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League 2 > Bury's Gigg Lane

DATES VISITED : 22/2/2003, 25/8/2003, 30/8/2004, 2/10/2005

THIS REPORT IS BASED ON THE GAME DATED :  2/10/2005

City haven't had many fruitful trips to Bury down the years, a 7-1 defeat being the most obvious disappointment and this trip seemed daunting as City couldn't defend for their lives and Bury couldn't stop scoring.

However, the day started in typical style with going on the Official Supporters Coach and travelling towards Lancashire without an major hassle. Getting to the ground in Bury is a bit awkward when you do it although it does sound very simple. Just take the 3rd exit at the roundabout as you go into Bury and then follow the road for about 3 years before eventually coming to a road with a very worn out "Gigg Lane" sign and go down there.

In previous years, City had been in the Manchester Road End Stand, however, this stand was now for home fans only due to a poll on the official site. To be honest, I was a little annoyed through leaving this end because it offered a great view of the action, allowed plenty of leg room and could create a lot of noise. For this single game, the away fans had been allocated one side of the club's main stand and it's like being in a totally different ground.

The seating in this stand is also quite good, however, what lets it down if the completely random mesh covering 6 or 7 seats so you have to either walk the long way around or did it army style under the mesh. The view from this section was amazing and as you can tell from the pictures below, offers a great view of the action. This stand is shared with the home supporters.

The stand to our left was ironically "the Cemetery End" which to be fair, was a nice stand, however, the one thing that puzzles me about this stand is the random brick wall towards the left hand side that blocks the view of at least 10 seats. However, what I do like about this stand is that unlike most in the division, it has a corner section that goes around the bend to the best stand in the ground. Despite of the posts, this stand must offer a great view of the action.

The one thing I find curious about the fans at Bury, is that the majority of them want to sit in the worst end of the ground. There is no atmosphere at Bury and the only noise you'll really hear from them is the occasional moan that accompanies around 2,000 arms waving.

Overly, I actually like Bury, especially from the view that you get in the side stand, it is one of the best views available in the division and only Rochdale can really rival it. I would go to this ground again randomly if given the chance, it's realitively close to Lincoln (only 2 and a half hours away) and the ground has the thing that's mean in a lot of grounds these days, the feeling that football just feels like it really means something around here, I can't really describe it, so I won't bother. 

SCORES

 

Overall Ground Quality : 7

Ease of getting there : 6

Atmosphere : 0

Programme : 8

View of Action : 9

Leg Space : 7

The "football" feeling : 8

Friendliness of Home Supporters : 0 (how much can one set of fans moan?)

Quality of the game : 4

Chances of Coming Here Again If Given Chance : 6

 

Overall : 55/100

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