Bury have received backing from the Football Association to join the National League after being kicked out of the EFL this season.
They lost their place for failing to give evidence on fulfilling their financial commitments with a collapsed takeover bid.
Bury North MP James Frith had a meeting with members of the FA board on Friday to discuss if the club can be admitted to the fifth or sixth level of the English football pyramid.
He and the Bury FC Rescue Board hoped the 71 EFL clubs backed a proposal to reinstate them in League Two next season, saying they had “active committed bidders” interested in taking over the club, but it was rejected on the 26th of September.
He said: “I’m delighted to have the backing of the FA to get Bury FC into the National League system and I’ll be working with them and all stakeholders to make this happen at the earliest opportunity”.
Andy Ambler, the FA’s director of professional game relations, said: “We held a positive meeting with James Frith today and look forward to working together.”
The club also faces a winding-up petition on the 16th of October by HM Revenue & Customs.
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