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  1. I'd be very grateful if the mods don't move this post to another section as there is a link to Bury FC. My dad died peacefully at home yesterday morning after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer, aged just 68. He was where he wanted to be with who he wanted to be. I think it is fair to say that he had only a passing interest in football. Born in Bolton, he was very much a Boltonian and kept his strong accent all his life, despite spending very little of his adulthood living in the town or the surrounding villages. I grew up in Rossendale in the 1990s and used to have a season ticket for Bury, along with my grandma and mum. When the former died in September 1996, it became something that just my mum and I did but my dad would still leave his stamp on things, often asking us to buy some shopping at M&S before games and we would look very silly coming through the turnstiles with several bags full! He only attended three football matches in his life: two at Burnden Park in the 50s and 60s, the latter of which saw a defeat to Wolves, who he then developed a strong dislike of for a long time afterwards. The third match was after he moved down to Bedfordshire in 2005 with my mum and brother. We went as a family whilst I was visiting them to see the not so mighty Shakers take on Peterborough at London Road on the 2nd of January, 2006. We bore witness to a gutless performance, with Bury losing 4-1 and looking second best throughout the entire game. He didn't think much of the performance either and said Bury were "crap", which was hard to argue with and also epitomised his very black and white way of expressing himself about things like that. The last decade has been very hard for my parents and my mum often sought solace in listening to Bury matches on Shakers Player when attending in person became difficult. My dad never bregrudged her being lost to the world almost every Saturday during the season for a couple of hours because he knew how much it means to her. My mum would often show him the messages I would write on this message board and he would praise them for being well written, just like he did when my article in the AFC Wimbledon programme was published the day after his last birthday. I'd never thought much about the phrase 'once a Shaker, always a Shaker' before and often thought it was a bit silly... but it definitely applied to my dad. Whilst he was not a Bury fan himself, the fact that he let me attend matches from the age of eight every other week will be something that I am forever grateful to him for. There are of course much more important things in life than football but that's besides the point. We will miss him terribly.
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  2. Offensive contribution is not defined merely by scoring goals. The Peterborough manager said that Hope's persistent harrying upset their game and Vaughan's first goal was a direct result of Hope closing down Forrester and winning the ball. If it ain't broke don't mend it.
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  3. Really sad news and you and your family have all my sympathy. Your post brought back memories of my own father who I lost 12 years ago. Like you, he took me to Gigg Lane when I was very young (I'm 72 now) and I have been watching the team ever since. I was able to take him to the old Wembley when we played Chesterfield in the play off final, somewhere he had never been before and although we lost he had a memorable day out. During my life he taught me many things and I'm very glad that one of them was to support Bury.
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  4. I never seemed to get round to it, this has prodded me into action.
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  5. I really hope we can keep hold of him for another 18 months and see him grow into a top top player, I've seen nearly all of the games he has played for us, he is still a boy playing against experienced pros, when he's filled out and got even more experience he could be one of the best centre halfs that has ever played for the club and shouldn't be sold too early. He reads the game well, is calm on ball and can bring it out of defence, even not afraid to nip in chest it down and start attacks, the only game he struggled a little was at bristol but he tom saures playing beside him. He is the one youth player I would really like to keep hold of , even above miller. I'm very confident he will play at top level but would to see a bit more of him for us, even if it is just next season.
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  6. Great interaction between Pope and Vaughan on Twitter! This is team spirit. Long may it carry on!
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  7. Brass uses him masterfully. let's Vaughan run the defender's raged whilst pope bashes them about, just when their day can't get much worse, being tied battered and bruised on comes a deadly whipper snapper for the last 20 mins !!
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  8. Someone mentioned that he refused a pay cut to remain in Singapore, some how I doubt we will be able to match his demands. I would not actually want someone like Pennant at Bury, and that is without even considering the fact that it'd be like having another probably much worse version of Neil Danns in the team.
