|What's Gigg Lane
Main Stand and Ratio Law Stand (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Les Hart Stand and Cemetery End (photo)
Where To Drink?
A Closer Look At The Ratio Law Stand (photo)
How To Get There BY Car & Where To Park
Main Stand and Cemetery End (photo)
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
JD Stadium Location Map
|What's Gigg Lane Like?|
ground was completely re-built in the 1990's with the
Cemetery End being the last stand to be completed in
1999. The new stands which are all covered, have
vastly improved the overall look of the ground, whilst
at the same time making it an all seated one. The only
real disappointment is three of the stands contain a
number of supporting pillars. On one side is the Main
Stand. This all seated stand has its spectators area
raised up above pitch level meaning that supporters
have to climb a small set of steps to enter it. Part
of the front has a small box like structure, with a
number of windows running along the front. It
particularly caught my eye, as with the windows being
almost at pitch level, I wondered just how many broken
windows they get each season? Oddly the players tunnel
and team dugouts are set to one side of the half way
line, suggesting that at some point the pitch has been
moved from its original position.
Opposite is the Les Hart Stand, a single tiered affair which extends around to meet the Cemetery End, enclosing that corner of the stadium. In this corner there is a small Police control box suspended beneath the roof plus an electronic scoreboard. The Les Hart Stand also has a small TV gantry, plus there are a number of supporting pillars running across the stand that may impede your view.
The Ratio Law Stand (aka the Manchester Road Stand) at one end is of a fair size. However it does not run the full width of the pitch, with one side ending with the edge of the penalty box. There is also an electric scoreboard at this end. The stadium is completed with a set of modern looking floodlights. In November 2013, the ground was renamed the JD Stadium, after securing a three year sponsorship deal with JD Sports.
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
Away fans are housed in the Ratio Law Stand at one end of the stadium, where just over 2,000 away supporters can be accommodated. Normally fans enjoy a good view of the action. However, there is a row of supporting pillars about a third of the way up the stand, which could cause problems if your team has a large following. The stand is also situated quite well back from the pitch and is slightly below pitch level. The catering is quite good, with a range of burgers, hot dogs (£2.60) and Pies including the Chicken Balti Pie (£2.60). My only grumble was the archaic looking toilets in this relatively modern stand. On the whole, however, it was a relaxed and normally a good day out, although sometimes lacking in atmosphere.
|Where To Drink?|
are a few pubs around the ground and along
Manchester Road in particular. There is also a
supporters club at the ground, which sometimes allows
in small numbers of away fans, for
a small fee (£1). Geoff Blanthorne a visiting Tranmere
Rovers fan adds; 'The
Bury set-up is a very friendly one, with a nice supporters club where I enjoyed a
pre-match drink together with a reasonably priced
lunch whilst watching the early match on a big screen.'
My pick of the pubs on Manchester Road, is the Swan & Cemetery, around a ten minute walk from the ground. This Thwaites pub, is quite comfortable, serves good hand pulled beer and has a separate restaurant area. Nearer to the ground is the Staff Of Life pub, which is a basic pub serving hand pulled Lee's.
Neil Le Milliere a
visiting Exeter City supporter recommends the Rose
& Crown on Manchester Old Road. 'It's not the
biggest pub but it was very friendly; served a
variety of real ales and is only a ten minute walk
away from the ground.' Otherwise Bury town centre is
around a 15 minute walk away where there are plenty
of pubs to be found including a Wetherspoons pub
called the 'Art Picture House' on Haymarket Street.
|How To Get There And Where To Park|
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, turn right into Gigg Lane for the
ground. However please note that Gigg Lane is
normally closed on match days and the ground itself
is not easily seen from the A56. Street parking,
although beware of a residents only parking scheme
in operation in the nearby streets, which operates
on both matchdays end evenings, with wardens
patrolling the area.
Post Code for SAT NAV: BL9 9HR
|There is no railway station in
Bury itself, so most fans travelling by train are
likely to end up at one of the Manchester stations.
Bury Metrolink is served by trams from Manchester
Victoria & Piccadilly railway stations. Bury
Metrolink Station is about a 10-15 minute walk from
Head up the escalator from the platform and then left proceeding through the Bus Station. On exiting the bus station turn left and go across the the traffic lights signposted (A58) onto Knowsley Street. At the end of Knowsley Street, turn left onto Manchester Road signposted A56 Manchester. On reaching set of traffic lights with the Pack Horse Hotel, then on just passing the hotel bear left onto a small narrow street called Heaton Fold. At the bottom of this street turn left onto Gigg Lane and the ground is a short distance down on the right. Thanks to Adam Hodson for supplying the directions.
Jon Hall adds; 'Alternatively bus numbers; 90, 92, 135 and 137 run every ten minutes down Manchester Road past the end of Gigg Lane'.
Remember if travelling by train then
you can save on the cost of fares by booking in
advance. Visit the the trainline website to
see how much you can
normally save. Click on the trainline
|Main Stand and Cemetery End|
|All areas of the ground:
Under 11's £5
Under 5's Free
1 Adult + 1 Under 16 £15
1 Adult + 2 Under 16's £20
Concessions apply to Senior Citizens, Students, Disabled and the Unemployed.
Official Programme: £3
|Bolton Wanderers & Rochdale.|
details of disabled facilities and club contact at the
ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.
|Bury FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|Record & Average Attendance|
v Bolton Wanderers,
FA Cup 3rd Round, January 9th, 1960.
Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
9,115 v Burnley, December 26th 1999
2013-2014: 3,139 (League Two)
2012-2013: 2,749 (League One)
2011-2012: 3,552 (League One)
|Fans Reviews Of Gigg Lane|
Skinner (Sheffield United) 14/1/12
Teresa Jewell (Sheffield Wednesday) 16/8/11
Dan Brennan (Sheffield Wednesday) 16/8/11
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