All you need to know ahead of Saturdays game with Chesterfield
Bury v Chesterfield
Saturday 24th September 2016 – 3:00pm
EFL Sky Bet League One
Preview: Five games undefeated - four straight wins - 13 points - 15 goals - call it what you want, the Shakers are on a fantastic run of form and go into Saturday’s game with Chesterfield in a confident mood. The team spirit and the togetherness amongst the squad is the best it’s been in years - its all coming along quite nicely...
Chesterfield, however, come to Gigg Lane on Saturday having demolished Northampton Town's 31 game unbeaten run, quite handsomely, with a 3-1 win over the Cobblers last weekend. The Spireites seem to be in the mood for breaking 'runs' apart and assistant manager Chris Morgan has spoken of it in his pre-match comments on their own website.
Even with a plethora of injuries last weekend, numbers reduced and people missing and with only six on the bench, the lads turned a long away trip, to Swindon Town, into the perfect away performance and three points thanks to a brace of strikes from Hallam Hope.
Apparently, Hallam has had another great week in training, scoring goals from all angles, all distances and coming out with some ridiculous tricks and flicks. The difference in one player with a little bit of confidence is staggering and another major plus for the manager.
We also have players returning from injury after, successfully, coming through training sessions following a spell out is also a major boost for the manager. Players such as Neil Danns, Kelvin Etuhu and, following last weekend’s five minute cameo at Swindon, Andrew Tutte. George Miller is also in the reckoning to make the Saturday’s squad.
Sadly, the news on Nathan Cameron wasn’t so good and the big fella will miss the next six months or so, following a review by the Consultant the news of which was revealed on Wednesday and every Shakers fan and everyone at the club wishes Nathan a speedy recovery.
Happily though, James Vaughan will be back from his one match suspension - what a problem for the gaffer to resolve.
Games, in recent years, with Chesterfield are usually tight affairs and this one promises to be just the same. Any thoughts of a five game unbeaten run will be dismissed as soon as the players arrive, any thoughts of an average three goals per game will be dismissed and for those wearing the Kappa White shirt on Saturday, only one thing matters - three points. The quotes on runs will come after the game, win lose or draw.
With form on such a high, the disappointment of the Shrewsbury attendance should be quickly dismissed. For those that haven’t seen the lads in action yet - do so now, you’re in for a treat and at Category C prices, good value as well!
Confidence, team spirit, togetherness - call it what you want - its found its way into Gigg Lane and Carrington with a strong foothold. Tom Pope described it as the best dressing room he's been involved with and that, alone, speaks volumes. There’s just a 'feel good factor' building at the club and it’s getting better by the day...
Betting: Bury are the 11/10 favourites with Sky Bet to claim a fifth win in a row when they host Chesterfield on Saturday afternoon.
The visiting Spireites are priced up at 12/5 by the EFL sponsors for the win and the draw can be found at 5/2.
All of Bury’s four wins on the spin have come with both teams scoring and you can get 11/4 with Sky Bet for the Shakers to get the three points in a match that sees Chesterfield score.
Five top tips:
1. Tom Pope first goal and a 2-0 win - 35/1
2. Bury 2 Chesterfield 0 - 9/1
3. Bury to win by three goals or more – 3/1
4. First or last goal scorer - James Vaughan - 9/2
5. James Vaughan and Tom Pope to both score - 15/2
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Referee: Saturday's referee is Mr Dean Whitestone from Northamptonshire. So far, this season, Dean has taken charge of ten games - showing 26 Yellow cards but he has yet to produce a Red card this campaign. Dean's last visit to Gigg Lane was on Tuesday 15th April 2015 when he took charge of the Shakers 1-0 victory of Shrewsbury Town in League Two. Four yellow cards were shown during the 90 minutes.
His last game involving the Shakers was last season’s 1-0 defeat at the New Den at the hands of Millwall where three Yellow cards were shown.
Coverage: We’ll have full match commentary, via Shakers Player HD, with Maurice Dickson and a mystery guest in the Press Box – Brian Rigby is off on his jollies! 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).
Team news will go live across all our Social Media platforms from around 2pm and 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.
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: Category C Prices apply for this game – Click here for all ticket prices
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.
Bolton Tickets: The ticket office at Gigg Lane has been doing brisk trade all week with Supporters getting their tickets.
Supporters will be able to buy tickets throughout the day on Saturday with the main ticket office in the main stand open from 9am until 1pm. However, from 1pm, ticket office staff will re-locate to the back of the club shop. Using the new windows ticket area at the back of the club shop, Bolton tickets will be on General sale. The new ticket office area is behind the club shop in the club’s main car park.
Away tickets and match tickets will be on sale from the Ticket Office in the main stand throughout the day.
Previous meetings: Saturday’s game is the 87th meeting between the two sides. Bury hold the lion’s share of victories with 36 wins, whilst Chesterfield have won 30 games. The remaining 20 games have finished all square. In terms of goals, Bury have scored 119 times, whilst the Spireites have found the back of the net on 115 occasions.
As for games at Gigg Lane, Saturday’s game is the 44th meeting on home soil and Bury have a huge 24 wins compared to Chesterfield’s six whilst the remaining 13 games finished all square. Chesterfield have scored 37 goals at Gigg Lane compared to Bury’s 73 goals.
And, finally…at the request of the Chairman, Directors, Management and especially the Players…Please get behind the lads, make plenty of noise – BE LOUD, BE PROUD, BE BURY!
Enjoy the game!