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2015/16 preview - introducing Bury FC

30 May 2015

Meet Millwall's League One opponents

BURY

Founded: 1885

Stadium: Gigg Lane

Nickname: The Shakers

Position: Third in League Two (promoted)

Manager: A battling 1-0 win against Tranmere Rovers on the final day of the 2014/15 campaign secured League One football for David Flitcroft's side.

Promotion was the just reward for the steady progress made by Bury under the guidance of boss Flitcroft, who took over in December 2013 having previously cut his managerial teeth at Barnsley.

When he first arrived at Gigg Lane the former midfielder, who chalked up 500 appearances and 28 goals in a 19-year career, was tasked with trying to keep Bury in the Football League.

That he achieved in some style, steering the Shakers from the lower regions of the table to a 12th-placed finish.

The team picked up where they left off during the 2014/15 campaign, winning six of their opening nine League games. Despite a wobble mid-season when they went eight games without a win, a strong finish yielded nine victories from 11 games to secure promotion with a club record haul of 85 points.

Key Player: Powerful midfielder Kelvin Etuhu's contribution to Bury's promotion success did not go unnoticed, and the youngest member of the Etuhu footballing family penned a new contract deal following the conclusion of the 2014/15 campaign.

The younger brother of former Millwall prospect Dickson, Kelvin was pivotal to the Shakers promotion success last season.

Born in Nigeria but brought up just down the road in Peckham, Kelvin was picked up by Manchester City as a teenager, where he helped the Blues to the 2005-6 FA Youth Cup Final.

He went on to make 10 appearances for City before having loan spells at Rochdale, Leicester and Cardiff to gain valuable experience.

First team opportunities with the Premier League side were limited and in 2012 Etuhu moved to Portsmouth and then Barnsley, where he chalked up 46 appearances in 18 months.

His all-action displays in midfield caught the eye of Flitcroft, who had been Etuhu's manager at Barnsley, and in June 2014 the two were reunited when he penned a contract at Gigg Lane.

Top scorer: Daniel Nardiello (14 goals)

Head-to-head: Bury currently hold the upper hand with 17 victories from the 39 previous encounters between these two teams.

Ten of Millwall's 11 successes, however, have come in League matches compared to 13 wins enjoyed by The Shakers when points have been at stake.

The remaining 11 games have finished all-square.

Last time we met: Although Millwall's last meeting with Bury ended in a 2-1 defeat on Tuesday 6th March 2001 - it proved to be a mere blip for Mark McGhee's Lions who went on to be crowned League Two champions later that season.

Millwall, who had thumped the Shakers 4-0 at The Den earlier in the season looked to be well on their way when Neil Harris slotted home the opening goal of this game with just four minutes on the clock.

But Colin Cramb forced an equaliser nine minutes before the break and a lapse in concentration late on allowed Bury striker Jon Newby, on loan from Liverpool,  to snatch victory in the dying seconds.

Bury: Kenny, Collins, Redmond, Amstrong, Swailes, Daws, Billy, Forrest, Reid, Newby, Cramb. Subs not used: Hill, Connell, Preece, James, Barnes.
Scorers: Cramb (35mins), Newby (90mins)

Millwall: Gueret, Lawrence, Neill, Dyche, Nethercott, Ryan, Bircham, Kinet (Sadlier, 86mins), Livermore, Harris, Moody. Subs not used: Warner, Reid, Tuttle, Ifill.
Scorer: Harris (4mins)

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