An Extract from Michael Henson's Interview with Danny Mayor for the Bury FC Programme...
When Chairman Stewart Day took to the stage at the End of Season awards night in May, no one could have predicted what would happen next. As he announced that Danny Mayor had won the Players’ Player of the Year award he continued by saying that the Leyland born midfielder had signed a three year deal with the Club for an undisclosed fee.
“I was very pleased to get the deal done before the summer started, we didn’t want it dragging out like it could have done. I spoke to the Chairman and I spoke to the Manager and knew where the Club wanted to go and I wanted to be part of it.
The three year deal signalled intent from the Club with Mayor dropping down from the Championship to sign for the Shakers but the 24 year old is only going to take it a year at a time, starting with promotion this season.
“I’ve not really looked at three years time, I’m just concentrating on this season at the moment. Hopefully we can get promoted, that’s the aim of all the players, that’s what we’re all heading for and that’s what we want.”
With the favourites tag installed on the Club at the beginning on this season by the bookmakers, it was interesting to know what Danny's realistic thoughts on the final finish would be.
“Promotion. That’s the aim for all the players, if you ask every player they’ll all point in the same direction. We all want promotion and I don’t think anyone else would say any different in the squad.”
When the Chairman first took over the Club in May 2013 one of his plans was to get the Club into the Championship within five years. Mayor has previous experience in the Championship with Sheffield Wednesday and believes that the the team can match the Chairman’s ambitions.
“I can see the Club being in the Championship in the next few years. You don’t really see most Chairmen, you sign your contract and then you don’t really see them. The Chairman is really hands on. He wants to be part of it and he’s a great Chairman. He’s putting all his effort into getting the Club to be a Championship club.”
"The Tenerife trip made it feel like we are a higher league Club already. I was lucky enough to be out there and the determination levels of the squad was fantastic, with each player and member of staff continually pushing each other to the highest level to achieve the best results."
The squad enjoyed their time playing and training at Tops T3 Training, and bonded quickly and Mayor seems to agree stating ‘it was probably one of the most enjoyable trips I’ve been on’.
“I’ve been away at other clubs, maybe to the Marines and Marbella but that was probably the most enjoyable one I’ve been on. We’ve got a good group of lads here, we’re all tight and it was a very good week.”
Danny was one of the Club's summer signings alongside the likes of Nicky Adams, Ryan Lowe and Shwan Jalal and was full of praise for the work David Flitcroft and the Chairman have did over the summer.
“They’re great players, they’re experienced and they’ve done it at higher levels. To be able to get them here was great work by the Chairman and the Manager. It signalled intent, not just signing Lowey but signing Nicky as well. I think we’ve got a very strong squad.”
Alongside Danny, there’s the likes of Nicky Adams, Chris Hussey, Craig Jones, Chris Sedgwick, Tom Soares and Joe Thompson, who can play out wide in his position, but he believes it is more of a positive than a negative.
“There's healthy competition amongst the lads. We’ve got a strong squad and you’ve got to be on top of your game to keep your place. That can only be good for the Club this season.”
Danny has a great partnership with seasoned pro Chris Sedgwick, having played with the Sheffield-born midfielder at Preston North End in the early stages of his career. He once cleaned his boots as a youth team player at Preston and Danny has always thought highly of him. This especially showed in the Summer when Chris was in talks with the Club about extending his deal and Danny told the Chairman he thought the Club really needed to sign him.
“When I signed Chris was talking about getting signed again and I spoke to the Chairman and I said that I think we really need to sign him. On the pitch he’s brilliant, he helps players. He’s experienced having played something like eight years in the Championship and he helps me out a lot. Off the pitch he’s great as well, he’s good in the dressing room for the lads.”
“I was a Preston fan as a youngster so I used to go and watch Chris every week so it’s a bit weird to be car sharing with him and in the same team as him! I used to clean his boots when I was in the youth team and he used to look after me then and he looks after me now.”
Last season Danny was played in a few different positions from a winger to playing in the number ten role behind the two strikers. Although Danny says he isn’t too bothered where he plays, as long as he plays.
There are many Bury fans who believe that Danny Mayor will be a key to success for the Shakers over the coming season and will no doubt be in the running for another award at the End of Season awards night. Alongside Nicky Adams we have two of the best wingers in the division and we are sure it’ll show in the 2014/15 campaign.
Danny has also just been shortlisted for League Two player of last season in this year’s North West Football Awards. Coming up against Rochdale forward Ian Henderson and Fleetwood right-back Conor McLaughlin.
David Flitcroft said “It is not a surprise to me because as a football fan, not just a manager, Danny Mayor is the kind of player I want to see. Fans pay money to come and watch their team and they deserve to be entertained. The way he glides over the pitch and makes split-second decisions at speed, there is no better player at what he does in League Two.”
The winner will be announced at the North West Football Awards Evening on Tuesday 18th November.