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Bury FC
JD Stadium

(But still known to many fans as Gigg Lane)
Capacity:
11,640 (all seated)
Address:
Gigg Lane, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 9HR
Main Telephone No: 0871 221 1885
Main Fax No: 0161 764 5521
Ticket Office:
0871 221 1885
Ticket Office Fax: 0161 763 3103
Team Nickname: The Shakers

Year Ground Opened: 1885
Pitch Size: 112 x 73 yards
Shirt Sponsors: Bury Council
Home Kit Colours: White and Royal Blue
Away Kit Colours: Red and Gold
Kit Manufacturers: Surridge
Official Web Site: www.buryfc.co.uk
Unofficial Web Site:
Bury Mad (Footy Mad Network)

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Contents
What's Gigg Lane Like?
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
By Train/Metro

Main Stand and Cemetery End (photo)
Admission Prices
Programme Price

Ground Layout
Local Rivals

Disabled Facilities
Fixtures 2014-2015
Record & Average Attendance

Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
JD Stadium Location Map



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What's Gigg Lane Like?
The 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.

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Main Stand and Ratio Law Stand


Main Stand and Manchester Road End

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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.

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Les Hart Stand and Cemetery End


Les Hart Stand and Cemetery End

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Where To Drink?
There 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.

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A Closer Look At the Ratio Law Stand


A Closer Look At the Manchester Road End
                    photo

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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.

Adam Hodson provides some alternative directions from Junction 2 of the M66, from where the ground is signposted; 'Take the A58 towards Bury 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, turn right onto Wellington Road (still the B6219).  Follow this road to the end, where you will come to a T-junction. Turn left onto the A56 (sign posted Manchester). After passing through a set of traffic lights, turn Left into Gigg Lane for the ground'.

Map showing the location of the Gigg Lane football ground (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV: BL9 9HR

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By Train/Metro
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 the ground.

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 logo below:


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Main Stand and Cemetery End


Main Stand and Cemetery End

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Admission Prices
All areas of the ground:
Adults 15
Concessions 10
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.

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Programme Price

Official Programme: 3

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Ground Layout


Layout

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Local Rivals
Bolton Wanderers & Rochdale.

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field
website.

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Fixtures 2014-2015
Bury FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Record & Average Attendance
35,000 v Bolton Wanderers,
FA Cup 3rd Round, January 9th, 1960.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
9,115 v Burnley, December 26th 1999

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 3,139 (League Two)
2012-2013: 2,749 (League One)
2011-2012: 3,552 (League One)

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Fans Reviews Of Gigg Lane
Tony Skinner (Sheffield United) 14/1/12
Teresa Jewell (Sheffield Wednesday) 16/8/11

Dan Brennan (Sheffield Wednesday) 16/8/11

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from the Gigg Lane football ground.

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Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.



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Map showing the location of the Gigg Lane football ground, Metrolink station and listed pubs




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Feedback
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Last Updated: 9 August 2014