Fans have been left shocked by Bury FC owner Steve Dale’s bizarre official statement which was posted a year to the day that the club were expelled.
It was in 2019 when he went back and forth with the Football League, only for it to end with the club becoming the first since 1992 to be kicked out of the competition.
12 months later and the future of the two-time FA Cup winners hasn’t been made any clearer, though since then, phoenix club Bury AFC have been formed, and yesterday saw them play their first game – which they won 5-0 against Daisy Hill, as they build up to life in the North West Counties First Division North.
43 of the 51 companies Steve Dale has owned have been liquidated. Fit and proper person test?
— Football FanCast (@FootballFanCast) August 28, 2019
Dale recently saw had application for the club to play in the National League, the top two tiers of non-league, turned down by the Football Association.
He says he is now working more closely with supporters’ trust Forever Bury and has again reiterated his claim that he is trying to get the Shakers back on the field for the 2020/21 season, while also taking aim at his critics, including the media and BBC.
Read what is well and truly one of the most bizarre statements you’ve ever read below…
We are pleased to announce that due to new blood being introduced to Forever Bury one person in particular a successful businessman, a dialogue has commenced that should have started 20 months ago when Bury FC needed solidarity, I’m advised Forever Bury were duped by persons involved at the time which caused this and thankfully Forever Bury have seen this and these individuals have gone.
We are as eager as we were day one to foster a relationship now they have found their way, so we can work together to overcome whatever the EFL & FA do to us to prove our GREAT CLUB is here stay, remember there is “ONLY ONE BURY FOOTBALL CLUB”.
Joy Hart, your love of the Bury Football Club is welcomed and noted, however it would be nice not to be vilified yet again by you and our local newspaper and to be asked your questions rather than assuming “inaction”, a lot of people have put a lot of work into making Bury stronger than it’s ever been, but you won’t know this without interaction, I am hoping Forever Bury will fill that void subject to legal parameters.
I can only apologize to her and many other Loyal and decent fans for the medicine we had to administer to Bury FC to save her and indeed the silence due to legal constraints. What we didn’t factor in was the EFL and more recently the FA, I wrongly assumed they were there to help Clubs not despots, there actions and not just at Bury have done little to help football. I think events unfolding over the coming months will shed light on this clearly broken model, it’s a great institution that needs an overhaul, new people with business acumen, just one look at the EFL’s last 2 years accounts show this is needed and where a sense of fair play prevails, where an understanding of individual situations take precedent over a rigid (a rigidity chosen at will I might add) rule book to oppress which has no place in a fair and decent democracy. Where the actions of these few destroy the many, both financially and morally.
I will concede that in certain circumstances very recently some of these rules have acted in the best interest of Clubs, however that’s where business acumen, an understanding of individual circumstances and decency come into play not blanket oppression.
Once our CVA is completed and settlement of Mr. Days loan on our stadium which have all been extremely complex, we can start in earnest to build our great Club back up again but on footings of concrete not sinking sand to ensure longevity.
We are in talks with potentially new Senior Staff with many years of involvement in the game at the highest level of football to help in our quest, many players have expressed a desire to play and help BURY FC be great again, however until the effects of Covid are sure none of us can be certain of the future and we are deciding if it would be financially prudent not to appeal the FA’s decision however wrong it was, to then not be able to play due to Covid.
We feel the course of action is to complete the financial tasks above, get a renovation programme started at the Club and lower Gigg, then start to build on our team and youth, refurbish our Social Club to be open Pub hours and then apply for 21/22 season when we are even stronger.
Given the above we also want to propose monthly friendlies and legend games as permitted in 20/21 even with social distancing our great Stadium can accommodate our Loyal fans so they can see our team building and getting ready for a Covid free 21/22
To our Council, who have expressed so many times their desire to help the institution in their town known as BURY FOOTBALL CLUB were still here and we welcome any help you can give.
To GMP, we came to you as £60000 was stolen from our club through fraud, we found the perpetrator’s, gave you irrevocable proof of the crime and you have done little in these many months to bring the individuals to justice, even though the monies were traced to their bank accounts. You have now stated you are taking this no further whilst conceding the crime had took place, using CPS as the get out and stating the following and I quote “As Bury FC was already in considerable financial difficulty it is not likely that recovery of the money would assist the club in any way or rectify the situation” not a lot I can say to that!
