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expressed regret, it said, “the EFL Board has unanimously determined with enormous regret that Bury’s membership be withdrawn”.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.

Margaret Decker

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.

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  1. David Jones

    That’s a really good use of Donnes’ poem and I agree completely. There but for the grace of a Chinese consortium and the EFL go we………

    It’s a scandal that clubs like Bury and Bolton who are the hearts of their communities can be dealt with in this way. Whatever happened to the ‘fit and proper person’ test that is meant to be applied to club owners.

  2. Richard

    The EFL are a disgrace and are not fit for the purpose of regulating our football leagues. How can a governing body allow one of the oldest clubs in the country go bust because they didn’t do their job of vetting the owners properly. No club should suffer in this day and age the indignity of struggling financially, stop allowing overspending on prima donas in the premier league and start sharing the pot to the clubs that need help money comes to money the rich get richer and the poor get poorer

  3. mtko

    stop giving parachute payments to losers and re invest the money down the leagues , how can it be fair play when 3 relegated clubs get 100s of millions head start to get back to premier league, great clubs are going bust for what they pay in wages to one player.

  4. Chris


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