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On This Day...5th September

5 September 2018

On This Day on 5th September...

Today's 'On this Day' is certainly an historic one, as it features the clubs first ever game – a friendly against Little Lever. Although the game finished 0-0, the game is worthy of a mention as it was the start of a long history that was firmly written into the record books.

Peter Cullen's 'The Official History of Bury Football Club' carries a detailed report from the game as follows: -

BURY ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL CLUB
The first matches in connection with the above club were played on Saturday with Little Lever. The first team met at Little Lever, and Lonsdale having won the toss elected to play with a very strong wind in his favour.

A start was effected at 3:15, and the Bury team soon made tracks for the Leverites goal, and during the first half of the game a regular fusillade was kept upon the home goal, which sorely taxed the powers of their back and goalkeeper.

Despite the efforts of Douglas, Pollock, Ross, Rostron and Holgate the coveted goal could not be scored; and as half time arrived and Bury not scored the Leverites were very happy.

Douglas soon restarted from the centre, and the Leverites at once invaded the visitors quarters, but their stay was of very short duration, as Rostron and McAllister had no difficulty in relieving their lines.

Although playing against a very strong wind Douglas, Pollock, Holgate and Rostron from the Leverites goalkeeper and their backs plenty of work. The visitors had shots at goal innumerable, but do as they would they could not get one past.

The home team goalkeeper played splendidly, and undoubtedly saved his side from defeat that during the whole of the game looked inevitable.

The Bury team, considering it was their first turn out, played a very good and fast game. The following were the Bury team:

Goal – D Wolstenholme, Backs – L Rostron and A McAllister, Half Backs – J Ross, J Lonsdale (Captain) and J Clark, Forwards – Douglas, Pollock, Holgate, Rostron and E Barlow.

The second teams met at Bury and their game resulted in a draw of three goals each. The goals for Bury were scored by Hubberstey (2), and P S Stock. L Bamber had very hard lines as he put two through, but they were disallowed.

Lovers of genuine football will be well catered for in Bury during this season, as the committee of the above club have not only secured some first class players but they have got on a very good list of matches. Colne visit Bury on September 26th. This match is a cup tie (Lancashire Junior Cup). Blackburn Rovers, Blackburn Olympic, Accrington, Great Lever, Halliwell (A Team), Wigan, Irwell Springs, Baxenden, Heywood Rovers and other good clubs are on the list.

In 1891, Rotherham Town visited Gigg Lane and the 2,000 supporters in attendance were thoroughly entertained as Bury ran out 11-0 winners in this friendly game. The goals came from Bourn (8), Conway, Cooper and Wilkinson.

The 1895/96 season brought the clubs first-ever league game in the top tier of English Football, and the team were certainly taught a lesson as they suffered a 5-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest with 5,000 supporters on the gate.

1908 brought Sunderland to Gigg Lane in the First Division. The Shakers ran out 4-2 winners with Billy Hibbert scoring all four of the Bury goals. 12,000 supporters were on hand to see the goals fly in.

On 5th September 1936, Coventry City arrived at Gigg Lane for a Second Division game. Two goals from George Bargh and a strike from Billy Graham saw the Shakers claim a 3-1 victory with 25,380 supporters attending.

A photo showing the team from the 1936/37 squad is shown above, and lines up as follows:

Back Row (L to R): Norman Bullock (Manager), Tommy Chester, David Jones, Bill Fairhurst, Jimmy Gemmell, Billy Whitefield, George Matthewson, Day (Trainer)
Front Row: Arthur Bagley, Billy Graham, Ernie Matthews, Arthur Buttery, John Cope.

In 1959, Mansfield Town came to Bury for a Division Three game, with 11,278 supporters watching. The game finished 4-1 to the Shakers, with the goals coming from Gordon Atherton, Bill Calder, Johnny Hubbard (penalty) and Allan Jackson.

The last recorded game on this day came in the 2015/16 season, when the Shakers visited the Bescot Stadium, where they secured a 1-0 win thanks to a 6th-minute Craig Jones goal.

The full Bury side for this game was as follows: -

Rob Lainton, Joe Riley (Reece Brown), Chris Hussey, Peter Clarke, Craig Jones, Nathan Cameron, Andrew Tutte, Jacob Mellis (Danny Pugh), Danny Mayor, Tom Soares, Leon Clarke (Tom Pope)

Unused Subs: Jack Ruddy, Chris Sedgwick, Matty Foulds

The full record for 5th September is: -

Season

Comp

Opposition

Ven

Res

Goals

Gate

1885/96

Friendly

Little Lever

A

0

0

Draw

 

?

1891/92

Friendly

Rotherham Town

H

11

0

Won

Bourn 8, Conway, Cooper, Matthewson

2,000

1895/96

Tier 1

Nottingham Forest

A

0

5

Lost

 

3,000

1896

Tier 1

Preston North End

H

0

0

Draw

 

9,000

1899/00

Testi

Bolton Wanderers

H

0

2

Lost

 

455

1903/04

Tier 1

Blackburn Rovers

A

2

2

Draw

Richards, Ronaldson

8,000

1908/09

Tier 1

Sunderland

H

4

2

Won

Hibbert 4

12,000

1914/15

Tier 2

Bristol City

H

2

1

Won

McNight, Parkinson

6,500

1921/22

Tier 2

Blackpool

H

1

0

Won

Bullock

18,000

1925/26

Tier 1

Bolton Wanderers

H

0

5

Lost

 

23,184

1931/32

Tier 2

Oldham Athletic

H

2

1

Won

Smith JR 2

10,702

1936/37

Tier 2

Coventry City

H

3

1

Won

Bargh 2, Graham

25,386

1938/39

Tier 2

Millwall

A

0

0

Draw

 

20,000

1942/43

War

Bolton Wanderers

A

3

2

Won

Robinson 2, Davies

2,000

1953/54

Tier 2

Everton

H

2

2

Draw

Plant, Gleadall

17,960

1959/60

Tier 3

Mansfield Town

H

4

1

Won

Atherton, Calder, Hubbard (P), Jackson

11,278

1962/63

Tier 2

Leeds United

A

2

1

Won

Jackson, Bartley

28,313

1967/68

Tier 3

Oldham Athletic

H

3

1

Won

Lindsay, Farrell (P), Dawson

7,435

1970/71

Tier 3

Brighton & Hove A

H

0

2

Lost

 

3,416

1972/73

FL Cup

Grimsby Town

H

1

0

Won

Hamstead

3,096

1980/81

Tier 4

Aldershot

A

0

1

Lost

 

3,100

1981/82

Tier 4

Hereford United

A

0

3

Lost

 

2,508

1987/88

Tier 3

Bristol City

H

1

1

Draw

Hoyland

2,376

1992/93

Tier 4

Colchester United

H

3

2

Won

Lyons, Robinson, Scott

2,072

1995/96

FL Cup

Chesterfield

H

2

1

Won

Carter (P), Daws

2,565

1998/99

Tier 2

Birmingham City

A

0

1

Lost

 

15,935

2000/01

FL Cup

Crewe Alexandra

H

1

2

Lost

Bullock (P)

2,106

2009/10

Tier 4

Accrington Stanley

H

0

2

Lost

 

3,082

2015/16

Tier 3

Walsall

A

1

0

Won

Jones

4,829


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