A look ahead to the final home game of the season with Northampton Town at Gigg Lane
Bury v Northampton Town
Saturday, 22nd April 2017
EFL Sky Bet League One
Pre-Match: Before the game starts, the club will be holding its annual memorial ‘minutes applause’ for those supporters, of both Bury Football Club and Northampton Town, that have, sadly, passed away over the season and we would respectfully ask that supporters of both teams be upstanding before the game as the referee blows to commence the applause. Full details here
It’s also, our now annual, ‘Wear Your Old Shirt Day’, and so we want as many supporters as possible donning their old shirts, no matter the age, no matter the colour – if it’s a Bury shirt, please wear it for the game. We will have media staff, around the ground, taking photos, so if you see them with a camera – show them your shirt! Full details here
Once the game has finished, the lads, coaching staff will do a ‘lap of honour’ by walking around the perimeter of the pitch so they can thank you for your support over the season, the Youth Team get their 'lap of honour' at half time. Please STAY OF THE PITCH on the final whistle. Both sets of players will leave the field after the game, with all Bury players, staff, directors and the chairman coming back on soon after.
Preview: Once the dust has settled on the Shakers 111th season as a Football League club, the analysis will start, questions will be asked and answers demanded as to why it all went so wrong. From getting off to such a fantastic start to fighting to stay in League One was a scenario in which absolutely no-one saw the club fighting off relegation as the manager received his Manager of the Month award at the end of September.
A key factor going into the final home game of the season is that it’s still, very much, in our own hands, we can make our own destiny. The outcome will unfold before our very eyes, we know what’s needed from everyone; maximum effort, maximum commitment and maximum points at all costs.
A Sunday afternoon in Southend has the potential to either be a very nervy affair or a very relaxed affair. Three points on Saturday will make the Shakers weekend beano to Southend-on-Sea that little bit more palatable.
The story of the season became a reality for new manager Lee Clark on Tuesday evening as he had to recall Jack Mackreth from Macclesfield Town and also hand a shirt number to a 16-year-old that only joined the club’s academy four weeks ago, just to fill the bench.
Callum Hulme though, is a real prospect. Joining us, from Manchester City, he has something about him and is an undoubted talent. His appearance, on the bench, surprised nobody that has seen him in action for the Youth team since his arrival at Carrington at the start of last month.
Four players who took part in the game with Rochdale on the Thursday night, were missing on Tuesday night at Bolton – all through injuries – again, re-enforcing the story of the season as Jacob Mellis, Kean Bryan, Callum Styles and Reece Brown were all, suddenly, not available as the injury curse struck again.
The lads who featured at the Macron all showed a resilience that had been missing in the last three games and there was a desire to not concede and there was a desire to get at least a point from the game.
It all needs bottling up, saving and unleashing onto the Gigg Lane surface on Saturday. It’s not all bad news though, a tweet, this morning, appeared on Twitter from long term injury victim, and former skipper, Nathan Cameron. Big Nathan described it as his hardest time in football, but finished with two words – ‘I’m Back’. It’s more than likely that it’s the bench for Nathan but, at least, some signs of normality are returning. If only it was the same for Danny Mayor, Zeli Ismail and Craig Jones.
The lads know what is needed, and all they ask in return is backing from the stands. From the first minute to the last, maximum effort, maximum commitment from players and fans alike will win the game – three points, at all costs.
Northampton will be without suspended duo David Buchanan and John-Joe O'Toole for the trip to Gigg Lane. Defender and former Shaker Buchanan and midfielder O'Toole serve one-match bans after both were sent off for two bookable offences in Easter Monday's draw at Shrewsbury.
Cobblers striker Michael Smith should be fit to return after missing out against the Shrews due to a leg injury. Forward Luke Williams, who injured a hamstring on Good Friday, has returned to parent club Scunthorpe after being ruled out for the season, while fellow loanee Gregg Wylde has gone back to Millwall following groin surgery.
The run in – Final games for those involved:
Saturday, 22nd April
Gillingham v Fleetwood Town
Bury v Northampton Town
Port Vale v Bolton
Shrewsbury Town v Southend United
Swindon Town v Scunthorpe
Tuesday, 25th April
Walsall v Port Vale
Sunday, 30th April (12:00pm)
Charlton Athletic v Swindon Town
Fleetwood Town v Port Vale
Northampton Town v Gillingham
Oxford United v Shrewsbury Town
Southend United v Bury
Betting: The Shakers are still fighting for their lives, just above the relegation places, after no wins in six but are odds-on at 17/20 with Sky Bet for a crucial three points.
