The much hyped and much Americanised transfer deadline day was, as expected, a dull affair for Bury. The only drama mustered up in the January period was the mere conformation of Gary Megson’s thirst for Bury players; feeding yet again on the withering carcass of the promotion side of 2010/11. Mike Jones had spent an eventful three years at Bury, establishing himself as a key player and achieving promotion before Sheffield Wednesday bought the highly rated winger for around £75k. Speculation about whether the sale of the 24-year-old would see the wheels come off the Shakers’ surge up the Football League began as Bury faced local rivals Rochdale.
Rochdale were bottom of the league and without a win in ten. Bury seem to have a habit of ending opposition team’s winless runs. We did not disappoint in that respect – Rochdale 3-0 Bury.
2000 away fans made the short journey from Bury to witness a vile, nauseating, offensive excuse of a performance. I won’t dwell on the display too much or I’ll find myself reliving those 90 excruciating minutes and punching a wall. However, Bury needed to rectify the result at top of the league Charlton. Highly unlikely as many, including myself, laughed off the thought of Charlton not being able to beat Bury after such an abysmal Saturday afternoon at Spotland.
Only Bury Football Club could leave its fans disappointed with a point at The Valley. The Shakers took the lead with a Lenell John-Lewis strike with chants of ‘His name is a shop’ echoing around the 27,000 seater stadium. The once thought mediocre figure has since become a cult hero amongst the fans at Gigg Lane and that goal will certainly be remembered for years to come. However, ex-Bury player Dale Stephens unleashed at 93rd minute screamer to rescue a point for the Addicks, leaving heads in hands and only a solitary point to show for their brave efforts efforts.
Yet it’s not all doom and gloom in this notoriously depressing winter period. The Shakers sit comfortably in the top half some way from relegation while rivals Bolton and Rochdale are in no such predicament. The work done by rookie manager Richie Barker is nothing short of astonishing so far. Rare is it that I get to say this, but it is most definitely a good time to be a Shaker.