Shakers set for the six mile trip to Spotland for the Televised Emirates FA Cup 2nd Round tie
A 5.5 mile trip to Spotland on a Sunday morning will see around 2,000 Shakers (based on current numbers) heading up the B6222 for this eagerly anticipated Emirates FA Cup 2nd Round fixture.
The East Lancs Derby is growing in reputation with the game being picked for a live TV Audience, but not just to viewers of BT Sport. The game is being aired in many countries around the globe and this will bring the biggest audience ever for a Dale v Bury game.
Despite having lost the last two games, the Shakers head to Rochdale in confident mood and with several recent injuries having cleared up, though the defeat at Millwall looks to have been slightly more expensive after Joe Riley limped off with a knee problem
Keeper Daniel Bachmann has been given the all clear from Stoke City to play for Bury in the FA Cup, but its not so good news on Joe Dodoo. Joe is not available for Sunday’s game as Leicester City do not want the youngster cup-tied. After his exploits for Leicester this season in a cup competition, you can perhaps see why they are keen to retain his services.
Kelvin Etuhu is back in the side and has already shown two battling performances in the heart of midfield. Andrew Tutte and Rob Lainton though will not be rushed back into action and are perhaps ten days to two weeks away form returning back to the side.
Rochdale, along with BT Sport, have taken measures to protect the Spotland pitch with a waterproof cover, that has now been inflated, to keep the elements away from the surface. Good pitches have proven to be a fantastic asset for the Shakers on the road this season.
The obvious financial rewards for this game are there in the public domain and with one of two clubs looking to make in excess of £100k on Sunday, result depending, progress in the Emirates FA Cup will also bring in further revenues.
Form going into this game shows three wins out of the last eight games, three defeats and two draws whilst at Spotland, its just as split with two wins in the last five, two defeats and a draw. For the shakers though, from the last eight games – its three wins and five defeats whilst the last five away games have brought one win and four defeats.
This is the FA Cup though – form doesn’t mean a thing, its also a local derby game – form doesn’t mean a thing.
Perhaps the biggest ‘battle’ of the afternoon is which set of supporters out performs the other. With over 2,000 Shakers making the short trip up the road, you just know that the atmosphere will be bang on.
Enjoy the afternoon, make some noise but most of all – be loud – be proud
Full coverage of the game will be available on Shakers Player HD, as well as regular updates via the clubs Official Twitter feed ‘@buryfcofficial’