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League 2 2014-15 Preview: Bury

11 June 2014

We take a look at the Shakers...

LAST SEASON

Bury’s relegation back to League 2 saw them continue under Kevin Blackwell at the start of the campaign, but a difficult start saw him leave the club. Ronnie Jepson took charge of a temporary basis, initially being told he would lead the team until January, but David Flitcroft was announced as manager on December 9th. He turned the club’s fortunes around, as they put a positive run together in the second-half of the season to finish up in 12th place with 59 points.

THE MANAGER

David Flitcroft returned to the club, having previously played for them in December. He had been sacked from Championship side Barnsley earlier in the campaign, despite keeping them in that division on the final day of the previous season. Flitcroft made 122 league appearances for Bury as a player between 2004 and 2006.

THE KEY MEN

Nicky Adams joined the club from Rotherham United earlier this summer, having spent just six months with the Millers. Adams had been with Crawley Town before his move to Steve Evans’ side in January, and made a big impression. He had previously been with Bury earlier in his career.

Danny Mayor, a former Southend United loanee, joined Bury permanently this summer having spent a year on loan with the club. His impressive performances, on loan from Sheffield Wednesday, saw him pen the permanent move.

Chris Hussey is another to have joined the club. He had a spell on loan last season before returning to Burton Albion and helping them knock Blues out of the play-offs.

WHAT’S HAPPENED THIS SUMMER

Chris Hussey has joined after he parted company with Burton Albion, while Danny Mayor, Ryan Lowe and Nicky Adams will all be at the club next season.

Goalkeeper Shwan Jalal has also signed, a two-year deal, following his release from AFC Bournemouth. Brian Jensen has left to join Crawley Town, while defender Phil Picken has retired.

Trevor Carson, Richard Hinds, Tommy Miller, Lewis Young, Robbie McIntyre and Tope Obadeyi have also left. Andy Procter and Ashley Grimes are available for transfer.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Southend United and Bury have met 38 times in history, with Blues edging the standings overall.

Blues have won 15 of the meetings, with 13 draws and 10 wins for Bury,

The last five meetings have all ended in a draw, though the third of those was won by Blues after a penalty shootout.

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