Bury have played a total of 19 games on 17th January, winning six, drawing six and losing the remaining seven. Of those 19 games, the following five stand out:
The First League Game
A 1903 home game against Aston Villa attracted a crowd of around 9,000 supporters, who witnessed the Villa claim the points with a 1-0 victory.
The 1906 FA Cup campaign ended with a shocking 6-2 defeat at Nottingham Forest in a first round replay. Approximately 10,000 supporters were on hand to see Forest run amok in front of goal, whilst the two Bury goals came from Billy Dow & Eddie Murphy.
21,268 supporters packed into Gigg Lane in 1978 for the League Cup fifth round tie with European Champions Nottingham Forest, but the Shakers’ dream ended with a 3-0 defeat. The Bury side that evening was as follows: -
John Forrest, Gerry Keenan, Keith Kennedy, Dave Hatton, Billy Tucker, Alan Whitehead, Brian Stanton, John Thompson, Andy Rowland, Ian Robins, Jimmy McIlwraith
Best Home Win
The best home win on this day came during the Second World War in 1942.
Bury were playing in the North West War League Second Division and faced an away game at New Brighton. Bury had faced the same opposition some seven days earlier and had successfully won that game 10-5. It was certainly a good afternoon for the Shakers as they ran out 6-0 winners, with the goals coming from George Davies (4), Don Carter and Fred Roberts.
2015 brought Wycombe Wanderers to Gigg Lane for a League Two (tier 4) clash. 2,932 supporters were in attendance to watch the game finish 1-1 with the Bury goal coming from none other than Danny Mayor on the half-hour mark. Wycombe sealed a point with a 68th-minute strike from Fred Onyedinma.
The Bury side that afternoon was:
Nick Pope (pictured at the top of the page), Adam El-Abd, Chris Hussey, Nathan Cameron, Craig Jones, Andy Tutte, Kelvin Etuhu, Danny Mayor (Danny Nardiello), Tom Soares, Hallam Hope (Nicky Adams) and Ryan Lowe (Danny Rose).
The following subs were unused – Rob Lainton, Jim McNulty, Chris Sedgwick and Scott Burgess