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    Andy Bishop leaves Gigg Lane


    by The Boy Holty

    Bury's longest serving player, Andy Bishop, has left Bury after his contract was ended by mutual agreement. He has joined conference side Wrexham, where he spent a few weeks on loan last season before his recall by Kevin Blackwell.

    He has spent seven years at Bury and scored 83 goals after signing on a free from York City in 2006. The early part of his time at Bury was very successful and his goals, whilst rarely spectacular, always kept the Shakers' machine rolling.

    The last few years have been tough for Bish though, with constant injuries and when fit, he failed to live up to expectations. Quite a lot of fans got on his back and that can't have helped.

    Personally, I think he probably should have moved on a couple of years ago, for his and the club's sake. I have been saying for a few years that he needed a change of scenery and its well known that he's Bury's highest earner and that can only have served to heap even more pressure on him when he did turn out in a Bury shirt. However, he moves on with the best wishes of all decent Bury fans ringing in his ears.

    The man's a bit of a Shakers legend, despite spending most of his life in an offside position. Who could forget the highlights such as his match-winning goal against Norwich City in the FA Cup, or his lob at home to Notts County. What about his hat-trick against Workington in the Cup or the two penalties he scored against Rochdale in our 3-1 win in 2007, or the two he scored in that tremendous 5-4 win against Gillingham? There was the brace he scored at MK Dons on the opening day of the 2007/08 season and that free kick against Bradford in the same season. Looking back at some of his games and goals, I could go on for ages. Of course there are the moments we'd all like to forget too, his penalty miss against Shrewsbury in the playoffs, and the occasional gestures towards the fans in the latter years but I'd like to say that as far as we're concerned, all that is forgiven.

    Bish is 30 now so hopefully, he can stay free of injuries and enjoy the twighlight of his career by getting plenty of games and scoring shit-loads of goals, as he fires his new club into the football league once again.

    Well done Andy, you've been a hero and you go to your new job with our best wishes.