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On This Day...21st September

21 September 2018

21st September begins with a 6-1 victory for the Shakers. This game was the Shakers’ second match in the newly-formed Lancashire League game against Oswaldtwistle Rovers at Gigg Lane in 1889. Goals were courtesy of a hat-trick for George Bourn, plus strikes from Conway, Fielding and Steele with 2,000 supporters watching.

Jack Plant was on the scoresheet again, this time in 1895. With the Shakers now playing in the highest league in the country, Sheffield United arrived at Gigg Lane. A crowd of 4,248 watched as Plant scored the only goal of the game to secure the clubs very first win in the First Division.

Bury would not win a game on this day until 1935 when Hull City came to visit Gigg Lane. A Second Division game with 7,244 supporters watching as a Dave Jones goal, plus two from Ernie Matthews secured a 3-1 victory.

The 1946/47 season was the first full season following the end of the Second World War, and Plymouth Argyle made the long trip to BL9 for a Second Division game. A Reg Halton penalty plus two goals from Dave Jones helped the Shakers along to a 3-3 draw. 14,583 supporters watched the game.

Versatile right half-back Davey Jones joined Bury on a free transfer from Worksop Town in 1934, and the Shakers were so pleased with the deal and the player, that they made a £150 donation to the Worksop club.

An excellent utility player, capable of filling any position, he was also a talented cricketer, appearing in 24 matches for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club as a middle order right-handed batsman between 1935 and 1939. He scored 594 runs at an average of 18 with a highest score of 60.

After the War, he played for Heywood Cricket Club in the Central Lancashire League, and made 267 appearances for Bury, scoring 13 goals during his time with the Shakers. Davey Jones died in Scarborough in July 1998, aged 84.

A Division Three (North) game with Barrow in 1957 saw a crowd of 13,432 watching as Bury ran out rampant winners with a 4-1 win. Two goals from Parker plus goals from Derbyshire and Reid won the game for Bury.

The Bury side that day was as follows:
Roy McClaren (pictured above and below), Eddie Robertson, Bobby Conroy, Tommy Neill, John McGrath, Gordon Atherton, Johnny Robinson, Jimmy Reid, Harry Darbyshire, John W Parker and Jim Lovie

Roy McLaren now lives in Australia and is shown below, along with his wife Jessie, receiving a couple of photos we had from his playing days. Bury fan David Brooks, also an Australian resident, presented the photos to Roy recently.

1965 brought Huddersfield Town to Gigg Lane in the second round of the League Cup. Just 5,629 supporters were in attendance to see the Shakers knocked out of the cup with a 2-0 defeat.

In 1974, Huddersfield Town game to Gigg Lane in a Third Division fixture. Goals from Andy Rowland, George Buchan and an own goal from Hutt saw Bury victorious with a 3-0 win.

Northampton Town v Bury on 21st September 1982, a Fourth Division game, brought both points back up the M1 for the Shakers thanks to goals from Stevie Johnson, Franny Firth and Craig Madden.

The last recorded game on this date took place in 2013, with Southend United visiting Gigg Lane. On loan striker Anton Forrester scored a 90th minute equaliser for Bury to take a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw.

The full record for 21st September is:-

Season

Comp

Opposition

Ven

Res

Goals

Gate

1889/90

Lancs

Oswaldtwistle Rovers

H

6

1

Won

Bourn 3, Conway, Fielding, Steele

1,000

1896/96

Tier 1

Sheffield United

H

1

0

Won

Plant

8,000

1901/02

Tier 1

Notts Forest

H

1

1

Draw

Wood

6,000

1907/08

Tier 1

Everton

A

1

6

Lost

Kay

25,000

1912/13

Tier 2

Fulham

A

1

3

Lost

Duffy

20,000

1918/19

War

Manchester City

H

0

1

Lost

 

?

1929/30

Tier 2

Tottenham Hotspur

A

2

2

Draw

Davin 2

30,000

1935/36

Tier 2

Hull City

H

3

1

Won

Jones, Matthews 2

7,244

1940/41

War

Blackburn Rovers

A

2

3

Lost

Davies, Jones D

15,000

1946/47

Tier 2

Plymouth Argyle

H

3

3

Draw

Halton (Pen), Jones 2

14,853

1957/58

Tier 3

Barrow

H

4

1

Won

Parker 2, Darbyshire, Reid

12,432

1963/64

Tier 2

Plymouth Argyle

H

2

2

Draw

Durrant 2

8,713

1965/66

FL Cup

Huddersfield Town

H

0

2

Lost

 

5,629

1968/69

Tier 2

Middlesbrough

H

2

3

Lost

Towers, Anderson

7,471

1974/75

Tier 3

Huddersfield Town

H

3

0

Won

Hutt (OG), Rowland, Buchan

5,956

1976/77

FL Cup

QPR

A

1

2

Lost

Rowland

13,069

1982/83

Tier 4

Northampton Town

A

3

0

Won

Johnson, Firth, Madden

2,792

1985/86

Tier 3

Gillingham

H

1

2

Lost

Young

2,802

1991/92

Tier 3

Stockport County

A

0

2

Lost

 

5,083

1996/97

Tier 3

Luton Town

H

0

0

Draw

 

3,588

2002/03

Tier 3

Hartlepool United

H

1

1

Draw

Abbott

3,547

2013/14

Tier 4

Southend United

H

1

1

Draw

Forrester

2,895


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