Bury V Hull CIty
by The Boy Holty
It must be bittersweet for the Chairman as another Saturday afternoon home match against Sheffield United gets postponed for the third time in the last few years, thereby halving the gate receipts from what remains our stand-out league fixture of the season, at least in terms of attendance, but it has at least been replaced by a fixture of greater importance, greater revenue, greater national coverage and with the potential to reap more rewards if we are successful. I am of course referring to this weekend's FA Cup fourth round tie against Championship leaders Hull City.
It doesn't feel quite as big as it should having played Hull a few times over the years. I remember an Ian Stevens goal giving us a 1-0 win at Boothferry Park in the early 1990s but now they are a different proposition, managed by Steve Bruce and on the back of five straight victories and four clean sheets and will provide stiff opposition.
Bury go into this with a decent defensive record of late, with the three first half goals in the Walsall match being the only goals conceded in the last five matches, but any giant-killing will have to be on the basis of everyone being fit, and everyone giving pretty much the performance of the season, plus the Hull City team all feeling under the weather due in part to some dodgy meat products handed out by a mysterious man in the Gigg Lane car park on their arrival. Samosa anyone?
Its the FA Cup and as the TV and radio adverts have been telling us all week, anything can happen. We have nothing to lose, and nothing to fear. Up the Shakers.