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League One 2017-18: Bury

20 June 2017

With less than a week to go until the fixtures are released, we continue a new feature taking an in depth look at all the teams in Sky Bet League One for the 2017-18 campaign, looking at Bury.

Last season...

Final position: 19th (down 5 places from 2015-16)

Biggest win: 5-1 v Peterborough United (14/01/17)

Heaviest defeat: 0-5 v AFC Wimbledon (15/11/16)

League Cup: 1st round

FA Cup: 1st round

Checkatrade Trophy: Group stage

Manager: Lee Clark

As a product of Newcastle United's youth academy, Clark signed professional for the Magpies in 1990, spending seven further years with the club, making around 200 appearances and scoring more than 20 goals. He'd then make the switch to fierce rivals Sunderland for two seasons, racking up nearly a century of appearances. He'd then spend six years at Fulham until returning to St James' Park in 2005 for a solitary campaign before hanging up his boots.

His managerial career began in 2008 with Huddersfield Town and has also seen him take charge of Kilmarnock in Scotland before being newly appointed to the Shakers' role in February 2017.

TEAMS FROM TO GAMES WON DRAWN LOST
Bury 15/02/17 Present 14 5 4 5

Kilmarnock 15/02/16 16/02/17 44 10 14 20
Blackpool 30/10/14 02/06/15 33 3 11 19
Birmingham City 26/06/12 20/10/14 116 33 35 48
Huddersfield Town 11/12/08 15/02/12 178 87 51 40

Transfer news...

IN: Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End, free), Phil Edwards (Burton Albion), Joe Murphy (Huddersfield Town, free), Stephen Dawson (Scunthorpe United, free), Callum Reilly (Burton Albion, free), Joe Skarz (Oxford United, free), Adam Thompson (Southend United, free), Eoghan O'Connell (Celtic, undisclosed), Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield, free)

OUT: Tom Pope (Port Vale, free), Jacob Mellis (Mansfield Town, free), Reece Brown (Rochdale, free), Leon Barnett (Northampton Town, free)

RELEASED: Antony Dudley, Kelvin Etuhu, Hallam Hope, Niall Maher, Chris Brown, Paul Rachubka, Rob Lainton, Reece Brown, Jermaine Pennant, Ishmael Miller

Correct as of June 12, 2017      

PLAYER IN FOCUS    

Jermaine Beckford 

Jermaine Beckford hit the big time when he was signed by Leeds United from non-league Wealdstone FC as a 23-year-old, making his senior debut for Leeds just a week after joining the club in 2006.

The striker went on to make over 150 appearances whilst with the Elland Road based club. He joined Premiership side Everton on a free transfer in March 2010, ironically to replace a departing James Vaughan, and made 34 appearances and scoring eight goals, before securing a £3m pound move to Leicester City in August 2011.

He has also played for Championship sides Huddersfield Town and Bolton Wanderers before joining Preston North End in November 2014. He joins the Shakers on a free transfer having been released from Deepdale earlier this month.

His arrival at Gigg Lane brings experience and goals, and his expected partnership with James Vaughan, with whom he played at Huddersfield, will hopefully bring goals for both players during the 2017/18 season.

A player with just short of 400 appearances to his name and 160 goals during his career, Beckford has signed a two-year deal with the Shakers.

Gigg Lane

Capacity: 11,840

Distance to GP: 87 miles

Gigg Lane was completely rebuilt in the 1990's with the Cemetery End the last completed in 1999. All stands are covered and have improved the look of the ground, although there are a number of supporting pillars.

Away supporters are housed in the Ratio Law Stand at one end of the stadium which can accomodate around 2,000 spectators. There is a row of supporting pillars about a third of the way up the stand which can cause problems for big volumes of travelling supporters.

Head-to-head record...

  Bury wins Draw Scunthorpe United wins
League 21 12 15
FA Cup 0 1 4
Other 0 0 1
Total 21 13 20

Bury's biggest win: 6-1 (18/04/81)

Scunthorpe United's biggest win: 3-0 (11/03/72)

Memorable encounter...

Bury (Soares, 58) 1-2 Scunthorpe United (Wiseman, 42, Morris, 65)

Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Iron took all three points in a top-of-the-table clash which saw United strengthen their grip on top spot against the then-second-placed Shakers.

After a cagey opening to the game, Scunthorpe grabbed the lead before half time as a ball into the box was only half cleared to the right, with a low ball across the penalty area fired low into the net by full-back Scott Wiseman for his first goal of the season.

Tom Soares restored parity in the second half with a similar effort before the stage was set for Josh Morris to arguably net his best goal of the season so far. Wiseman drove down the right before playing a square ball to the United winger 25-yards from goal. The former Blackburn midfielder's first touch wasn't the best, but the second saw him swivel and fire a curling effort into the top left corner of the net - a goal worthy of winning any game.

Sky Bet odds...

We've taken a look at the latest Sky Bet odds ahead of the League One campaign to see how the bookmakers think the Shakers will fare in 2017-18.

Correct as of June 12, 2017

Outcome Position Odds
Outright Winner 16th 25/1
Promotion 18th 10/1
Top six 18th 9/2
Relegation 6th 3/1

For this and other odds visit skybet.com/scunthorpe.