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R.I.P. Neville Neville

It’s a very sad day indeed for everyone involved with Forever Bury as the shocking news of Nev Neville’s passing hits home. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jill and all the Neville family.

Nev always had the interests of Bury FC and its long term survival at heart but he was also instrumental in helping to set up and launch Forever Bury. It’s really unthinkable where Bury FC may have been now, or even if we would still have a club, if Nev hadn’t taken it on himself on numerous occasions to help get the club through the various pitfalls it has faced over the years. It’s a testament to Nev that we can still watch our beloved Bury FC week in week out.

In his memory we will be adding his name to the Forever Bury Memorial Board where he will take pride of place alongside the name of Fred Mason.

Thanks for everything Nev!

Gone but living in the hearts and minds of every Bury fan!”




Nomination to the Forever Bury Board

It’s that time of year again when the Forever Bury Board is looking for new blood. There are seven of the twelve places on the board up for election. All the retiring board members are free to seek re-election.


All current Forever Bury members can stand for the board, but must be nominated by two current Forever Bury members.


The independent scrutineer must have received all nominations and candidate statements up to 400 words by noon on Friday 21st August 2015. If there are more nominations than places on the board an election will be held and the election papers will be sent out with the AGM notice at the end of August. The result of the election will be announced at the AGM on Saturday 26th September 2015 at 5.30pm in the social club.


Copies of the Election Rules, based on Supporters Direct Best Practice rules can be obtained from the cabin, via the Forever Bury postal address, email or downloaded here



The AGM is where members can have a say in the future direction of the trust, all current members can put forward motions to be voted on at the AGM.

All motions need to be sent to the Secretary, at the usual address or via e-mail to by the 21st August 2015. The secretary will check that the proposer is a current member and that the motion is not against the constitution or does not ask the society to do something, which is illegal. If the motion is in order it will be added to the AGM agenda to be voted on by the members.


For a copy of the nomination form click here

Supporters Summit

This year’s Supporters Summit, jointly hosted by national fan organisations the Football Supporters’ Federation and Supporters Direct, will take place in Manchester on Saturday 18th July 2015 (10am start) and the FSF AGM is on Sunday 19th July (11am). Register for the Supporters Summit Here -


About the Supporters Summit

The event attracts fans from across Britain who will debate football’s big issues and seek to influence the game for the better. Last year’s event covered ownership issues, Financial Fair Play, kicking racism out of football, ticket prices, away allocations, and more. The event is being supported by BT Sport and The Supporters Club, the broadcaster’s initiative that aims to use sport to improve the lives of disadvantaged youngsters.

This year there’ll be speakers and workshops covering a variety of topics: FIFA, ticket prices, ownership, and more. Hundreds of fans, from an array of clubs will be there. Get involved and make a difference.

FSF Chief Executive Kevin Miles said: “This is a great opportunity to get involved and express fan power. On the back of a huge top-flight media deal, we want to see ticket prices brought down and wealth spread throughout lower league and grassroots football. Come along, have your say, and make a difference.”

SD Chair Brian Burgess said: “Last year was an incredible success, and we look forward to making sure that this year’s Supporters Summit brings together a collection of fans who are interested in shaping the game for the future. This year’s event will have even more opportunities for fans to network, share best practice and gain insight on how to further their supporters trust and engage with local communities.”

2015’s Summit will be sponsored by BT Sport which has played a significant role in allowing the Supporters Summit to be free for all fans.

About the FSF The FSF is the national supporters’ organisation for all football fans from England and Wales comprising more than 500,000 individual fans and members of local supporters’ organisations from every club in the professional structure and beyond. Fans can join the FSF free of charge and it only takes a few minutes. Learn more at

About SD GROWTH: Supporters’ trusts have now been established at over 185 clubs. MEMBERSHIP: Over 370,000 people are members of supporters’ trusts in the UK FINANCE: Supporters’ trusts have now brought in well over £30 million of new finance into football and rugby league. (This amounts to almost £7 of investment for every £1 of funding to SD) OWNERSHIP: 40 clubs in the UK are in ownership or in control by supporters’ trusts, including Football League clubs Portsmouth FC, AFC Wimbledon, Exeter City and Wycombe Wanderers. PARTNERSHIP: Over 100 supporters’ trusts now have shareholding in their club. BOARDROOM: Over 70 supporters’ trusts have directors at their clubs, including Premier League Swansea City FC. REACH: Supporters of nearly 70% of clubs in the top five divisions of football in England, and the top four divisions in Scotland have established supporters’ trusts.

