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Though Bury occupy a humble position in the Second Division at the moment, they are still the proud possessors of three football records.
In 1903 they beat Derby County 6-0 in the FA Cup, the highest score ever recorded in the final. In the same year they won the trophy without having a goal scored against them during the competition and share this honour with Preston North End. Thirdly, they have appeared in the FA Cup semi-final only twice in their history and they won the cup on both occasions, no other club can claim this distinction.
Their other FA Cup success was in 1900, when they beat Southampton 4-0 at the Crystal Palace. During their brilliant period, when they were in the First Division and won the FA Cup twice, they were arguably the best team in the country.
Right from the beginning, in 1885, they established a reputation at Gigg Lane. Their prowess grew until they were elected to the Second Division of the Football League in 1894. They proved they were worthy newcomers by winning the championship at the first attempt. That was in the days when “Test” matches decided promotion, so they met Liverpool in the vital game, took it in their stride and a handsome victory took them into the First Division.
Though Bury set up Cup records, they have never won the League championship. Once the old-timers who had put them on top of the world dropped out, their powers began to wane. So much so, that in 1912 they were relegated to the Second Division. Then came the war and after it, the Bury club was reconstructed. New players like Tiny Bradshaw, the Scottish international centre half, full back Tommy Greaves and centre forward Billy Hibbert, were discovered. They restored, in some measure at least, the old-time glory and First Division status was regained in 1924.
Unfortunately, the old enthusiasm of the supporters never returned, gates dwindled rapidly and Bury were forced to transfer their star players, like Bradshaw and Hibbert, to keep the club solvent. It was no wonder then, that Bury again descended to the Second Division five years later, in 1929. During these twenty-two years, Bury Football Club have introduced players like Eddie Quigley, Eddie Kilshaw and others, who they have transferred for big sums. But they have never been able to make a serious challenge for promotion. Hopefully there are brighter days ahead with promising players at hand like the brothers Griffiths, Bodle, Plant and Hart. Perhaps we will soon see them back in their rightful place in the First Division.
Back Row: Russell (coach), W Griffiths, Slynn, Kirk, Massey, Hart, Bardsley, Greenholgh, Nuttall (trainer)
Front Row: Hazlett, Daniel, Plant, Bodle, Hays, G Griffiths
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