Is it any wonder the saying “CRIME PAYS” when that’s the Police stance, so if you get robbed and your struggling financially don’t phone the police as you’re in the Sh.. anyway, so it’s pointless it won’t help you recovering your monies or goods
I can assure you as funds permit our Lawyers will pursue these monies and Individuals through the Courts.
To the Press who so openly voiced outrage at BURY FC’s plight but did nothing to help, settling for sensational journalism and biased views from anyone however loosely linked to Bury to sell copy, BURY FC is still here and needs your support from its former plight to regain its rightful place in English Football lets forget the past and help Bury get back.
Finally, In a Total Unrelated Matter
To the BBC
Our Country has its pride deeply rooted from our endeavors in the war and the tenacity and the spirit of the British people, the BBC in its day helped in this keeping moral high when rationing was in place, family’s suffering unimageable pain and spirits were low.
You now think it prudent to persecute the elderly many who were either in these wars fighting for our great country or have lost loved ones, many being financially challenged, at great risk of COVID and even more so as winter comes, so your thank you to them is make them pay for a License fee, why so the directors can get a pay rise related to profits garnered by screwing the elderly, or for your new executive car, IT IS TRULY DISGUSTING THAT NOT ONLY HAVE THE BBC DONE IT BUT THE GOVERNMENT ALLOWED IT
If the above was not enough, the Suits that wander the corridors of power at the BBC decide that one of our greatest events, which when watching makes you proud to be British of what we were but certainly not at what were at risk of becoming. It would now seem they have determined we can no longer sing rousing songs that bound our once GREAT COUNTRY together, again it seems the moral compass of the few control the many.ITS WRONG
What’s left to sanction, Hymns or the Bible
Every Country has a past, you can’t eradicate it you have to learn by it.
“IT IS SAD THAT TO BE A GOOD PATRIOT ONE MUST OFTEN BE THE ENEMY OF OTHER PEOPLES”
— STATEMENT ENDS —
As mentioned, fans were left shocked by Bury FC owner Steve Dale’s bizarre official statement, see the reaction it got…
Steve Dale’s written first draft of the statement on the Bury FC website pic.twitter.com/dDWPVvpwp9
— David Fleming????????? (@Greyingbeard79) August 27, 2020
Bury FC, out of business and spending its afternoons making a c*nt of itself down Wetherspoons ranting at anyone who’ll listen. pic.twitter.com/cXFNtQ1lD6
— Pete ? (@Sarf_London) August 27, 2020
Bury FC literally just exists now as a platform for Steve Dale to air his views on the BBC and whatever else he feels like ranting about. Very sad to see that clubs name dragged through the mud. Can’t just let them die in peace can he?
— Sam Barker (@_SamBarker_) August 27, 2020
Ok I’ve finally read it. What the actual fuck happened there? Did he just get progressively more and more drunk as he wrote that?
— Fake Carlton (@_CarltonCole9) August 27, 2020
“Before you press send just read back the piece about the BBC and the Proms” pic.twitter.com/lEkYH3IS1n
— Damien Maddock (@DamienCLM) August 27, 2020
Wowzers, that is a statement. I am not sure I have ever seen a club statement mention the BBC licence fee and the Proms before. That is a new bar. ?
— Kenny Clarke (@clarkosa) August 27, 2020
The most ridiculous statement of the year goes to Bury FC.
By the end of it the author is clearly two thirds deep in a bottle of scotch. https://t.co/zkpRHmYj6i
— Tom (@runawaysss) August 27, 2020
Bury have released an.. ahem.. update.
50% of it is unintelligible whining about the plight of Steve Dale.
50% of it is unintelligible whining about the BBC, including comment on the licence fee and the Proms.
Grab the popcorn and have a read. It’s incredible stuff. https://t.co/5zW10ImUR0
— Against League 3 (@AgainstLeague3) August 27, 2020
STEVE DALE IS NOW ATTACKING THE BBC LMAOOOO WHAT DRUGS IS HE ON https://t.co/HBSNKof0gn
— Chris (@chrxs_t_) August 27, 2020
A reminder that @OfficialBuryAFC scored more goals yesterday than the total number of staff at Bury FC
— Will ?? (@WillB_2003) August 27, 2020