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New Book Celebrates Bury FC’s Double Promotion in Mid-1990s

24 January 2019

A new book which celebrates Bury FC’s success in the mid-1990s will be published on 26th January 2019.

'Things Can Only Get Better: Bury's mid-90s rise under Stan Ternent' charts the Shakers' two consecutive promotions in 1996 and 1997 which took them from the bottom division to the division below the Premier League.

The book features interviews with 33 former members of the club's playing staff, management teams and boards of directors as well as the recollections of fans and other important figures.

The book is the brainchild of 37-year-old Shakers fan James Bentley, who published his first book about the club – 'The Forgotten Fifteen: How Bury triumphed in British football's worst year' – in 2015.

"The mid-90s was an incredible time to be a Bury fan," said James.

"We lost at Wembley in the 1995 Third Division play-off final then started the next season horrendously.

"Manager Mike Walsh was relieved of his duties and Stan Ternent came in to replace him. Gradually, he formed a side in his own image and promotion from the bottom division was secured in dramatic fashion on the last day of the season.

"That was fantastic, but the next season his side went on to finish top of the table and win the Second Division championship trophy. And the season after that, Bury stayed in the First Division at the expense of clubs like Manchester City – who they beat at Maine Road – and Stoke," he continues.

As well as being about Bury FC's meteoric rise, the book also looks at the effect of the 1996 IRA bomb in Manchester, the result of the 1997 General Election in Bury and other events, such as the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, which occurred in the same year.

The book is available to pre-order now and will be available to collect from the Gigg Lane social club at a book signing on 26th January ONLY, between 3pm and 5pm. Limited numbers of the book will also be available to purchase from the social club at the same time, priced at £18.99, cash only.

James will be joined by former players Lee Bracey, Tony Rigby, Andy Woodward, Ian Hughes and David Pugh at the signing.

Alternatively, the book can be bought online and delivered via First Class mail in the UK or to anywhere else in the world.

Both pre-orders and purchases can be made from

The deadline for pre-orders which can be picked up from the Gigg Lane social club is 10pm on Friday 25th January.

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