Bury have played a total of 20 games on 21st January, winning six, drawing five and losing the remaining nine. Of those 20 games, the following five stand out:
The First League Game
Sunderland arrived at Gigg Lane in 1905 for a Division One clash with the Shakers, a game that attracted approximately 12,500 supporters. This game was also captured on camera by the Bury Amateur Photographic Society, with one shot surviving to this day (see main photo above). Bury won the game 1-0 thanks to a goal from Tommy Simpson.
Bury were involved in an eight-goal thriller at Blackburn Rovers' Ewood Park on 21 Jan 1911 – unfortunately though, on the wrong end of a 6-2 defeat. 10,000 supporters were at the game and the two Bury goals came from John McLeod (pen) and Wally Smith.
27,386 supporters packed Gigg Lane for a 1950 Division Two game with Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs won the game 2-1 with the Bury goal coming from a George Griffiths penalty.
Best Home Win
The best home win on this day was a 5-0 victory – which happened twice. A 1939 victory over Tranmere Rovers in Division Two attracted a crowd of 6,654, with the Bury goals coming from Eddie Kilshaw, Jack Aquroff and an Archie Livingstone hat-trick.
The second 5-0 victory came in 1978 when Exeter City visited Gigg Lane for a Division Three game. 3,730 supporters were on hand to see a brace of goals from Andy Rowland, a further two from the mercurial Jimmy McIlwraith and a fifth goal from Alan Suddick.
The last game played on this day took place in 2012 and a visit from Yeovil Town for a League One game. 2,527 supporters were on hand to see Steven Schumacher find the back of the net twice, one from the penalty spot, with the third coming from a rare goal by Joe Skarz.
The full Bury side that day was as follows:
Cameron Belford, Phil Picken, Joe Skarz, Efe Sodje, Ashley Eastham, David Worrall, (Lenell John-Lewis), Steven Schumacher (Mark Carrington), Giles Coke, Ryan Doble (David Amoo), Peter Sweeney, Andy Bishop.
Unused subs were: Richie Branagan and Mark Hughes