Capacity: 11,640 (all seated)
Address: Gigg Lane, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 9HR
Telephone: 0161 764 4881
Fax: 0161 764 5521
Pitch Size: 112 x 73 yards
Year Ground Opened: 1885
Shirt Sponsors: Rainham Steel
Kit Manufacturer: Kappa
Home Kit: White and Royal Blue
Away Kit: Black and Green
The Gigg Lane football 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.
The Club announced at the end of the 2015/16 season, that they are exploring with the local council possible sites for a new stadium. We shall wait and see what happens next!
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 your standard football fayre of Cheeseburgers (£3.50), Hot Dogs (£3.80), Sausage Rolls (£2.80) and Pies including the Chicken Balti Pie (£3.20). 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.
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.
Alcohol is available to away fans inside the ground albeit in plastic bottles or cans of Carlsberg Lager, a Bitter and Kingstone Press Cider (all £3.50).
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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'.
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 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'.
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The Club operate a category system (A, B & C) for matchday pricing, whereby the most popular games (Category A) cost more to watch. Category A prices are shown below with other categories in brackets:
All areas of the ground:
Adults £22 (B 20) (C £18)
Concessions £16 (B 14) (C £12)
All match categories: Under 18's £10, Under 11's £5, Under 8's £1, Under 5's Free
Adult + 1 Under 16 £22 (B 20) (C £18)
Adult + 2 Under 16's £27 (B 25) (C £23)
2 Adults + 2 Under 16's £44 (B £40) (C £36)
Concessions apply to Senior Citizens, Students, Under 23's, Disabled and the Unemployed.
Official Programme: £3
Bolton Wanderers and Rochdale.
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.
35,000 v Bolton Wanderers, FA Cup 3rd Round, January 9th, 1960.
Modern All Seated Attendance Record
9,115 v Burnley, December 26th 1999
2015-2016: 3,751 (League One)
2014-2015: 3,774 (League Two)
2013-2014: 3,139 (League Two)
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Bury v Exeter City League Two Saturday 7 February 2015, 3pm Steve Ellis (Exeter City)
1. Why were you looking forward to going to this ground?
After all the times Exeter have played there, I think six times in last eight years, this was to be my first ever journey to Gigg Lane. It was also to be my 45th ground visited of the current 92 Premier and Football League Clubs.
2. How easy was your journey and finding the ground?
As always I travelled up on the Exeter City Supporters Coach. We left Exeter at 7.30am arriving in Bury just before 1pm. The coach dropped us off a short walk from what is now called the JD Stadium.
3. What did you do before the game, pub, chippy....home fans friendly?
Before the game a few of us headed down to the Swan and Cemetery pub. Which was about a 15 minute walk from the coach drop off point and past the ground. It was a nice pub, with a good mix of home and away fans and pints priced at £3.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end and then other sides of stadium?
The stadium is nicely designed, alsthough the away end does have a number of supporting pillars which can obstruct the view. The Main Stand is similar. The Les Hart Stand and the Cemetery End opposite, looked more modern with no supporting pillars. These stands were joined enclosing the ground at one corner. The pitch is not the best in the league but seems to suit Bury's style of play.
View From The Away End
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, refreshments etc.
The game was well played with both teams needing a win, but with the game ending in a 1-1 draw. Atmosphere was good at times with both sets of supporters trying to make themselves heard. With all the stands covered this provided ambiance as well as providing good acoustics. The stewards were very low key and probably the best I have seen all season. I bought an average sausage roll, priced at an expensive £2.80, which I found a bit dry. Alcoholic drinks at £3.50 and can be drunk in an authorised area. Toilets were old but usable and clean and home supporters I spoke to throughout the day were fine.
6. Comments on getting away from the ground after the game.
Getting away was easy with our coach parked outside the main entrance. It was a straight forward journey home, arriving back in Exeter at half past ten.
Attendance: 3,513 (180 Exeter fans)
Bury v Sheffield United
Saturday January 14th 2012, 3pm
Tony Skinner (Sheffield United fan)
Me and my son were looking forward to going to Gigg Lane because we were in really good form and it is a relatively short journey being just over the Pennines. It was a ground I had visited before in 1982 for a Division 4 clash between the same two sides.
We decided to travel on the club coaches which we had used many times and takes away the hassle of parking. Within two hours of leaving Bramall Lane we were at the ground and were dropped off outside the Main Stand. We had time to kill so we walked around the outside of the ground and bought a programme which was great value at £3.
4,000 blades fans had made the journey over so it had the feeling of a home match. We bought souvenirs from the club shop which was really tidy. Gigg Lane is unusual as all the turnstiles are all located on one side of the ground. Entrance was through some pretty old fashioned turnstiles. Once inside, the ground is a tidy all seater stadium.
We were actually housed on the home end of the stadium and away fans also occupied the side stand and behind the opposite goal. We were in the stadium early and the unreserved seating policy allowed us to get good seats. The view was great and the noise created by our fans was superb. The Bury fans were few in numbers but passionate and at times vocal with some good old fashioned banter.
The game itself was a great performance from our point of view. Nip and tuck in the first half with chances few and far between. We then went 1-0 up early in the second half and really there was only going to be one winner after that and we ran out 3-0 winners.
No hassle from the stewards and police, they allowed us to enjoy ourselves and even let one supporter back into the crowd having scaled the barrier when we scored.
