Bury FC reveals plans for training complex and new main stand

Bury Times: Bury FC reveals plans for training complex and new main stand Bury FC reveals plans for training complex and new main stand

BURY FC is finalising plans to build a new training complex in the town and redevelop its main stand.

Bosses are set to end months of speculation by unveiling plans to cement the future of the Gigg Lane club within the next few weeks.

Club chairman Stewart Day has spoken to the Bury Times to give a sneak preview of “exciting times” which lie ahead for the town and its football supporters.

The twin main objectives — new training ground and main stand — are said to be part of the club’s ambitious goals to achieve Champion-ship football while reinforcing its roots in the town which has been its home since 1885.

Although full details of the plans have still to be announced and Mr Day declined to comment on the proposed site for the new training complex, it is understood sports fields belonging to the Bury Grammar Schools are an option being considered.

Mr Day said: “We are very close and we are hoping that in the next week or two we will be there. It’s frustrating because we have got to do things the right way and make sure from a legal point of view we don’t disclose things until all the ‘is’ are dotted and the ‘ts’ are crossed.

“It’s frustrating because we are excited. We are hugely excited because of what the future holds for the club and the redevelopment that is going to go into place in preparing for Championship football.

“I don’t want to be preparing for it when we get there, I want to be preparing as we are on the journey.

“There is a real structure put into place and when the plans are released I am sure the fans will be delighted.”

The chairman continued: “We have a redevelopment (of the ground) and a training complex that we are trying to get involved in because that is a big area to recruit players and make sure we can get the quality of players.

“Just having the one or two pitches to train on isn’t beneficial. We want to get a system where all the academy teams from under-8s up are playing together on a Sunday morning.

“We wanted to make sure it was in the town as well. We had offers to go outside the area, which we have turned down, because we wanted to have our training facilities within the town. That was important to me.”

Mr Day concluded: “The redevelopment of the main stand is another thing we are looking to do and when those plans get unveiled it will be exciting.”

Bury Grammar Schools (BGS) have admitted there had been talks with Bury FC over a training complex being built at its sports grounds.

BGS bursar Mr David Harrison said: “We’ve had contact with Bury FC but I can’t really discuss any further details at this stage.”

The club’s current training ground is at Lower Gigg.

Last year, Bury FC changed the name of its Gigg Lane ground to the JD Stadium after sealing the largest commercial deal in its 129-year history. The Shakers agreed a groundbreaking three-year sponsorship deal with retailer JD Sports Fashion PLC which has its headquarters in Pilsworth.

JD will also be the main shirt sponsor from next season.

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3:43pm Thu 1 May 14

Eileenshakers says...

it's all positive news coming out of Gigg lane.It seems our bubbly chairman is still wanting to aim as high as is possible and perhaps once we have established ourselves in league 2 with a top 7 finish next season I too will share the same vision that our club might be able to achieve the dream of playing in the Championship.
The need for new training facilities are essential to bring forward our prospects of recruiting top class players.
The redevelopment of the main stand is however mainly a cosmetic proposal,will the cost incurred really be recouped with ticket sales or sponsorship?.
it's all positive news coming out of Gigg lane.It seems our bubbly chairman is still wanting to aim as high as is possible and perhaps once we have established ourselves in league 2 with a top 7 finish next season I too will share the same vision that our club might be able to achieve the dream of playing in the Championship. The need for new training facilities are essential to bring forward our prospects of recruiting top class players. The redevelopment of the main stand is however mainly a cosmetic proposal,will the cost incurred really be recouped with ticket sales or sponsorship?. Eileenshakers
  • Score: -4

9:51pm Thu 1 May 14

Babbar Divino says...

