Barker tribute to Bury loyalists

RICHIE Barker is confident Bury’s army of travelling fans can banish any lingering negativity which prompted him to lash out at a minority of moaning supporters following Saturday’s Gigg Lane victory over Bournemouth.

The 1-0 win assured the Shakers of League One football next season, barring a series of freak results in the final three games eroding their nine-point safety cushion.

The Bury manager admitted he found it embarrassing to have to criticise a minority of the home support who barracked his team throughout the entire match, but was standing by his post-match comments yesterday.

“It’s only 0.1 per cent of the fans – probably less than that,” he said. “They just need to get behind us and stop being negative. It would be nice if those who are behind us could shut up the ones who are not.

“To be honest, I would rather talk about the 99.9 per cent of our supporters who have been absolutely superb.”

In contrast, when the Shakers travel to Notts County on Saturday they will be backed by one of the top five away followings in the Football League – measured as a percentage of their average home gate.

And as Barker looks to put a dent in the Magpies’ play-off ambitions while taking a step nearer achieving his own new target of a top-half finish, he hailed their contribution.

“Our away support all season has been fantastic,” he said. “It has helped, of course, that we have quite a few local derbies.”

Meanwhile, Barker is refusing to take Bury’s safety for granted, saying it would be disrespectful to assume that Wycombe – the only club capable of catching the Shakers – could not win their final three games.

“We will not celebrate until we are mathematically safe,” he said. “We have to keep our own house in order. But we have achieved the target we set out for at the beginning of the season – to get 50 or more points. We now have 52 with three games to play and it means we can look up the table, rather than down.

“At Notts County it will be a difficult game against a team pushing for the play-offs, but it will show our players how good they have to be to reach the next level. It will be a good test for us.”

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1:38pm Thu 19 Apr 12

Eileenshakers says...

Although i can sympathise with Richie with regard to his comments on the negative fringe who obviously want him out of the club.I must also add that this season has been one of the hardest to witness in terms of supporting my beloved home town team.There have been more ups and downs than a french lingerie shops.I am fully behind the team but not the board or some of Richie's inept & negative tactics used throughout this season.It's only since the introduction of Nathan Clarke and dropping the useless Picken,Belford,Easth
am that our defence & results have really picked up.Putting Andrai Jones at right back was a master stroke.Realising that Eastham was a a good player coming forward but lacked solidity and technical astuteness of positional play and awareness of danger.As for Mark Hughes he has to be the most disappointing player we acquired last summer,he's got alot of improving to do but not at our club if you please.A clear out is required and you must have some idea of the players that you might need to avoid 2nd season syndrome Richie and the inevitable consequences of that.We all know that teams will have worked us out.We knew this much in the second half of the season when they stopped us playing.We need to acquire several strategies or ways to counter other teams ie a plan b,c,d depending on how we are playing and who we are playing.Always play to your strengths and dictate the matches from the off.Get in the oppositions faces from the first whistle.Good luck to the lads at Notts County,bring your Farmer Giles Wellies it's a cowpat of a pitch.They will need to fetch in quite a bit of sand to make it playable given all of the wet weather we have been having this week.Ps i hear that there have been interested parties from The Championship who are thinking of tendering bids for DAVID WORRALL.Please board resist any offers that come your way.Disconnect all phones,don't undermine all of Richie's efforts in trying to keep us in league 1 for the forseeable future.
Although i can sympathise with Richie with regard to his comments on the negative fringe who obviously want him out of the club.I must also add that this season has been one of the hardest to witness in terms of supporting my beloved home town team.There have been more ups and downs than a french lingerie shops.I am fully behind the team but not the board or some of Richie's inept & negative tactics used throughout this season.It's only since the introduction of Nathan Clarke and dropping the useless Picken,Belford,Easth am that our defence & results have really picked up.Putting Andrai Jones at right back was a master stroke.Realising that Eastham was a a good player coming forward but lacked solidity and technical astuteness of positional play and awareness of danger.As for Mark Hughes he has to be the most disappointing player we acquired last summer,he's got alot of improving to do but not at our club if you please.A clear out is required and you must have some idea of the players that you might need to avoid 2nd season syndrome Richie and the inevitable consequences of that.We all know that teams will have worked us out.We knew this much in the second half of the season when they stopped us playing.We need to acquire several strategies or ways to counter other teams ie a plan b,c,d depending on how we are playing and who we are playing.Always play to your strengths and dictate the matches from the off.Get in the oppositions faces from the first whistle.Good luck to the lads at Notts County,bring your Farmer Giles Wellies it's a cowpat of a pitch.They will need to fetch in quite a bit of sand to make it playable given all of the wet weather we have been having this week.Ps i hear that there have been interested parties from The Championship who are thinking of tendering bids for DAVID WORRALL.Please board resist any offers that come your way.Disconnect all phones,don't undermine all of Richie's efforts in trying to keep us in league 1 for the forseeable future. Eileenshakers

