Bury’s final fixture in League One on Saturday is bound to be a very emotional day as the already-relegated club welcome high-flying play-off victors Yeovil Town to Gigg Lane.
The teams could well be two divisions apart next term but that won’t deter the young and enthusiastic Lancashire lads, who intend to go out on a high and showcase their players to a small but appreciative crowd, now seeking a third game unbeaten!
Before kick-off, Bury will stage their annual Memorial Day with a minute’s applause as a tribute to the 31 supporters and former club employees who have passed away during the course of the season. Their names will be read out on the PA system and also shown on the electronic scoreboard.
It could also be a desperate call to bring your boots, we have space on the bench, as manager Kevin Blackwell and his backroom boys could only muster three substitutes for the last home match, and just two last week due to injuries and suspension.
Currently, however, on a mini-run of success following the previous home success over relegation rivals Scunthorpe United, and gaining a last-gasp equaliser at Walsall last weekend, Bury now face a confident Yeovil side, well managed by Gary Johnson, who need just a point to clinch a club record haul of 80-plus points, and are still chasing home advantage for their undetermined second leg play-off match.
For at least 90 minutes, Bury hope to put all their financial worries behind them and intend to leapfrog over basement rivals Hartlepool to seek 22nd spot.
The Pool are away to Crawley Town and the Shakers’ injury-hit team – with more squad players in the stands than on the pitch – hope to have striker Craig Fagan back from suspension and have fingers crossed over the availability of other key players.
Despite a season of doom and gloom, once relegation was accepted, there seems to have been a new air of calm about the playing staff, who suddenly seem to have relaxed and have a refreshing new spring in the step.
For the past two games they have played with ultra confidence, collecting five point from two games and I most certainly wouldn’t bet against Bury collecting another three points on Saturday to finally finish their season in style.
By Don Hale, FanZone’s Bury blogger. Follow us on Twitter at @FanZone too!