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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Bury up next for the Blues

We take a look ahead to this week's game

20 September 2018

The Shakers head into the weekend unbeaten at home and occupying the final play-off place with eight games of the season completed.

Caolan LaveryRelegated from League One last season, they recruited well during the summer and are one of the fancied teams with an open intention to bounce back at the first attempt.

Sheffield United striker Caolan Lavery was the last addition to the pack when he joined on a season-long loan on deadline day, and he has already made his mark with one goal from his three appearances. 


United fans, click HERE for a handy guide to all things Bury Football Club - particularly if you're a first time visitor.


Who do we recognise this time? 

On the playing side of things we'll be bumping in to Nicky Adams, Jermaine Beckford and Tom Miller [Tom Aldred is out on loan at Motherwell]. 

Adams became a crowd favourite at Brunton Park during his two-year stay here, but hisNicky Adams second season was blighted by a cruciate ligament injury. Nicknamed the Little Magician by his team mates, he made 69 appearances and scored three goals for the Blues.

Tom Miller was another popular addition to the squad when he made the move up north in the summer of 2015. He scored nine goals in 108 outings for the Blues, with a fair smattering of goal-of-the-season contenders bulging the back of the net along the way.

A very young Jermaine Beckford made his way to Carlisle on loan from Leeds in 2006 right at the start of what turned out to be a fantastic career. He scored the only goal of his five-game stay on his debut, a 1-2 reverse at the hands of Millwall, and was later described as 'the one that got away' as he joined Scunthorpe just two months later. Eight goals in 18 appearances announced his arrival for the Iron.

Look towards the boardroom on Saturday and you'll see Bury's Sporting Director Lee Dykes, who left his position as assistant manager and head of recruitment at Brunton Park in the summer. Dykes spent just under four years with Carlisle before accepting his new position at Gigg Lane.


Manager’s thoughts

Speaking ahead of the game, United boss John Sheridan said: “Technically they have some very good players. You all know Nicky Adams, then there’s the likes of Danny Mayor and Jay O’Shea.

“These are players who, if you stand off them, and allow them to do what they’re good at, they will give you problems. We respect that, but we’ll go there with the attitude that whoever we’re going to pick will get us the result we’re after.

“We’re not going there to sit back and try to nick something, we’re going to be positive and to take the game to them if we can.”

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Did You Know?

Why are Bury called the Shakers [taken from Bury's official website]

It's the most asked question that the club receives, from young to old, they all want to know exactly why are Bury Football Club called 'the Shakers?'

So here it is, the definitive answer ...

"It was the 1892 Lancashire Cup Final on 23 April that the clubs nickname of 'The Mr InghamShakers' first came into being. Mr. J T Ingham was Chairman cum team manager at the time and it is this gentleman who is alleged to have been questioned about his team's ability to beat the supposedly stronger opponents that day. It has been recorded down the years since that Mr. Ingham retorted as follows:-

'We shall shake 'em, in fact, we are the Shakers.'

And that was seized upon by the press of the day and since then, the club have been known as The Shakers."

Some reports suggest that Mr Ingham may have actually uttered the phrase at the semi-final game against Everton but, what is certain, is that Bury Football Club's nickname came into existence during the famous Lancashire Senior Cup success of 1892.


Head to Head

These teams have met a total of 38 times over the years, with United having won 19 of the encounters in comparison to 13 victories for the Shakers.

  Carlisle wins Draws Bury wins
League 16 5 13
League Cup 2 1 0
Cup 1 0 0
Total 19 6 13

The last two meetings, however, very much favoured this weekend's hosts as second half goals from Danny Jones, Craig Jones and Ryan Lowe saw them steal away from Brunton Park with all three points in September 2014.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

The return meeting at Gigg Lane in January 2015 was another difficult one for the Blues as a brace from Danny Nardiello came either side of what tuened out to be a consolation goal for Steven Rigg.

Watch the highlights from that game here:


Man in the middle:

Mark HeywoodThe referee for this game is Mr Mark Heywood. He has taken charge of six games so far this season showing 27 yellow cards and two reds.

We last saw him for our final game of the season, against Newport, when an early Mark Ellis goal was cancelled out by a Padraig Amond equaliser just before the break. That was it for the scoring, and the sides played out a 1-1 draw as the campaign came to a close.

He was also our match official for our FA Cup replay against Gillingham in December when a Hallam Hope brace set the scene. Scott Wagstaff bit back, but Shaun Miller confirmed our progression with an injury time match settler. 

Eight names were taken on the night with Tom Miller, Reggie Lambe and Gary Liddle going in the book for United.

Referee – Mark Heywood
Assistant Referee 1 – Peter Gooch
Assistant Referee 2 – Duncan Street
Fourth Official – Ken Haycock


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Bury 0 - 1 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon away game

22 September 2018

United made the relatively short trip down the motorway to face Bury in their latest League Two fixture on Saturday afternoon.

Boss John Sheridan made just one change to last weekend's starting line up with Fleetwood loanee Jack Sowerby called up to make his first start for the club.

And he got the response he'd asked for as his team defended bravely, despite being down to ten men through the closing stages, to protect the one-goal lead handed to them early in the second half by a fine Richie Bennett strike.

