Club backing the supporters team
The Fans Team were founded in 2003, and entered the iFA, a League whose aim is to bring opposition supporters’ together. Games are played on Saturday mornings, and as often as possible, are played against the Fans of the ‘main’ game in the afternoon.
Since their inception, the Fans Team have built up a very good reputation within the iFA, which consists of a League of approximately 80 teams, a National Cup and various Regional Cups. During this time, they have regularly finished in the Top 10 in the League, and have 2 National Cup Finals to their name, including a comprehensive 5-1 victory over near neighbours, and then League Champions, Rochdale. They were the first team in iFA history to enter 2 teams to the inaugural WorldNet competition, and this year, are extremely proud to be the first, and only team, to be entering 3 teams, as well as another in the Veterans tournament a week later.
They assumed the name of the Supporters Trust, to become Forever Bury FC, and received support from the organisation, especially in its early days. They also received support from the Club, with post-match food provided for the teams and their opposition, and annual celebrity Charity games, played on the hallowed turf.
Over recent weeks, the Fans Team have been in talks with CEO Glenn Thomas, on behalf of Bury Football Club, who are keen to offer as much support as possible. The conclusion of these talks is that the players will play under a new name, and will be known as the Official Bury Supporters FC. Bury FC will continue to offer support to the Team, with plenty of new benefits being provided on top of those already in place.
Speaking of the arrangement, Glenn Thomas said: ‘When we decided to take over the Club, it was essential to the Board and the Chairman that we worked more closely with the local Community and its many associated teams and organisations. In recent months we have worked more with Schools and our Community Trust, added the Bury Ladies and girls football teams, appointed a dedicated Grassroots Chairman to develop the Grassroots teams to all ages, as well as sit down with Forever Bury to thank them for all their support and set regular meetings to see how we can expand our network within the community. The last piece of the jigsaw was to see how we could work with and support the incredible enthusiasm of the Fans teams. It became clear that their passion and support was second to none and as such seemed appropriate to embrace their dedication and work with them to create support as well as the credibility they deserve. We welcome them on board!!! ‘
John Raftery, Chairman of the Fans Teams stated; ‘First of all we would like to thank Dave Giffard and everyone connected with Forever Bury for giving us support in many ways from our first ever game away at Kidderminster in September 2003 up to the present time.
We are extremely excited about the new season and would like to offer our thanks to Glenn, the Chairman and the Directors of Bury Football Club for allowing us to become part of the Bury FC 'family'.
We have made many friends throughout the UK during our 11 years of existence so this recognition by the club should hopefully ensure we have many more enjoyable years ahead of us.’
The new-look Bury Supporters FC have re-branded to reflect their changes, and their new badge has been designed by Neil Crossley Graphic Design.
To follow their progress, including the annual WorldNet Tournament, played at Preston’s UCLAN Arena on 19th and 20th July, you can follow them on Twitter on the below accounts:
They operate 2 regular teams throughout the course of a season. You do need to be at least 16 years old to play, and ability is not a criteria to joining any Fans Team in the iFA. The only stipulation is that you need to be a Bury Supporter.
If you are interested in more information on playing for the Official Bury Supporters, you can contact them on either Twitter link above, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org