A FRESH membership drive is underway so fans can have their say in the revival of Bury FC.

Those behind Forever Bury are now adopting their registered name as the Bury Football Club Supporters Society.

And officials are anxious to ensure anyone who wants a voice in the rebirth of Bury FC comes on board as a member.

Forever Bury has acted as a community benefit society since an early crisis in Shakers' history, when the club was in administration in 2002.

And when Bury FC was expelled from the Football League in 2019 members rallied to keep the spirit of the historic club alive.

The plan is now to co-opt members of the Est 1885 group, which has done sterling service for the club in securing investment since its own formation in April 2021, and recruit more members from across the borough and beyond.

A spokesman said: "The aim of the (Est 1885) campaign was to bring together key people to raise vital funds towards the purchase of the club for the community of Bury.

"Now that this phase is complete and Gigg Lane is now in the hand of Bury Football Club supporters, the focus shifts to refurbishment, the operations of the stadium and the restart of Bury FC, which includes a primary objective of amalgamating with Bury AFC, who have achieved a lot for a large number of the fanbase."

Several working groups will be formed as part of the new structure, covering finance, media, marketing, commercial and operations.

New memberships will be priced at £10 and will run until the end of July - the start of the 2022-23 season - and will give members voting rights ahead of the first annual general meeting.

A new membership scheme is envisaged beyond the AGM.

The spokesman added: "We encourage as many new memberships to the society as as possible in the transitionary period to make sure the new Bury FC reflects the wishes of the fan base."

Anyone who has experience which might assist the club going forward, with any of the working group areas, is asked to e-mail operations@buryfcss.co.uk