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Preview: Bury v Charlton Athletic

5 August 2016

All you need to know ahead of the EFL Sky Bet League One game with Charlton Athletic

Bury v Charlton Athletic
Saturday 6th August 2016 – 3:00pm
EFL Sky Bet League One

Preview: The Shakers begin their 113th Football League season with a home game against newly relegated Charlton Athletic at Gigg Lane on Saturday with a new look squad.  With 13 departures since the end of last season and nine arrivals (Ben Williams, Greg Leigh, Antony Kay, Zeli Ismail, Chris Brown, Nicky Clark, Neil Danns, Niall Maher and Leon Barnett), along with the emergence of youngsters in the shape of George Miller and Rob Bourne.

Manager David Flitcroft has just the one player missing from his selection headache as young George Miller will watch the game from the stands after rolling his ankle in training during the week, an injury that damaged his ligaments and will result in at least a six-week layoff from any action.  Miller aside, the gaffer has a fully fit squad to select from ahead of the opening game on Saturday with a host of full league debuts on the cards for both sides. 

Preparations on and off the field are just about complete with a few minor pieces of tinkering needed to be done on Saturday morning.  The new look programme has arrived along with the new kits which have been marked with the players’ names, numbered and branded ready for another campaign.

Just over a thousand Charlton fans are expected to arrive at Gigg Lane for Saturdays opening game, with the Addicks keen on a quick return to the Championship following their relegation last season.

Manager David Flitcroft assessed his squad from last season and sorted one or two weaknesses with plenty of movement at Carrington with players leaving and new faces arriving. A few fans favourites left the club, making way for the new crop of players to try and earn the right to become ‘new fans favourites’.  Pace, power, experience, flair and strength are now within the Shakers side and each player that has arrived at the club brings his own attributes, whether it’s experience or raw talent.  The manager’s job of knitting those elements together into a strong team began at the back end of June when his players returned for pre-season training.

Another area that has seen investment in time and experience is the medical department with former player Paul Morgan joining Tom Walsh in the treatment room. His experience and qualifications will, hopefully, limit the amount of injuries seen in previous years. 

No one knows what the outcome will be, nobody has seen a ball kicked in anger. Optimism is both out there and inside the club but one thing is for sure, everyone connected with the club will be a lot wiser come 5pm on Saturday evening.

Referee:  In charge of the opening game of the season is Nigel Miller from the North East. Since his introduction to the league list in the 2003-04 season, Nigel has taken charge of a total of 443 games, showing 1,075 yellow cards and 77 red cards. Last season he took charge of 32 games showing 82 Yellow and just three Red cards.

Nigel’s last visit to Gigg Lane was last season when the Shakers took all three points against Coventry City with a 2-1 win.  Just one Yellow card was shown during the game.  Saturday’s game will be Nigel’s 16th visit to Gigg Lane as Match Referee and his 19th time in charge of a Bury match.

Betting:  Bury are 2/1 to start their Sky Bet League One campaign with a victory over 7/5 Charlton on Saturday afternoon. It’s 11/5 to end in a draw.

With a tight game potentially on the cards it’s evens for there to be over 2.5 goals, and 3/1 for Bury to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1.

Tom Pope is 13/2 to net the opening goal of the game, with Hallam Hope and Nicky Clark close behind in the betting at 7/1.

Five top tips:

1. Danny Mayor first goal, Bury 2 Charlton 0 – 90/1
2. Bury 2 Charlton 0 – 12/1
3. Half Time Bury – Full Time Bury – 7/2
4. First goal from Nicky Clark – 7/1
5. Bury to score in the first ten minutes – 15/2

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Coverage:  We’ll have full match commentary via Shakers Player HD with Maurice Dickson and Brian Rigby in the Press Box and the lads will be on air from around 2:45pm. We’ll also have full coverage of the game with updates via our official Twitter account (@buryfcofficial) and we’ll have team news from the game available via Social Media (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) at around 2:15pm. 


Later, on Saturday evening, we’ll have our match report together with match action photos from our new club photographer Ross Cooke, video interviews with the manager and a key player from the game. 

Sunday will bring goal highlights on our YouTube channel with extended highlights going live on Shakers Player HD at approximately 3pm.  We’ll also have the key comments, in text format, from the manager as well as introducing a new feature to the site where all the match day content will be linked from one handy page.

Programme:  The new-look match day programme will be on sale in and around the ground from around 1pm on Saturday so make sure you grab your copy.

Tickets:  |Cat C Prices for this game.

Cash turnstiles will be open from around 1:45pm.  You do not need to buy a ticket before entering the ground.  Away supporters, paying on the day, can pay directly at the turnstiles using cash only.

on Saturday. The ticket office opens at 9am on Saturday. as soon as possibleAny season ticket holders collecting their new season tickets are advised to do so

Previous meetings:  Saturday’s game is the 33rd meeting between the two sides in all competitions with the Shakers just edging it with 13 wins.  Charlton have won 11 games with the remaining 8 games finishing all square.  In terms of goals, Bury have scored 45 goals to Charlton’s 42 goals.

The game will be the 17th competitive fixture at Gigg Lane against the Addicks with Bury winning seven, Charlton five and four ending all square. Bury have scored 28 goals against Charlton’s 17.

Charlton’s last visit to Bury came on 27th August 2011. The game finished 2-1 to the visitors with Ryan Lowe putting Bury ahead before Paul Hayes and Johnnie Jackson scored in the second half to secure the points.

Connections:  Several players have represented both clubs over the years and most seem to have been goalkeepers.  Nick Pope and Darren Randolph both joined the Bury on loan whilst Shakers legend Dean Kiely joined Charlton from Bury for a seven figure sum in May 1999. Other players to have represented both clubs include Dale Stephens, Leon Clarke, Bob Stokoe, Paul Hince and current Addick Nicky Ajose

And finally… Please get behind the lads, make plenty of noise – BE LOUD, BE PROUD, BE BURY!

Enjoy the game!

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