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  9. Pretty obvious, the team picks itself.... Rabuchuka. Brown Barnet. Maher. Leigh Etuhu Pennant TuttDannswalker I.miller
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  10. So with a patched up defence and midfield which has no out and put wingers we have travelled to a team with decent home firm and battled back twice to grab a point, despite incompetent officials. A month ago that second goal goes in and the lads heads drop and it becomes 4-1 on the hour, now they are showing some battle and fighting back. For me after that excellent win last Saturday last night was about not losing and we managed that so fair play to Brass and the lads. Next couple of games are huge, could really do with Taylor-Moore back and at least one winger on the pitch.
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  11. I hope this has worked. I've attached a copy of my ticket to the Bury v Arsenal match 58 years ago.
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  12. Far more interest in this than Bedeau leaving for £750,000, I'll suspect. Remember they did say Eagles was on 6k a week and then he signed for Accrington...
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  14. Very good Tommy (Jack). When Adams kicked the ball out to the right it went to Arsenal winger Danny Clapton, who quickly crossed into the box for David Herd to head into an empty net. Herd was probably offside as the only Bury player goal side of him was full back Eddie Robertson. Future Man Utd manager Tommy Docherty was in the Arsenal side.
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  15. I have great sympathy for you, Spee. I also lost my Dad recently, last April at the age of 96. My Dad started taking me to matches in 1963 when I was eight. Even to his last days when he was in a dementia care home he would ask how the Shakers were going on. Sorry you lost your Dad so young. Lets hope the lads will help you to get over your loss by continuing Saturday's good form tomorrow. Keep smiling.
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  16. In a way, it's a shame we don't find out the final figures for these young players. There's a gathering excitement about these players coming through, for us to see them as much as 10 times, and never to be seen again. I understand it benefits the club and we may see the rewards some time down the line but to see these exciting players sold off and never to be seen again in a Bury shirt, it leaves a bit of a bad taste. It's all business but it would be good to know some figures at some point, tired of seeing 'substantial' etc when other clubs are receiving £3+ million for youngers, yet our 'substantial' is something like £300,000.
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  17. Aye Aye! I’m in a reet good mood. Me and Kiddo watched the whole Peterborough match video back to back three times this morning. Luckily, I was the one facing the telly. The Chur was going mental every time Vaughn scored as his bill for new corner flags is the highest rising expenditure in the club. Apparently, we are now selling debentures against the flags to defray the initial cost and trying to find cheaper flags. On that front, the Chur has managed to secure an extra Pennant on loan to tie us over for now. As you know, our youth squad has started to repay the hard work and commitment we have put into their development by leaving for other clubs. The Chur takes a personal interest in youth development and here he is donating his personal copy of Football Manager to the Captain of the under 11’s team, Nobby Burgess. As you know, breaking our run of bad games is down to more than just luck, it is all part of the marginal gains culture that Flicker introduced and there was a good example of that on Monday morning when we had a doctor come in to give us a heads up on how best to use vaseline as part of our cold weather preparation. I used to think it was invented by the Romans but it turns out it was Ancient Greece. Speaking of Flickers, I thought I would share with you a holiday clip he sent us of him enjoying some down time in Benidorm! Wot Fettle!
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  18. Donated, and thanks for running this board I read it regularly
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  19. The quiet response doesn't surprise me, the big voices on this board revel in our failures. And we've had plenty of those lately. I used to run one of the first Bury websites, well before social media was a thing. It was a friendly place, so much so we used to meet up at half time. I look now and there's so much bitterness and negativity it makes me sad. But those opinions are as valid as everybody else's and the club's direction is unclear and we've had a shocking run of form. My website oversaw the promotion to the second tier so clearly they were happier times but the vitriol these days is part of the social media society. It wouldn't be football without different opinions though.
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  20. I agree - I think this sort of role might suit him. However, if he gets it, the FA are going to have to give him a crash course on dealing with the media without disappearing up his own arse!
