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Wagons roll as Bury fill 12 coaches for Capital One Cup trip to Norwich
IT will be a case of “wagons roll” – or coaches at least – as 600-plus Bury fans join the convoy down to Norwich on Tuesday night for their second-round Capital One Cup clash.
Supporters have responded to chairman Stewart Day’s offer of free travel in impressive numbers, with 12 coaches already filled at the time of going to press.
Now the Shakers’ “saviour” has called on the travelling army of fans to “make some noise” and help cheer Bury into the third round of the competition for the first time since 2002/03, when they won 1-0 at then Premier League side Bolton Wanderers in the second round.
“It’s an excellent take up by the fans and just what we wanted to see,” said Day.
“It’s going to be an impressive sight watching all these coaches leaving Gigg Lane on Tuesday afternoon.
“All I ask now is that those travelling to Norwich are as vocal in their support of the team on the night as they can be.
“Make some noise and back the lads throughout the evening and let’s all have a great night at Carrow Road.”
Despite the uptake, Bury are unlikely to run short of tickets after being given an official allocation of 1,800 tickets by the Premier League club.
But the League Two side will still be taking almost double the amount of travelling support that went to their last away match at Oxford United.
A fact not lost on manager Kevin Blackwell: “It just shows how the club has turned around - from the doom and gloom of last season to a real positive feeling. The numbers going down to Norwich just typifies that change.”
Before Tuesday’s big match, Blackwell has the small matter of a trip to promotion chasers Burton Albion.
The Shakers boss will be hoping to build on Saturday’s 3-0 win at home to Accrington Stanley – their first of the league campaign.
He will welcome new signings Marcos Navas, Tommy Miller, Temitope Obadeyi and William Edjenguele into the squad, but admits vice captain Tom Soares could miss both matches.
“He picked up a thigh strain last weekend and we have been told it will take seven to 10 days to heal,” added Blackwell.
“He is definitely touch and go for Saturday, but could well miss Norwich as well.
“The only good things is that, if this would have happened last year he would been asked to play through the pain, but now we can afford to let him rest and heal properly.”
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