2:20pm Thu 19 Apr 12

shakencity says...

To be honest what Richie said about the idiots in the main stand was bang on, if they shout and moan to that extent then they can bloody well stay at home for me too....."fans" like that i can't abide.
I though last weekends game was a typically nervous performance by a team hell bent on defending the 3pts we needed to stay up, Bournemouth more than deserved a point but just couldn't get it. I thought Pugh was the thorn in our side all game, ex players (John Mcginlay aside) shouldn't get any stick whatsoever.....i for one was pleased to see him play well.
Jones had a nightmare of a game at RB but will improve in time and Clarke has to be signed up, as too have Coke, Grella and Carson if we are to compete at this level next season.
In my opinion Belford, Hughes, Picken, Skarz and Harrad can all go....they're just not good enough for this standard of football. I agree with Eileens judgement on Richies inept tactical changes but i reckon he's going to stay, so we have to accept this and move on. This will be a good test of Richies contacts pre-season, can he re-build and replace in areas that need it most. A couple of new faces are without needed, the players will be out there, the question is can we get them.
To be honest what Richie said about the idiots in the main stand was bang on, if they shout and moan to that extent then they can bloody well stay at home for me too....."fans" like that i can't abide. I though last weekends game was a typically nervous performance by a team hell bent on defending the 3pts we needed to stay up, Bournemouth more than deserved a point but just couldn't get it. I thought Pugh was the thorn in our side all game, ex players (John Mcginlay aside) shouldn't get any stick whatsoever.....i for one was pleased to see him play well. Jones had a nightmare of a game at RB but will improve in time and Clarke has to be signed up, as too have Coke, Grella and Carson if we are to compete at this level next season. In my opinion Belford, Hughes, Picken, Skarz and Harrad can all go....they're just not good enough for this standard of football. I agree with Eileens judgement on Richies inept tactical changes but i reckon he's going to stay, so we have to accept this and move on. This will be a good test of Richies contacts pre-season, can he re-build and replace in areas that need it most. A couple of new faces are without needed, the players will be out there, the question is can we get them. shakencity

2:26pm Fri 20 Apr 12

Eileenshakers says...

You make some very good points ShakenCity and i, like you hope that the aforementioned players sign up for next season.I think Wages might be a problem for Cokey & Clarkey.As both play for elite league 1 teams and the former is still under contract at S6.I'm sure Richie has learnt alot about managing a football team and what it takes this season.The clots who are getting on his case need to take a vacation and get a new vocation"A message to those brain dead numpties "PLEASE DO US ALL A BIG FAVOUR AND STAY AWAY FROM GIGG LANE",we don't need negative drains at our club just a few radiators bringing warmth and positive energies to our team.
You make some very good points ShakenCity and i, like you hope that the aforementioned players sign up for next season.I think Wages might be a problem for Cokey & Clarkey.As both play for elite league 1 teams and the former is still under contract at S6.I'm sure Richie has learnt alot about managing a football team and what it takes this season.The clots who are getting on his case need to take a vacation and get a new vocation"A message to those brain dead numpties "PLEASE DO US ALL A BIG FAVOUR AND STAY AWAY FROM GIGG LANE",we don't need negative drains at our club just a few radiators bringing warmth and positive energies to our team. Eileenshakers

2:34pm Fri 20 Apr 12

Eileenshakers says...

