The season began with what appeared to be a fresh start, a new manager, squad and fans betting on the shakers to gain promotion. However, this soon turned sour as results were not going our way and the club appeared to be heading towards an all too familiar relegation fight. The thought of dropping out of the football league was not one the new owner Stewart Day was willing to consider for very long, which led to the sacking of Kevin Blackwell and the eventual appointment of David Flitcroft. A new defence was assembled and some more loan signings added to the squad in an attempt to turn our season around.
After a difficult start I can safely say I was very happy with the end result of last season. We finished in the top half, with a new positive manager and it has left me looking forward to the new season more than I have in a long time. Since David Flitcroft took over the performances of the team significantly improved and even had some fans believing we could push for a late pay off place. Even though the team had developed in all areas I didn’t think we were ready for the play offs but it made a refreshing change from looking over our shoulder at an exit from the football league.
Some of the results towards the end of the season, such as a 0-3 away win at Northampton and a 4-0 home win against Plymouth highlighted the dramatic improvement since Flitcroft had taken over. The team was playing football not seen since the promotion season when Alan Knill was in charge. The only negative being that the team weren’t able to turn draws into wins and next season if we are able to do this it will leave us with a realistic chance of promotion. I think Flitcroft has highlighted that area and brought in new attacking signings to address it, such as Danny Major on a permanent contract from Sheffield Wednesday, Nicky Adams a former shaker from Rotherham and last but not least a former hero in Ryan Lowe from Tranmere. All three signings have left many fans in dreamland with the club normally not being financially able to make such signings for many years.
However, the discussion about where the money is coming from is prominent amongst Bury fans at the moment. There are questions being asked about if Stewart Day has the funds to afford such signings and whether he has an ulterior motive. As he has links to the property trade some think he could be planning on using the clubs land for property developments. Others believe he is spending beyond his means and leaving the club in a perilous position. The truth is no one can be certain at the moment, but I am happy to go along with the ride and enjoy some of the most exciting times Bury Football Club has seen.
Here’s to next season.
Written by Ross Worsley, We Are Going Up’s Bury blogger
Ross tweets at @Wor_s