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On This Day...12th September

12 September 2018

On This Day...12th September

12th September appears to be a popular day for the Shakers, with 31 games played over the years on this day.

The first recorded game was in 1885, the very first season of the club existence and a 4-3 victory over Wigan at Gigg Lane. Goals from Lonsdale, Platt and two unknowns. Skipper Lonsdale has the honour of becoming the clubs very first goal-scorer after he scored in the 8th minute of this game. Gate receipts for this game, which was also the clubs very first home game, came in at £1 16s and 7d – meaning that less than 100 paying customers were in attendance.

In 1903, First Division Bury played Nottingham Forest at Gigg Lane in a league game. This was Bury's first home game of the new season and the FA Cup winners were in fine mood as goals from Charlie Sagar and Henderson helped the Shakers secure a 2-2 draw with 9,000 supporters in attendance.

If Charlie Sagar played today, then surely, we would be watching one of the greats. His profile from back in the days reads as follows: -

Charlie Sagar has usually played at inside-left, but he is now in the centre. He is the only tall man of the forwards at Bury, for he stands almost 6 foot and is very much of the greyhound type of build. He is very fast, clever on the ball and has a capital shot.

Born in Daisy Hill, Charlie was raised in Turton, the village in which, it is said, that Association Football originated in England. He first played for Edgeworth Rovers at the age of 15, a season with Turton St Annes followed and in his first match he helped his new team to an 18-2 win against Turton Lads Club, the majority of the goals coming from Sagar's foot.

He swiftly graduated to Lancashire Combination Football with Turton, and after scoring twice for the village team in a 3-2 win against Bury Reserves at Gigg Lane, the Bury officials spent little time in negotiating for his services.

Honours fell thick and fast onto the clever, skilful and young centre forward, who was capped twice by England, scoring on his international debut versus Ireland on 17th March 1900. He represented the Football League on four occasions and was twice an FA Cup winner with Bury, in 1900 when Southampton were beaten 4-0 and in 1903 when he scored the second goal in the record 6-0 win against Derby County.

Charlie Sagar left Gigg Lane to join Manchester United, scoring a brilliant hat-trick on his debut and assisted United to win promotion into the First Division in his first season. He was, however, troubled by a knee injury that restricted him to only 20 league appearances during the campaign. Sadly, the condition deteriorated even further, leading to his release from Old Trafford in May 1907. He later set up a business in Manchester and died in Bolton on 4th December 1919, aged 41.

In 1914, just as War was breaking out across Europe, the Shakers travelled to Blackpool's Bloomfield Road, and returned home triumphant with a 4-3 win thanks to goals from John Parkinson, John McKnight, Edward Connor and a Bob Perry penalty. 4,000 supporters were at the game.

The Shakers made the same journey some 36 years later, though this time in the North West War League during World War Two. This time it wasn't as successful, with a humiliating 9-1 defeat with the only Bury goal coming from George Davies who was making a guest appearance for the club.

On 12th September 1961, Brighton & Hove Albion arrived at Gigg Lane in the League Cup. An Allan Jackson Hat Trick, plus a brace from Tony Bartley saw the Shakers progress to the next round with a 5-1 win.

Just a few years ago in 2015, Bury visited Bramall Lane for a League One encounter with Sheffield United. Goals from Tom Pope, Joe Riley and Leon Clarke (Pictured above) saw the Shakers romp home with a 3-1 victory in front of 20,708 supporters.

The last recorded game on this date was last season, when Josh Laurent and Jermaine Beckford goals were not enough to secure the points as Bury went down to a 3-2 defeat at Fleetwood Town.

The full record for 12th September is: -

Season

Comp

Opposition

Ven

Res

Goals

Gate

1885/86

Friendly

Wigan

H

4

3

Won

Lonsdale, Platt, Unknown 2

?

1891/92

Lancs

Fleetwood Rangers

H

1

0

Won

Wilkinson

2,000

1896/97

Tier 1

Burnley

A

0

1

Lost

 

4,000

1903/04

Tier 1

Nottingham Forest

H

2

2

Draw

Sagar, Henderson (OG)

9,000

1908/09

Tier 1

Chelsea

A

1

4

Lost

Booth

50,000

1914/15

Tier 2

Blackpool

A

4

3

Won

Perry (P), Parkinson, McKnight, Connor

4,000

1925/26

Tier 1

Birmingham City

H

2

1

Won

Ball, Mercer

15,907

1927/28

Lancs C

Blackpool

A

2

1

Won

Bullock 2

10,000

1931/32

Tier 2

Southampton

A

1

2

Lost

Lindsay

15,000

1936/37

Tier 2

Leicester City

A

3

0

Won

Graham 2, Matthews

5,000

1942/43

War

Blackpool

A

1

9

Lost

Davies

?

1945/46

War

Barnsley

H

1

1

Draw

Yates

4,500

1953/54

Tier 2

Oldham Athletic

A

0

0

Draw

 

23,732

1956/57

Tier 2

Leicester City

A

0

3

Lost

 

21,104

1959/60

Tier 3

Halifax Town

A

0

1

Lost

 

10,842

1961/62

FL Cup

Brighton

H

5

1

Won

Jackson 3, Bartley 2

7,827

1964/65

Tier 2

Rotherham United

A

0

3

Lost

 

10,225

1967/68

FL Cup

Grimsby Town

A

2

2

Draw

Owen, Jones

7,017

1970/71

Tier 3

Chesterfield

A

0

0

Draw

 

8,893

1972/73

Lancs C

Manchester United

H

2

1

Won

Murray 2 (1 Pen)

?

1978/79

Tier 3

Plymouth Argyle

H

1

2

Lost

Robins

3,361

1981/82

Tier 4

Stockport County

H

2

0

Won

Madden 2

3,077

1987/88

Tier 3

Sunderland

A

1

1

Draw

Robinson

13,227

1992/93

Tier 3

Barnet

H

0

0

Draw

 

2,305

1995/96

Tier 3

Lincoln City

A

2

2

Draw

Wanless (OG), Johnrose

1,851

1997/98

Tier 2

Manchester City

H

1

1

Draw

Johnson

11,216

2000/01

Tier 3

Colchester United

H

0

0

Draw

 

2,577

2006/07

Tier 4

Darlington

A

0

1

Lost

 

3,335

2009/10

Tier 4

Cheltenham Town

H

0

1

Lost

 

2,130

2015/16

Tier 3

Sheffield United

A

3

1

Won

Pope, Riley, Clarke

20,708

2017/18

Tier 3

Fleetwood Town

A

2

3

Lost

Laurent, Beckford

2,535


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