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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.
  2. Port Vale 1-2 Bury
  3. Actually, one has been a penalty.
  4. I made that very suggestion to the club last year, only to be told that they (i.e. Ben Miles) didn't believe it was a viable strategy. The demographics of the town have shifted a lot in the last couple of decades and, paired with the general cost of football and decline of pubs, could help pull 'fans' of the two Manchester clubs to Bury if the club can produce an attractive package, both on and off the pitch.
  5. The big issue of our times.
  6. He was nearly 33 by the time he signed for Bury.
  7. But if the wide midfielders can't or won't track back, you're actually losing a midfielder that way.
  8. Sincerely hoping it's Billy.
  9. I think he's doubtful for Saturday but would obviously be a big boost if he can play.
  10. Short of players? Not so sure about that. I make it 34 players with a squad number at the club, with one out on loan (Dudley), four in on loan (Walker, C. Burgess, Moore & Walker), three long-term injured players (Cameron, Jones and C. Brown), one suspended for another match (Soares) and five doubtful for Saturday (Mayor, Mellis, Ismail, Bryan and Tutte). That would still mean around 24 are definitely available for selection, although I suspect Cooney and Harker will be back playing for the U18s on Saturday morning (22 in that case).
  11. Watch this space.
  12. Aye. Reet. A missed that.
  13. What happened to Part 3?
  14. Bloody autocorrect! I meant Swailes!
  15. Speaking of former players and season awards, I was fortunate enough to be the person who presented Chris Staines with his player of the season award say back when. I still have the framed photo somewhere!