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Two EFL clubs applauded by fans for setting up friendlies with Bury FC at Gigg Lane

Two EFL clubs have been applauded by fans for setting up pre-season friendlies with Bury FC, and both will be a Gigg Lane.

Bury will play Bradford City on Saturday the 8th of July, meaning it will be the Shakers’ first game back at their much loved home since the club were expelled from the EFL in 2019.

The Football Association only approved Bury’s return to the stadium just four days ago, and will be playing under the Bury FC name in the North West Counties League next season.

Bury have also confirmed that they will face Preston also at home, just a day after the Shakers take on Bradford.



We are pleased to announce that for the restart of men’s football down at Gigg Lane, we will be welcoming two huge local sides on a Saturday-Sunday double-header in early July.

To kick us off Mark Hughes brings his League Two outfit Bradford City to town on Saturday 8th July, 3pm.

Following this up, and he needs no introduction to the Bury faithful, Ryan Lowe brings his Championship-side Preston North End to Gigg Lane on Sunday 9th July, also a 3pm kick-off.

Both sides have committed to bringing down full squads for the fixture at the home of football in Bury. To purchase a home-end ticket for either of these games, click on the badges above.

Double-Header Ticket
To buy a ‘Double-Header’ ticket and attend both games, click on the image below:

Visiting Fan Tickets
The allocation of tickets for visiting supporters will be communicated by each club, with areas of the ground will be segregated so supporters can be appropriately managed.

Bradford City

It’s been over five years since Bury and Bradford City last did battle, in 2017/18, a season which saw Bury relegated from League One. Despite it being a generally shocking campaign for the Shakers, we managed to get four points off our visitors, winning 3-1 at Gigg Lane (even Chris Maguire scored!) and a last gasp George Miller equaliser made it 2-2 at Valley Parade.

Both sides have had their ups and downs, we’ve played each other in every Division bar the Premier League in the last 30-35 years, as well as the Football League Trophy, the League Cup and an FA Cup Third Round tie in 2015/16. After a pair of 0-0 draws, Bury won the replay on penalties to reach the Fourth Round.

Matches between the two teams have always been exciting and dramatic, and given the relatively short distance between us, there is very often a large away following particularly when the Bantams travel over the Pennines to Gigg Lane. We look forward to welcoming all Bantams to Gigg Lane, once again.

Preston North End

Another team that need little introduction to Shakers fans, with paths crossing a little further back in 2012 but with some classics along the way.

The big plus sees Ryan Lowe, manager at Gigg Lane in 2019 and a big part of the last memories of that unforgettable promotion still very fresh in the minds of all supporters, returning to be part of the formal re-opening of the stadium he once called home.

We wish to place on record our thanks to the managers and administrators of both teams to enable these fixtures to take place. To be playing each once again is something to savour.

We want to welcome our friends from Bradford and Preston, and thank them for helping us restart our journey and our history as Bury Football Club!

#ShakersTogether | #PartOfIt | #DoubleHeader

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As mentioned, the two EFL clubs were applauded by fans for setting up friendlies with Bury FC at Gigg Lane…

@burkeybcfc: Can’t wait to be back. Missed coming. A good away day

@SPHscout: Really chuffed that we are going to Bury. Been following the new team with interest… Even bought a shirt…. Hopefully this will help the club with some pennies 👍

@peter65536906: Hats off to Bradford and PNE 👏👏👏👏👏

@puffpuff65: Nice one Bradford & Preston helping out playing at Bury. Proper clubs

@Gymbo20944400: Fair play the Bradford and PNE, propper clubs 👏

@jonnybantam72: So pleased we are supporting the weekend!!!

@NathanAsh66: How about a game vs Rochdale too 😊

@jamalsadiq87: Get one against bolton

@GLPNE73: Last time I went to Gigg Lane, #pnefc had a young keeper called Pickford in goal.

@albalders39: Back to Bury!

@lukejoelfish9: Done mint here Bury, fairs to @officialbantams @pnefc for agreeing to it

@lmonaghan86: This is quality! 😎

@AJBeeca: Fantastic fixture. I’m in.

@bfdbannon: Quality that

@BcafcSzn: That’s fucking class

@_McCluskeyR: Gigg Lane hosting matches again is pretty cool that’s a decent trip

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