by The Boy Holty
(August 5, 2011)
Well the new season kicks off for Bury tomorrow and excitement / trepidation is higher than usual as last season's heroics means that we're lining up against league one opposition rather than the fourth division rubbish we've become accustomed to over the last nine seasons of general mediocrity.
There hasn't been much transfer movement this season, in fact I can't think of a less interesting close season in terms of new faces coming in to the club. So let's have a look at the squad for the 2011/12 season.
In goal we have Cameron Belford with Ritchie Branagan as backup.
In central defence we have Sodje and new signing Mark Hughes as probable first choice with Futcher, Zach Rothwell and Andrei Jones in reserve.
We have Picken and Skarz as full backs and we don't have any cover here that I can think of although Worrall did a good job towards the end of last season when he came in for Picken.
Our midfield is pretty strong with Schumacher, Mozika and Sweeney to choose from in the middle plus Max Harrop. We have Jones, Worrall and Howarth in the wide positions but no further cover.
Up front there's Lowe, Bishop, John-Lewis, Mark Cullen (signed on loan from Hull until January) and Luke McCarthy.
If we hope and pray that Mark Hughes is an adequate replacement for Tom Lees, and that Bishop comes back firing on all cylinders then we might not miss Lees and Ajose too much but we still potentially lack invention in midfield. Richie Barker has been asked about the fact that three key players have left and only two have been brought in and his response has been to point out that Ajose only joined the club in Septemnber and had two or three months out injured, and that Kyle Bennett was hardly used until the last couple of months of the season so its not like we've lost players who kept us up there for the whole season. The man seems to talk a lot of sense and hiring him as manager could yet turn out to be a masterstroke on the part of a board who only seem to make good decisions these days.
Richie Barker has looked at dozens of triallists but none have been signed and when interviewed about this, RB has simply stated that none of the triallists were any better than the players he already has at the club. I don't yet know if that is really promising, or just a sign of the naivety on his part that comes with his inexperience. Only time will tell if the squad is good enough for this league.
So we head to the Galpharm tomorrow and who knows what to expect? Certainly not me and i'll be as unsurprised with a 4-0 drubbing as I will with a cheeky 1-1 or even a 1-0 away win. You'd probably be a fool to bet on a Shakers win, or even a successful season for the Gigg Lane boys, but you'd be a bigger fool to bet against us.
Add a comment
|Dave.B (August 6, 2011)|
|The reason we haven't signed anybody is coz we ain't got no money. Trialliasts are always for bluff and show, especially in the lower leagues. We start with what we've got. Personally, I don't think what we have got is all that bad. We have real talent in all positions, the big question is, how far can they go. I look at Andy Howarth for one. I think he has a supreme talent but lacks confidence, gives up on challenges, runs into cul-de-sacs but with the right guidance could be outstanding. I think we have quality throughout but I do think we need the team spirit to carry over from last season to give us the thrust into league one. |
|FammyRhyl (August 7, 2011)|
|I think we may have forgotten that, even though we may not have been active in the transfer market, last season we played some bloody good football. Yes we won't be the best team in league 1 this season but we certainly won't be the worst. I think we'll hold our own, nothing spectacular but we'll be ok. Loads of injuries and suspensions will bugger us up though!!!|
Still haven't signed any players (June 13, 2013)Who is Stewart Day? (June 8, 2013) - 1 commentNew Beginnings (May 24, 2013)Still no news (May 9, 2013)Holty's got a bird (May 7, 2013) - 1 commentLoads of cheap Shakers leisurewear up for grabs (April 24, 2013) - 1 commentThe End (of the season, not the football club - We hope) (April 23, 2013)Doomed Shakers finally hit some form (April 21, 2013)Final Chances to Watch Bury FC? (April 13, 2013)Who's going to save the Shakers? (April 11, 2013)Is relegation the end of the world? (April 10, 2013) - 1 commentRelegation's what you need (March 27, 2013)Things can only get shitter (March 4, 2013)Well done Bury, now we need a few more like that (February 27, 2013) - 1 commentCoventry on Saturday (February 14, 2013)Bury v Sheffield United (February 12, 2013)Bye bye Tom, Hello Tom (February 8, 2013)More new Shakers (February 4, 2013) - 2 commentsBury v Doncaster (February 2, 2013)Let's get on with it (January 29, 2013)More New Faces (November 10, 2012)Kevin Blackwell's Barmy Army (September 26, 2012)Bye Bye Bury (August 18, 2012) - 1 commentBury have made some signings (July 5, 2012)No News is Good News? (June 28, 2012)Euro 2012 (June 8, 2012) - 2 commentsIts all gone quiet over here (May 20, 2012) - 3 commentsha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! (May 13, 2012) - 1 commentPlease please please (May 6, 2012) - 2 commentsTop half of the league - Are you kidding me? (April 23, 2012)Home and Dry (April 15, 2012) - 1 commentF-1000. The future of law enforcement. (March 31, 2012)Goalies (February 24, 2012) - 1 commentBury's Progress (November 27, 2011)We're going to be alright (October 2, 2011)Its like pre-season has finally happened (September 1, 2011) - 1 commentRichie Barker, the new Alan Knill? (August 22, 2011) - 1 commentThe world renowned Kudus Oyenuga joins the Shakers (August 15, 2011)Two games in and I'm getting carried away already (August 10, 2011) - 2 commentsBury old boys quiet on opening day (August 8, 2011)Let's Get Ready To (G)Rumble (August 5, 2011) - 2 commentsCome on Richie, give us a fighting chance (July 20, 2011) - 1 commentUser Profiles (July 18, 2011) - 1 commentThe new look message board is now live (July 17, 2011) - 1 commentView historical blogs