A superb crossfield pass from Etuhu sparked an early attack when he found Hope in acres of space. He held the ball up until Gillesphey arrived in support, and the left back didn't disappoint with a deep back post delivery. Yates caught it on the volley but Thompson was there to make a vital block.

Carlisle had defending to do when Mayor tried to cause problems on the edge of the area when he combined with Dagnall. Liddle timed a tackle well to put the ball behind, and the corner came to nothing as Stokes stretched only to nod it behind.

Strong work from Hope with his back to goal allowed him to hold play up once more and another clipped pass from Devitt sent Yates on a run. A low cross was cut out as United sent men into the box.

The visitors played some good football as they showed lively rotation in movement and a patient build-up on the quarter hour mark saw Liddle, Yates and Devitt tease a path through as Etuhu came forward to help to pick the lock. Devitt eventually found Bennett, and his arrowed pass was touched on by Hope as it flew across the face of goal. McFadzean stayed calm to hook it away.

United had to defend an inswinging free kick from Adams as Bury came again, and they had extra work to do when a second set piece from Adams was headed high by Bennett. It temporarily opened up for Stokes, but the purple shirts closed ranks to shepherd him away.

The Cumbrians had half a sight of the target when Bennett recovered a looped free kick which was clipped high from Gillesphey. A half clearance sat up awkwardly in front of Devitt and all he could do was scoop his volley over the target.

It was the woodwork which prevented former-Blue Nicky Adams from opening the scoring just before the half hour when a toe-end from Sowerby, as he tried to deal with a low cross, made life hard for Gerrard who was running back to cover behind. He got there before Moore, but the wide man steamed in to put his boot through a venomous shot as the ball squirmed loose. Collin was beaten and relieved to see it bounce back to safety off the underside of his bar.

There was more defending for the Blues to do when O'Shea dropped a shoulder to get into the box and it was Parkes, on this occasion, who slid in to get in the way. Back at the other end and Hope took a step back to create space when he saw that a Devitt pass was heading deeper than anticipated. His downward header came right back at him, when Aimson got in the way, and his second bite was easy for Murphy to grasp.

It was end-to-end and Collin had to punch when Adams overlapped and fizzed a cross at the near post. The ball came back almost immediately as O'Shea arrived late but his cruncher rose high from the offset.

With barely time to take a breath Devitt and Hope pulled wide to make space for Etuhu to fill the gap. He shot early from distance but Murphy had it covered all the way.

Carlisle thought they'd done enough just before the break when Hope moved off his man to find space in a wide area. His low cross was excellent, but Bennett couldn't get there as he threw himself at it to try to get the decisive touch.

United opened the second half with a corner as Yates came in from wide, and head tennis followed from the delivery as Parkes and Bennett challenged. Gerrard was then thwarted when he controlled on his chest only to be closed down quickly. 

Liddle showed great awareness to steal a floated pass and he set off another run which led to another visiting corner. And it proved to be an important moment as Gillesphey flicked on the ripped Devitt delivery. Richie Bennett was there to drill a fierce volley past Murphy to send the fans behind the goal wild.

The Shakers stirred and Adams went for accuracy rather than power when a cross landed on his left boot. Collin dived but it was more to make sure it was going behind than from panic.

Balls started to pepper the away penalty area and a punch from Collin left him exposed as the loose ball was clipped high and back into the six-yard box. Gerrard and Liddle did enough to see it away.

Dagnall headed over when he should probably have done better from an Adams cross as Bury kept getting forward, but he couldn't keep it down at close range and it went over the bar.

Gerrard, Gillesphey and Liddle completed excellent last-ditch interventions as Adams showed his quality from wide, but the pressure was relieved when Hope went on a mesmerising run from inside his own half. He cut it back for Etuhu to shoot but the connection was poor.

Bury threw men forward, with Beckford launched from the bench into the attack, and the closing stages were made even more uncomfortable for United when Jerry Yates was shown a straight red card for dissent.

Carlisle sat deep to defend their lead, with Beckford twice going close, and Omotayo was a whisker away deep into time added on when he flashed a header from an Adams corner an inch past the upright. 

Hope wasted a good chance to wrap things up late in the day when he found the side netting from a tight angle, but it was job done for the hard-working Blues as they claimed their three points.



Carlisle United - Bennett (52)



Bury - Thompson (76)

Carlisle United - Gillesphey (23), Bennett (67), Etuhu (84), Gerrard (87), Hope (90)

Sent off - Yates (85)



Bury - Murphy, Stokes, Aimson,Thompson, Adams, Mayor, Dagnall (Beckford 77), Moore (Omotayo 60), McFadzean, O'Shea (Styles 59), Danns. Subs - Hudson, O'Connell, Dawson, Barjonas.

Carlisle United - Collin, Liddle, Gerrard, Parkes, Gillesphey, Yates, Devitt, Etuhu, Sowerby (Glendon 69), Hope, Bennett (Nadesan 75). Subs - O'Reilly, Miller, Slater, Campbell, McCarron.


Referee - Mr Mark Heywood

Attendance - 3,657 (849 away fans)

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