Flitcroft's field of dreams

Bury's new pitch at the JD Stadium

Bury's new pitch at the JD Stadium

First published in Shakers Updates by

FOR a brief second, Bury boss David Flitcroft dreamed of turning his back on management to put his boots back on.

Such was the effect of his first foray on to the new pitch at the JD Stadium, pictured above.

“I don’t really miss playing, but when you see the quality of surface, I would have done anything to play on that pitch,” he admitted.

Shakers chairman Stewart Day has forked out £150,000 on the new surface and upgrading the drainage. And while he has also made a raft of new signings, Flitcroft believes the pristeen new surface could be the most important introduction of the summer.

“At times last season, the pitch became a leveller for teams that didn’t want to play the ball on the ground,” he said.

“We have got to maintain it and look after it, but if it stays like this for the rest of the season then our pass selection and pass execution will be so much better.”

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4:49pm Thu 7 Aug 14

easylife44 says...

Many took pot shots at the Chair last season and also at David. They should be ashamed of themselves when you look at what they have done with the club. 5 year plan is well under way and Yes, I can see us in the Championship within 2-3 years. Look at the contracts for the key players, 2-3 years. This is a complete restructure and re-tool since Frick & Frack left our club.
Well done to Mr. Day and thank you....David, you are the steely eyed captain of the ship on the pitch.

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Many took pot shots at the Chair last season and also at David. They should be ashamed of themselves when you look at what they have done with the club. 5 year plan is well under way and Yes, I can see us in the Championship within 2-3 years. Look at the contracts for the key players, 2-3 years. This is a complete restructure and re-tool since Frick & Frack left our club. Well done to Mr. Day and thank you....David, you are the steely eyed captain of the ship on the pitch. UTS easylife44
  • Score: 3

9:49am Fri 8 Aug 14

Ex Pat of Bury says...

As they say "Patience is a virtue",as in all successful things in life,fence building takes time and it is necessary to have vision and that has been abundantly clear from day one (no pun intended) from both Stuart & David.One thing is for certain the gradual process and progress since around this time last year has gone from painful frustration to relaxed optimism.The focus of change behind the scenes of what was happening on and off the pitch just goes to show how dire a situation our club was in and whatever the five year plan yields we will be in a much better state on and off the pitch.The management and boards of football clubs is,now for me,a young mans game where vision and ambition is key.We have for the first time in my lifetime that set up,lets enjoy where we are for now and get behind the team.We have a Stadium that is the envy,of most clubs in the football league and a pot in the cabinet already.
As they say "Patience is a virtue",as in all successful things in life,fence building takes time and it is necessary to have vision and that has been abundantly clear from day one (no pun intended) from both Stuart & David.One thing is for certain the gradual process and progress since around this time last year has gone from painful frustration to relaxed optimism.The focus of change behind the scenes of what was happening on and off the pitch just goes to show how dire a situation our club was in and whatever the five year plan yields we will be in a much better state on and off the pitch.The management and boards of football clubs is,now for me,a young mans game where vision and ambition is key.We have for the first time in my lifetime that set up,lets enjoy where we are for now and get behind the team.We have a Stadium that is the envy,of most clubs in the football league and a pot in the cabinet already. Ex Pat of Bury
  • Score: 3

12:31pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Eileenshakers says...

I think our club has come a long way in just over a year since Mr Day took over however for me we should concentrate on short term objectives not grand long term plans.
Fact we are not structured from a fan base to be able to sustain Championship football long term.
Success in my view would be to achieve to become a competitive league 1 team but that will take a lot of hard work.
We simply haven't got the fan base to reach beyond this.
My target for the club this season is to establish themselves as a good league 2 team for this campaign and to finish at least in a play off position,then we will have made significant strides to achieve our long term goal.
It took Rotherham 4 or 5 years to get out of this league and look what they have achieved but then again they have a solid fan base of over 10000 supporters backing them.
I think our club has come a long way in just over a year since Mr Day took over however for me we should concentrate on short term objectives not grand long term plans. Fact we are not structured from a fan base to be able to sustain Championship football long term. Success in my view would be to achieve to become a competitive league 1 team but that will take a lot of hard work. We simply haven't got the fan base to reach beyond this. My target for the club this season is to establish themselves as a good league 2 team for this campaign and to finish at least in a play off position,then we will have made significant strides to achieve our long term goal. It took Rotherham 4 or 5 years to get out of this league and look what they have achieved but then again they have a solid fan base of over 10000 supporters backing them. Eileenshakers
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