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On This Day...28th September

28 September 2018

On This Day on 28th September

Rotherham Swifts provide the opposition for the first recorded game on this day - a friendly in the 1889/90 season. The Yorkshire-based side were one of a handful of clubs based in the town of Rotherham. Rotherham FC, Rotherham Town, Rotherham Wanderers - all played under various guises, some folded, some disappeared altogether but some combined to become Rotherham United in 1925. Swifts would fold and vanish from football some three years after this game, and the result would explain why as the Shakers hit 12 goals past Rotherham, to their one reply. Goals from Conway 6, Bourn 2, Fielding 2 and Ross 2 would be enough for Bury, with 2,000 supporters attending.

A 1907 Division One game would bring Sunderland to Gigg Lane. 15,000 supporters watched on as goals from Kay and Billy Hibbert would secure a 2-1 victory.

A Division Two game with West Bromwich Albion, in 1929 at Gigg Lane, brought 10,365 supporters to watch as goals from Wally Amos (2) and Dave Robbie saw Bury collect both points in a 3-2 victory.

Wally Amos was a member of the Worksop Town team that held Tottenham Hotspur to a goalless draw at White Hart Lane in an FA Cup tie on 23rd January 1923. Four months later, the pint-sized wingman was signed by Bury, who then won promotion to the First Division in his first season as a Shaker.

 

Full of bounding energy, he was most quick off the mark and would cut in from the wing on every opportunity, finishing with a strong drive at goal.

Originally apprenticed as a marine engineer, he was later a pit worker. When his outstanding playing career ended, he was welcomed back to Gigg Lane in 1953, replacing assistant trainer Jack Marshall, who had departed to Stoke City. Some years later, he would also take over as Head Groundsman at Gigg Lane.

In total, Walter Amos played 482 games in all competitions – scoring 132 goals. Wally also represented the Football League once in a game vs the Irish League in 1926, scoring one goal in a 6-1 victory.

1935 brought West Ham United to Gigg Lane for a Second Division fixture. Ernie Matthews grabbed himself a hat-trick as Bury ran out 3-0 winners with 9,059 supporters watching.

A 1940/41 North War League game brought near neighbours Rochdale to Gigg Lane. 2,000 supporters watched on to witness a ten-goal thriller with the Shakers coming out on top with a 7-3 victory. The goals coming from Dougal 2, Livingstone 2, Carter, Davies & D Jones.

Although no game was played on this day in the 1947/48 season, a letter (as shown below) perhaps shows just how different football was ran in these days. Certainly, the contents of the letter are a far cry from the way players are treated in the modern game. The letter was sent to Ronnie Jenkins, although he never played for the first team, he was a contracted player for the club and appeared in many reserve games throughout the period

A 1957 trip to Oldham's Boundary Park brought success for Bury. A Division Three North game attracted over 12,000 supporters and goals from Harry Darbyshire, John Parker and Jim Lovie earnt the Shakers a 3-1 victory.

The last recorded game on this day took place in 2013 and a long trip to East London for a game with Dagenham & Redbridge. The Daggers won the game 2-1 with the Shakers consolation goal coming from an 89th minute Anton Forrester (pictured above) penalty.

The full record for 28th September is: -

Season

Comp

Opposition

Ven

Res

Goals

Gate

1889/90

Friendly

Rotherham Swifts

H

12

1

Won

Conway 6, Bourn 2, Fielding 2, Ross 2

2,000

1895/96

Tier 1

Sunderland

A

0

0

Draw

 

7,000

1901/02

Tier 1

Grimsby Town

A

0

2

Lost

 

7,000

1907/08

Tier 1

Sunderland

H

2

1

Won

Kay, Hibbert

15,000

1912/13

Tier 2

Barnsley

H

2

0

Won

Kay, Peake

8,000

1918/19

War

Manchester City

A

0

7

Lost

 

?

1929/30

Tier 2

West Bromwich A

H

3

2

Won

Amos 2, Robbie

10,365

1935/36

Tier 2

West Ham United

H

3

0

Won

Matthews 3

9,059

1940/41

War

Rochdale

H

7

3

Won

Dougal 2, Livingstone 2, Carter, Davies, D Jones

2,000

1946/47

Tier 2

Leicester City

A

0

0

Draw

 

20,134

1957/58

Tier 3

Oldham Athletic

A

3

1

Won

Darbyshire, Parker, Lovie

12,228

1963/64

Tier 2

Manchester City

H

1

1

Draw

Bartley

18,032

1968/69

Tier 2

Huddersfield Town

A

1

4

Lost

Tinney

9,442

1974/75

Tier 3

Brighton & Hove A

A

0

0

Draw

 

10,622

1982/83

Tier 4

Tranmere Rovers

H

3

0

Won

Johnson, Madden, Hilton P

1,796

1985/86

Tier 3

Notts County

A

2

2

Draw

Valentine, Young

4,622

1991/92

Tier 3

Hartlepool Utd

H

1

1

Draw

Greenall

2,600

1996/97

Tier 2

Walsall

A

1

3

Lost

Carter (Pen)

3,254

2002/03

Tier 3

Wrexham

A

2

2

Draw

Newby 2

3,941

2004/05

FL Trophy

Stockport County

A

1

3

Lost

Scott

1,416

2010/11

Tier 4

Morecambe

A

4

1

Won

Jones, Schumacher 2, Haworth

2,607

2013/14

Tier 4

Dagenham & Redbridge

A

1

2

Lost

Forrester (Pen)

1,604


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