On this Day – 28 December...
From the 31 games played on 28th December, Bury have won 10, lost 13 and drawn 7, as well as one game being expunged from the records. Of those 31 games, the following five stand out:
An 1889 Lancashire League fixture at home to Earlstown. 2,000 supporters were on hand to witness goals from Bourn, Conway, Fielding, Humphreys, Ross and three unknown – as the Shakers recorded an 8-0 victory.
Unfortunately for the Shakers, Earlstown resigned from the league four weeks after this game was played and the result was expunged. Earlstown would re-appear in the Lancashire League the following season though.
A total of eight goals came in a 1935 Division Two game with Nottingham Forest at the County Ground, though unfortunately for the Shakers, these came on the wrong end of a 6-2 defeat in front of 8,003 supporters. The Bury goals came from Ernie Matthews and Arthur Buttery.
Best Home Win
Fulham visited Gigg Lane in 1968 for a Division Two game. The match attracted 8,879 supporters, who witnessed a Bury 5-1 victory thanks to goals from Ian Towers (2) (pictured at the top of the page alongside Alec Lindsey), George Jones, Jimmy Kerr and an own goal from Fulham's Halom.
22,000 fans flooded into Oldham Athletics' Boundary Park for a 1929 Division Two game with Oldham. The Latics would claim bragging rights, though, with a 2-0 victory.
The last game played on this day was in 2015, when Bury made the trip to the Potteries for a League One (tier 3) clash with Port Vale. Vale's Sam Kelly would claim the only goal of the game in front of 5,467 supporters to inflict a 1-0 defeat on the Shakers.
The Bury side that day was:
Daniel Bachman, Peter Clarke, Nathan Cameron, Joe Riley (Anthony Dudley), Chris Hussey, Craig Jones, Danny Pugh (Reece Brown), Danny Mayor, Kelvin Etuhu, Tom Pope (Danny Rose), Leon Clarke – Subs not used: Scott Burgess, George Miller & Chris Sedgwick