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About BT Sport BT Sport’s The Supporters Club aims to build a better world through sport by changing the lives of disadvantaged young people. The Supporters Club has raised over £3.5 million from BT Sport customers and BT. So far The Supporters Club has partnered with Comic Relief to fund 27 sport-inspired community projects – 17 in the UK and 10 overseas, with over 94,000 people now giving monthly donations. Learn more at

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The 10th Forever Bury Beer Festival Thursday May 14th – Saturday May 16th 11.00am – 11.00pm Daily

The 10th Forever Bury Beer Festival Thursday May 14th – Saturday May 16th 11.00am – 11.00pm Daily

There were euphoric scenes at Prenton Park last Saturday when Bury FC brought their successful season to a close by beating Tranmere Rovers 1 – 0 and, with Southend United failing to win, the Shakers were promoted back to League One and fans celebrated long into the night.

Volunteers from Forever Bury, the Bury FC Supporters Trust, are hoping that the celebrations will carry on next week as they throw open the doors of the Bury FC Social Club to host the 1oth Forever Bury Beer Festival.

This ever popular event has raised over £103,000.00 to date and brings people in from all over the country and even from further afield to sample the large range of real ales on offer and all at the amazing price of just £2.00 per pint.

There is also an extensive bottle bar with a large range of German beers at its core. This is also complimented by a fantastic array of ciders from around the British Isles.

As always the Festival has linked up with a local charity for this year’s event and everyone at Forever Bury is delighted to be helping the Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity this year as “Super Josh” was a Forever Bury junior member. Let’s hope that everyone attending this year takes a little time out to chat with one of the helpers of the Charity to learn more about Josh’s short life and support them.

The Saturday afternoon session is always fun as people are asked to come along in football shirts which ever club or country you support, everyone is welcome. It would be brilliant to see some of the Shakers shirts from years gone by so if you are coming along on Saturday 16th please get your football shirt on.

Finally, this is likely to be the last Festival held in the Bury FC Social Club as development plans at the ground see it closing soon. Forever Bury are already planning the next one which is hoped to move inside the ground which means we can carry on growing it for many years to come and even one day be rivalling the Stockport Beer Festival which started way back in 1987 and  has been held at Stockport County’s ground since 2004

Car Boot 2015 Season

This season’s car boot sales are under way, the first one was held on Easter Sunday 5th April.The remaining dates are

Sunday 3rd May

Sunday 31st May

Sunday 21st June

Sunday 5th July

Sunday 2nd August

Sunday 6th September

Sunday 4th October

The car boots start at 7.30am until about 12 noon. It costs £12 for a car or £15 for a van or a car with a trailer. No booking is required. Toilets and refreshments are available. Please respect the neighbours if you arrive early.

If you require any further information please contact Derek on 07717336555 or via email

Junior Casework Officer Vacancy at Supporters Direct

Junior Casework Officer
Salary £20K – based North West England.
Supporters Direct (SD) is Europe’s leading organisation within sport and community engagement.  SD is a small, exciting and vibrant organisation which works with 190 supporters trusts’ and has over 400,000 members.
This opportunity has arisen to join our team, we are looking for a Junior Casework Officer with a keen interest in football and rugby league to provide vital casework support to the Head of Casework and Constitutional Affairs, helping us strengthen and build our network/membership throughout a range of member organisations and sports.
The successful candidate will have excellent people skills and be comfortable managing their own   workload.  A commitment to the supporters’ trust movement and an understanding of ownership models and knowledge of Co-operative values and principles would also be a benefit.
In summary, you will:
Create new Supporters Trusts
Member development and ongoing support
Enabling trust engagement with their Club
Assisting line manager with regional networks and events
For more information contact Laura Knewstub (  To apply please submit a CV and covering letter and send to Laura Knewstub, 020 7250 8138. Apply by 5.00pm on 13th April  2015.

Forever Bury Junior Shakers’ Tour

Forever Bury Team up with the Bury FC Commercial Department to offer Junior Shakers a ground tour.

Forever Bury have confirmed with the club that they will undertake a Junior Members Stadium Tour. The tour will take place before the Luton Town game in the FA Cup on the 6th December 2014. All juniors wanting a tour of the ground must be a FB Junior Member (free to join). The tour will start from the Forever Bury Cabin at 12:45pm, with a view of the Changing Rooms, Gym, Dugouts and the Stadium Control Box. We look forward to showing the junior shakers around the ground at a look behind the scenes of your club.

