On This Day...
History records a total of 19 games played on 17th December, with the Shakers winning eight games, losing seven games and the remaining four games finishing all square. Of those 19 games, the following five games stand out: -
17th December 1887 saw Bury play Witton in a friendly game at Witton. History does not record the attendance for this game, neither does it record the goal scorer of the only Bury goal in a 5-1 defeat.
1938 saw Tottenham Hotspur visit Gigg Lane for a Division Two clash. The arrival of Spurs in Bury was not such a big event as perhaps we would see today, as only 5,723 supporters watched as Bury ran out 3-1 winners, thanks to goals from Jack Ormandy x 2 and George Bargh (pictured below).
The first game with Witton brought the biggest defeat, closely followed by a 1966 away trip to Plymouth Argyle's Home Park. 10,445 supporters watched as the home side ran out 4-1 winners, with the Bury goal coming from Alec Lindsay (pictured below).
Hull City's 1949 Division Two visit to Gigg Lane attracted the biggest crowd on this day when 17,719 supporters flocked to BL9 to see a 0-0 draw.
2016 and a home League One clash with Oxford United. 2,986 supporters were at Gigg Lane to see James Vaughan give the Shakers a fifth-minute lead. Chris Maguire equalised for Oxford on 14 minutes before Tom Pope (pictured at the top of the page) restored the Shakers' lead on 39 minutes.
The lead did not last long though, as Maguire scored again just two minutes later to make it 2-2 at half time. With 20 minutes of the game remaining, Greg Leigh put the ball through his own net to hand a 3-2 victory to Oxford in front of a crowd of 2,986 supporters.