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10 June 2016

The Shakers finished last season in 14th place

Name: Bury Football Club
Founded: 1885
Stadium: Gigg Lane
Capacity: 12,500
Manager: David Flitcroft
Last Season: 14th in League One

Bury will compete in the third-tier for a second successive league season after finishing in a comfortable mid table position last term.

The Shakers finished 14th in 2015/16, so will have one eye on pushing on up the table when the new season kicks off in early August.

The Greater Manchester side are currently managed by David Flitcroft, who has been at Bury since taking up the managerial position in December 2013.

Flitcroft, who is from Bolton, began his playing career as a trainee at Preston North End, coming through the youth ranks at Deepdale, where he would sign a professional contract with the Lilywhites in 1992.

He spent a year at North End, including a brief loan stay at Lincoln City, before making his breakthrough in the game in 1993 when he signed for Chester City.

Flitcroft spent six-years at Chester between 1993-1999, making 187 club appearances during that spell, before a similar prolonged stay at Rochdale where he made 160 appearances at Spotland.

After a short time with Macclesfield in 2004 he then signed for Bury, where he went on to appear 122 times in a Shakers jersey, scoring four goals.

Flitcroft concluded a career in which he played exactly 500 matches with second spells at Hyde and Rochdale.

Following his retirement, he joined the coaching staff at Rochdale, prior to becoming Keith Hill’s assistant manager at Barnsley in June 2011.

When Hill departed Oakwell, Flitcroft became caretaker manager of the Tykes, before subsequently earning an appointment as the first-team manager in December 2012.

He lasted 11 months with the Yorkshire club before leaving, and it wasn’t long until he was back in the game with Bury in December 2013.

Since his appointment, the 42-year-old has stabilised Bury on the field and helped them to promotion from League Two in May 2015.

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