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GIGG LANE
 
Gigg Lane has been a League ground for 125 seasons;
from June 1st, 1894 to the current day .

Gigg Lane was the 43rd
ground to be used for a League game.

Current Capacity 11,840

Year opened 1885

 
GROUND HISTORY adapted from "The Ultimate Directory of English & Scottish Football League Grounds"
 
Bury FC moved to Gigg Lane on their formation in 1885 and by 1890 the pitch was surrounded by an oval track and the facilities included stands on both sides of the ground. Following their election to the Football League, and promotion to Division One in 1895, the ground was expanded to a nominal capacity of 20,000 with new stands being subsequently constructed at each end and a replacement structure installed on the south side.

Major alterations took place following the donation of the ground to the club from the landowners in 1922. In the 1920s the end terraces were rebuilt and expanded (eliminating the oval shape) a new main stand constructed on the north side and a 500 seat open stand (subsequently roofed) built on the south side alongside the existing stand which was installed with 2,000 seats. In the wake of these improvements the nominal capacity was set at 41,600 and just before the outbreak of WWII a new stand was opened at the west end.
 
Following the end of the war, the cover over the east end was destroyed in a gale but it was not until after the record attendance of 35,000 was attained at the FA Cup 3rd Round tie v. Bolton Wanderers  (1-1) on January 9th, 1960 that the roof was replaced. Although, following safety measures in the 1980s, the capacity was reduced with the demolition of the small stand on the south side and near-closure of both the main and west stands, the ground was considerably improved during the 1990s with refurbishment of the aforementioned main and west stands and construction of new inter-connected stands on the east and south sides. The all-seater capacity at the start of season 2007/8 was 11,669 and the pitch size 112 x 72 yards.
 

GROUND DETAILS adapted from "The Extreme Groundhoppers Guide"
 
Ground address: Gigg Lane, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 9HR
Main phone number: 08445 790009
Ticket office: 08445 790009
Ticket prices: Adults Ł18 (Ł15), Under 21's Ł15 (Ł12), Concessions Ł13 (Ł10)
 
If driving to ground: South Leave the M66 at Junction 3. Take the left hand exit at the junction and follow this road until you come to the junction with the A56 Manchester Road. At this T-junction which has traffic lights, turn right towards Bury. You will pass the Swan & Cemetery pub on your left and then some playing fields. At the end of the playing fields just before the traffic lights and a couple of pubs continue on and take the first left into Radcliffe Road and then park beside the White Boar Pub. North Take Junction 2 of the M66, and take the third exit at the roundabout down Rochdale Road from where the ground is signposted and at the second set of traffic Lights, turn left onto Heywood Street (B6219). Go straight over a mini roundabout and at the next roundabout, and go straight on the road becomes Parkhill Road and follow this road to the end, where you will come to a lights at the Park Horse Hotel. Go straight on into Radcliffe Road and and then park beside the White Boar Pub. As Gigg Lane is normally closed on match days there is residents only parking scheme in operation in the nearby streets, which operates on both matchdays end evenings.
 
If using Public Transport: Bury Metrolink is served by trams from Manchester Victoria & Piccadilly railway stations. From Piccadilly walk one minute on to London Road and take the Met 1 to Bury Metrolink Station walk through the underpass and turn left into Market Street and then walk half a mile down to the next roundabout and turn right the ground is 30 yards down the road Alternatively bus numbers; 90, 92, 135 and 137 run every ten minutes down Manchester Road past the top end of Gigg Lane and get off after the Star of Life Hotel and its a 20 yards to the ground.
 
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