.  Post-match reaction from those that matter will be on Shakers Player on Saturday evening with our match report going live as soon as we possibly can.  Martin Ogden’s match action images will also be live at some point on Saturday evening.

Gigg Lane Social Club:  The social club at Gigg Lane will be open from 4:30pm for all those coming back up Radcliffe Road – pop in for a pint (or three)

Supporters:  Play your part, make some noise but most of all – enjoy it…

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