Stanley return to the road this weekend, making the short trip to Bury for a local derby.

Ahead of kick off, Chris Forsyth has put together all the information you might need:

After picking up their first point of the season against Luton Town, Stanley are now looking to go one better with a first win of the new campaign away to local rivals Bury.

The Reds were close to the breakthrough in the 2-2 draw with the Hatters and with another week of training undeer their belts will be feeling confident of getting  good result at Gigg Lane.

Bury have made a good start to the campaign and are one of the sides tipped to challenge for promotion this season, so will present a stern test for James Beattie’s men.

Luke Simpson is available for selection once more after serving his one match suspension for being sent off in the defeat at Shrewsbury Town.

He’ll battle with Jay Lynch and QPR loanee Joe Lumley for the starting place in goal.

A number of other players are being monitored as they look to recover from injury including full back Michael Liddle.

Bury could welcome back goalkeeper Shwan Jalal from injury but striker Daniel Nardiello is out of contention.

Of the last 10 seasons the Shakers have spent eight in League Two, with the other two seasons spent in League One. In the 2008/09 season the club finished in 4th place in League Two and missed out on automatic promotion by a single goal. In the play offs that followed Bury lost to Shrewsbury Town in a penalty shootout. The club then gained automatic promotion to League One in the 2010/11 season.

The club then spent the following two seasons in League One, before being relegated back to League Two at the end of the 2012/13 season. Last season in League Two the Shakers finished in 12th place in the table.

Dave Flitcroft

40 year old Flitcroft is currently in his second managerial role, after joining the Shakers as manager in December 2013. Prior to being Bury manager, Flitcroft had a spell in charge of Barnsley between 2012 and 2013.

Prior to being a manager Flitcroft had a successful playing career, making over 400 appearances for a number of clubs including Rochdale, Chester and Bury.

Ryan Lowe

35 year old Lowe is currently in his second spell at the Shakers and opened his account for the club when opening the scoring in the Capital One Cup tie at Bolton Wanderers. During his first spell at the club Lowe scored 49 goals in 90 appearances.

So far during his career Lowe has made over 500 appearances and scored 161 league goals for a number of clubs, including Shrewsbury Town, Chester and Tranmere Rovers.

The two clubs have met on nine occasions in the league at Gigg Lane with Stanley winning two, drawing two and losing five of those meetings. The two sides met last season with the Shakers winning 3-0 with goals from Anton Forrester, Jordan Sinnott and Marlon Jackson and Stanley also had Danny Webber sent off. The clubs also met at the Store First Stadium last season and Stanley had Laurence Wilson sent off in a 0-0 draw.

The last time that Stanley picked up a victory at Bury was in the 2009/10 season when a late brace from Bobby Grant sealed a 2-0 victory.

The Shakers have made an excellent start to this seasons League Two campaign, currently sitting in 7th place in the table after picking up seven points from their opening four league games.

They have so far won one and lost one of their two home league matches and last time out defeated Plymouth Argyle 2-1, with goals from Tom Soares and Danny Rose and with Reuben Reid getting Plymouth’s goal.

Stanley’s 2-2 draw with Luton brought their first point of the new season. Their aim will now be all three.


Danny Rose 3
Ryan Lowe 1
Jimmy McNulty 1
Tom Soares 1


James Gray 2
Kal Naismith 1
Luke Joyce 1

Kevin Wright (Cambridgeshire)

Mr Wright is one of the most experienced refs in the Football League having officiated at this level for over a decade.

His last Stanley game was the goalless draw against Bury at the Store First Stadium in February.

This season: 3 games, 7 yellow cards, 0 red cards

The Ground

The Shakers have played at Gigg Lane since the club’s formation in 1885. The current capacity of the ground is 11,840 and the clubs record ever attendance is 35,000, which was set against Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup in 1960.

For more information on the Shakers, why not visit their official website or their Twitter feed @BuryFCofficial