Shakers v Bees
On Saturday, the Bees travel up to Bury, who play at Gigg Lane. The Shakers have made a solid start this season and are currently 11th with 17 points from 13 matches, mostly due to an excellent away record. Bury have only won once at home this season, a 2-1 win against Accrington at the end of September.
Since returning to the league in 2005, Barnet have been unbeaten in matches between the two sides, though they have only won once, a 2-1 victory at home last December when goals by Adam Birchall and Nicky Bailey won the game for Barnet. Richie Baker scored for Bury. Earlier in the season the two sides drew 2-2 at Gigg Lane. Barnet finished the match with 10 men after Jason Puncheon was sent off but won a point with goals from Tresor Kandol and Ian Hendon, Glynn Hurst scoring twice for Bury.
The previous season saw a 1-1 draw at Underhill with a late Ben Strevens goal winning a point for the Bees after Danny Reet had put Bury ahead. The return match ended in a 0-0 draw.
Bury are managed by Chris Casper who took over two years ago and is in his first managerial post.
Jim Provett joined Bury in the summer from Hartlepool having made 66 league appearances for the club he made his league debut for.
Steve Haslam made his league debut for Sheffield Wednesday in 1999, in the Premiership, against Liverpool and went on to make 115 first team appearances for the Owls. When he was released by Wednesday in 2004, he surprisingly, moved to Conference club, Halifax Town. He scored an own goal in Barnet's 3-2 win at Halifax early on in the Bees' Conference Championship winning season. After making over 100 first team appearances for Halifax, he returned to league football with a move to Bury in the summer.
Ben Futcher began his career at Oldham Athletic before moving to Doncaster Rovers and then on to Lincoln City where he spent 3 seasons making over 100 appearances. Since then he has moved quickly from one League Two side to another, moving from Lincoln in the summer of 2005 to Boston United and then on to Grimsby Town, Peterborough and then to Bury in the summer.
Partnering Futcher at centre back is the experienced Dave Challinor. Challinor made his league debut for Tranmere Rovers in 1994 and went on to make over 150 appearances for the Merseyside club before moving to Stockport County in 2002. He was an ever present the following season but then lost his first team place and moved to Bury in the summer of 2003 following a three month loan deal. He has made over 150 league appearances for Bury.
Colin Woodthorpe is another very experienced defender at the club. He began his career at Chester and made 155 first team appearances before moving to Norwich City and then Aberdeen. He then spent five seasons at Stockport County making over 100 first team appearances before being released in 2002, when he moved to Bury, where he has made over 150 first team starts.
Paul Morgan began his career at Preston before moving to Lincoln City and making over 200 first team appearances in six seasons at Sincell Bank before being surprisingly released in the summer.
Paul Scott is a former Huddersfield Town player who moved to Bury in 2004 and has made over 100 appearances for the Shakers in 3 seasons.
19 year old, Andy Parrish is a product of the youth system who made his first team debut for Bury two years ago and is pushing this season for a regular place with 8 starts so far.
Richie Baker joined Bury last summer from Preston North End and earned himself a regular first team place. Baker scored Bury's opening goal in their 2-1 defeat at Barnet last December.
Brian Barry-Murphy began his career at Preston North End but only made a handful of first team appearances in 4 years before moving to Sheffield Wednesday where he became a regular. Moved to Bury three years ago but missed most of last season through injury.
David Buchanan is a product of Bury's youth system and broke into the side as a regular last season making 36 league starts, but has been mainly on the bench this season.
Nicky Adams made his first team debut last year for Bury in their Carling Cup match against Leicester City. A product of the youth system, Adams has claimed a regular starting place this season and scored Bury's equaliser at Macclesfield last Saturday.
Dale Stephens is another youth team product who made his debut for Bury last season and has made 5 first team starts this season.
Glynn Hurst is a much travelled striker who started at Barnsley and has since played for a number of clubs including Ayr United, Stockport County and Chesterfield for whom he scored 29 goals in two and a half seasons. He moved to Notts County in 2004 scoring 23 goals in 51 starts before moving to Shrewsbury and then on to Bury on loan in October last year, scoring twice on his debut for the Shakers in their 2-2 home draw against Barnet. Hurst moved permanently to Bury in the January transfer window and scored 12 goals in 32 starts for the Shakers.
Andy Bishop moved to Bury last summer from Conference club York City where he scored 35 goals in two seasons and played for the England National Game XI which is managed by Paul Fairclough. Barnet were amongst the clubs rumoured to be chasing Bishop before he signed for Bury, for whom he scored 19 goals last season.
Andrew Mangan moved to Bury in the summer from Accrington Stanley where he had been mainly a squad player used largely as a substitute, a role he played during Accrington's promotion season in 2005/06.
17 year old, Domaine Rouse made his first appearance as sub last season and has made 5 appearances as a substitute for the first team but has yet to make his full debut.