We trace Bury’s Fourth Di­vi­sion pro­mo­tion win­ners from 1984-85

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Neil Fissler

WAYNE EN­TWISTLE be­came a Shak­ers leg­end as one half of the lethal part­ner­ship that scored the goals to take Bury to the most un­likely of pro­mo­tion suc­cesses.

The Shak­ers have al­ways found it hard living in the shadow of the two Manch­ester gi­ants, United and City, with money of­ten in very short sup­ply around Gigg Lane.

Manager Martin Dob­son brought to­gether a team mainly us­ing his Burn­ley and Ever­ton con­nec­tions to fin­ish fourth, seven points ahead of fifth-place Here­ford to claim their place in the Third Di­vi­sion.

For­mer Claret Dob­son raided Turf Moor for Joe Jakub, Leighton James, Terry Pash­ley and Kevin Young,who were to play key roles in their suc­cess.

En­twistle, in his sec­ond spell at the club, and home-grown tal­ent Craig Mad­den earned their place in Bury folk­lore with 43 goals be­tween them.

Mad­den and En­twistle, who scored 21 that sea­son, were two of just 16 play­ers used by Dob­son, who didn’t even have a re­serve team at his dis­posal.

“Money is al­ways tight at Bury. You are ob­vi­ously in the shad­ows of United and City, and a lot of peo­ple in the town used to go to watch them,” said En­twistle.

“I used to do the same as a boy.I’d watch Bury one week but I’d also go down to Manch­ester United the next week.

“I’d see Ge­orge Best score great goals, like he did against Sh­effield United which was re­cently voted in the best six goals he scored.”

En­twistle doesn’t think it was such a sur­prise that they won pro­mo­tion de­spite their lack of num­bers – be­cause of Dob­son’s homework.

“I don’t think scrap­ping the re­serve team that year was Martin’s idea, it was pos­si­bly taken the year be­fore,” said En­twistle.

“But it wasn’t re­ally a shock get­ting pro­mo­tion.We had an up-and­com­ing manager in Martin and an ex­cel­lent coach in Frank Casper.

“They brought in qual­ity play­ers, ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers like Leighton James on the left-hand side. Win­ston White was al­ready there on the right, so it meant you had good ser­vice.

“Andy Hill, who came from Manch­ester United’s youth set-up, was the only in­ex­pe­ri­enced player they brought in.

“We al­ready had Craig Mad­den up front who had been a goal ma­chine for the past six or seven years and he just con­tin­ued what he was do­ing.

“I’d known from my first spell at the club when we’d played in the re­serves to­gether that he was a nat­u­ral goalscorer and a great player to play with.

“I re­ally en­joyed play­ing with Craig.You knew if you did enough don­key work through­out a game, he was go­ing to get a goal.

“We were all brought up to play the game cor­rectly, we all had a foot­ball brain and abil­ity, we played hard but fair.

“It was just a very good set-up.We played pure foot­ball, ev­ery­thing was done right. Dis­ci­pline was right from the off and that’s why we got through with only 16 play­ers. Martin was big on dis­ci­pline. There was noth­ing petty, no talk­ing back and all of those silly things which can end up be­ing costly.”

1. Ray Pointer: Eng­land in­ter­na­tional who also coached at Burn­ley be­fore open­ing a sand­wich shop. Then man­aged a sub de­pot for Grat­ton Home Shop­ping.

2. Wilf McGuin­ness: The physio, who suc­ceeded Sir Matt Busby as Manch­ester United manager, also took charge of York City. Is now a popular af­ter-din­ner speaker.

3. Wayne En­twistle: A Bury-born leg­end and still lives in the town where he runs his own meat sup­plies com­pany, En­twistle Fresh Farm Foods.

4. Trevor Ross: The mid­fielder re­tired at age 31 to be­come an HGV driver. Now lives in Bard­s­ley, Lan­cashire, and works as a trans­port su­per­vi­sor in Old­ham.

5. Andy Hill: The Eng­land youth in­ter­na­tional be­came youth devel­op­ment of­fi­cer at Bury. Is now an agent for a legal, fi­nan­cial and claims man­age­ment firm in the USA.

6. David Brown: He mar­ried an Ital­ian and went to live near Veruc­chio in Italy where he ran a fam­ily ho­tel. Then opened an English lan­guage school.

7. John Bramhall: Af­ter gain­ing a de­gree, he joined the PFA in 1997 and is cur­rently as­sis­tant chief ex­ec­u­tive in their Manch­ester of­fice.

8. John Kerr: Af­ter re­tir­ing, he went to work as youth team coach at Wal­sall be­fore mov­ing on to Cardiff City. He died sud­denly while on hol­i­day in Spain in June 2006, aged 46.

9. Terry Pash­ley: An Eng­land schools in­ter­na­tional who re­turned to Burn­ley as youth team coach and is now pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment phase lead coach.

10. Martin Dob­son: The Eng­land in­ter­na­tional also man­aged Bris­tol Rovers. Ran a man­age­ment firm in Bolton, has been Burn­ley’s direc­tor of youth devel­op­ment and a match host at Ever­ton.

11. Frank Casper: Now living in Burn­ley, who he man­aged. Went on to be­come a direc­tor of a sports­wear com­pany. His son Chris has man­aged the Shak­ers.

12. Gary Buck­ley: Is still living in his na­tive Manch­ester and works in the build­ing trade. He has also run Sal­ford side De La Salle Vet­er­ans in the Bolton Vet­er­ans’ League.

13. Kevin Young: Is now back living in County Durham in his na­tive North East. Works as a pri­son of­fi­cer.

14. Craig Mad­den: An­other Shak­ers leg­end. Was com­mu­nity of­fi­cer at Black­pool and youth team boss at Stock­port. Was Fleet­wood Town’s as­sis­tant manager and is now youth team manager.

15. Joe Jakub: Lives in Den­bigh, North Wales and has been a youth coach, worked for a com­pany sup­ply­ing win­dows and doors, and pro­vided stats for the Press As­so­ci­a­tion.

16. Win­ston White: Owned a restau­rant in Padi­ham but is now back in the Mid­lands where he be­came sales manager for a man­u­fac­turer of fit­ness equip­ment.

17. Chris Grimshaw: Is now living near Black­burn and has worked as a driver for a com­pany called Sys­tem Hy­giene.

18. Leighton James: The Welsh in­ter­na­tional is now back in Swansea. Has man­aged a se­ries of Welsh Non-League sides, has worked for BBC Wales and writes a news­pa­per col­umn.


Chris Cut­ler: He opened a gym af­ter leav­ing the pro­fes­sional game and then be­came a PE teacher at a school near Ch­ester.



















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