Bury boss David Flitcroft hopes for supporter surge following televised Rochdale derby

Bury chairman Stewart Day

Bury chairman Stewart Day

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ALMOST 6,300 fans were treated to a pulsating East Lancs derby at the JD Stadium on Friday night as Bury battled to a well-earned point against local rivals promotion hopefuls Rochdale.

While there were no goals to marvel at, the thousands of people watching the game live inside the ground and on Sky TV were treated to a thrilling end to end spectacle.

Manager David Flitcroft is hopeful his side’s determined display will have won them a few more supporters to add to this season’s average home league gate of 3,166.

“If the word spreads and we are successful and win games then people will come through the turnstile because everyone wants to be part of a successful team,” said Flitcroft, whose side are unbeaten at home under his guidance but have won just two of their seven matches at the JD Stadium since his appointment.

“I think once they come and enjoy the experience then we will get them back.

“The board are trying everything, on every front, to get people to come down just to sample it, find out what it’s about.

“If you don’t enjoy it then you will make your own mind up, but at least come down and see what we are about.

“We are trying to make a difference.”

Bury chairman Stewart Day cranked up the pressure on Flitcroft last week, setting a target of promotion from League Two next campaign in what will be the club’s 130th anniversary season.

He made the statement in an open letter to supporters on the announcement of the latest season ticket prices, which will be a reasonable £250 for adults, with reductions for concessions and families.

The plan is to create a team that will boost the Shakers gates to help fund the ultimate ambition of Championship football at the JD Stadium.

And Flitcroft believes that, despite ending the weekend in 20th place in League Two after results elsewhere went against them, great strides have already been made in that direction.

“Daniel Nardiello and Jim McNulty for me were two stand-out signings (in the January transfer window),” he said.

“If you have got aspirations of getting out of this league you have got to sign that type of player.

“The chairman has seen that, he’s ultra professional off the pitch and he wants to get out of the league.

“That’s why I have come here because this football club deserves to get out of this league, but we will only do that by hard work and a unified effort.

“Certainly, the chairman will back my team and our judgement because we plan together, we strategise together and we are going to build together.

“He’s got a relentless approach to making Bury as good as it can be because he is hell-bent on that, which is brilliant for me because I am quite demanding myself and he’s demanding the highest standards from everyone who works at Bury Football Club.”

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12:27pm Mon 10 Mar 14

shakencity says...

Unfortunately i can't see it, we'll be back down to less than 2500 tomorrow night....that's with Fleetwood bringing 350 too.

We need a win tomorrow, anything less and we could well be in for a very tough last 10 games.
Unfortunately i can't see it, we'll be back down to less than 2500 tomorrow night....that's with Fleetwood bringing 350 too. We need a win tomorrow, anything less and we could well be in for a very tough last 10 games. shakencity
  • Score: -2

11:38pm Mon 10 Mar 14

easylife44 says...

shakencity wrote:
Unfortunately i can't see it, we'll be back down to less than 2500 tomorrow night....that's with Fleetwood bringing 350 too.

We need a win tomorrow, anything less and we could well be in for a very tough last 10 games.
What the heck? If we don't win tomorrow we will be for a very touch 10 games?? We are well clear of the relegation battle, we have played exceptionally well wit the exception of two mistakes at Chelty, have a Manager of the month and just showed our metal against what will be a League 1 team next year?

My oh my.....we will end up North of 50 points this season and that is a miracle considering our start to the season.
[quote][p][bold]shakencity[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately i can't see it, we'll be back down to less than 2500 tomorrow night....that's with Fleetwood bringing 350 too. We need a win tomorrow, anything less and we could well be in for a very tough last 10 games.[/p][/quote]What the heck? If we don't win tomorrow we will be for a very touch 10 games?? We are well clear of the relegation battle, we have played exceptionally well wit the exception of two mistakes at Chelty, have a Manager of the month and just showed our metal against what will be a League 1 team next year? My oh my.....we will end up North of 50 points this season and that is a miracle considering our start to the season. easylife44
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8:42am Tue 11 Mar 14

shakencity says...

easylife,
"We are well clear of the relegation battle"

You do know we are in 20th, only 6pts ahead of Northampton....don't you?

