Bury Record Score

The season of 1902-03 saw Bury lift three cups and most importantly the English Cup with a record 6-0 defeat of Derby County at Crystal Palace in front of 63,102 football fans.  The 6-0 result was a record score, beating Blackburn’s 6-1 win over The Wednesday in 1890 and Bury also equalled Preston’s record of winning the trophy without conceding a single goal.

This was the special medal on the left that the club presented to each player and the trainer to commemorate winning the cup without conceding a goal and on the right the medal of team captain George Ross.

This was just to be the first of three cup successes for the “Shakers” within ten days.  On April 27th Bury collected the Lancashire Senior Cup by beating Everton 1-0 at Gigg Lane and two days later they drew 2-2 with Manchester City in the Manchester Senior Cup and jointly held the trophy for twelve months.

The three trophies, all won in 1903

Bury 1930-31 with Arthur Paine (manager) far right 3rd row, George “Pinky” Grass (former Bolton-le-Sands, Morecambe & Lancaster Town) 4th from the right on 3rd row and goalkeeper Billy Harrison (former Marsh Wesleyans & Lancaster Town), 6th from the right on 3rd row.

Arthur Paine who was formerly secretary of Lancaster Town served Bury for 23 years, first as secretary, then as Manager from 1930-35 before reverting to the position of secretary.  In 1919 a meeting was held at the Market Hall Coffee Tavern, Lancaster, to consider a proposal to alter the name of the Lancaster & District Football League.  It was decided that the League should now be called the North Lancashire & District Football League for Clubs within a radius of 22 miles of Lancaster.  On the following Tuesday officials were elected and Arthur Paine of Newsham Road, Lancaster was appointed Secretary.  Throughout the war years, Secretary Arthur Paine had also been employed as a Company Secretary in industry and when the war ended in 1945, he decided to remain in that job.  He therefore tendered his resignation on July 1st 1946 after 23 years’ service to the club.  Even then he didn’t sever his connections completely and accepted a part-time appointment as the club’s Financial Secretary.  He had proved over many years to be a most meticulous, professional and highly respected individual.  Billy Harrison was born in Lancaster in 1901 and played for Bury from 1924-32 making 127 league appearances and 10 in the English Cup before returning to Lancaster Town.  George “Pinky” Grass was born in Morecambe and played for Bury from 1930-32 making 27 league appearances and 7 in the English Cup scoring 6 goals including a hat-trick in the last game of season 1930-31 against Cardiff City at Ninian Park when he was moved from his usual inside forward slot to centre forward.

Fred Blondel, born in Lancaster in 1923, was another Morecambe player who moved to Bury in 1946 but only featured in one league game on October 19th 1946 in a home defeat, 0-1, against Newport County in Division 2 in front of 13,214 supporters before moving on to Witton Albion.

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