Forever Bury FC is the name given to the Bury fans team, a group of supporters who travel all across Britain to support the Shakers. Before almost every match, they play a full 90 minute game of football against the supporters of the team Bury are playing.
At the start of the 2003/2004 season, on 23 August, Bury FC were due to play Kidderminster Harriers at their Aggborough ground in the Midlands . It was an ordinary match at the start of an ordinary season. However, one Kidderminster Harriers fan registered on the Bury message board and posted a message challenging Bury FC to a game between the fans prior to the actual match later that afternoon. Bury FC obviously did not have a fans team at that point, but the idea suggested by the Kidderminster fan sparked much interest in the concept. Through the message board, a group of fans all agreed to play and turn up to the ground at 10.30 for kick-off. The organisation was not brilliant, and many of the players were meeting each other for the first time. The ground was hard and the conditions very hot. Players were put into positions that were not their favourite and the Bury fans team found themselves eventually losing the game by four goals to one. The result was not the best, a 4-1 defeat but all the players agreed they had enjoyed playing and that it would be a good idea to do it some other time.
It was this season that the team really came together to become a proper force. With a strong squad, it was decided that FBFC would enter the IFA Fans League. They purchased a full Bury FC away strip to wear during their matches and even managed to arrange a full squad photo on the Gigg Lane pitch.
FBFC managed to remain unbeaten all season in the IFA League, and went on a staggering winning run that lasted almost the entire season, notching up phenomenal scores like a 10-2 victory over Macclesfield Town, and a 17-0 home win against Preston North End. They quickly rose through the IFA League to end in a top ten finish and being feared as one of the best teams in the whole of Britain.
At the climax of the season, FBFC held their own Festival of Football, a six-a-side football tournament which was a great success, and they also entered into the WorldNet football tournament – the FA Cup of the IFA Fans League.
In their first full season in the IFA League (2005/2006), the fans team finished second place, and also did well in competitions. Although they got knocked out of the IFA Cup in the first round, they reached the semi finals of the Land ‘ut Gods tournament before it was abandoned due to waterlogged pitches, and the B team reached the quarter finals of the WorldNet tournament, before being knocked out by eventual winners Celtic.
2012/2013 Round Up:
The Forever Bury B Team finished the top English side in last term, finishing just 1 point behind the League Champions Livingston. Whilst the Forever Bury A Team ended the season in 26th position playing only 18 games out of a possible 20, with the potential of finishing in the top 10. A mixed team retained the plate at a Tranmere, the Forever Bury A team got through to the quarter final of World Net and suffered a disappointing 1-nil loss after wasting several chances.
Forever Bury A:
Forever Bury B
IFA Stats: ifastats.webs.com/ (league tables, etc…)
IFA Website: www.internetfootball.org.uk/about-the-ifa/