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Bury owner hopes FA put them in National League next season

Bury owner Steve Dale hopes FA put them in National League next season and is willing to step down as chairman to make it happen.

Because the Shakers still exist, despite the ongoing off-field chaos, it means that they could be allowed to enter tiers five and six of English football under FA rules.

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Bury were kicked out of League One in August after failing to provide proof of funding. The same day the club saw a takeover bid collapse, Bolton managed to be saved, but were still handed a 12 point deduction for going into administration.

Dale has opened up on his plans, he told The Sun: “We have lodged an application with the FA to be placed into a league for next season.

“Due to being the chairman when the club was removed from the EFL, I might have to step down to satisfy the National League’s entry criteria and I’m prepared to do that.”

Bury submitted their application on March the 31st, but they will have to wait on the outcome due to the disruption of the coronavirus crisis.

Dale bout them for £1 back in December 2018 with the club’s in 17million worth of debt.

After having their winding up petition court appearance adjourned countless of times, he hopes to agree a new deal to prevent the club from being wound up.

He added: “The problem we’ve got is we won’t know the criteria of that until the FA tell us what league we can enter – but renegotiating the CVA won’t be a problem.

“I just hope the FA do right by us and put us in the division our history, heritage and fans deserve.”

Questions would most likely still be raised however on if Bury can survive based on their financial issues.

National League clubs are to receive around £90,000, and that figure reduces to just £13,000 in the National League North. So wouldn’t be a huge amount of help should Bury receive it.

Dale is confident that the club will be able to survive regardless of their situation next term, saying: “Bury will still be a decent club in the National League. It’s never been a big, high-profile club.

“The sponsors were local people. The fans are local people and we never got massive gates. The club is sustainable.”

How many times though has he let fans, staff and players down though? Time will tell as to whether he can pull this off.

What could it mean for Bury AFC, the newly formed non league club created by fed up supporters, who couldn’t see how the original club would survive.

They had been expected to join the North West Counties League along with new club FC Isle of Man.

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