The Forgotten Fifteen

How Bury triumphed in British football's worst year

Ray Pointer during 1985 promotion celebrations

Ray Pointer

Ray Pointer was unavailable for interview during the research for the Forgotten Fifteen.

The 1984/85 season was a triumphant return to Gigg Lane (in a coaching capacity) for a man already remembered as one of the club’s great players of the 1960s. Pointer joined the playing squad from Burnley, where he won not only the 1960 First Division championship but also three England caps. His phenomenal record of 17 goals in 19 games in 1965 includes the club record for the most number of goals in one match when he scored five versus Rotherham United.

The aftershocks of his sale to Coventry City over the Christmas period of the same year were felt for decades afterwards, as Pointer’s name became synonymous with stay-away fans who insisted the club should not have sold him. Ray worked with the youth team set-up in the mid-1980s where he nurtured the talent brought into the club, including such players as future first team star David Lee.