Eileenshakers wrote:
it's all positive news coming out of Gigg lane.It seems our bubbly chairman is still wanting to aim as high as is possible and perhaps once we have established ourselves in league 2 with a top 7 finish next season I too will share the same vision that our club might be able to achieve the dream of playing in the Championship.
The need for new training facilities are essential to bring forward our prospects of recruiting top class players.
The redevelopment of the main stand is however mainly a cosmetic proposal,will the cost incurred really be recouped with ticket sales or sponsorship?.
I'm with Eileen here although "redevelopment" can mean many things from knocking it down and starting again to giving a coat of paint to the dressing rooms.
[quote][p][bold]Eileenshakers[/bold] wrote: it's all positive news coming out of Gigg lane.It seems our bubbly chairman is still wanting to aim as high as is possible and perhaps once we have established ourselves in league 2 with a top 7 finish next season I too will share the same vision that our club might be able to achieve the dream of playing in the Championship. The need for new training facilities are essential to bring forward our prospects of recruiting top class players. The redevelopment of the main stand is however mainly a cosmetic proposal,will the cost incurred really be recouped with ticket sales or sponsorship?.[/p][/quote]I'm with Eileen here although "redevelopment" can mean many things from knocking it down and starting again to giving a coat of paint to the dressing rooms. Babbar Divino
  • Score: 2

1:08am Fri 2 May 14

C Nelson says...

I guess it will all become clear soon, but I think the redevelopment of the main stand will be more than cosmetic.
I also think that there could be flats and possibly even a shop or two built around the perimeter of the car park to help pay for the investment.
This is all conjecture as I haven't seen the plans or discussed them at length with the chairman, but it is my understanding amenities like the ticket office, club shop, social club and Forever Bury cabin etc could be built into the new main stand to make room for the development.
I know the annual Forever Bury beer festival, which normally takes place at the social club, has been cancelled this year so that could be a significant clue..
I guess it will all become clear soon, but I think the redevelopment of the main stand will be more than cosmetic. I also think that there could be flats and possibly even a shop or two built around the perimeter of the car park to help pay for the investment. This is all conjecture as I haven't seen the plans or discussed them at length with the chairman, but it is my understanding amenities like the ticket office, club shop, social club and Forever Bury cabin etc could be built into the new main stand to make room for the development. I know the annual Forever Bury beer festival, which normally takes place at the social club, has been cancelled this year so that could be a significant clue.. C Nelson
  • Score: -4

7:25am Fri 2 May 14

shakencity says...

The Social club's coming down and flats are being built in it's place. Half of these flats will be used by Bury FC and half will be rented out to repay the mortgage taken out.....that's my understanding anyway.

The Main stand will NOT just be just getting a lick o paint...if that were the case My Day would have said that. It will be re-developed in a big way, making the appearance of the stadium stand out. I don't know what's going to be incorporated in the new structure, but it's going to be changed in a drastic but great way.

Whatever happens will only be beneficial to Bury FC, afterall could things have got any worse. The future of our little club's looking very positive.

Onwards and upward lads n lasses.
UTS!!!!!
The Social club's coming down and flats are being built in it's place. Half of these flats will be used by Bury FC and half will be rented out to repay the mortgage taken out.....that's my understanding anyway. The Main stand will NOT just be just getting a lick o paint...if that were the case My Day would have said that. It will be re-developed in a big way, making the appearance of the stadium stand out. I don't know what's going to be incorporated in the new structure, but it's going to be changed in a drastic but great way. Whatever happens will only be beneficial to Bury FC, afterall could things have got any worse. The future of our little club's looking very positive. Onwards and upward lads n lasses. UTS!!!!! shakencity
  • Score: 3

10:37am Fri 2 May 14

shakingallover says...

All very positive ... and we should thank our lucky stars we have found a board and chairman that have the faith in our club. Be honest ... how many of us would have dreamt last season that we would even be discussing ground improvements, new training facilities etc. And with well founded optimism going into next season on the playing side. Its all good ... UTS.
All very positive ... and we should thank our lucky stars we have found a board and chairman that have the faith in our club. Be honest ... how many of us would have dreamt last season that we would even be discussing ground improvements, new training facilities etc. And with well founded optimism going into next season on the playing side. Its all good ... UTS. shakingallover
  • Score: 8

10:47am Fri 2 May 14

shakingallover says...

