Life as a Bury fan is very rarely boring. The club is either on the up or on a downer with few seasons that could be described as mediocre.
This book covers how, after defeat in the 1995 Third Division play-off final, the Shakers slumped to 89th place in the Football League structure before a remarkable resurgence.
Led by Stan Ternent, the manager’s charges including names like Lenny Johnrose, David Pugh, Tony Rigby, Mark Carter, Michael Jackson, Gary Kelly, Lee Bracey, Nick Daws, Chris Lucketti, Ian Hughes, Dean West, Phil Stant and David Johnson went on to win a last-gasp promotion in 1996.
Twelve months later, Stan went one better. Not only did his team containing masterstroke new signings like Dean Kiely, Paul Butler, Ronnie Jepson, Gordon Armstrong and Rob Matthews win a second successive promotion, they won the Second Division championship to boot as they were elevated to the second tier for the first time since 1969.
Bury found themselves competing on the same level as Manchester City, Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough, Sunderland and other comparatively huge clubs. Not only were they competing with them, they were performing extremely well against them too.
This is the remarkable story of the manager who led Bury on this incredible journey in his and his players’ own words.