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On This Day...21st August

21 August 2018

On This Day is a new feature for the 2018/19 season, where we delve into the history books to see what else has happened on this day in our illustrious history...

Since the club’s formation back in 1885, we’ve only played 15 games on 21 August with the first coming in the 1948/49 season.  This game was the opening game of the season and saw the Shakers record a 2-2 draw at Gigg Lane with thanks to two Reg Halton goals, one from the penalty spot.  A crowd of 13,832 were in attendance to see the following side start the Shakers' Division Two campaign: -
 
George Bradshaw, Cyril Fairclough, George Griffiths, Harry Whitworth, Les Hart, Reg Halton, Eddie Kilshaw, Fred Worthington (pictured above), David Louis 'Dave' Massart, Eric Massey and Alf Bellis
 
1954/55 ironically also brought a visit to Lincoln City’s Sincil Bank in Division Two,  where a crowd of 15,316 saw the Red Imps record a 3-2 victory against Bury, with the Shakers goals both coming from Stan Pearson.
 
The first victory on this day came in the 1956/57 season, when 14,978 supporters saw Bury overcome Middlesbrough with a 3-2 victory thanks to goals from John Willie Parker, Johnny Robinson and Peter Tilley.
 
A 1989 Littlewood Cup First Round game with Stockport County at Edgeley Park saw the Shakers knocked out at the first stage with a 1-0 defeat in front of just 2,851 supporters, whilst the last time the Shakers played today was in the 2012/13 season and a 2-1 defeat at Doncaster Rovers with the solitary Bury goal coming from a Joe Skarz fifth-minute header.
 
 
In total, the club have played 15 games on 21 August, winning just three games, drawing seven games and losing the remaining five games.  As for goals – its 22 goals scored, and 22 goals conceded.
 
The full record for 21 August is: -

Season

Comp

Opposition

Ven

Res

Goals

Gate

1948/49

Tier 2

Chesterfield

H

2

2

Draw

Halton 2 (1 Pen)

13832

1954/55

Tier 2

Lincoln City

A

2

3

Lost

Pearson 2

15316

1956/57

Tier 2

Middlesbrough

H

3

2

Won

Parker, Robinson, Tilley

14978

1965/66

Tier 2

Cardiff City

A

0

1

Lost

 

13500

1968/69

Tier 2

Cardiff City

H

3

3

Draw

Farrell 2 (1 Pen), Parry

7214

1976/77

Tier 3

Grimsby Town

H

2

0

Won

Williams, Rowland

4107

1979/80

Tier 3

Blackpool

H

3

0

Won

Gregory 2, Mullen

4028

1982/83

Manx

Burnley

A

0

0

Draw

 

2543

1989/90

FL Cup 1

Stockport County

A

0

1

Lost

 

2851

1993/94

Tier 4

Scunthorpe United

A

1

1

Draw

Reid

3375

1999/00

Tier 3

Brentford

H

2

2

Draw

Lawson, C Swailes

3491

2001/02

FL Cup 1

Sheffield Wed

H

1

3

Lost

Red (Pen)

3129

2004/05

Tier 4

Chester City

H

1

1

Draw

Porter

2870

2010/11

Tier 4

Northampton Town

H

1

1

Draw

Worrall

 2845

2012/13

Tier 3

Doncaster Rovers

A

1

2

Lost

Skarz

6,380 


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