The story of Bury FC from kick-off to full time
AN exhibition celebrating Bury FC’s 134-year history is coming to Manchester this weekend.
Curated by Shakers fan Zoe Hitchen, the exhibition will showcase memorabilia donated by fans of the crisis-hit club, which was thrown out of the Football League at the end of August.
Part of Design Manchester’s annual DM19 festival, the focus will be on supporters’ relationship with the club, as well as the recent events that led to its demise.
Zoe was introduced to the club by friends and, after following them as a fan, she began volunteering with the club’s photographer, Martin Ogden.
Following Bury’s expulsion from the EFL, she says she decided to collate club artefacts with help from Bury Art Museum and the club’s fans themselves.
Zoe said: “I’m putting on this exhibition because I can’t stand and watch an injustice from the sidelines. I have just witnessed 134 years of cultural history be brought to a grinding halt because of capitalism and failures in the system.
“Money and power have taken over, and all the while the true value of Bury FC – which is people and community – has been forgotten. I care because that football club was my extended family. It’s where I learned I could be part of something
HTHE exhibition will feature three main parts: 1. Kick Off: What has happened at Bury Football Club? - Delving deeper in the disaster at Bury FC, raising questions around football governance, including minutes from the DCMS inquiry and fan emails to the EFL raising their concerns.
2. Half Time: Our Football Family - The celebratory part of the exhibition, curated to connect fans from Bury FC to other clubs. Visitors are encouraged to wear their club colours, share fan stories, memorabilia and fan photos.
3. Full Time: The role of football in the community - When the whistle blows, the role of football spreads way beyond the pitch and into the local community. This section is interactive, people of all ages can create their own items of memorabilia, and sit in an installation of The Stanley Club - a favourite of Bury fans pre and post-match - while posting hopes for the future.
bigger and it didn’t matter if you won every week or not.
“It’s the resilience and grit of being from a Greater Manchester town, and I’m proud of it. The people at the club helped to build my confidence and I learned that craft of photography - this is my way of giving something back to the club that means so much to me.”
Zoe said: “I want to celebrate the fact that Bury fans want to rebuild and create a club for the fans, by the fans. It’s ultimately about people power and a real opportunity to pull the community together.
“I think we have the power to question the status quo, to challenge and disrupt existing ways of doing things and to activate change for
Bury FC. This is just the start.”
We Are Bury takes place at Arch 7, Temperance St, Mayfield, Manchester M12 6HR from 11am-6pm tomorrow and Sunday.
Tributes outside Bury’s Gigg Lane ground