I kept checking the news on Bury and hoping until I saw the EFL statement. The statement expressed regret, it said, “the EFL Board has unanimously determined with enormous regret that Bury’s membership be withdrawn”. It didn’t apologise for its own part in the club’s downfall, for its rules that allowed an unsuitable owner to buy the club but didn’t have any way of getting rid of that owner.
If nothing is done to change the way that football is regulated, then Bury will not be the last club to be thrown out of the league. One day it could be Birmingham City FC.
What can we do to stop this? For a start you can sign the petition asking for an independent regulator.
This makes me think of John Donne’s poem, For whom the bell tolls. With apologies to him, here is my football version of that:
No club is an island, entire of itself; every club is a member of the League, a part of football. Any club’s death diminishes all fans, because we are involved in football. Therefore never send to know for which club the bell tolls; it tolls for you.
This is John Donne’s original poem:
“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”
This is Margaret’s personal view, not an official statement.