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Match preview: Bury vs Rotherham United

26 December 2017

Tuesday’s game against Rotherham United will be the Shakers’ first competitive game at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane in 35 days.

Following the postponement of the game v AFC Wimbledon on 9th December, Bury have been away for 4 successive games and it will be good to be back on home soil.  The last home game was on 21st November when they defeated Shrewsbury Town, and Chris Lucketti’s side will be looking to make the most of their home advantage.

A victory at Walsall in the Checkatrade Trophy was sandwiched between a draw at Northampton Town and a narrow loss at Fratton Park against Portsmouth.  Saturday’s result at Peterborough United wasn’t a true reflection of the match, as Bury were the better side up until the sending off, which changed the game in the hosts’ favour. 

The visit of Rotherham will be an opportunity to quickly put the last couple of results behind them, and Chris Lucketti knows how the togetherness of everyone at the Club can help; “We have to make sure that as a group, as a Club, as supporters, as players alike, we have to stick together and make that count”.

The Shakers were rocked last week with the news that influential forward Jermaine Beckford would miss the remainder of the season with a troublesome knee problem, but Danny Mayor started and played 70 minutes on Saturday, and both Stephen Dawson and Harry Bunn made appearances from the bench.  Having 3 extra bodies available over a busy period will be a massive boost to the management team.

Rotherham United will be making their first visit to Bury in 7 years.  Their last trip was back in October 2010 when the 2 sides played out a 1-1 draw in League Two.  Current Millers’ Manager, Paul Warne, was amongst the substitutes that day and he will be looking to build on Saturday’s result as they recovered from a goal down to overcome MK Dons.

Rotherham’s View

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Last Time Out


Match Coverage

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of Tuesday’s game by signing into their account and visiting the match centre.

Overseas subscribers can watch the match live by following the same instructions.

We will also have updates over on our Twitter account: @buryfcofficial.

There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Sunday.


Tuesday’s referee is Anthony Backhouse.

This will be Anthony’s 21st game in charge this season.  In the previous 20 he has issued 63 yellow cards and 7 red ones.  His last game was Saturday’s 3-3 draw between Notts County and Cambridge United, where a total of 6 yellow cards were shown.

We’ve Met Before

Tuesday’s game will be the 71st meeting between the two sides.  The 2 sides can’t be separated at this stage, with both claiming 28 wins each with the remaining 14 being drawn. 

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