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On This Day...19th December

19 December 2018

The 19th December has seen Bury play just 17 games. Nine of these games brought victories with just five defeats. The remaining three games have finished all square. Of those 17 games, the following five stand out: -

The First

An 1891 Lancashire League clash with Blackpool at Gigg Lane brought a crowd of 6,500 supporters. The Shakers won the game 4-1 with the Bury goals coming from Bourn, Conway, Pemberton and Jack Plant.


Biggest Win

A friendly game with Scottish side Falkirk on 19th December 1896 saw just 779 supporters at Gigg Lane. Goals from Joe Henderson (5), Jack Plant (2), Jack Pray and Tom Wyllie recorded a Shakers 9-0 victory.


Biggest Defeat

With World War Two in full flow, the North West War League of 1942 saw Bury make the short trip to Rochdale. Just 1,000 supporters were on hand to witness the home side record a 6-3 victory with the three Bury goals coming from Don Carter, George Davies and Billy Griffiths.


Highest Attendance at Gigg

1925 brought West Ham United to Gigg Lane for a Division One game. 12,370 supporters were in attendance to witness a Shakers 4-1 victory thanks to goals from Wally Amos, Norman Bullock, Ernie Matthews (Penalty) and Billy Stage.


The Last

Port Vale provided the opposition in a Division One (tier 2) game in 1998. This game was at Vale Park and brought in a 6,425 crowd, who witnessed the home side record a 1-0 victory. The following players represented the Shakers that afternoon:-

Dean Kiely, Andy Woodward (pictured at top of the page), Paul Williams, Nicky Daws, Chris Lucketti, Chris Billy, Dean Barrick, John Forster (Kemajl Avdiu), Laurent D'Jaffo, (Lutel James), Lenny Johnrose, Andy Preece – Unused sub: Dean West

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