Bury have played their football at Gigg Lane since 1885, making it one of the longest serving football grounds in the UK.
Its probably more famous lately though not as Burys home ground but for the fact that Man Utd reserves played there (much to the displeasure of Bury fans who blamed them for breaking up the pitch) and now they also share it with FC United of Manchester.
Unfortunately we have had to set the resolution fairly low so as not to exceed our bandwidth limits but the text on the picture reads as follows;
“Gigg Lane, home of Fourth Division promotion challengers Bury, has a capacity set at 35,000 with seating for 6,653 spectators. The record attendance was set up in January 1960 when a crowd of 35,000 watched the third round FA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur. The playing surface measures 112 yards by 72 yards. Inset : Bury striker Derek Spence.
I have also found an absolutely stunning piece of old film footage on Google that shows the old Gigg Lane ground as it used to be in the 1970s.
Older fans will find this brings back some great (and not so great) memories while younger fans who never experienced what these football grounds used to be like might just get a feel for why us “older” fans go on about the “good old days” !!