While I'm on .... thank the Lord they are doing something with the main stand. Bury FC have a lovely, tree lined, ground, unlike most of the eyesores in the lower divisions. But our main stand looks like it was thrown together by committee .... and they couldn't agree. Lets have the crowd up to the pitchside, like we used to have. Believe me, no opposing players like getting a verbal broadside from an irate Bury fan. I remember back when we beat Middlesboro at Gigg ... we were two nil down and their fullback, John Craggs (big hard man), was picking the ball out of the drainage ditch round the pitch for a throw-in. He was right in front of me and I said ... 'hey Craggy' ... he looked at me .... and I told him 'you've got a face like a melted welly'. He just had this look of bewilderment on his face ... I knew then .... we had 'em! UTS!!!
While I'm on .... thank the Lord they are doing something with the main stand. Bury FC have a lovely, tree lined, ground, unlike most of the eyesores in the lower divisions. But our main stand looks like it was thrown together by committee .... and they couldn't agree. Lets have the crowd up to the pitchside, like we used to have. Believe me, no opposing players like getting a verbal broadside from an irate Bury fan. I remember back when we beat Middlesboro at Gigg ... we were two nil down and their fullback, John Craggs (big hard man), was picking the ball out of the drainage ditch round the pitch for a throw-in. He was right in front of me and I said ... 'hey Craggy' ... he looked at me .... and I told him 'you've got a face like a melted welly'. He just had this look of bewilderment on his face ... I knew then .... we had 'em! UTS!!! shakingallover
  • Score: 13

11:54am Fri 2 May 14

martintansey says...

Does anyone know how all this is going to be paid for or are we going to be saddled with a load of debt and a massive drop in income? Answers on a postcard please to our Bank Manager

Perhaps we can shake the buckets at every home game and ask other teams to do the same
Does anyone know how all this is going to be paid for or are we going to be saddled with a load of debt and a massive drop in income? Answers on a postcard please to our Bank Manager Perhaps we can shake the buckets at every home game and ask other teams to do the same martintansey
  • Score: -9

12:21pm Fri 2 May 14

Eileenshakers says...

martintansey wrote:
Does anyone know how all this is going to be paid for or are we going to be saddled with a load of debt and a massive drop in income? Answers on a postcard please to our Bank Manager

Perhaps we can shake the buckets at every home game and ask other teams to do the same
Now there' pessimism for you, no the bad old days of shaking buckets are well behind our club our Chairman is bright,bubbly and forward thinking if perhaps a little too ambitious at times but I applaud his vision and courage.
[quote][p][bold]martintansey[/bold] wrote: Does anyone know how all this is going to be paid for or are we going to be saddled with a load of debt and a massive drop in income? Answers on a postcard please to our Bank Manager Perhaps we can shake the buckets at every home game and ask other teams to do the same[/p][/quote]Now there' pessimism for you, no the bad old days of shaking buckets are well behind our club our Chairman is bright,bubbly and forward thinking if perhaps a little too ambitious at times but I applaud his vision and courage. Eileenshakers
  • Score: 10

12:29pm Fri 2 May 14

shakencity says...

martintansey wrote:
Does anyone know how all this is going to be paid for or are we going to be saddled with a load of debt and a massive drop in income? Answers on a postcard please to our Bank Manager

Perhaps we can shake the buckets at every home game and ask other teams to do the same
And there's the doom and gloom post.

No need, our Chairman has a few quid goin spare apparently but you can always put your question the him at the re-arranged AGM.
[quote][p][bold]martintansey[/bold] wrote: Does anyone know how all this is going to be paid for or are we going to be saddled with a load of debt and a massive drop in income? Answers on a postcard please to our Bank Manager Perhaps we can shake the buckets at every home game and ask other teams to do the same[/p][/quote]And there's the doom and gloom post. No need, our Chairman has a few quid goin spare apparently but you can always put your question the him at the re-arranged AGM. shakencity
  • Score: 0

1:49pm Fri 2 May 14

martintansey says...

What is wrong with asking how it is going to be financed? Would you prefer it if I just blindly took everything said at face value like the rest of you? If you are talking about me being pessimistic then as a shareholder for over 20 years that has never seen a penny returned in dividends then you'd be right to question the deal.