November 2014 Meeting With Glenn Thomas, CEO of Bury Football Club

We are pleased to report that at last night’s Forever Bury Board meeting, Glenn Thomas, CEO of Bury Football Club, addressed the meeting and answered questions put to him by the Forever Bury Board members.

Glenn outlined in some detail the plans Bury FC have to make Bury FC sustainable, with a substantial  income stream emanating from non football activities.

It will be appreciated that many of the plans and the income forecasts, at this stage must remain confidential, however, of those which are already common place, the use of the stadium for concerts, boxing (including hopefully Scott Quigg), and the development of the stands,  are impressive, more importantly, realistic, and are in the advanced planning stages .

Glenn answered questions about the ‘loans’, and the recent David Conn article. He assured us that the loan referred to is about to be repaid, and that any loan on which a charge or interest is noted  on the ground will be effected with the best interests of the Club at heart. That is how businesses progress.

Glenn also agreed and committed to a greater role for Forever Bury within the Club, with us working together to increase the profile and image of Bury Football Club, ranging from fans forums to regular meetings of the two Boards, to events hosted by Forever Bury, including greater use of the Social Club, from which figures given, already confirms its increasing popularity.

As said, the fine details of the Board’s plans, which were given, cannot at this stage be made public until they have been put before the shareholders in January then they will be announced shortly afterwards at Forever Bury’s Fans Forums. So expect exciting times for Bury Football Club. But, as always,  Forever Bury, the Supporters Trust, will always have Bury FC’s long-term interests at heart .

The Board of Forever Bury thank Glenn Thomas for attending our Board meeting, and for answering some difficult questions, candidly. We look forward to our next formal meeting together next month.

Joy Hart, now a Director of Bury Football Club, will be attending Director’s meetings as your Forever Bury representative, and we are pleased to announce a fans forum at which at least one other Director will be present, and members of the playing staff will be invited.  The date has provisionally been pencilled in for 18 February.  Watch this space!

Fans Trust secure Directors role on Bury FC’s Board

Bury Football Club have confirmed that Ms Joy Hart has completed the required Football League forms to apply to become a director of the Club. Joy’s role will be to liaise between the Club and Forever Bury, The Bury FC’s Supporters Trust, and create a more regular dialogue between the Club and its Fans. This will include quarterly fans forums as well as some open Q & A Clinics.


The first forum will be held in February 2015 following on from the Shareholders meeting at the end of January. Both the Club and Forever Bury see this as the start of a new working relationship and both sides are looking forward to working hand in hand for the benefit of the Club.


This is the new beginning that both sides believe is the way forward for all concerned and as such the club urge all fans to support this partnership and join Forever Bury and enjoy the new activities that will be announced in the future.
Joy is the daughter of Les Hart who was a player, Captain, first team coach, physiotherapist and manager of the Club for a total of 44 years (He also fed the club cat too!!!) and not only features on the Forever Bury Memorial Board in its base at the club but has one of the stands at the ground named in his memory. Les also had an exhibition to celebrate his life at just one club, Bury FC, for three years at the Football Museum at Preston.


She has been attending games since she was a child, and like many fans, remembers the highs and lows of supporting the beloved Bury FC teams over the years. Over the last few years she has also been a Forever Bury director helping to involve youngsters with Forever Bury and tBury FC.


She says,

“We now have a bright future to look forward to together so if you have a soft spot for the Shakers please consider joining us, look at our web page to join, or call in at the Forever Bury Cabin on match days where you will be most welcome.


There are also several ways that local companies can also get involved either as sponsors for some of our events, the Annual Forever Bury Beer Festival is our biggest event (  ), or by joining our Discount Scheme. We do have a Corporate Membership and would urge any local company to join.

One of my new duties on the Board will be to listen to your views and report back on them to the directors.

Fans forums will become a regular date to put into your diary and Q &A sessions will also take place at intervals. This is a new era of communication between the Forever Bury Board and the Club and we would like you to be a part of it.”

Joy can be reached by email:

Or by post to: Joy Hart, Bury Football Club, The JD Stadium, Gigg Lane, Bury, Lancs, BL9 9HR


Letters can also be dropped in at the Forever Bury Cabin on match days.