Bury have played a total of 20 games on 4th January, winning eight, drawing and losing the remaining five. Of those 20, the following five stand out:
The First League Game
An 1896 Division One game away at Blackburn Rovers attracted a crowd of 7,000 supporters to Ewood Park. The majority left unhappy following a shakers 2-0 victory, thanks to goals from Chris Satterthwaite and Felix Moonie.
1887 brought Scottish side St Mirren to Gigg Lane for a friendly clash with the Shakers. A total of seven goals were scored, with Bury claiming victory with a 4-3 win, though history has failed to record both the goalscorers and the attendance.
17,500 fans were at Gigg Lane for a 1908 Division One game with Bolton Wanderers. The game finished all square at 2-2, with the Shakers’ goals coming from Tom Kay and Billy Hibbert.
Best Home Win
Millwall were the visitors for a Division Two game in 1930, a game that brought 11,823 supporters to Gigg Lane. Bury were in buoyant mood that day as they claimed a 5-1 victory thanks to goals from John Martin, Robert Pugh, Dave Robbie and a brace from John R Smith.
It was Millwall again who visited Bury in 2000 for a Division Two (tier 3) game with the Shakers. This game finished 2-2, with 3,372 supporters on hand to witness goals from Paul Reid and Steve Redmond claim the draw, with the latter scoring in the 92nd minute of the game. The full Bury side was:
Paddy Kenny, Chris Swailes, Matt Barrass, Paul Williams, Steve Redmond, Andy Preece (Ian Lawson), Martyn Forrest (Darren Bullock), Chris Billy (Lutel James), Nicky Daws, Paul Reid, Adrian Littlejohn – Unused subs: Danny Swailes and Paul Barnes.