Former fox Neil Danns had to see his current club Bury FC getting expelled from the EFL, after a long wait to find a solution, but it never happened.
A sale in the late hours before the deadline from the EFL board was close, but the new supposed owners pulled the plug on a deal after a due diligence report never made it possible to get a deal in place.
Bury FC is the first club to be expelled from the EFL since Maidstone United in 1992. Their suffering fans, players and staff surely had hoped for a different outcome, but now everything is over.
Neil Danns the captain of the Bury team, who also represents Guyana at international level, went to Twitter and posted the following;
“Just received the news. Absolutely devastated for everyone . My thoughts go out to all the fans . Who i have developed a special bond with. Still can’t believe it. it’s best I hold my tongue at this moment . Thank you to everyone and thank you for the memories Bury FC”
Neil Danns played for Leicester City from 2011 to 2014, made up 30 league appearances in total, scoring 5 goals. Danns has also played for Blackburn Rovers, Colchester United, Birmingham City, Crystal Palace and Bolton Wanderes, before joining Bury in 2016. The 36 year old Danns, are now looking for a new club as so many of the other former “Shakers” are.
The team and staff at Bury had prepared themselves for the games coming up and hoped that it would be a positive end and that football could have continued at Gigg Lane, but as we now have seen, the club is expelled.
Another former Leicester City player that turned out for Bury last season was Jermaine Beckford, and he has now officially retired from football all together, wish him all the best, going forward.
League One colleagues, Bolton Wanderers, have been given 14 days to sort out their problems in the samme matter, if not, they will also be expelled as Bury FC have been.
Leicester City were close to the same experience back in 2002, going into administration and over a half year period with dark clowds hanging over the football club, finally being able to sort out the situation with a group of Leicester City “friends”, with Gary Lineker in front, getting the money on board to keep it possible to continue.
This was just weeks after the opening of the the new stadium, now King Power, then Walkers, as sponsors. The club sold a number of good players, but Micky Adams made the most out of the situation, fielding Billy McKinlay and Nicky Summerbee with the two not even on “paid” contracts, and finally at the end of the season winning promotion back to the Premier League.
We certainly hope that Bolton Wanderers will be able to find a grand solution and keep it going as we have lost one club too many at the moment. This is the real tragedy of football, but we certainly hope that sometime in the future there will be games played at Gigg Lane again.