Bury FC's trip to Accrington Stanley suspended

The EFL have suspended a second fixture.

Bury's trip to Accrington Stanley next Saturday has been suspended.

Today's game against MK Dons was suspended by the English Football League earlier this week. 


An EFL statement said:

The EFL Board has today received an update of the position in respect of ongoing matters at Bury FC.

Following a lengthy discussion the Board agreed that progress had been made with regard to the outstanding evidence requested by the League.

However, the information provided is still not enough to demonstrate that the Club has the ability to immediately settle all football debts, meet the obligations to unsecured creditors and ensure the Club has the appropriate financial resources for the 2019/20 season.

As a result the Board has regrettably determined that Bury’s League One fixture away at Accrington Stanley, scheduled to take place on Saturday 10 August 2019, will be suspended under the provision of EFL Regulation 28.2.  

In accordance with EFL Regulations Accrington Stanley were consulted on the matter prior to the decision being finalised.

The EFL acknowledges this remains a difficult and challenging period for the Club, their players and supporters; and will continue to work with the ownership at Bury FC as it looks to resolve all outstanding matters.


In reply, Bury FC Chairman Steven Dale issued this response:


I today have seen the biggest injustice I have ever seen from this alleged body there to help clubs “the EFL.”

Again after submitting all that was asked from the EFL from our Lawyer, we got a call late tonight saying they are postponing our fixture with Accrington Stanley. 

Grounds given to our Lawyer from Nick Craig “we want to substantiate some figures that may or may not be correct” we requested what these were as we could answer them there and then, the reply “we will get them to you as soon as we can but we are all at matches this weekend” and so would Bury fans if the EFL played with a straight bat.

Why did they not wait till Monday to again postpone our fixture if something was missing, we have the weekend to get any information to them, but no once again they prove they are clearly “The Destroyer of Clubs” where malice and vindictive actions take precedence over the whole premise of the EFL TO HELP CLUBS.

Let me list below the requirements sent from there Solicitor which we had to comply with, facts in bold, I do this to prevent ambiguity.

1.) Confirmation and evidence that all outstanding sums due to players will (or have been) paid in full to the satisfaction of the EFL and the PFA; THE PFA CONFIRMED TO THE EFL THAT THIS HAD BEEN AGREED TO THE SATISFACTION OF BOTH PARTIES.

2.) Receipt of written evidence of a bank account with £1.5m in it or a guaranteed line of credit for this amount freely available to the Club (and not any third party) which will allow the Club to operate in the 2019/2020 season;  A LETTER OF CREDIT WAS GIVEN TODAY FOR £1.65M.

3.) A certificate/email confirming that the SAG has approved that the Stadium is fit for purpose and that all the necessary plans are in place for the 2019/2020 season; THEY WERE DONE BEFORE THEIR LAST STATEMENT.


I could've gone into the ill truths last time, that tried to discredit me and can disprove any allegations about me, but this beats them all, the deal was struck with our Lawyer and we were just waiting for them to say all is good so we can sign our players who 100% want to play for Bury and have waited patiently, the EFL are aware these players will have to sign elsewhere and seem to be dragging this out till we lose them as nobody expected us to save Bury never mind get players signing of the calibre we have so clearly there is an agenda here, I was told tonight by Debbie Jevans when I said just let us sign our team please before we lose them, the reply “you can play with your youth”, I REST MY CASE.


Steven D Dale

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