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NEW TO LEAGUE ONE: BURY

4 August 2015

The upcoming season is to be Bury's first in League One for two years since they were relegated back in 2013.

Manager David Flitcroft guided them to a third place finish, a great achievement for a side that ended up in a mid-table 12th position the previous campaign. Flitcroft will be hoping that he can lay the foundations for a more secure stay in League One than the club have had before, with Gigg Lane seeing it's team yoyo in the more recent past.

Bury clinched automatic promotion by just one point from Wycombe Wanderers, who in fact were the early season pace setters before their demise in the second half of the season. Their season didn't get off to the best of starts, with a 1-0 defeat at home to Cheltenham Town on the opening day. Form soon picked up though and Flitcroft's men then picked up six wins out of their next eight games to get themselves well in the promotion hunt. Bury secured promotion back to League One on the final day of the season, thanks to a 1-0 victory at an already relegated Tranmere Rovers.

Since gaining promotion back to League One, Flitcroft appears to a have been quite astute with his signings. Leon Clarke has a proven track record at this level and shone for Scunthorpe United previously. Defender Peter Clarke has experience at Championship level and is sure to stablise Bury's defence, Former Chelsea academy player Jacob Mellis has also come in and will provide some added flair to Bury's midfield. More fire power has been added up front, with former Port Vale striker Tom Pope joining on a three year deal.

Flitcroft is relatively new to the managerial game, but has had plenty of experience playing in the lower divisions, including 122 appearances for Bury between 2004 and 2006. He previously managed Barnsley before losing his job in 2013. Since taking the job in 2013, Flitcroft has continued to build the club, with a 12th place finish in his first season then leading on to promotion in the last campaign, achieving Bury's highest points total in the process.

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