Bury crisis deepens as opening fixture cancelled

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Bury FC’s ongoing crisis shows no sign of resolution after the EFL cancelled the club’s opening fixture of the 2019/20 season.

MK Dons were due to travel to Gigg Lane to take on Bury this weekend for their first game of the season, however the EFL postponed the game earlier this week – the EFL board saying it was not satisfied with the evidence provided by the club’s owners about its viability.

The EFL said: “The EFL Board is not satisfied it has received the necessary evidence in regard to the outstanding information it requires that demonstrates how the Club will be funded moving forwards.

“As a result of not meeting Monday’s 5pm deadline, which had been extended on two previous occasions, the EFL Board feels it has been placed in an unenviable position and, regrettably, has opted to take the reluctant decision to suspend Saturday’s opening day fixture.”

This week the club had a winding up petition from HMRC dismissed by the High Court but the club still potentially faces expulsion from the league. The club’s owner Steven Dale accused the EFL of deliberately obstructing the club’s efforts saying: “They are now the only thing stopping Bury’s survival and we implore them to help us.” 

He also hit out at supporters who have been critical of his role at the club. Fans remain gravely concerned about the club’s immediate future and the trust at Gigg Lane, Forever Bury, said: “It is in everyone’s best interest to help provide a secure future for Bury Football Club. 

“Therefore, Forever Bury urgently request Mr Dale to forward the EFL the information they require and to publicly confirm whether, or not, Bury Football Club is for sale.”

The FSA is in close contact with Forever Bury offering advice and guidance behind the scenes.

Ashley Brown, the FSA’s head of supporter engagement and governance, said: “The club is in serious trouble, I think its best hope is a real administration taking control away from the current chairman. 

“But whether the club can sustain that and another party, such as the supporters, can save it remains to be seen.”

Bury FC’s ongoing crisis shows no sign of resolution after the EFL cancelled the club’s opening fixture of the 2019/20 season.

MK Dons were due to travel to Gigg Lane to take on Bury this weekend for their first game of the season, however the EFL postponed the game earlier this week – the EFL board saying it was not satisfied with the evidence provided by the club’s owners about its viability.

The EFL said: “The EFL Board is not satisfied it has received the necessary evidence in regard to the outstanding information it requires that demonstrates how the Club will be funded moving forwards.

“As a result of not meeting Monday’s 5pm deadline, which had been extended on two previous occasions, the EFL Board feels it has been placed in an unenviable position and, regrettably, has opted to take the reluctant decision to suspend Saturday’s opening day fixture.”

This week the club had a winding up petition from HMRC dismissed by the High Court but the club still potentially faces expulsion from the league. The club’s owner Steven Dale accused the EFL of deliberately obstructing the club’s efforts saying: “They are now the only thing stopping Bury’s survival and we implore them to help us.”

He also hit out at supporters who have been critical of his role at the club. Fans remain gravely concerned about the club’s immediate future and the trust at Gigg Lane, Forever Bury, said: “It is in everyone’s best interest to help provide a secure future for Bury Football Club.

“Therefore, Forever Bury urgently request Mr Dale to forward the EFL the information they require and to publicly confirm whether, or not, Bury Football Club is for sale.”

The FSA is in close contact with Forever Bury offering advice and guidance behind the scenes.

Ashley Brown, the FSA’s head of supporter engagement and governance, said: “The club is in serious trouble, I think its best hope is a real administration taking control away from the current chairman.

“But whether the club can sustain that and another party, such as the supporters, can save it remains to be seen.”

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