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On This Day...25th September

25 September 2018

On This Day...25th September

History for the 25th September begins in 1885 and the clubs very first involvement in any cup competition. Bury faced Colne at Gigg Lane in the Lancashire Junior Cup. Goals from Briggs (2) and Douglas (2) recorded a 4-0 victory, though unfortunately there is no record of any further progress in this competition that season.

A year later and the splendidly named Darwen Old Wanderers visited Bury for a friendly game. Bury won the game 3-1 and with record-keeping at the time not as good as today, the goal scorers and attendance remain unknown.

The clubs first Football League outing on 25th September came in 1897 and a visit to Sheffield United's Bramall Lane for a First Division clash with the Blades. Back then, Bramall Lane was used as a cricket ground and did not feature the monstrous stands we see in the Stadium today. The game itself finished 1-1, with James Settle scoring the only goal for the Shakers in front of a crowd of 10,000.

The Lancashire Evening Post printed the following shortly after James 'Jimmy' Settle signed for Bury:-

"Although he is not a big player for an inside position, he has a world of dash about him and his shooting powers are capital."

His transfer cost Bury a then significant fee that saw Halliwell Rovers compensated by £65, and Bolton Wanderers, who held his league registration, a further £50. Additionally, Bury agreed to play at match at Bennetts – Halliwell's ground - for the benefit of the Rovers.

Settle made an immediate impact at Gigg Lane, scoring nine goals in his first 12 Division One appearances. He was also leading scorer in the 1897/98 season with 12 goals in 26 league matches.

In February 1899, he became the first Bury player to win an International Cap, playing for England, and netted a hat-trick against Ireland in a thumping 13-2 victory.

Uncommonly fast and an instinctive finisher, he won the highest honours in the game. He appeared in nine full seasons for Everton, in which he scored 97 League and Cup goals in 269 matches.

A final season with Stockport County began brightly, but nine consecutive defeats from 19th December to 13th February followed. Jimmy scored just twice in 29 League and Cup games.

In terms of League matches alone, his outstanding record totalled 118 goals in 339 appearances for his four clubs. His son Alf was a wing-back with Sheffield United who made 138 appearances in all competitions between December 1934 and January 1946.

Appearances whilst a Shaker was 66 in all competitions, with 28 goals. Jimmy also represented England on six occasions, represented the Football League on 4 occasions and was an FA Cup winner in 1906 with Everton, and appeared on the losing side the year after.

James Settle died on 1st June 1954 aged 78. Further details on James 'Jimmy' Settle can be found here

On 25th Sep 1920, Bury made the short trip to Stockport County for a Second Division game. Goals from Billy Lomas and Billy Ritchie secured a 2-1 win for Bury in front of 10,000 supporters.

The Bury side that day was as follows: -

Tommy Cornthwaite, Tom Adamson, John Allan, Billy Peake, Bob Perry, Bob Heap, Billy Ritchie, Alf Gregson, Jimmy Trotter, Billy Lomas, Joe Griffiths.

The image above shows (L to R) – John Allan, Robert Heap, Billy Peake and Billy Lomas. Bury played this season in red and white striped shirts. The kit had been worn since the 1918/19 season and is recorded in Peter Cullen's history of Bury FC as follows: -

With the teams playing kit getting into a particularly tatty state, and the availability of white shirts being scarce, the Shakers decided in August 1918 to make a change from the normal white shirts and navy shorts that had been worn since 1887. On 23rd August, the club applied to the Football League to 'Change our colours from white shirts to red and white striped shirts on account of the large stock of the latter on hand.'

In 1954, Bury played at St Andrews – Birmingham City - for a Second Division game. In front of 22,000 supporters, goals from Doug Clarke (2) and Doug Fletcher brought both points back to Gigg Lane with a 3-1 victory.

1971 saw the Shakers in the Fourth Division and a home game with Exeter City brought seven goals, with the Shakers getting the points in a 4-3 win. Goals from Billy Rudd and a George Jones hat-trick with 2,627 supporters attending.

Peterborough United were the visitors five years later in 1976. Bury won the game 4-1 with goals from Alan Woolfall and an Andy Rowland hat-trick in front of 4,926 fans.

The last recorded game on this day was in the 2010/11 season and an away trip to Cheltenham Town's Whaddon Road. Goals from a Ryan Lowe penalty and Mike Jones brought the points home in what turned out to be a successful promotion campaign for the Shakers.

And finally, happy 60th Birthday to the club's all-time record goal scorer – Craig Madden!

The full record for 25th September is: -

Season

Comp

Opposition

Ven

Res

Goals

Gate

1885/86

Lancs C

Colne

H

4

0

Won

Briggs 2, Douglas 2

?

1886/87

Friendly

Darwen Old Wanderers

H

3

1

Won

?

?

1897/98

Tier 1

Sheffield United

A

1

1

Draw

Settle

10,000

1909/10

Tier 1

Bristol City

H

1

2

Lost

Birnie

12,000

1915/16

War

Stoke City

A

2

3

Lost

Mason 2

6,500

1920/21

Tier 2

Stockport County

A

2

1

Won

Lomas, Ritchie

10,000

1926/27

Tier 1

Birmingham City

A

2

2

Draw

Ball 2

30,000

1937/38

Tier 2

Newcastle United

H

1

1

Draw

Graham

10,315

1943/44

War

Liverpool

A

1

3

Lost

Black

14,000

1946/47

Tier 2

Bradford Park Avenue

A

2

2

Draw

Livesey, Bainbridge

10,000

1948/49

Tier 2

Brentford

H

1

2

Lost

Massart

22,473

1954/55

Tier 2

Birmingham City

A

3

1

Won

Clarke 2, Fletcher

22,000

1963/64

FL Cup

Gillingham

A

0

3

Lost

 

14,979

1965/66

Tier 2

Wolverhampton W

A

0

3

Lost

 

15,549

1971/72

Tier 4

Exeter City

H

4

3

Won

Jones 3, Rudd

2,627

1972/73

Tier 4

Peterborough United

A

1

1

Draw

Connelly

2,345

1976/77

Tier 3

Peterborough United

H

4

1

Won

Rowland 3, Woolfall

4,926

1982/83

Tier 4

Halifax Town

H

2

0

Won

Potts, Johnson

2,244

1985/86

FL Cup

Manchester City

H

1

2

Lost

Madden

11,377

1993/94

Tier 3

Colchester United

A

1

4

Lost

Kearney

2,702

1999/00

Tier 4

Bournemouth

A

1

1

Draw

Lawson

4,208

2001/02

Tier 4

Oldham Athletic

A

0

4

Lost

 

5,605

2004/05

Tier 4

Oxford United

A

1

3

Lost

Nugent

4,308

2010/11

Tier 4

Cheltenham Town

A

2

0

Won

Lowe (Pen), Jones

2,758


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