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Preview: Bury vs Stags

22 October 2013

Can our team extend their unbeaten away run to six matches in Sky Bet League Two, when we lock horns with Bury tonight?

The clash, which takes place at Gigg Lane, begins at 7.45pm. Here is everything that you need to know ahead of the meeting …


Young midfielder Jack Blake could make his debut for us at Gigg Lane, having signed on a one-month loan from Nottingham Forest.

Blake was an unused substitute in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Torquay United.

Otherwise, boss Paul Cox has no fresh injury worries, with both Chris Clements and Ryan Tafazolli still sidelined.

Meanwhile, managerless Bury, who parted company with Kevin Blackwell last week, look set to again be led by caretaker boss Ronnie Jepson.

Striker Danny Hylton, who has joined the club on a one-month loan from Rotherham United, could be handed his home debut.

However, Jordan Sinnott, who has made 10 appearances whilst on loan at The Shakers this term, has returned to parent club Huddersfield Town with immediate effect.


Our team go into the clash at Gigg Lane unbeaten in five away matches in Sky Bet League Two.

Nevertheless, we haven’t registered all three points since our 1-0 victory over arch-rivals Chesterfield on Saturday 28 September.

By contrast, Bury have collected just nine points from their 12 league outings so far this term, and sit on the fringes of the relegation zone.

The Shakers lost 1-0 away at Portsmouth on Saturday and haven’t found the net since their 3-1 loss at Dagenham & Redbridge in September.

Anton Forrester, who is on loan at Gigg Lane from Blackburn Rovers, is Bury’s most prolific marksman, having scored five times in 14 appearances.


We have met Bury on 65 previous occasions and it’s The Shakers who hold the superior head-to-head record, having won 27 times.

Our last trip to Gigg Lane was in March 2008, when strikes by Paul Scott and Adam Rooney consigned us to a 2-0 defeat in our relegation campaign.

We haven’t beaten Bury in six attempts, since our 2-0 win at Gigg Lane in February 2005, when Adam Murray and Adam Rundle found the target.

Our full record versus Bury is as follows: Played 65, Won 17, Drew 21, Lost 27.


Supporters can pay on the turnstiles at Gigg Lane, as no tickets are available in advance from One Call Stadium.

Our fans will be housed in the covered West Stand, which is behind the goal and can accommodate up to 2,100 supporters.

Admission prices are as follows:

£15 Adults
£10 Concessions (Under 23’s, Senior Citizens (65+), Students, Unemployed)*
£5 Under 16’s

*Supporters who qualify for a ticket at a concessionary price will be required to produce proof of their entitlement at the turnstiles.


- By Road…

Leave the M66 at Junction 3, taking the left-hand exit and continuing on this road, until you come to a T-junction with the A56 (Manchester Road). Once here, take a right turn towards Bury. Pass the ‘Swan & Cemetery’ pub, before turning right at the traffic lights onto Gigg Lane. As an alternative, you may wish to leave the M66 at Junction 2, from where ‘Bury FC’ is well signposted.

- By Rail…

Bury is the largest town in England without a railway station. However, you can reach the town by the Metrolink tram service, which operates in the Greater Manchester area.

Bury interchange is just over a mile from Gigg Lane, and should take approximately 15-20 minutes on foot. As you leave the interchange, turn left, using the pedestrian walkway which takes you under a dual-carriageway, and take a right turn towards the Town Hall. Then, take a left turn into Knowsley Street and at the bottom of this road, turn left again onto the A56 (Manchester Road). Eventually you will come to Gigg Lane on your left-hand side.

- Parking…

A ‘Residents Only’ parking scheme is in operation on matchdays, with traffic wardens patrolling in the area. Therefore, you may choose to park on the outskirts of Bury town centre, where numerous ‘Pay & Display’ car parks are to be found.


If you aren’t travelling to Gigg Lane tonight, you can listen to exclusive full-match commentary on Stags Player (online) and Mansfield 103.2 (local radio only).

Mansfield 103.2’s ‘Stags FM’ show begins at 7.00pm. To subscribe to Stags Player, click here.

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