August 30 – Within days of Bury becoming the first English professional team to go out of business for 27 years, the English Football League have been accused of acting too hastily after an investment company reportedly came up with £7 million proof of funds to take over the League One (third-tier) club.
Amid fury from the fans, authorities have refused to reverse the decision to throw Bury out despite the club arguing the bid was made aware to them before the deadline of 5pm on Tuesday. Reports have also been that the players are threatening to sue the EFL over negligence.
“Everyone connected with Bury Football Club were shocked, and disappointed with the EFL’s decision to expel this wonderful, historic, community-driven club from the Football League,” a club statement read.
“This decision was taken despite a credible new bidder being made aware to them before Tuesday’s 5pm deadline.
“This is something we are struggling to comprehend as the new bidder has proven significant funds to the EFL – funds to allow them to take over, run and secure the long-term future of Bury Football Club.
“Everyone at the club believed that such (were) the capabilities of the potential new owner, this would’ve started a brand new era for the club, seeing it go from strength to strength.”
Meanwhile the Football Supporters’ Association has called on fans at this weekend’s matches across the country to hold a minute’s applause in “a nationwide display of solidarity for Bury”.
The FSA want fans to applaud in the 27th minute of games as the club were expelled on 27 August as well as being the first to lose their League status for 27 years.
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