The Forgotten Fifteen

How Bury triumphed in British football's worst year

The Independent

Bury FC: A reminder of when simple football was able to shout louder than the money men (The Independent)

They have neither been bankrolled by the Class of ’92 nor graced with the kind of third-round opposition that captures the romance of the FA Cup. A home tie with Bradford is in firm Saturday 3pm territory. But in the week when we take a rare excursion from the £5.1bn division to cherish the sheer, beautiful diversity of our football, look out for one of the game’s great survivors because they are the essence of the game.

The Mirror

Remembering the forgotten 15 who triumphed in British football's worst year

British football was seemingly on its last legs in 1984/85 - hooliganism was the scourge of the country on what seemed like a weekly basis and the season drew to a close with terrible, televised scenes at Valley Parade in Bradford, St Andrews in Birmingham and the Heysel Stadium in Brussels.

But in the middle of this season of madness Bury achieved promotion from Division Four using just 15 players, led by player-manager and ex-England international Martin Dobson.

Northern Soul

The Forgotten Fifteen

James Bentley is a lifelong fan of Bury Football Club. Now he’s published a book about the team’s extraordinary 1984/85 season and the state of British football in the 1980s. He writes for Northern Soul about how it all came about.

Bury Times

Long-standing fan James Bentley recalls successful promotion-winning Shakers team in new book

“I subsequently found out that Bury used just 15 players throughout the season en route to promotion, so I made it my aim to find them all, interview them and tell not just their story but the story of Britain at that time.”

Bury FC Club Website

The Forgotten Fifteen

The story of how Bury won promotion using just 15 players across the whole of British football’s worst year is ready to be told.

Burnley Express

Burnley Express piece

Radio Manchester (audio)