Ps the only thing i disagreed with from your comments Shakencity was "Please give Shaun Harrad a run in the team next season he has a lot of potential and just needs nurturing.I'm convinced by the time he had at The Don Valley Stadium that he can be our goal machine in this league next season.Perhaps he just needs a full pre-season and hopefully he will stay injury free.Prediction for tomorrow's game a score draw.If players are to blossom then you have to allow them to blossom.4-5-1 won't work in this league long term that's negative away day tactics.Please play to our strengths 4-4-2.Two banks of four and keep the players focused on being stubborn and determined when it comes to keeping the opposition out of our penalty area.
Ps the only thing i disagreed with from your comments Shakencity was "Please give Shaun Harrad a run in the team next season he has a lot of potential and just needs nurturing.I'm convinced by the time he had at The Don Valley Stadium that he can be our goal machine in this league next season.Perhaps he just needs a full pre-season and hopefully he will stay injury free.Prediction for tomorrow's game a score draw.If players are to blossom then you have to allow them to blossom.4-5-1 won't work in this league long term that's negative away day tactics.Please play to our strengths 4-4-2.Two banks of four and keep the players focused on being stubborn and determined when it comes to keeping the opposition out of our penalty area. Eileenshakers

10:24pm Fri 20 Apr 12

shakencity says...

Harrad hasn't got any pace whatsoever Eileen, it's the one thing we lack up top and desperately need. Bishop and the Shop are probably not going anywhere and in all honesty neither's Harrad, i'd just like Richie to be atleast looking into this pre-season.
I too hope he plays a 4-4-2 formation tomorrow but fear he won't, a heavy defeat looms in this game........we're safe and they need a win, 3-0.
Harrad hasn't got any pace whatsoever Eileen, it's the one thing we lack up top and desperately need. Bishop and the Shop are probably not going anywhere and in all honesty neither's Harrad, i'd just like Richie to be atleast looking into this pre-season. I too hope he plays a 4-4-2 formation tomorrow but fear he won't, a heavy defeat looms in this game........we're safe and they need a win, 3-0. shakencity

11:39pm Fri 20 Apr 12

easylife44 says...

What really needs to be looked at here is WHY would half a dozen fans upset him? These are his words. Good God Man, get a spine and forget the boo boys. So, if you have a crowd of 2500 people, you are worried about 6? Leadership would dismiss this as stuff and nonsense. Get a grip Richie, you have achieved your goal of 50 points. Go get another 5 from the last 3 games and forget the negative....it will not be any easier next year, so 'Man-up".
By the way, good job!!
What really needs to be looked at here is WHY would half a dozen fans upset him? These are his words. Good God Man, get a spine and forget the boo boys. So, if you have a crowd of 2500 people, you are worried about 6? Leadership would dismiss this as stuff and nonsense. Get a grip Richie, you have achieved your goal of 50 points. Go get another 5 from the last 3 games and forget the negative....it will not be any easier next year, so 'Man-up". By the way, good job!! easylife44

2:55pm Sat 21 Apr 12

Eileenshakers says...

Well done to the lads today on a fantastic performance at high flying Nots County.4-2 i never saw that one coming.Yes maybe you are right ShakenCity perhaps Harrad does lack pace but we definitely could do with a fox in the box.Grella has been sensational these past few games.4 goals in 3 games states why we should definitely sign this wonderful player up.Unlucky Cokey with the Og.I feel the club are now moving forward in a positive way,keep up the good work Richie.
Well done to the lads today on a fantastic performance at high flying Nots County.4-2 i never saw that one coming.Yes maybe you are right ShakenCity perhaps Harrad does lack pace but we definitely could do with a fox in the box.Grella has been sensational these past few games.4 goals in 3 games states why we should definitely sign this wonderful player up.Unlucky Cokey with the Og.I feel the club are now moving forward in a positive way,keep up the good work Richie. Eileenshakers

3:50pm Sun 22 Apr 12

nomoresurfin says...

Wonderful performance today,days like these are why we follow our beloved Shakers.They may not happen very often, but the feeling a supporter of a small club gets when watching his team play some of the sublime football we witnessed at Meadow Lane today would never be understood by the glory hunting supporters of Manchester United et al.
Wonderful performance today,days like these are why we follow our beloved Shakers.They may not happen very often, but the feeling a supporter of a small club gets when watching his team play some of the sublime football we witnessed at Meadow Lane today would never be understood by the glory hunting supporters of Manchester United et al. nomoresurfin

9:43pm Sun 22 Apr 12

shakencity says...