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  21. I think you'll find that should be Which Tyler - leader of The Pedants' Revolt!
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  22. A bit of a desperate battle in the end but definitely deserved a reward. Went for their throats at 2-2 but then began to tire against a fresher side. Hope and Pope conceded possession and the ball kept on coming back to us but they'd put a shift in by then. Kay backed off and backed off right down the middle for their first goal but probably should have tackled earlier even if he failed to win the ball. Kay has played really well in recent weeks but he lost so many headers in the box today. Second goal looked to be another dreadful decision against us. Long nothing ball forwards, Burgess seemed to get alongside, maybe even ahead of their player, who flung himself back and dropped to the ground theatrically. Even the referee seemed to not want to give it. The linesman should be reported for how he returned onto the field after half time checking the nets as he ran right in front of the Bury fans winking and smiling. Bizarre and totally uncalled for and was spotted by many. Two great Vaughan finishes. First following Hope dispossesing their player high up the field and then popping a millimetre perfect cross onto Vaughan's toe. Second from a great counter attack down the middle with a perfectly timed pass to Vaughan who absolutely smashed it past the keeper. Overall we looked weak under the very limited pressure thrown our way, particularly at right back. Burgess was wasted on the wing and didn't touch the ball for the first quarter of an hour. The pitch seemed so big that we could only attack if we won the ball on the half way line but our defenders and midfield were far too deep to do this. Thought Mellis had a very good game, as did Leigh (who was very busy) and Vaughan was a nuisance again. Great to see Mayor back again although he looked a little unsure on this occasion.
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  23. Sorry can't hang around on here taking compliments any longer - got a match to go to. UtS!
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  24. I think we should give the lad a chance and come back and analyse in a month's time.
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  26. I'd rather have the kids who are trying to make a name for themselves in the game than sign a 33 yr old has been.
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  27. Admission to the stand only allowed if you're carrying a flask!
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  28. Are you kidding ? Hope works his nuts off tracking back .
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  29. He assures us he will be there in good time to pick them up on Saturday morning ....
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  30. Well you may not remember but we did have an initial shock with markets and the pound plummeting. Markets have recovered on the back of consumer debt rising - hence inflation also rising. The pound has not recovered at all and is at its lowest against the Euro. It is also weak against the Yuan with the result that the Chinese have been on a buying spree of British businesses. My son works in the finance sector and is busy brushing up his German in preparation for the big banks and traders moving to Frankfurt. This will damage the biggest earner for the UK, the Financial Services sector and this, in turn, will hit the balance of payments gap. It is true that the Osborne/Cameron meltdown scenario has not yet come to pass but, as stated, we haven't left yet and, even after May's speech today, it is as clear as mud what will happen next. It will be years before we truly see the impact of Brexit on the UK
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  31. Whilst James Vaughan, quite rightly, grabs all the plaudits after his exploits on Saturday, I can't believe there's been so little mention of G. Miller's goal on Saturday. A truly composed finish, (yet again), we've certainly got ourselves one hell of a player here.
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  32. I have no idea who his missus is, but suspect that she is a model who doesn't model for Great Universal seeing as Sky broadband shield won't let me open her website!!!
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  34. Pike Fold is in Bury, not the back of beyond
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  35. I suspect they'd just stay in the limo!!!
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  36. As I have said elsewhere our record in the last six has been ; Won 1 Drawn 3 Lost 2 It is certainly not spectacular form but given what went before it is some sort of steady progress. The two defeats were against the top two in the divison and the three draws were all away from home. The new signings, albeit none spectacular, (not counting Pennant yet) do appear to each add something of value to the squad and I do feel they improve us - even if it just in the short term. Whilst injuries remain a constant frustration, one or two have returned and hopefully there will be more to do so. For a start off we appear to have our first choice front two now back together again and we are now seeing a thriving James Vaughan - him staying with us and remaining fit for the rest of the season is vital to what we can achieve this season in my opinion. The presence of the front two, with the presence of an actual right back, massively (and understandably) affects the balance of our team for the better - hopefully we have one in Taylor Moore who can come back in. The disciplinary record looks to have improved in recent weeks and during that time we have also seen the integration of some good youngsters to strengthen the squad. I believe we will be stronger for the rest of the season given their introduction to first team action and whilst I don't think we should be too reliant on any of them they could all play an important part in this season. I hope we don't sell any of them during this transfer window but that said, if some of the figures mentioned are to be believed, it would be understandable. I am of the opinion we will be OK (or at least stay up) this season although all we can really ask of the players and management now is that they give it their all from here on in. UTS
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  37. They already have 5 sandbags holding them down.
