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On This Day... 18th September

18 September 2018

On this Day... 18th September

Of the 27 games played on 18th September over the club’s long history, the Shakers have won 12 games, drawn 6 games and lost the remaining 9 games.

The first recorded game on 18th September was in 1894, the club's first year as a Football League club. This game was the club's fourth game in the Football League (Saturday's game at Swindon Town was our 4,814th Football League game). Rotherham Town, who four years later were to merge with Rotherham County to form Rotherham United, were the visitors to Gigg Lane.

2,000 supporters were on-hand to see goals from Tom Wyllie and Jack Plant secure a 2-1 victory for the Shakers, to help them maintain their 100% record in the opening months of the Second Division season. Bury went on to win the title that season, losing only 5 games and drawing 2. From the 30-game season, Bury won 23 games and won the title with a 9 point gap. Of the two goalscorers, Jack Plant would go onto bigger and better things with the Shakers.

In April 1890 Bury signed Jack Plant, an outside-left from Bollington. Plant made his debut in a 6-0 win against Hyde and went on to play for the club right up to the 1906/7 season. John ‘Jack’ Plant was described (April 1900) in the ‘Lancashire Evening Post’ as a thick set player possessing all the ‘pluck and go’ characteristics of his club's colleagues.” They also added: “Plant has speed and keeps the ball capitally under control, and when well down the field, he centres or shoots with more than ordinary pace.

He was the proud possessor of an England cap against Scotland, two FA Cup winners’ medals, and a Division Two Championship medal – all as a Bury player. A collection of awards that came the way of a very small minority of players, however talented.

Although he left Gigg Lane to join Reading in May 1898 – on a season-long loan deal - he was glad to return after his sojourn in the South, that lasted a little over a year. In summer months, he was an enthusiastic cricketer for Bury St Thomas of the local amateur league.

It was Jack Plant’s trademark to wear tattered boots that were held together with yards of tape, probably through necessity rather than choice, but as he played approaching 500 games for the club (in all competitions), they served their purpose.

In total, Jack played 350 Football League & Cup games, scoring 66 goals during his time with the Shakers and, along with Billy Wood, scored a goal in each of the Shakers' FA Cup Final victories.

 

Bury made the short trip to Hillsborough in 1909 for a First Division clash with Sheffield Wednesday. 10,000 supporters were at the game as goals from Tom Kay (2), Angus McIntosh and Alf Smith secured a fine 4-1 victory.

The North West War League, during the First World War, saw Bury make a quick trip onto Hyde Road Football Stadium, Manchester City’s then home ground.

Goals from Teddy Bullen, Edward Connor, Ingham (guest player) and John Lythgoe, were not enough though as the hosts ran out 5-4 winners.

A 1926 visit to Villa Park for a First Division game, with a gate of 21,000, saw Wally Amos and John Ball secure a 2-1 victory for Bury.

1948 saw Bury on the road again, this time to the capital and a Division Two game with Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs won the game at White Hart Lane with a 3-1 victory with David Massart claiming the Shakers' consolation goal. However, the game is notable with 60,442 set as the largest crowd to watch the Shakers in Football League action – obviously, a record that still stands to this day – although three other games show bigger crowds, none were league games.

The Bury side that day was as follows:

George Bradshaw, Cyril Fairclough, Bill Griffiths, Harry Whitworth, Les Hart, Reg Halton, Eddie Kilshaw, Andy Dolan, David Massart, Eric Massey, Alf Bellis

Leeds United visited Gigg Lane in 1962 and goals from Allan Jackson (2), and Tony Bartley sent the majority of the 18,876 crowd home smiling.

The 1999/2000 season brought Wycombe Wanderers to Gigg Lane for a Division Two (tier three) game. Andy Preece put the Shakers ahead on 53 minutes before Darren Bullock scored a second three minutes before time to record a 2-0 victory.

The last recorded game was in the 2012/13 season and a 3-0 defeat at Tranmere Rovers.

Season

Comp

Opposition

Ven

Res

Goals

Gate

1894/95

Tier 2

Rotherham Town

H

2

1

Won

Wyllie, Plant

2,000

1897/98

Tier 1

Aston Villa

A

1

3

Lost

Plant

18,000

1909/10

Tier 1

Sheffield Wed

A

4

1

Won

Kay 2, McIntosh, Smith

10,000

1915/16

War

Manchester City

A

4

5

Lost

Bullen, Connor, Ingham, Lythgoe

?

1920/21

Tier 2

Wolverhampton W

H

3

1

Won

Trotter 2, Perry (Pen)

14,000

1926/27

Tier 1

Aston Villa

A

2

1

Won

Amos, Ball

21,000

1937/38

Tier 2

Notts Forest

A

0

1

Lost

 

14,108

1943/44

War

Burnley

H

1

1

Draw

Robinson

3,400

1946/47

Tier 2

Manchester City

H

2

2

Draw

Berry, Roberts

10,724

1948/49

Tier 2

Tottenham Hotspur

A

1

3

Lost

Massart

60,442

1954/55

Tier 2

Ipswich Town

H

2

1

Won

Daniel, Law

15,187

1958/59

Tier 3

Plymouth Argyle

A

0

3

Lost

 

27,589

1962/63

Tier 2

Leeds United

H

3

1

Won

Jackson 2, Bartley

18,876

1965/66

Tier 2

Norwich City

H

2

5

Lost

Bell 2

5,683

1971/72

Tier 4

Reading

A

2

0

Lost

Connelly, Robinson

5,447

1974/75

Tier 3

Gillingham

A

0

1

Lost

 

4,829

1976/77

Tier 3

Chester City

H

2

0

Won

Rowland, Raynor (OG)

4,976

1979/80

Tier 3

Grimsby Town

H

1

1

Draw

Beamish

3,176

1982/83

Tier 4

Peterborough Utd

A

1

1

Draw

Gore

2,826

1983/84

Tier 4

Halifax Town

H

3

0

Won

Potts, Hilton, Evans (OG)

3,258

1984/85

Tier 4

Swindon Town

H

2

0

Won

Entwistle, Madden

2,769

1990/91

Tier 3

Swansea City

A

2

1

Won

Cunningham, Mauge

3,505

1993/94

Tier 4

Lincoln City

A

2

2

Draw

Carter, Rigby

2,469

1999/00

Tier 4

Wycombe Wanderers

H

2

0

Won

Preece, Bullock

3,293

2004/05

Tier 4

Scunthorpe United

H

0

1

Lost

 

2,846

2010/11

Tier 4

Hereford United

H

1

1

Draw

Lowe

2,753

2012/13

Tier 3

Tranmere Rovers

A

0

3

Lost

 

4,837


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