On this Day...
Bury have played a total of 26 games on 15th January, winning nine, drawing six and losing the remaining eleven. Of those 26 games, the following five games stand out:
The First League Game: An 1898 Division One game away at Sunderland brought around 7,000 supporters to Newcastle Road, which was Sunderland’s home ground at that point in their history. The Black Cats won the game 2-1 with the only Bury goal coming from William Brimblecombe.
Highest Scoring: Bury visited Fulham’s Craven Cottage in 1949 for a Division Two game with the Cottagers. A crowd of 19,000 packed the stadium and witnessed a total of nine goals, though unfortunately, only two of those goals were for Bury in a 7-2 defeat. The goals coming from Don Massart and Fred Worthington.
Highest Attendance: 26,941 supporters packed Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough Stadium for an FA Cup 3rd Round 2nd replay between Sheffield United and Bury. The previous two games had finished all square and required a neutral ground, and the FA chose Hillsborough. Unfortunately for Bury, with the game being played in Sheffield the crowd was dominated by Blades fans. This proved too much for the Shakers as they went down to a 2-0 defeat.
Best Home Win: 2,383 supporters were at Gigg Lane on 15th January 1994 to see the Shakers take on Doncaster Rovers in a Division Three (Tier 4) game. The Shakers romped home to a 4-0 victory thanks to goals from Ian Stevens, Chris Lucketti and a brace of goals from Mark Carter.
The Last: The last game played on 15th January was in 2011, when Aldershot visited Gigg Lane for a League Two (Tier 4) game. 2,537 supporters watched as Luke Gutteridge put the Shots ahead after just nine minutes, but the Shakers grabbed a vital equaliser through current First Team Coach Steven Schumacher in the 71st minute.
The Bury side that afternoon was: Cameron Belford (Pictured at the top of the page), Phil Picken, Joe Skarz, Tom Lees, Efe Sodje, Steven Schumacher, Mike Jones (Nicky Ajose), Kyle Bennett (Andy Haworth), Damian Mozika, Lenell John-Lewis, and Ryan Lowe. Unused subs were Richie Branagan, David Worrall, Max Harrop, and Peter Sweeney.