The gaffer recalls his fond memories of being at Gigg Lane ahead of this weekend’s first home game of the SkyBet League One season.
In his pre-match press conference this week, David Flitcroft is itching and ready to get things underway at the Shakers faithful spiritual home. Now all football operations have been moved to the Carrington training centre, the staff and players not only have first-class facilities at their disposal, but get to savour and make the most of the Gigg Lane experience when it comes to a home match-day.
He explained; “It’s always good to get back to Gigg Lane, it’s a place I love going to and it’s made it a bit more special training away from there.
“Sometimes I have to apologise because I get to the ground and I’m totally transfixed and focused on the game, so the staff you’ve not seen for a week you can’t have that social interaction with them because you’ve got your game-face on.
“On the day the adrenaline is going, wondering what system the opposition are going to come with, what team are they going to play, have we got some last minute intel that we need, so we’re clear on what’s going on.
“So Saturday, once I’ve done my preparation at home, as soon as I rock up at the stadium and go on the pitch to just sample it and feel it, then it’s war-paint on and it’s game day.”
Planning and preparation is key to success and after all the hard-work that goes on weeks before a game, the actual day itself needs to be treated in a professional manner.
Flitcroft said; “There’s a totally different feel now, Gigg Lane is where the business end of our week is done. I don’t think we ever lost that, but sometimes you can take it a little bit for granted when you work there everyday and then travel down to Lower Gigg. But certainly this season that’s how it feels, very much like this is business.”
Before life as the clubs football manager, David Flitcroft still loved Bury’s home. It was his chance to play at one of the best setups in the North-West; “Even when I was a player, I loved the Gigg Lane experience. When I was a young boy as a kid in Bolton all the finals were on it, the County finals and Greater Manchester finals because the pitch was that good and that big back in the day. Now we’ve widened the pitch, when you stand on it, it brings back great memories and it’s just a great place to have your business.”
Watch this week’s full pre-match press conference on Shakers Player HD below: -