On the final whistle we applauded the team off and left the stadium via the way we went in. Just a short walk across the car park and back onto the waiting coaches.
A slow crawl actually leaving Bury on the one road due to the big away following, but once on the motorway no problem.
All in all a great day out at a traditional English football stadium and this time, after my first visit ended in a draw, we had a win.
Bury v Sheffield Wednesday
Tuesday August 16th 2011, 7.45pm
Teresa Jewell (Sheffield Wednesday fan)
This game is really like a local game for me as I live only in Stockport and so I took this opportunity to take my boy friend (a big Manchester United fan), who is really a secret Wednesday fan. The game was a night game and so we chose to use the bus to the ground. This was easy, as the 135 is every 10 minutes from Piccadilly Gardens which is well sign posted from Piccadilly Train Station. The bus stop that is required is within 100 yards of Gigg Lane and right out side of a public house The Swan and Cemetery (again well sign posted - about a 40 minute bus ride).
This is where we had a drink with both sets of fans who were very accommodating. Food is also available and it is advisable to eat before you get to the ground. This is because there is no where to get food except inside the ground, which amounts to 1 catering unit, which costs the earth e.g. 2 burgers 1 chips and 1 drink £12.50. There is also a primitive catering section under the terrace where the toilets are for coffee etc..
The ground is old and is in need of investment, seating was ok we took up two sides of the ground, so it looked odd and sounded like we were at home at times. Their noisy fan section were housed near to where we sat and seemed to range from the age group 16-19, but they were soon moved as they were getting a bit giddy.
The game it's self was poor. We didn't do ourselves any favours by going behind on the 7th minute Lowe scored followed by Mozika on the 40th minute. Sedgewick hit one back on the 47nd minute with a screamer into the top corner facing their end. The game was going against Wednesday with their attackers causing problems all over. Saying this we did have two perfectly good goals disallowed.
We are still trying to work out why these goals were disallowed to this day.
The only thing I can say about the stewards is that they were ok, but didn't really know what they were doing.
Getting away from the ground was easy going straight to the bus stop and straight onto the first bus that arrived. Again another 40 minutes ride to the centre of Manchester and then due to the lateness we got a taxi home. Which resulted in a financially costly night. Not to mention a bad result especially as my boy friends son is a Bury fan. I still have not lived it down yet....
Bury v Sheffield Wednesday
Tuesday August 16th 2011, 7.45pm
Dan Brennan (Sheffield Wednesday)
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
Gigg Lane isn't a million miles away from Sheffield in all honesty and I try and get to as many games as possible - despite this being a Tuesday night, it was convenient enough so I made the trip to Bury.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
We drove up to Bury which was relatively simple, though finding the ground was a bit of a farce. We stopped and was told that the ground was a matter of metres away, which suprised us as there was no ground/floodlights/fans(!) in sight. It was just down that road, but you have to really 'go round the houses' to get there.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
There seemed to be scarce little to do outside the ground. We had a quick look inside the Supporters Club, paying £1 to get as a non-member, but as all the turnstiles are found on the same road you can't really walk around the stadium which I found to be disappointing.
4. What were your thoughts on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground:?
We literally stumbled upon the ground. It looked tidy enough, a bit old but certainly not falling to pieces. We did however have to walk around masses of horse mess , I presume from Police horses, on our way to the turnstiles which didn't create a fantastic first impression to be honest.
Once inside, the ground is nice enough. The stand to our right looked quite old, but steady enough and though the ground as a whole isn't anything to write home about, I've certainly seen worse. It's tidy enough, and the fact that despite the scoreboard being in the corner of the ground that's filled in (between the Cemetery End and Les Hart Stand) which was virtually sidewards to my seat, I could still see it, which I liked as it was a hell of a lot better than the one at Hillsborough!
Upon getting to my seat though, the man next to me went straight through his! Seeing as we were in a normally home stand, I don't assume the person who had a season-ticket in this seat will be too impressed come their next home game.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc... :
The food was arguably the worst I've ever had at a football ground. A burger and a bottle of Pepsi cost me £5.70, with the burger being stone cold and the Pepsi tasting watered down and cheap, I wasn't best impressed. The toilets were small, which caused problems with a big following, but the stewards were helpful enough.
The game itself was dire from Wednesday's point of view - a 2-1 defeat that flattered us massively, going 2-0 down before half-time courtesy of Lowe and Mozika (though Reda Johnson had a goal, ridiculously in my view, ruled out on the stroke of half time) and although Chris Sedgwick scored a beauty just after half time and we had another one ruled out for offside, we deserved nothing from the game.
The Bury fans did make a lot of noise - there was a drum to our left which was being used from start to finish, though I must say I never heard ONE original song! Nonetheless, they made a good atmosphere and despite the fact that Wednesday took more fans (2,850 in a 5,600 crowd I think!) they more than matched the Wednesdayites who were, in fairness, less than impressed by our dire surrender.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Pretty simple, small clusters of traffic around the ground but nothing major, we soon got away heading back down south to Yorkshire with our tails well between our legs.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Bury was an alright 'night out'. Wednesday's awful performance more than put a dampener on the trip, though I do admit that the atmosphere was good in the ground and though the catering facilities were poor (I would bring my own food in future), the ground is tidy enough. The best two words to sum it up are 'decent enough' - not wonderful, but not bad.