IF we lose tonight and they win.....are you seriously saying that with only a 3pt advantage we are "well clear of a relegation battle"?......well i don't.

I'm not for one minute saying we're playing rubbish, in fact it's quite the opposite, but we really need to start picking up wins now and not draws. Other teams around us have started to win too, so i'll repeat, anything less than a win tonight and we could be in for a very tough last 10 games.
easylife, "We are well clear of the relegation battle" You do know we are in 20th, only 6pts ahead of Northampton....don't you? IF we lose tonight and they win.....are you seriously saying that with only a 3pt advantage we are "well clear of a relegation battle"?......well i don't. I'm not for one minute saying we're playing rubbish, in fact it's quite the opposite, but we really need to start picking up wins now and not draws. Other teams around us have started to win too, so i'll repeat, anything less than a win tonight and we could be in for a very tough last 10 games. shakencity
  • Score: -1

12:04pm Tue 11 Mar 14

mammol says...

Don`t Panic !! listen we need 13 points from 13 games to give us 53 points barnet went down with 51
we are playing great football now after the past 2 seasons of utter crap !! under the 3 stoogies (Shirtcliff Blackwell and jepson ) fear not we wil win more then we lose with this team and manager.
so all keep the faith and roll on next season says me !!
Don`t Panic !! listen we need 13 points from 13 games to give us 53 points barnet went down with 51 we are playing great football now after the past 2 seasons of utter crap !! under the 3 stoogies (Shirtcliff Blackwell and jepson ) fear not we wil win more then we lose with this team and manager. so all keep the faith and roll on next season says me !! mammol
  • Score: 2

5:41pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Ex Pat of Bury says...

In reality we have come from an abyss points wise and it has taken us a long while to get to where we are as opposed to where we could well have been if Blagger was still here.That shows just how bad a position we were in.At this stage for me we are now in control of our own destiny,that is win the games in hand and we pull away from those at the bottom but more importantly we also get to go above a number of clubs above us who have played more games and we have a good goal difference against a lot of the teams around us,which on equal points is worth the extra league positions.So all positive for me with a good manager and some half decent players,come on the shakers.
In reality we have come from an abyss points wise and it has taken us a long while to get to where we are as opposed to where we could well have been if Blagger was still here.That shows just how bad a position we were in.At this stage for me we are now in control of our own destiny,that is win the games in hand and we pull away from those at the bottom but more importantly we also get to go above a number of clubs above us who have played more games and we have a good goal difference against a lot of the teams around us,which on equal points is worth the extra league positions.So all positive for me with a good manager and some half decent players,come on the shakers. Ex Pat of Bury
  • Score: 0

8:27am Wed 12 Mar 14

shakencity says...

shakencity wrote:
Unfortunately i can't see it, we'll be back down to less than 2500 tomorrow night....that's with Fleetwood bringing 350 too.

We need a win tomorrow, anything less and we could well be in for a very tough last 10 games.
Not one to blow my own trumpet, but i think that was a pretty accurate post if you ask me.
[quote][p][bold]shakencity[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately i can't see it, we'll be back down to less than 2500 tomorrow night....that's with Fleetwood bringing 350 too. We need a win tomorrow, anything less and we could well be in for a very tough last 10 games.[/p][/quote]Not one to blow my own trumpet, but i think that was a pretty accurate post if you ask me. shakencity
  • Score: -2

10:52am Wed 12 Mar 14

mammol says...

haha well done shaky but come on the end is not nigh we are in a good place now and next season we will hopefully have a few of those who came down last friday returning on a regular basis
and for the likes of me you and all those true shakers fans well we have been there through thick and thin well done and .keep up the good work everyone from the club to our fantastic supporters ( however few there may be) we have all stuck together !!
haha well done shaky but come on the end is not nigh we are in a good place now and next season we will hopefully have a few of those who came down last friday returning on a regular basis and for the likes of me you and all those true shakers fans well we have been there through thick and thin well done and .keep up the good work everyone from the club to our fantastic supporters ( however few there may be) we have all stuck together !! mammol
  • Score: 1

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