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  38. Behave yourself - they'e got loads of it. If they don't pay, apply for for CCJ or WUP then it'll get paid.
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  39. How do you know it's only about the name? If he's been training with us, how do you know he hasn't been a huge hit with the rest of the players and they've asked the management to get him at any cost like United players did with Cristiano Ronaldo? I've not been at Carrington so I don't know what the situation is but I doubt you have either.
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  40. But he's been at the club for the past few weeks so the powers that be will have had opportunity to gauge his fitness, determination and whether he fits in with the rest of the players and staff. If he's shown positives on all those and, as is likely, not costing too much, where's the problem?
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  42. Glad he had an impressive second match and you got your first win in ages. I think he's got an awful lot going for him and hope this experience at Bury aids his development and toughens him up, so that we (City) reap the rewards.
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  43. Possibly not quite ready to start every game but certainly ready to to play a part, in some cases an influential part, in our season, which it doesn't realistically appear would have happened to the extent it has under DF, most notably in the case of Burgess. Circumstances may have dictated how much Brass and Kidd have used the youth and who knows if DF had remained perhaps he would have been forced into playing the same players given the new transfer rules and lack of any additions to the squad but my own view is there has been less of a resistance to turn to the youth (in terms of first team game time) under Brass and Kidd and my opinion is also that both the players and the club will be better for their involvement in the long term. Now we have some more bodies who have come in and hopefully more to return from injury the youth can be treated more as very useful squad players rather than being ready to be first team regulars (possibly with the exception of Burgess).
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  44. What go to play for a team with Morinho at the top who is famed for not playing youth players or Liverpool where only the very best stand a very slim chance at being a starter in the cup games or go to Villa where they are known for sticking by their youth and playing young players in league games? Plus what Ronky says is spot on, I'd try not have my head turned by the likes of Liverpool and United and go for game time.
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  45. If (and it is a big IF) this happens, then I agree on this, don't start with any silly capacities, 11-12k will be a nice starting point with a nice big 4/4.5k stand down the side used for very big away followings. Doubt we will ever need the ground to be bigger than that though. People talking about Darlington is a good example of what not to do. However people forget that their chairman George Reynolds was a borderline nutcase. He started building the ground in 1999 with the idea that Darlo would be in the EPL in '5 years.' By the time they moved in they were still in the bottom division, struggling to stay in the league and getting crowds similar to ours. Even after moving into the ground in 2003 barring one playoff semi final they never even came close to promotion which would have kept crowds down. The ground itself was well out of town, they had to run buses to the place from Darlington town centre. If this wasn't a deterrent enough then the lifeless atmosphere that existed in a baron empty ground with just one and a half stands open (half behind the goal for away fans) was never going to attract new fans and probably put off a lot of the die hards. Such a shame it turned into such a farce, I always liked Darlo and many fans remember Tipton in 2006 at the ground as one of their fondest memories. Had they moved into a 10k capacity ground rather than a 25k one perhaps things would have been different.
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  46. Should we start running out to Amen Corner's 'If Paradise Is Half As Nice'? The corner flags can be 'bent and shaped' any way Vaughan requires!
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  48. To be fair most of our shots on goal result in the corner flag being hit anyway so the expense isn't anything new !
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  50. It sort of typifies a moronic element.
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