The Forgotten Fifteen

How Bury triumphed in British football's worst year

Chris Grimshaw in 1985.

Chris Grimshaw

A promising member of the reserve squad across the whole campaign, Chris Grimshaw made only one substitute appearance for the first team in the 1984/85 season. It came on May 11th, 1985 in the final game of the season, which Bury drew 1-1 with Peterborough United.

The reputation of 1985 as British football’s worst year was strengthened on this day owing to the terrible fire which killed 56 people at Valley Parade, home of Bradford City, and the riot at St Andrews, home of Birmingham City, in which a 16-year-old boy died.

Accrington-born Chris signed for Bury from Crewe Alexandra in 1984. After one first team start and one substitute appearance in the season following promotion, he joined his hometown club. In a 2007 survey for the PFA, he was named as Stanley’s all-time favourite player by their fans.