This week, we spoke with Brian Allen. Brian has been a Shaker for over 60 years, and fans may remember him from Shrewsbury last season, as he unfortunately had a cardiac arrest on the way in. We caught up with him about that event, his experiences watching the Shakers and what he thinks about the current season.....
What made you support Bury?
It runs in the family. My Dad was a supporter and he took me to my first game 60 odd years ago.
What was the first game he took you to?
I was only young so I can’t remember who we played or what the score was. I know it was in the 1950’s and Stan Pearson played after we signed him from Manchester United.
Who is your favourite Bury player of all time?
There are a few that spring to mind. Derek Spence and Stevie Johnson are up there, and Ryan Lowe who, as well as being a fantastic player, came to see my Grandson Lewis after he broke his leg, which we all really appreciated. I’d have to say my all-time favourite though would be Craig Madden for scoring 35 goals in a single season.
What is your favourite moment as a Bury fan?
This one’s easy – the Cup game against Middlesbrough in the 1970’s. They were top of the First Division (Premier League equivalent) back then. We played at theirs and got a 0-0 draw. In the replay at Gigg Lane, we were 2-0 down within the first 20 minutes but turned it around to win 3-2.
Most fans will know you from the Shrewsbury game last season, and the medical incident that happened – how are you now?
I’m fine now, thanks. I remember going through the turnstiles with my son, David – the next thing I know I was waking up in hospital in Shrewsbury on the Wednesday. I’d had a cardiac arrest and Alan Roberts from Shrewsbury Town and the paramedics had to get my heart going again.
I have to say, all the staff at Shrewsbury were fantastic, especially Alan who came to see me in hospital and stayed in touch with me. Brian Williams and Ryan Lowe also came to see me which was really good and appreciated. I’m very grateful to everyone who helped me, it really does mean a lot. When we play Shrewsbury in April I’m hoping to meet up with the people who basically saved my life and thank them in person.
Also to my sons, Dave -who called for the ambulance, and Jon - who contacted my wife, Paula, who came to be with me.
Finally, what are your thoughts on the season so far?
I think it’s fair to say it hasn’t really lived up to the hype from the start of the season. Lowey is doing a fantastic job, though, and I’m still confident that we can stay up.