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Frustration for Bury after being handed points deduction by NWCFL

There is an added dose of frustration for Bury after being handed a points deduction by the NWCFL Management Committee this week.

The Shakers state they are to appeal the decision by the North West Counties League to dock them three points for fielding an ineligible player last month (August 2023), relating to a new signing.

Bury dispute this and will appeal to the Football Association. As per the current league table, they sit 2nd in the table, taking 21 points from 11 games played, 6 wins, 3 draws and 2 defeats, having scored 26 and conceded.

They are also four points behind the league leaders, Kendal Town, who have 25 points.


Following a North West Counties Football League Management Committee meeting held on 6th September 2023, we have been notified of the League’s intention to fine the club £100 and deduct three points for fielding a player contracted to another club.

The club disputes this and is in the process of appealing to the Football Association. No sanctions will take effect until the appeal has been heard.

We know supporters will be severely disappointed to learn that we might lose hard earned points, as is Andy Welsh and his team. We would, however, ask for your patience as we go through the appeals process and will not be sharing any further information at this stage so as not to compromise that appeal.

In addition to the appeal, the club has now also made some process changes to mitigate against this risk in future. The volunteer involved in the transfer is no longer working with the club, and there is no evidence he knew of a problem. Neither the player nor any of the management team were aware of any concerns, and we would not play anyone where there was any known problem. There is nothing to be gained by blaming individuals given the specifics of this case.

The points deduction does not alter any of the results achieved to date. They all stand. There are 105 points up for grabs in our league campaign now. The focus is on continuing with our preparations and winning as many of those points as possible until the end of the season.

This is what fans had to say amid frustration for Bury after being handed a points deduction by the NWCFL…

@CalMayer_: It’s a fucking shit show this club. Absolute circus! 🤡

@adam_flynn98: Really need to get rid of Andy Welsh now. The team aren’t playing for him and we look clueless compared to every other team who come and play us off the park. No pattern of play and everything is off the cuff. We need a new manager now.

@dubbzylad: Whatever peoples thoughts are on Welsh and his players, his job is being made harder each week by those above him. Those “2 points gained” in the last 2 games are most certainly 4 points lost.

@MarkyParton: Not sure what is being appealed here. Open and shut case of playing a player (bringing him on when already 4..1 up btw) who is still on contract to another club. The player concerned knew he was too. His representative was trying to get the club to wave his contract.

@SamHeath2019: Anything to stop us ey 🙃 #buryfc

@BCroskell92: Hahaha not as straight forward as they thought. Can’t even field a eligible team man 😂😂

@mjtc1023: Getting too much negative publicity this club.Board needs proper governance and organisation to manage the club properly and the huge turnover this club generates. This is a going concern not a hobby club. More professionalism not amateurs

@JacobSte22: One normal day at Bury is all i ask for

@earsby: Obviously this is disappointing news. Hopefully the appeal will prove fruitful. Please remember that the folks behind the scenes are all volunteers, who have put in thousands of hours of effort, especially in the run up to the season. #buryfc

@harrybwfc446: Shocked they’ve not asked the fans to pay for it🤣

@michiganjayoli: Learn from this guys, come on!

@maccers1968: Just gets better! 🤡

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