This is exactly why i never bet on Burys results, they always produce the unexpected. What a fantastic result this is, let's just hope we can end the season unbeaten now.
As i've said before, Grella, Coke and Clarke have to be signed up IF finances allow. We have started to look a completely different team of late and we need this to continue into next season.
Still wouldn't keep Harrad though Eileen.lol
This is exactly why i never bet on Burys results, they always produce the unexpected. What a fantastic result this is, let's just hope we can end the season unbeaten now. As i've said before, Grella, Coke and Clarke have to be signed up IF finances allow. We have started to look a completely different team of late and we need this to continue into next season. Still wouldn't keep Harrad though Eileen.lol shakencity

8:57pm Tue 24 Apr 12

Babbar Divino says...

easylife44 wrote:
What really needs to be looked at here is WHY would half a dozen fans upset him? These are his words. Good God Man, get a spine and forget the boo boys. So, if you have a crowd of 2500 people, you are worried about 6? Leadership would dismiss this as stuff and nonsense. Get a grip Richie, you have achieved your goal of 50 points. Go get another 5 from the last 3 games and forget the negative....it will not be any easier next year, so 'Man-up".
By the way, good job!!
Things could be worse he could be managing Blackburn :)
[quote][p][bold]easylife44[/bold] wrote: What really needs to be looked at here is WHY would half a dozen fans upset him? These are his words. Good God Man, get a spine and forget the boo boys. So, if you have a crowd of 2500 people, you are worried about 6? Leadership would dismiss this as stuff and nonsense. Get a grip Richie, you have achieved your goal of 50 points. Go get another 5 from the last 3 games and forget the negative....it will not be any easier next year, so 'Man-up". By the way, good job!![/p][/quote]Things could be worse he could be managing Blackburn :) Babbar Divino

1:15pm Wed 25 Apr 12

Eileenshakers says...

Yes i appreciate you don't like "Harrad" ShakenCity!, but he cost money and we would need to sell him on if he doesn't fit the bill at Gigg Lane.I would have expected Andy Scott to have signed him had he still been the manager at Rotherham United fc.He's a good league 2 player (Harrad) and i know Cheltenham wanted to sign him on loan before He opted to join The Millers.I have a funny feeling he might be on his way to Southend United though.Perhaps having been based at Northampton Town his roots might be in the south.Not many people know it but his partner had just started a new job in Northampton the day he signed for us at the end of the transfer window.If he can have an injury free pre-season i don't see why Richie can't bring him on if not then so be it.Lol Shakey,ps i hope The EPL goes to the most deserving team on monday.Both clubs are cash riched and have alienated themselves from proper supporters.We could benefit from a bigger gate this saturday if those supporters want to see a lively local derby.
Yes i appreciate you don't like "Harrad" ShakenCity!, but he cost money and we would need to sell him on if he doesn't fit the bill at Gigg Lane.I would have expected Andy Scott to have signed him had he still been the manager at Rotherham United fc.He's a good league 2 player (Harrad) and i know Cheltenham wanted to sign him on loan before He opted to join The Millers.I have a funny feeling he might be on his way to Southend United though.Perhaps having been based at Northampton Town his roots might be in the south.Not many people know it but his partner had just started a new job in Northampton the day he signed for us at the end of the transfer window.If he can have an injury free pre-season i don't see why Richie can't bring him on if not then so be it.Lol Shakey,ps i hope The EPL goes to the most deserving team on monday.Both clubs are cash riched and have alienated themselves from proper supporters.We could benefit from a bigger gate this saturday if those supporters want to see a lively local derby. Eileenshakers

9:47pm Wed 25 Apr 12

shakencity says...

We should get a decent crowd in this weekend, i'm sure Oldham will bring around 1500 or so pushing it upto around the 4300 mark.
I suppose we're all guessing what team we'll have at the start of next season, but as long as Richie recognises where we've been short and acts on this (as Knilly did) then i'll be happy.
I'm actually going to City on Monday night Eileen and got to say, i can't wait as it'll be my 1st Derby game.
We should get a decent crowd in this weekend, i'm sure Oldham will bring around 1500 or so pushing it upto around the 4300 mark. I suppose we're all guessing what team we'll have at the start of next season, but as long as Richie recognises where we've been short and acts on this (as Knilly did) then i'll be happy. I'm actually going to City on Monday night Eileen and got to say, i can't wait as it'll be my 1st Derby game. shakencity

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