Stewart Day may be "bright,bubbly and forward thinking" but I'd personally like someone who is up front, someone that doesn't lie to the fans, shareholders and the public.

We've never made money before, How are we going to make enough money to pay for the developments or to pay back Stewart Day his investment plus a return? After all he is an astute businessmen (one presumes) no-doubt he wants a return on his investment otherwise why would someone from out of town that doesn't support the club just throw their money at the club?

We've had our face share of shysters involved in the club over the years and Stewart Day's actions especially regarding his own financing arrangements, his continuing lying to fans & shareholders over the value of the JD Stadium deal doesn't do anything to dispel the worry.

Keep sticking you head in the sand or up SD's bottom. Life is much simpler living on cloud cuckoo lan
What is wrong with asking how it is going to be financed? Would you prefer it if I just blindly took everything said at face value like the rest of you? If you are talking about me being pessimistic then as a shareholder for over 20 years that has never seen a penny returned in dividends then you'd be right to question the deal. Stewart Day may be "bright,bubbly and forward thinking" but I'd personally like someone who is up front, someone that doesn't lie to the fans, shareholders and the public. We've never made money before, How are we going to make enough money to pay for the developments or to pay back Stewart Day his investment plus a return? After all he is an astute businessmen (one presumes) no-doubt he wants a return on his investment otherwise why would someone from out of town that doesn't support the club just throw their money at the club? We've had our face share of shysters involved in the club over the years and Stewart Day's actions especially regarding his own financing arrangements, his continuing lying to fans & shareholders over the value of the JD Stadium deal doesn't do anything to dispel the worry. Keep sticking you head in the sand or up SD's bottom. Life is much simpler living on cloud cuckoo lan martintansey
  • Score: -8

2:23pm Fri 2 May 14

easylife44 says...

martintansey wrote:
Does anyone know how all this is going to be paid for or are we going to be saddled with a load of debt and a massive drop in income? Answers on a postcard please to our Bank Manager

Perhaps we can shake the buckets at every home game and ask other teams to do the same
Come on get a grip. The man invested in the club and owns majority rights. If he wants to redevelop it's his choice.
You want us to have this stadium in the Championship.
[quote][p][bold]martintansey[/bold] wrote: Does anyone know how all this is going to be paid for or are we going to be saddled with a load of debt and a massive drop in income? Answers on a postcard please to our Bank Manager Perhaps we can shake the buckets at every home game and ask other teams to do the same[/p][/quote]Come on get a grip. The man invested in the club and owns majority rights. If he wants to redevelop it's his choice. You want us to have this stadium in the Championship. easylife44
  • Score: 2

5:08pm Fri 2 May 14

Eileenshakers says...

martintansey wrote:
What is wrong with asking how it is going to be financed? Would you prefer it if I just blindly took everything said at face value like the rest of you? If you are talking about me being pessimistic then as a shareholder for over 20 years that has never seen a penny returned in dividends then you'd be right to question the deal.

Stewart Day may be "bright,bubbly and forward thinking" but I'd personally like someone who is up front, someone that doesn't lie to the fans, shareholders and the public.

We've never made money before, How are we going to make enough money to pay for the developments or to pay back Stewart Day his investment plus a return? After all he is an astute businessmen (one presumes) no-doubt he wants a return on his investment otherwise why would someone from out of town that doesn't support the club just throw their money at the club?

We've had our face share of shysters involved in the club over the years and Stewart Day's actions especially regarding his own financing arrangements, his continuing lying to fans & shareholders over the value of the JD Stadium deal doesn't do anything to dispel the worry.