They play host to Northampton, who also have not won a game in six starts and are 3/1 chances for three points here. The draw can be backed at 13/5.
Five top tips:
1. Correct Score – Bury 2 Northampton Town 0 – 8/1
2. James Vaughan first goal and a 3-0 win – 35/1
3. Bury to win by exactly 2 goals – 4/1
4. First goal from Scott Burgess – 11/1
5. James Vaughan and Tom Pope to both score – 5/1
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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, who may well have a special guest in the Press Box to say hello, 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 2:00pm.
Our match report, together with match action photos from our club photographer Ross Cooke, video interviews with the manager and a key player from the game will be at some point on Saturday evening. Sunday will bring goal highlights on our YouTube channel with extended highlights going live on Shakers Player HD at approximately 12pm.
Programme: The match day programme will be on sale in and around the ground from around 1pm so make sure you grab your copy early before kick-off.
Tickets: Admission to this game has been reduced to £5 for adults and just £1 for all concessions.
Click here for full details of the Shakers reduced price ticket offer – this offer is also open to away supporters (because we’re nice like that!)
You do not need tickets for this game and all supporters are advised to head straight to the turnstiles. If paying by Debit or Credit Card, then please use the ticket office windows at the rear of the club shop.
Season ticket sales are also being taken by ticket office staff from the windows at the rear of the club shop
Previous meetings: Saturday’s game is the 61st such meeting between the two sides. The first game took place on 13th September 1963 with the Shakers claiming both points in a 2-1 win at Northampton with goals from George Jones and Gordon Atherton. Since that win, Bury have won 20 of the previous 60 games, with the Cobblers winning 21 games. The remaining nineteen games have finished all square. As for goals, it currently stands at 88 goals to Bury, and 75 goals to Northampton.
Of the previous 30 games at Gigg Lane, Bury have won 11, Northampton have won 7 and 12 games have finished all square. Bury have scored 51 goals comparted to the Cobblers 35 goals.
Last time we met: 29th October 2016 – Northampton Town 3 Bury 2
High-flying Northampton made it back-to-back wins after surviving a late Bury fightback.
A brace from Marc Richards and another from Matt Taylor saw the hosts seemingly cruising at 3-0 up with 16 minutes to go, but they were made to sweat in the end as goals from George Miller and Zeli Ismail set up a grandstand finish.
Both sides had early chances, Sam Hoskins denied by Ben Williams and Marc Richards heading over for the Cobblers while Tom Walker fired over for the visitors.
Neil Danns also saw his effort saved by Adam Smith before Danny Mayor shot wide from the edge of the box as Bury pushed for the opener.
Chances continued to fall at both ends and in between efforts from the lively Hoskins and Paul Anderson for Northampton, Bury defender Antony Kay should have done better with a close-range header which he could not keep on target.
The deadlock was broken in the 36th minute when Taylor's free-kick was fired into the bottom corner of the net by Richards.
It was almost 2-0 before the break when Hoskins raced through but he was denied by Williams, who also thwarted JJ Hooper.
After the restart Taylor was just off target from a free-kick and Hoskins fired over before again denied by Williams as Town looked to build on their lead.
That second goal arrived in the 64th minute, when Hoskins earned a penalty which Richards converted for his second goal of the afternoon.
Hooper fired wide before the Cobblers made it 3-0 in the 71st minute with another trademark Taylor free-kick, the midfielder finding the top corner of the net.
That goal looked to have killed off Bury, but they reduced the arrears in the 74th minute when Miller headed home after being set up by Danns following a free-kick.
The visitors then pulled another goal back in the 82nd minute when Ismail netted from the edge of the box.
Bury pushed for an equaliser and they almost got it in stoppage time when Kay saw his shot saved by Smith.
Archived Footage: Bury 2 Northampton Town 1 – 21st March 2015
Adam El-Abd's last minute winner helped 10-man Bury claim a crucial victory over Northampton.
Ricky Holmes fired the visitors into an early lead before Bury's Joe Riley was sent off for a bad challenge on Tom Newey just after the break.
Kelvin Etuhu equalised for the hosts with a rasping drive from 20 yards.
The comeback was complete when Chris Hussey's delivery found an unmarked El-Abd, who headed home from close range late on.
Finally, it’s the last home game – we know what is needed, please get behind the lads from the first whistle to the last whistle – three points is a must, give them your help.
On behalf of all the media team and staff here at Gigg Lane we would like to thank all our contributors and our supporters for their efforts and support over the season. See you in Southend!
Enjoy the game!