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Match Preview: Plymouth Argyle vs Bury

5 January 2018

Bury make the long trip to Plymouth this weekend bolstered with additional players to the squad.

Craig Jones and Neil Danns both made their first starts for the Club since injury and Danny Mayor, Stephen Dawson and Nathan Cameron are back in contention after missing the game on New Years Day.  Stephen Dawson made an appearance from the bench but his game time is being carefully managed by the Shakers’ management team after his long-term injury.

The Shakers’ ranks have also been bolstered by the addition of loan signings James Hanson, Peter Clarke and Connor Ripley, all of whom have arrived early in the transfer window as Chris Lucketti looks to halt the side’s current form.
Forward Hanson, central defender Peter Clarke and goalkeeper Connor Ripley have all arrived until the end of the current season and offer more options to the Bury Manager.

Hanson arrives with an almost 1 goal in every 3 games record, Peter Clarke is well known to Bury after previously spending the 2015/2016 season with the Shakers, and Connor Ripley was in last season’s Team of the Year after his 18 clean sheets with Oldham.

Plymouth will be aiming to continue their good run of form, which currently stretches to 6 games unbeaten.  It wasn’t that long ago that Plymouth found themselves in the relegation zone but a run of good results has seen them shoot up the table.

The Bury Manager knows the task ahead, but is also optimistic ahead of the clash with the Pilgrims “The key thing is to get that first 3 points on the board and start to get that momentum and that’s what we’re looking for”.
When asked whether he was expecting a tight game, Lucketti thinks it might be “Yeah I would think so.  There’s certainly going to be a lot of good players on show.  I’m just focusing on us at this moment in time and just making sure that we do the basics right, be ruthless in both boxes because we have been creating chances and not taking them.  We’ve been giving minimal chances but the goals we’ve been conceding are avoidable”.

Plymouth’s View

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Last Time Out

Match Coverage

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of Saturday’s game by signing into their account and visiting the match centre.
Overseas subscribers can watch the match live by following the same instructions.
We will also have updates over on our Twitter account: @buryfcofficial.

There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow.


Saturday’s referee is Trevor Kettle.

This will be Trevor’s 24th match in charge this season.  In his previous 23 games, he has issued 88 yellow cards and 4 red ones.  His last game was Monday’s game at the Ricoh Arena between Coventry City and Chesterfield.  Coventry won 1-0 and there were a total of 3 yellow cards and 1 red one.

We’ve Met Before

Saturday’s game will be the 76th between the two sides.  Of the previous 75, the Shakers hold a slight advantage with 30 wins to Plymouth’s 27, with the remaining 18 matches being draws.

Supporter Liaison Information

Bury:  Are there any known traffic issues en route to the Stadium? I.e any road closures or roadworks?
Plymouth: The road from the Manadon roundabout, where you exit the A38, to the stadium, is always busy, but it is only a mile or so.

Bury:  Is car parking available for Bury fans?  If so, please provide details (where, how much etc).
Plymouth: Home Park has a very large – and free! – car park just outside the ground. It is council-run, and is typically a park-and-ride car park into the city. It is free to use on match-days, but will obviously begin to fill up very early for many fixtures, especially local Derbies, Bank Holiday fixtures, etc.
Be very wary of parking on streets in the nearby area. Some require parking permits, some do not. Be extra aware of parking restrictions in the Life Centre next to the ground, as there are frequently enforcement officers on hand to clamp down on illegal parking there.

Bury:  What is the process for blue badge holders?
Plymouth: Disabled spaces in the car park are first-come, first serve.
Tel No: 07855 489112
Contact: Steph Barker
E-Mail address:

Bury:  Please give details of pre-match venue for Bury fans (on-site bar, away fan friendly pubs etc)
Plymouth: Best pub is probably the Hyde Park -

Bury:  Where is the nearest cash machine to the Stadium?
Plymouth: Fuel station, 89 Outland Road, Plymouth, Devon, PL2 3DE

Bury:  What is the nearest train station to the Stadium and what is the approximate distance and walking time?
Plymouth: If arriving by train, you have a 15-20 minute picturesque (though uphill) walk through the back of Central Park to reach the ground. Alternatively, you’ll be here in five minutes via taxi.

Bury:  What food and drink is available in the concourse at the Stadium?
Plymouth: The we have some nice, fresh pasties, as well as local Tribute Ale and Thatchers Gold. 

Bury:  Is our drum allowed in the Stadium?
Plymouth: Drum is fine

Bury:  What is the process for supporters looking to bring flags into the Stadium?
Plymouth: Flags are fine as long as they are fire retardant. Please present to stewards on arrival.

Bury:  What is the postcode for SatNav users?
Plymouth: PL2 3DQ

Bury:  Any additional information you think may be useful for our fans?
Plymouth: Club shop and ticket office located behind old grandstand – but not directly accessible from away end. Requires walking anti-clockwise round three quarters of the stadium.

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