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On This Day - 14th February

14 February 2019

Bury have played a total of twenty-six games on 14 February, winning thirteen of those games, drawing five games and losing the remaining eight games. Of those twenty-six games, the following five games stand out:

The First League Game: Blackburn Rovers visited Mr Barlow’s bottom field on 14 February 1899 for a Division One game with the Shakers. Approximately 3,000 supporters witnessed a five-goal thriller, with Bury coming out on top with a 3-2 victory thanks to goals from Billy Wood (2) and Chris Sagar. 

Highest Scoring: Two games have both resulted in six goals being scored. Both were victories for the Shakers. The first, a 4-2 victory over West Ham United in the First Division in 1925.  15,600 fans were at Gigg Lane to see goals from Billy Stage (2), Wally Amos and John Ball. 

Six goals also came Bury’s way in 1961 when Torquay United made the long trip to Gigg Lane for a Division Three game. In what was arguably Bury’s best ever season, they were 6-0 winners in front of 11,344 supporters.  The goals coming from Bill Holden, Alan Jackson (2) and Bill Calder 3). 

Highest Attendance: It would be remiss of us not to mention the Shakers infamous victory at Maine Road in 1998! Thankfully, we can get it into the page using the highest attendance as 28,885 supporters, who packed into Manchester City’s stadium to see Paul Butler famously head home to record a 1-0 victory, a game that is still celebrated by Bury fans to this day. 

The full Bury side that day was: 

Dean Kiely, Chris Lucketti, Paul Butler (pictured at the top of the page), Bryan Small, Gordon Armstrong, Andrew Woodward, Lenny Johnrose, Nick Daws, Tony Ellis (Tony Battersby), Mark Patterson, Nigel Jemson (Peter Swan) – Unused Sub: Tony Rigby. 

Best Home Win: The biggest home win is covered above under the highest scoring games (Bury 6-0 Torquay United). The next best result came on this day in 1920, when Rotherham County visited Gigg Lane, 8,000 supporters were at the game as the Shakers recorded a 4-1 victory thanks to goals from James Lister (2), Fergus Aitken and Bill Ritchie.

The Last:  MK Dons visited Gigg Lane on 14 Feb 2017 for a League One game.  Just 2,005 supporters were at the game to witness a 0-0 draw.

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