It was the meeting of two religious sects which prompted the formation of Bury FC in 1885, when the Unitarians and the Wesleyans put aside their differences to play football as one side. To this day, Bury have the shortest name in the League.

Success came the club's way very quickly, because after being one of the founder members of Division 2 in 1894, they were champions the following season. The promotion they gained as their reward ended with a stay in the First Division until 1912, when the club developed quite a reputation as one of the best in the country at the time.

The Shakers obtained their nickname in 1891 when the chairman remarked that he expected his team to "shake" their opponents. However, referees got to hear of this and fearing the worst have ensured that the club have had disciplinary problems ever since. Many believe that the nickname actually derived from the nerves exhibited by the Bury players prior to their FA Cup Final of 1900, which they ended up winning. There were no such worries when they recorded a 6-0 victory over Derby County in the 1903 Final - a record that still stands today, nearly 100 years on.

Since these heady days, Bury have struggled in the lower divisions, although as recently as 1998-99, they were in the First Division. Even staging the first ever floodlit cricket match in Great Britain was a huge flop. The lack of success (the Third Division championship in 1961 aside) has prompted the club to consider drastic measures to try and "re-glamourise" itself. One such scheme wanted to change the name of the club t Manchester North End. Unsurprisingly, the two segments of some of their close rivals names did not appeal to the fans and the idea was scrapped. Another recent development has thrown up the idea of Bury and Rochdale merging to form a new club, but when the FA revealed that the "new" club would have to play in the lower division of the two "old" clubs, the proposal was soon interred under a welter of complaints. Many Spurs fans are hoping that the Lancashire club would merge with their North London rivals to become Bury-Arsenal. Yes, surely something many would like to see.

In 1981, the club had only scored three goals in eight league games, so they put an inexperienced young keeper in goal for training to encourage their forwards and in their next game they won 3-1 !! Unfortunately, they got carried away with the idea and put the youngster in goal for the following match and lost 7-0 !!

Although there is not too much exotic about the club these days, tropical health experts have been flocking to Gigg Lane after an outbreak of Beri-Beri, but it only turned out to be the fans breaking into song in praise of their team a la Frank Sinatra's "New York New York".

FAMOUS PLAYERS : - Colin Bell, Danny Wilson, Tony "Digger" Barnes, Norman Bullock, Neville Southall, Archibald Coughing, Bill Gorman.

FAMOUS FANS : - Mike Reid (Classic FM DJ), Mark E Smith (Musician - The Fall)


Club Records

Formed 1885
Turned Professional 1885
Became a Limited Company 1897
Previous names
Previous grounds -
Nickname "The SHAKERS"
Club Colours HOME : Shirts - White
Shorts - Royal Blue
Socks - Royal Blue

AWAY : Shirts - Peach and blue
Shorts - Peach and blue
Socks - Peach and blue

Record Football League Win 8-0  .v. Tranmere Rovers
Division 3  10.1.1970
Record Football League Defeat 0 - 8  .v.  Sheffield United     Div. 1    6.4.1896

0 - 8  .v.  Swindon Town Div.3     8.12.1979

Record Cup Win 12-1 .v. Stockton 
FA Cup R1      2.2.1897
Record Cup Defeat 0-10  .v.   West Ham United 
League Cup R2 2L    25.10.1983
Record Fee Paid 200,000 to Ipswich Town for Chris SWAILES (November 1997) and to Swindon Town for Darren BULLOCK (February 1999)
Record Fee Received 1,100,000 from Ipswich Town for David JOHNSON (November 1997)
Record Football League Appearances 506  Norman BULLOCK  (1920-35)
Record League goalscorer 129  -  Craig MADDEN (1978-1986)
Record goalscorer in a League season 35  -  Craig MADDEN  Division 4  (1981-1982)
Most goals in a match 5 - Eddie QUIGLEY  v Millwall   Division 2   15.2.1947
5 - Ray POINTER  v  Rotherham United  Division 2  2.10.1965
Record Home Attendance (all-time) 35,000  .v.  Bolton Wanderers
FA Cup R3     9.1.1960
Record Match receipts  86,000  .v.  Manchester City 
Div. 1  12.9.1997
Record total of goals in a League season 108  -  Division 3  (1960-61)
Record League points total 3 pts for a win : - 84  Division 4 (1984-85) and Division 2 (1996-97)
2 pts for a win : - 68  Division 3 (1960-61)
Most Capped Player while at club Bill GORMAN  11  (Republic of Ireland) and 4 (Northern Ireland)
Youngest Player Brian WILLIAMS  -  16 years and 133 days  v  Stockport County 18.3.1972


Stadium details

Address :  Gigg Lane, Bury BL9 9HR

Telephone :  0161 764 4881
(Box Office)  
(News)  09068 121197
Fax : 0161 764 5521

Capacity : 11,841
Pitch size : 112 yards  x 72 yards
Official website : 
Unofficial websites :  The Hatchet On-Line 


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