Keep sticking you head in the sand or up SD's bottom. Life is much simpler living on cloud cuckoo lan
Now who's talking out of their crack,your comments are completely unfounded,unsubstant
iated.i'm presuming that you are a member of Forever Bury and have a grudge against our chairman given the recent postponement of your awards date,"not professionally handled" I think we're his words.
So would you prefer our club to be without his finance perhaps playing football against the likes of Stockport County or worse not having a club to support?.
[quote][p][bold]martintansey[/bold] wrote: What is wrong with asking how it is going to be financed? Would you prefer it if I just blindly took everything said at face value like the rest of you? If you are talking about me being pessimistic then as a shareholder for over 20 years that has never seen a penny returned in dividends then you'd be right to question the deal. Stewart Day may be "bright,bubbly and forward thinking" but I'd personally like someone who is up front, someone that doesn't lie to the fans, shareholders and the public. We've never made money before, How are we going to make enough money to pay for the developments or to pay back Stewart Day his investment plus a return? After all he is an astute businessmen (one presumes) no-doubt he wants a return on his investment otherwise why would someone from out of town that doesn't support the club just throw their money at the club? We've had our face share of shysters involved in the club over the years and Stewart Day's actions especially regarding his own financing arrangements, his continuing lying to fans & shareholders over the value of the JD Stadium deal doesn't do anything to dispel the worry. Keep sticking you head in the sand or up SD's bottom. Life is much simpler living on cloud cuckoo lan[/p][/quote]Now who's talking out of their crack,your comments are completely unfounded,unsubstant iated.i'm presuming that you are a member of Forever Bury and have a grudge against our chairman given the recent postponement of your awards date,"not professionally handled" I think we're his words. So would you prefer our club to be without his finance perhaps playing football against the likes of Stockport County or worse not having a club to support?. Eileenshakers
  • Score: 7

2:30pm Mon 5 May 14

RONNIEJAWS says...

If anything is done to the main stand at all, it must be some sort of removal of the horrible white eyesore that looks like an add on sun lounge on the right hand side of the pitch facing of the main stand. It must go and/or be redesigned someway.

Certainly Mr.Day should be given his time and chance to proove his intentions to Bury FC. The 5 year plan to the Championship, is that a clue? He is a developer after all. Take this virtually bancrupt team up to that league and then sell them on as a far more appealing option to football mad/cash rich buyers for a profit? Would that be bad for Bury FC? I am prepared to give Mr.Day slack as he has shown mostly good actions thus far. My only complaint was leaving us rudderless under Jepson longer than was potentially safe to our league status. As long as all parties who love their club ask the real questions, and watch carefully what is going on, and not just get hypnotised by the influx of money as so many other clubs and fans have done in the recent past. We will be fine.

So lets see what the plans look like. How it will be financed. And even more importantly, how the gaffer and Mr.Day prepare our squad for a promotion push next season while all the other stuff is going on. I do wonder though why there is a reluctance to go public with the transfer fee amount for Danny Mayor? Surely it would illustrate to the fanbase further messages of intent. The only reason I can see for keeping it quiet is to keep down the cost of any other signings, if other clubs felt we had money behind us to spend. One of the main reasons the Gareth Bale transfer was not officially announced till so late in the last slose season. We shall see.
If anything is done to the main stand at all, it must be some sort of removal of the horrible white eyesore that looks like an add on sun lounge on the right hand side of the pitch facing of the main stand. It must go and/or be redesigned someway. Certainly Mr.Day should be given his time and chance to proove his intentions to Bury FC. The 5 year plan to the Championship, is that a clue? He is a developer after all. Take this virtually bancrupt team up to that league and then sell them on as a far more appealing option to football mad/cash rich buyers for a profit? Would that be bad for Bury FC? I am prepared to give Mr.Day slack as he has shown mostly good actions thus far. My only complaint was leaving us rudderless under Jepson longer than was potentially safe to our league status. As long as all parties who love their club ask the real questions, and watch carefully what is going on, and not just get hypnotised by the influx of money as so many other clubs and fans have done in the recent past. We will be fine. So lets see what the plans look like. How it will be financed. And even more importantly, how the gaffer and Mr.Day prepare our squad for a promotion push next season while all the other stuff is going on. I do wonder though why there is a reluctance to go public with the transfer fee amount for Danny Mayor? Surely it would illustrate to the fanbase further messages of intent. The only reason I can see for keeping it quiet is to keep down the cost of any other signings, if other clubs felt we had money behind us to spend. One of the main reasons the Gareth Bale transfer was not officially announced till so late in the last slose season. We shall see. RONNIEJAWS
  • Score: 2

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