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On This Day...14th September

14 September 2018

On This Day...14th September

Of the 23 games played on this day, Bury have won seven, lost eleven and drawn the remaining five.

The first game on 14th September was in the 1889 season, and a Lancashire League clash against Higher Walton at Gigg Lane. With 2,000 supporters attending, the game finished 1-1 with Chris Conway scoring the Bury goal.

A 1907 visit by Birmingham City brought a 15,000 strong crowd to Bury for a First Division clash. Billy Hibbert scored the Shakers only goal of the game in a 1-0 victory.

Billy Hibbert started his career with Bury in 1906 and finished playing at Oldham Athletic in 1923, totalling 174 goals from 387 First Division appearances. Despite his slight frame, his skill and enthusiasm produced a rich crop of goals and it was a peculiarity that he never featured in Second or Third Division football.

A popular figure during the five seasons he spent at Gigg Lane, he was the clubs leading scorer in four consecutive seasons prior to his transfer to Newcastle United, the £1,950 fee being a British transfer record at the time.

In the FA tour to South Africa he scored 34 goals, scoring six goals in one match and five in another, but he won only one England cap, in the 2-0 defeat by Scotland at Hampden Park on 2nd April 1910.

When his playing career ended he had a spell in America and his subsequent wanderings took him across the world before his retirement, when he settled in Blackpool. Billy died in Blackpool on 6th March 1949 aged 64.

In 1929, a Division Two game at Gigg Lane brought Southampton north, but a 4-2 victory for the Shakers saw the Saints leave for the long journey home with nothing to show for their endeavours. Goals from Dave Robbie, an Alick Robinson penalty and a brace from John Smith won the game for Bury with 10,568 supporters watching.

1931 brought Barnsley to Bury, in the Second Division. A rampant Bury won the game 7-1 thanks to four goals from Dave Robbie, two for John Smith and one for Duncan Lindsay.

The Bury side that day was as follows and is shown in the photo above: -

Back Row (L to R): Jimmy Porter, Tommy Chester, Tommy Mills (GK), George Bradshaw, Norman Bullock & Alick Robinson
Front Row: Dave Robbie, John Smith, Duncan Lindsay, Arthur Eggleston, Wally Amos

Plymouth Argyle made the long trip north in September 1949 for a Second Division fixture at Gigg Lane. A Don Massart hat-trick, a George Hazlett goal and a further strike from Harold Bodle saw Bury win the game 5-1 with 12,614 happy supporters watching the game.

1966 saw Bury in League Cup action at Gigg Lane with Fourth Division Workington Town making the trip to Bury. Tommy Claxton and Brian Lowes goals were not enough, though, to prevent the visitors from claiming a 3-2 win to progress to the third round.

The last recorded game on this day was in 2013 and a League Two clash with Fleetwood Town at Highbury. Despite Tom Soares putting Bury ahead, with a heavy wind swirling around the coastal town, the Shakers eventually lost the game 2-1 in front of 3,520 supporters

The full record for 14 September is: -

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