I followed West Ham beating Newport County in the league cup and was happy enough we won but if this makes sense, my heart was not in it. I was not kicking every ball in my head and checking what people were saying online about the match. Instead my mind wandered to the plight of Bury FC and their fans. I did not feel I could enjoy a match of football on a day when they received the news they were dreading.
To have your team, everything you know and love thrown onto the scrap heap and expelled from the league is a real kick to the guts. A football club the size of Bury FC is a hand me down of love and devotion through the generations. We laugh that West Ham is not a glory hunting team as there is no glory to hunt but for a team much further down the pecking order, Bury as a town is Bury FC. I read news reports about how a pub close to Gigg Lane is on the verge of closing as the revenue bought in from match day takings was its life source, just like those pubs in East Ham, Upton Park and Plaistow until 2016. One councilor estimated the worth of Bury FC to the town was about £3m in revenue for other local businesses. That is now gone.
David Squires in his latest cartoon gets it right in his last panel in my opinion (https://www.theguardian.com/football/ng ... ball-clubs
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Bury FC as a football club and entity still exists but with the selling off of the mortgage on the football ground and the fire sale of assets to try and service debts has seen them in this desperate situation. No saviour this time to come to the rescue and they are left with a charlatan, career professional liquidator who has tried to get his £1 of flesh by transferring debt to a company controlled by a family member in an attempt to make money out of the CVA agreement he got people to vote in favour of. That CVA still has not been enacted and it is only a matter of time before Bury FC totally implodes under this financial pressure.
Bury FC are just a cog in the wheel, that wheel will keep on turning but how much longer until that wheel stops working?